Name of Country: Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska)
Climate: Moderate climate
Location: North-south between Baltic Sea, Giant Mountains and Beskids, East-west between Oder-Neisse line and Bug River
Area: 312,679 square kilometer
Capital: Warsaw (metropolitan area) with 1,708 million inhabitants (2011)
Population: 38,5 million (census 2013), 123 inhabitants per square kilometer, accession rate: -0,1%
Official Language: Polish
Religions / Churches: (As of 2011) Catholics (33,7 million), Orthodox (156,000), Jehova’s Witnesses (137,000), Lutheran (71,000), Reformed, Methodists, Old Catholics, Jews, Muslims
National Day: 1) May 3rd (first Polish constitution 1791); 2) November 11th (regaining of independence 1918)
Governance: Parliamentary democracy (bicameral parliament) and president with (limited) executive authorities
Head of State: President Bronisław Komorowski, since August 6th 2010
Head of the Government: Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, Civic Platform (PO), inauguration September 22nd 2014
Foreign Minister: Grzegorz Shetyna
Poland is generally characterized by an extremely many sided landscape: From mountains in the south of Poland, to Great Plains in the interior of the country, to impressive sand beaches at the Baltic Sea, every nature lover will find their suitable territory here. In the free time you can thus practice especially varied sports in the nature.
In Poland the school education has a very high priority. 90% of Polish adults have at least completed secondary education.
The proficiencies in the English language are on average also highly developed. In a country ranking, Poland is on rank 6 out of 63 with very high proficiency in English. Therefore, it is no problem to get through the everyday life with English first, until you master the local language.