Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Poland
  • Poland is the 69th largest country in the world, and the 9th largest in Europe, with a total area of 312,679 square kilometers
  • Poland is a member of the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the WTO, OECD, European Economic Area, International Energy Agency, G6, Council of the Baltic Sea States, Visegrad Group, Weimar Triangle, and Schengen Agreement
  • Despite the vast destruction the country experienced in World War II, Poland managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth.
  • There are currently 14 heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Poland
  • Poland is divided into 16 Provinces
  • Climate: temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thunder showers
  • Ethnic Groups: Polish 96.7%, German 0.4%, Belarusian 0.1%, Ukranian 0.1%
  • Languages: Polish (official) 97.8%
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 89.8%, Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%
  • Population: 38.42 million
  • The capital of Poland is Warsaw
  • other major cities: Krakow
  • Literacy rate: 99.8%
  • GDP per capita: $20,334
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Parliamentary republic

  • President: Bronislaw Komorowski
  • Prime Minister: Donald Tusk

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 76.25 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 6 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 6.42 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 2.144/1,000 population
  • Over 20% of the rural population lives with unimproved Sanitation facility access
  • Major infectious diseases degree of risk: intermediate
  • food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
  • Vectorborne disease: tickborne encephalitis
  • Highly pathogenic H5N1 avain influenza has been identified in Poland.  It poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]

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