Welcome to your one-stop shop for all things Poland.
Type: Unitary semi- presidential representative democratic republic
President: Andrzej Duda
Prime Minister: Mateusz Morawiecki
$10.00 ≈ 37zł
Bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, and the Baltic Sea
Bigos (pork stew)
Beer ≈ 7zł
Ice cream ≈ 1.40zł
At the very end of 1989 Poland became the country it is today – The Republic of Poland. It become a member of the EU in 2004 and the Schengen in 2007. In both the 2015 and 2019 elections the Conservative party was elected. In 2020 Poland saw country-wide abortion rights protests.
War: Poland is involved in to “war on terror” Afghanistan & Iraq.
Identification: You are required to have ID on you at all times. You do not, though, need to carry a passport and can rather carry a photocopy of your passport plus your home license (driver’s license or similar).
Drugs: All drugs, including marijuana are illegal to possess – even in small quantities.
Alcohol: 18 is the legal drinking age in Poland. Drinking on the streets is not allowed.
LGBTQ: While same-sex couples have protection under the law, gay marriage and civil unions are still illegal.
Poland is a very low-risk country for tourists. That doesn’t mean basic, petty crime doesn’t still exist. Be aware – as always, especially in highly touristed areas like Old Town square where scammers and pick-pockets do operate.
Founding: Poland gained independence in 1918 – after World War One.
Origins: The first reference to a Polish state was found around the year 963. The Kingdom of Poland was ruled over by monarchs from the 10th to the 18th centuries. During this time the territory it incorporated was changing. The 19th century was a tumultuous time for Poland as it was partitioned, uprisings occurred, and the country fought for its independence.
Recent History: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the resulting Treaty of Versailles granted Poland its independence. Immediately following was the Polish-Soviet War which was fought over a land dispute. In 1921 that war ended and the eastern border of Poland was established. In 1939 Poland was invaded by Nazi troops. It is estimated that more than 15% of Poland’s population was murdered during World War Two and some of the most infamous concentration camps were built on Polish soil. Following the end of the war, Poland became under the rule of Stalinism. In 1989 Poland became self-governing and parliamentary elections were held.
There are no clothing rules in Poland.
Hello: Dzień dobry /jen doh-bray/
Thank you: Dziękuję Ci /jen-koo-yi chi/
Can I have a beer please: Czy mogę dostać piwo /chi mow-gah dos-tahch pivo/
Where is the train station?: Gdzie jest stacja kolejowa? /gih-jay yest stats-e-yah ko-lay-yo-va/
Starring: Adrien Brody
Based on the true story of a Polish pianist, this movie is haunting, beautiful, and moving. It follows the story of a man forced to hide out in wartime Warsaw.
Starring: Liam Neeson
Oskar Schindler is the name of a man who saved more than a thousand Jews from certain death at concentration camps. This is the story.
By: Diane Ackerman
Goodreads Stars: 3.47/5
In another true story of Polish survival – a zookeeping couple whose animals were lost to bombs, fill the cages with Jews in an effort to keep them alive.