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About Poland

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POLAND IS BEAUTIFUL!

Poland is a very varied country. In the north, there are attractive seaside resorts. The Blatic beaches are thought to some of the most unique beaches in Europe because of they are wide and sandy. Poland is also rich in forests (the Białowieska Puszcza is the last are of primeval forest left in Europe), lakes, valleys, picturesque hills and mountains  with their tourist trails and ski slopes. You can admire nature in Poland in as many as 23 National Parks and 122 Landscape Parks, and also catch a glimpse of wild animals such as bison, brown bears, wolves, lynx, wildcat, and mouflon, which are present in Poland in numbers that are unique for Europe.

 

Poland has a population of 38.5 million people. It’s a country with a fascinating and complex history. For many years it was famous as an example of toleration and the peaceful co-existence of many national groups: Poles, Lithuanians, Ruthenians, Jews, and tatars. For many years, too, it was a bridge between western and eastern civilization. Poles traditionally value their freedom very highly, and have frequently stood up in defense of the independence of their state, but also in defense of what we can call wsetern civilization, as, for example, at the Relief of Vienna in 1683,or during the Polish-Bolshevik War in 1920.

 The Second World War began at Westerplatte in 1939, and Poland was the first country to take up arms against German Hitlerism. After the War it was in Poland that the dismantling of another totalitarian system began – Communism – thanks to the social movement that was called Solidarity (Solidarność). Working on the principle of “For our freedom and for yours,” the Poles began the peaceful revolution that led, among other things, to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The last quarter of a century has been a period of unusually dynamic social, political, and economic change. Thanks to the efforts of its inhabitants and the support of the EU, Poland is now seen as one of the more important countries in Europe, a position it has had several times in the past.

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