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Located in Central Europe, it is bordered by Germany to the west, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine end Belarus to the east, and the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, and Russia to the north

Country Fact Sheet
Capital Warsaw
Surface 311,904 sq kms
Currency Zloty(PLN)
GDP Purchasing power parity - $684.5 billion
GDP/Capita (PPP) - $17,800
Language Polish
Religion 95% Roman Catholic

parliamentary representative democratic republic

Time Zone +1 hour GMT
Telecom Code +48

Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW/EPWA), Port Lotniczy Poznan-Lawica (POZ), John Paul II International Airport (KRK/EPKK), Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (GDN/EPGD)

Driving On right hand side of the road, license required
Electrical 230V, 50Hz
Political Climate Stable country
Population 38500696 people

In the period following its emergence in the 10th century, the Polish nation was led by a series of strong rulers who converted the Poles to Christianity, created a strong Central European state and integrated Poland into European culture. Formidable foreign enemies and internal fragmentation eroded this initial structure in the thirteenth century, but consolidation in the 1300s laid the base for the dominant Polish Kingdom that was to follow. The Jagiellon dynasty 1385-1569 formed the Polish-Lithuanian union beginning with the Lithuanian grand duke Jogaila. The partnership proved profitable for the Poles and Lithuanians, who played a dominant role in one of the most powerful empires in Europe for the next three centuries. The Nihil novi act adopted by the Polish Sejm (parliament) in 1505 transferred most legislative power from the monarch to the Sejm. This event marked the beginning of the period known as "Nobles' Commonwealth" when the state was ruled by the "free and equal" Polish nobility (szlachta). The Lublin Union of 1569 established the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as an influential player in European politics and a vital cultural entity. By the 18th century the nobles' democracy had gradually declined into anarchy, making the once powerful Commonwealth vulnerable to foreign influence. Eventually the country was partitioned by its neighbors and erased from the map in 1795. Although the majority of the szlachta were reconciled to the end of the Commonwealth in 1795, the idea of Polish independence was kept alive by events inside and outside of Poland throughout the 19th century. Poland's location in the very centre of Europe became especially significant in a period when both Prussia and Russia were intensely involved in European rivalries and alliances and modern nation states were established over the entire continent. Poland regained its independence in 1918, but the Second Polish Republic was destroyed by Germany in the Polish September Campaign at the beginning of the Second World War. Nonetheless the Polish government in exile never surrendered and managed to contribute significantly to the Allied victory. Nazi Germany's forces were forced to retreat from Poland as the Soviet Union Red Army advanced, which led to the creation of People's Republic of Poland, a Soviet satellite state. By the late 1980s a Polish reform movement, Solidarity, was able to enforce a peaceful transistion from communist state to democracy, which resulted in the creation of the modern Polish state.

Over the past millennium, the territory ruled by Poland has shifted and varied greatly. At one time, in the 16th century, Poland was the second largest state in Europe, after Russia. At other times there was no separate Polish state at all. Poland regained its independence in 1918, after more than a century of rule by its neighbours, but its borders shifted again after the Second World War

Local Business & Service Providers
» Hyatt Regency Warsaw

Hyatt Regency Warsaw is a luxury hotel in Warsaw, Poland. Set on the tree-lined Belwederska Boulevard in central Warsaw, on the west bank of the Vistula River, Hyatt Regency Warsaw is the hotel of choice for both the leisure and business traveler.

Automotive services
» Clever Travel Poland
Business travel
» Clever Travel Poland
Corporate incentives
Financial services
» Bank Millennium Spolka Akcyjna

Bank Millennium is a nationwide universal bank, offering its services to all market segments via a network of branches, individual advisors and electronic banking. The creators and shareholders of the Bank were from the beginning guided by the idea of building a modern institution drawing on the best banking tradition, successfully competing in all segments of the financial market.

Financial Technology
» Asseco Poland SA

Asseco Poland SA, formerly Softbank SA, is a Polish integrator of information technology (IT) solutions. The Company provides solutions for the banking, finance, insurance, public administration, telecommunication and industry sectors. It offers IT solutions complemented with business consultancy. Its portfolio includes a wide range of solutions divided into three main groups: business IT systems, comprised of executive information systems, customer relationship management systems, enterprise resource planning systems and allied systems; core systems, composed of enterprise information systems, Internet systems and systems for different sectors, and infrastructure solutions, including network solutions, hardware platforms, operating systems, security solutions and communication solutions. As of December 31, 2007, the Company was 22.73%-owned by Prokom Software SA. It cooperates with such IT companies as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Fujitsu-Siemens and others.

Intellectual Property
» Donald Poland

For we must have the great things of the past to enjoy and study, but with that valuable experience and pleasure as guide and criterion, we must surely seek to live in the present and to try to create the new forms which are to be our legacy to the future

Legal and fiduciary
» Attorney Barrister Lextra Law Office

Lextra Law Office is one of the best law firm in Poland. Our lawyers provide legal advice to entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Our reputation and trade mark is result of highest level of our service. We understand legal and business aspects of activity of our clients, thus we provide best and comprehensive legal advice.

Local Radio
» Polskie Radio Dwojka
» Polskie Radio Jedynka
» Polskie Radio Trojka
» Radio RMI FM
» Radio ZET
Local Weather Forecast
» BBC Weather
» Reuters
Government Agencies
» Agency for Foreign Investment
» Central Statistical Office
» Ministry of Economy
» Ministry of Finance
» National Bank of Poland
» National Broadcasting Council
» Polish Securities and Exchange Commission
» Warsaw Stock Exchange
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