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Countries of the World: Poland
Resources about Poland including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Poland GDP (2009): $430 billion. Real GDP growth (2009): 1.8%. Per capita GDP (2009): $11,288. Rate of inflation (2009, average): 3.5%. Natural resources: Coal, copper, sulfur, natural gas, silver, lead, salt. Agriculture: Products--grains, hogs, dairy, potatoes, horticulture, sugar beets, oilseed. Industry: Types--machine building, iron and steel, mining, shipbuilding, automobiles, furniture, textiles and apparel, chemicals, food processing, glass, beverages. Trade (2009): Exports--$133.6 billion: furniture, cars, ships, coal, apparel. Imports--$145.8 billion: crude oil, passenger cars, pharmaceuticals, car parts, computers.

Geography of Poland Area: 312,683 sq. km. (120,725 sq. mi.); about the size of New Mexico. Cities (2007): Capital--Warsaw (pop. 1,706,600). Other cities- -Lodz (753,200), Krakow (756,600), Wroclaw (632,900), Poznan (560,900), Gdansk (455,700). Terrain: Flat plain, except mountains along southern border. Climate: Temperate continental.

Government of Poland Type: Republic. Constitution: The constitution now in effect was approved by a national referendum on May 25, 1997. The constitution codifies Poland's democratic norms and establishes checks and balances among the president, prime minister, and parliament. It also enhances several key elements of democracy, including judicial review and the legislative process, while continuing to guarantee the wide range of civil rights, such as the right to free speech, press, and assembly, which Poles have enjoyed since 1989. Branches: Executive--head of state (president), head of government (prime minister). Legislative--bicameral National Assembly (lower house--Sejm, upper house--Senate). Judicial- -Supreme Court, provincial and local courts, constitutional tribunal. Administrative subdivisions: 16 provinces (voivodships). Political parties: Civic Platform (PO), Law and Justice (PiS), the Polish People's Party (PSL), the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), Social Democracy of Poland (SDPL), Poland XXI, and the Democratic Party (PD). Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Poland This Map of Poland shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Warsaw the capital of Poland. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Poland The Official Name of Poland is the Republic of Poland. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Poland Nationality: Noun--Pole(s). Adjective--Polish. Population (2009): 38.1 million. Annual growth rate: Unchanging. Ethnic groups: Polish 98%, German, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Lithuanian. Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, Eastern Orthodox, Uniate, Protestant, Judaism. Language: Polish. Education: Literacy--98%. Health (2008): Infant mortality rate--7.0/1,000. Life expectancy--males 71.3 yrs., females 80 yrs. Work force: 17.1 million. Industry and construction--28.2%; agriculture--15.2%; services--56.6%.

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