• Poland lies in Central Europe, on the Baltic Sea
  • total area of Poland amounts to 312.679 square kilometres, which makes it a bit bigger than Maharashtra (the ninth-largest country in Europe, the sixth-largest in the European Union)
  • the population amounts to over 38 m. inhabitants
  • the official language is Polish
  • minorities constitute 2-3% of the population, main groups: Germans, Ukrainians, Belarusians
  • Poland is a parliamentary republic with the executive exercised primarily by the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
  • time zone: GMT + 1
  • the country is divided into 16 provinces (voivodships); there are no significant differences - political, legal, language etc. - between the regions, thought there are disparities in development and infrastructure in favour of the western provinces
  • five biggest cities in Poland, apart from the capital - Warsaw - are Łódź, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań and Gdańsk