Poland Travel Guide & Country Information

Poland Overview( source: cia factbook )

Poland

Coordinates:

52 00 N, 20 00 E

Population:

38,482,919 (July 2009 est.) country comparison to the world: 34

Religions:

Roman Catholic 89.8% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3% (2002)

Languages:

Polish 97.8%, other and unspecified 2.2% (2002 census)

Climate:

temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers

Elevation:

lowest point: near Raczki Elblaskie -2 m highest point: Rysy 2,499 m

Hazards:

flooding

Background Poland:

Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, but Poland still faces the lingering challenges of high unemployment, underdeveloped and dilapidated infrastructure, and a poor rural underclass. Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

Poland Weather ( sources: weather.com, wunderground.com, Yahoo! Weather)

Average Temperatur °C (Max / Min)

Average Rainfall (mm)

Weather Forecast Warsaw - last update at 13:29

Current
partly cloudy
Temperature: 17° C
Pressure: 982.05 mb
Sunrise: 7:07 am
Sunset: 5:30 pm
Windspeed: 22.53 km/h
Humidity: 59 %
Monday
showers
High: 16° C
Low: 9° C
Tuesday
showers
High: 14° C
Low: 8° C

Exchange Rate: 1 PLN equals ( source: themoneyconverter.com )

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Vaccinations ( source: mdtravelhealth.com )

Summary of recommendations:All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.
Vaccinations:
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Hepatitis BFor travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months
RabiesFor travelers who may have direct contact with animals and may not have access to medical care
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

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