|Name of Country:||Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska)|
|Location:||North-south between Baltic Sea, Giant Mountains and Beskids, East-west between Oder-Neisse line and Bug River|
|Area:||312,679 square kilometer|
|Capital:||Warsaw (metropolitan area) with 1,708 million inhabitants (2011)|
|Population:||38,5 million (census 2013), 123 inhabitants per square kilometer, accession rate: -0,1%|
|Religions / Churches:||(As of 2011) Catholics (33,7 million), Orthodox (156,000), Jehova’s Witnesses (137,000), Lutheran (71,000), Reformed, Methodists, Old Catholics, Jews, Muslims|
|National Day:||1) May 3rd (first Polish constitution 1791); 2) November 11th (regaining of independence 1918)|
|Governmental Form:||Parliamentary democracy (bicameral parliament) and president with (limited) executive authorities|
|Head of State:||President Bronisław Komorowski, since August 6th 2010|
|Head of the Government:||Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, Civic Platform (PO), inauguration September 22nd 2014|
|Foreign Minister:||Grzegorz Shetyna|
Poland is generally characterized by an extremely many sided landscape: From mountains in the south of Poland, to Great Plains in the interior of the country, to impressive sand beaches at the Baltic Sea, every nature lover will find their suitable territory here. In the free time you can thus practice especially varied sports in the nature.
In Poland the school education has a very high priority. 90% of Polish adults have at least completed secondary education.
The proficiencies in the English language are on average also highly developed. In a country ranking, Poland is on rank 6 out of 63 with very high proficiency in English. Therefore it is no problem to get through the everyday life with English first, until you master the local language.