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Facts About Poland You’ll Want to Read Right Away

Facts about Poland

Whether or not you possess some Polish blood, it is always nice to learn something more about the countries around the world. You may not spend much time paying attention to Poland, but this Eastern-European nation is quite fascinating.

After all, they have dealt with tragedy during World War II, they have always fought for their freedom, and their population is highly educated and healthy.

So let’s learn a bit more with these facts about Poland that you’ll want to read right away. You may even want to buy a plane ticket and go check out the country for yourself!

Facts about Poland

1 Other Astronomical Achievements

Johannes Hevelius was also Polish and he was the first to publish precise maps of the moon.

2 Poland in Space

Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer and was among the first scientists to suggest that the earth was not the center of our universe.

3 A Love for Science

The famed scientist Marie Curie was born in Poland and was a Nobel laureate in two distinct fields of science (she is also the only one to achieve that.)

4 Party Like it’s 900

The first ruler in Polish history was Mieszko I, who ruled in the 10th century.

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5 Musical Polish Citizens

Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer, and was born in the eastern village of ZelazowaWola.

6 Poland and the Slavic Languages

Besides Russia (of course), Poland has the biggest population of Slavic-speaking people.

7 Capital Cities

Warsaw is now the capital of Poland, but it was originally Krakow (from 1038 to 1596).

8 A First for Europe

Poland was the first European country to have its own type of constitution, second in the world only to the United States.

9 A Fighting Country

Between 1600 and 1945 (the end of World War II,) Poland had been fighting for liberty a whopping 43 times.

10 A Land of Field People

Poland’s name comes from the “Polanie” tribe, meaning “people living in open fields.”

11 Curious National Anthem?

Interestingly enough, the country’s national anthem is translated into English as “Poland is Not Yet Lost.”

11 Poland has many subdivisions

Poland is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions and functions as a unitary state. Besides Polish, expect to hear Kashubian in some traditional villages.

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