FDI 2016 Poznań, Poland

"DON'Ts" IN POLAND

DON’T come

to Poland to learn Polish. Some languages like Finnish, Hungarian and Estonian are difficult. Polish is classified as an EXTREMELY difficult language.

DON’T worry

if you do not speak Polish. The Polish are in the forefront of people who speak English. The English Proficiency Index reported that, out of 63 countries, Poland ranked 6th, below only the the countries of Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

DON’T worry

about the cost of living and the cost of staying in large metropolitan areas: Poland is inexpen­sive. In Mercer’s 2015 Cost of Living Rankings, the Polish capital, Warsaw, came 175th – and, with a ranking of 142nd place in 2014, its cost of living is in spectacular free-fall relative to other cities.

DON’T forget that

Poland’s Baltic Sea coastline features beau­tiful cliffs and sandy beaches. The Masurian Lakeland, located mainly in Masuri, boasts thousands of lakes and, together with the Bie­brza Marshes in the Biebrza National Park to forms one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. The highest point in Poland is located in the Tatra Mountains, 2,500 metres above sea-level. Be our guest and experience the pro­verbial hospitality of the Polish people!

Do NOT be afraid,

Because ranking the cost of staying in large metropolitan areas, Poland is inexpensive. That ranking was conducted by Mercer company in order to present the most expensive metropolitan areas of the world. Regarding the Polish cities, Warsaw was at top position, ranked at 175th position. Staying in Warsaw is still getting inexpensive, in 2014 Warsaw recorded a spectacular drop from 142th position of the list.

NO need saving money

to go to Poland. It is not necessary, because the cost of living is affordable compared to other EU countries. Central Statistical Office reports Poles spend 250 euros on living expenses. Is that cheap? For Poles this is enough. Data published by Eurostat shows in 2014 the average Pole earning an average of 1000 EUR per month.

NO problems

finding similar interests with the Poles. In the largest international educational ranking by OECD, Poland ranked 5th in Europe and 11th in the world, leaving behind the British and Americans.

NO stopping development

Poland moved up in the ranking of strongest emerging economies from 7th to 5th place (ahead of India and Mexico). The ranking is in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s report, "Economic Viewpoint Gems." The list includes 56 countries. Poland’s development was mostly because of healthy economic development. Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts Poland’s Gross Domestic Product growth will be 3.5% in 2015. Poland is among three countries with the lowest inflation in the world (after Bulgaria and Croatia).

NO other country in Europe

is better than Poland for business services centers - reported consulting company KPMG. In Poland, there are about 650 business services centers, employing over 150,000 people. Labor costs by investors in Poland are higher than in India or Bulgaria or Romania. Why investors chose Poland to create centers of advanced business services? KPMG says because Poland has; well-qualified and motivated working professionals, a developed infrastructure, a stable political situation and a growing economy.

NO disappointment

when you come to Poland in search of medical services, especially dentistry. This is according to the United States International Healthcare Research Center list, Poland has the highest medical services in Central to Eastern Europe. Other countries such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria or Romania were not listed. Authors of the ranking explain that the list includes only countries where comprehensive assessments are the most agreeable places for medical treatments. Citizens of the United States conscious of medical service quality recognize that in Europe only United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain can be ranked ahead of Poland without taking into account the price of services.

It is NOT condition of the economy that drives tourists to visit Poland.

NO forgotten memories of your visit to Poznan (2016 FDI AWDC host),

because of the enchanting Old Market in Poznan (built in 1253). The city center square is a renaissance town hall that is one of the most beautiful and biggest in Poland. The tower at noon will ring bells, then two goats (the symbol of Poznan) will start fighting in corners. Where did this come from? Apparently, goats stolen from suburban meadows by a kitchen boy, who burned a roast during an urban feast. The feast was a celebration of the unveiling of the town hall clock. He wanted to cover up his mistake, by cooking the goats. However, he soon heard the bells announcing the noon. The goats escaped running into the town hall tower where they stayed. Now tourists admire the show.

Walking among the historic walls can turn into a walk among the greenery. City Park, once the largest artillery fort in Europe now is the largest green area in Poznan. Walking around it, you come across a mysterious sculpture - a crowd of 112 headless wanderers that are two meters high. "Unrecognized" is the work of the famous artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. Given that the New York Sotheby's auction Magdalena Abakanowicz’s 22 figures "Crowd" for 450,000 USD then the Poznan sculpture should be valued at least 2.5 million USD.

NOT only one contemporary artist is recognized at international salons.

Series of photographs "Nazis" by Peter Uklański at the London auction house Philips de Pury sold for 1.1 million USD. In Poland, the most spectacular transaction was the sale of painting of Roman Opalka: "Retail 2890944-2910059" for 0.5 million USD.

Abroad, the famous Polish artist Krzysztof Penderecki is undoubtedly the most outstanding composer and conductor of contemporary music. His music is played at the biggest ceremonies in the world. Krzysztof Penderecki has an honorary doctorate from 24 universities around the world. He is an honorary member of the 14 major music academies.

You will NOT forgive yourself,

if when in Poland, you do not find at least a few from among the 14 items included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Let us mention at least six of them.

There is NONE in the world,

more beautiful medieval square in Europe than Market Square in Krakow, the former capital of Poland.

American organization "Project for Public Spaces" concluded in 2005 Krakow's Main Market Square (built in 1257) as the most beautiful square in the world. The Dutch portal StedenTripper.com in 2010 placed Krakow's Main Market in top ten European must see sites. In 2013 this market received the title of most beautiful square in the world of publishing house Lonely Planet.

Most tourists associate Krakow with the castle Wawel which was the seat of Polish kings. The surrounding area Kazimierz a former Jewish district enclosed a unique market hall, Cloth (built in 1358) and St. Mary's Church (built in 1290). At the aforementioned Market Square, court jester of King Sigismund I the Old (1467 1548) bet with the King that medieval Krakow had the world's most dentists. Court jester walked around the Market Square with wrapped face. Friendly townspeople advised him what to take so the swelling went down, and the pain eased. Within three days Jester wrote down over three hundred tips together with the names of people providing them. That was how the Jester won the bet and won a large amount of money.

According to renowned American magazine "Travel & Leisure”, tourists ranked Krakow 7th as one of the most interesting cities in the world.

Readers of the magazine "Time" chose 10 cities to visit during the holidays. Krakow ranked 4th after Jerusalem, Cape Town and Barcelona, which nearly 10 million tourists visit.

Do NOT waste the opportunity to visit,

considered a world wonder, the royal salt mine in Wieliczka and Bochnia. The oldest salt mine in the world (XIII c.) which has 360km of underground corridors and 2,040 chambers of salt. Inside the mine is the world's largest underground temple, the Chapel of St. Kinga (54m long by 18m wide by 12m height). The salt mine is an underground town with a hotel, restaurants, a cinema, tennis courts and spa. The spa treats allergies and asthma. There is also the world’s lowest children's playground (approximately 125m deep).

There is NO other bigger castle made from bricks

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (1274 start of construction) is the most powerful Gothic fortress in Europe. It consists of three castles and occupies 20 hectares. It was the only castle in a century to be robbed. Inside the castle vault Knights gathered valuables. Underneath the vault, one floor below, the castle kitchen was located. Cooks, realizing what is being stored above their heads, forged hole in the ceiling and stole a fortune estimated at 12,000 gold guilders. After a week, shortcomings in the vault were discovered. After three weeks, the perpetrators a master baker and his four apprentices, were caught then hunged without trial in the castle courtyard.

You cannot NOT miss,

the 70 year old replica of Old Town in Warsaw. It was originally built in the early thirteenth century. The replica was rebuilt upon its World War II ruins. During World War II Old Town was leveled to the ground. Nobody ever imagined Old Town would be rebuilt. It was initially considered to leave the Poland’s capital as a silent memorial hecatomb from the World War II.

The decision was changed when the leader of USRR, Joseph Stalin supported rebuilding the city. Moscow's communist Polish authorities did not want to erect defensive walls around the old town. They feared that fortification would facilitate an armed opposition. The opposition in postwar time was opposed to communist regime on Polish territory. The Communists changed their minds when responsible for rebuilding the capital, architect professor, John Zachwatowicz, drew the silhouette of the old town without walls. Professor asked, “what can be seen after removing the walls? Only churches!” To communist authorities, a Polish person belonging to Christian Europe is a bothering sign. Out of two bad possibilities they decided to erect the walls, thus Old Town in Warsaw was rebuilt.

You will NOT find anywhere else in the world the waterway like:

Elblag Canal (83km long). It is still navigable and in great shape for being 150 years old. Apparently, the engineer Georg Steenke presented the project to build a canal to the ruler, Frederick William IV. The ruler asked whether anywhere else in the world a miracle like the one presented was had been built (in some places ships travelling through the channel to overcome the difference in levels had to be carried on platforms through land). If there is no place like this? Then we will build!

Do NOT miss the opportunity

meeting face to face with bison, Europe's largest mammal (body weight reaches 1 ton). Bison live in the Bialowieza Forest from where all Bison that are in Europe came from. Bialowieza is another wonder of nature listed on UNESCO heritage site as the last natural forest ecosystem in Europe (the average age of trees in the forest is 126 years old).

Do NOT forget that

Poland has a Baltic Sea beautiful cliff coastline with sandy beaches. The thousands of lakes located mostly in Masuria, is Europe's largest supporter of unspoiled nature and marshes of Biebrza. Poland has high altitude 2,500 meters above sea level Tatra Mountains. It was mainly Poles, who’s united movement "Solidarity", the 1st in, Europe said “no” to communism and adapted freedom and democracy. We welcome all those who have similar values. Experience our proverbial old Polish hospitality. Be our guest!