POLAND FROM A TO Z
Arabian horses – A source of Polish pride, these horses are bred in Janow Lubelski and are in great demand: the most expensive one was sold at auction for over USD 1 million!
Beautiful – Poland is a beautiful country of contrasts with characterful old houses, modern museums and fascinating art galleries. For the adventurous, there is sailing in the Land of a Thousand Lakes and, if you like hiking and nature, this is the place for you.
Cars – There is no Polish car brand, but the Aston Martin DBS, Ferrari California and Alfa Romeo Giuglietta were designed by Polish designers.
Dentist – Poland has almost 35,000 dentists.
Enigma – Military messages enciphered on the Enigma machine were first broken by mathematicians at the Polish Cipher Bureau. Breaking the code contributed to ending World War II.
Football – The main reason for Polish men’s grey hair and source of disappointment. People who remember successful Polish football and players like Zbigniew Boniek and Kazimierz Deyna from the 1970s and 1980s argue that they were better than players of today, Robert Lewandowski and Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Graphene – The Polish were the first to patent technology for the industrial production of graphene, a material that revolutionized manufacture in many sectors.
Healthcare - Polish doctors are famous worldwide. They were the first to carry out reconstructive surgery on the spinal cord, undertake pioneering neck and throat transplant surgery and develop middle-ear implants for deafness.
IT – Information Technology is another sector where the Polish excel at global level. Polish students regularly win international competitions in computer programming.
John Paul II – The most well-known Polish person in the world. Other famous Polish people include: Copernicus (astronomer), Fryderyk Chopin (composer), Marie Curie-Sklodowska (chemist and physicist) and Lech Walesa (ex- president, co-founder of “Solidarity”).
Knowledge – The Polish are one of the most educated nations in Europe. 90% of the population has completed studies at secondary level and 50% have completed higher education.
Language – Learning Polish is extremely difficult. For example, try to read, “Chrząszcz ze szczeżują szczerze wrzeszcząc się szczerzą, lecz trzciny rozbrzmiały grzmotami, to przebiegł trzymając w krzepkich szczypcach skrzypce stół z powyłamywanymi nogami.”
Mars invasion – The Polish will probably not be the first people to land on Mars, but without them, the mission will not be successful. Every year, Polish students crush the competition in international Mars rover construction. Rover engineering is slowly becoming a national Polish speciality.
Neighbours – Poland has borders with seven countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus. The highest concentrations of Polish people outside Poland are in the USA (Chicago, Detroit, NY), the UK (London) and Ireland (Dublin).
Old city – Poznan, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Warsaw are centres of social and cultural development. Their monuments, museums, restaurants and cafes attract tourists from all over the world.
Prices – Even if prices are approaching the European average, you can still get some great shopping deals when you change from EUR or USD to PLN.
Record – The Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously brushing their teeth belong to the Polish. Across the country the record breaking event was attendedby over 250,000 pre-schoolers.
Safety – According to the Global Peace Index, Poland is one of the safest countries in the world.
Tasty Poland – The world loves Polish raspberries! The Polish toast events and success with Polish vodka or beer. The best starter to order at restaurants is dumplings, followed by a first course of chicken soup with noodles and, for second course, goose. When in Poznan, order Twirls of St. Martin.
Unique – There at 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of cultural and physical significance in Poland. They include the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the Castle of the Teutonic Knights in Malbork, the Old Town in Krakow, Bialowieza Forest and, site of remembrance, Auschwitz Birkenau.
Witcher (The Witcher) – The third part of one of the world’s most popular video games is being created in Poland. Witcher wasawarded 10 out of 10 by the world’s largest gaming portal. The Witcher is a character created by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski.
Zęby (READ: ZEMBY) – This is the Polish word for teeth. We will be checking your knowledge of teeth at the Annual World Dental Congress in Poznan!