Monday, 18 May 2015

Poland: The Land of Amber

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast and Lithuania to the north. The total area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometers, making it the 71st largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. With a population of over 38.5 million people, Poland is the 34th most populous country in the world, the sixth most populous member of the European Union, and the most populous post-communist member of the European Union. Poland is a unitary state divided into 16 administrative subdivisions. The capital and largest city is Warsaw. The currency is Złoty (PLN).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Poland’s national symbol is the white-tailed Eagle.

2. Marzanna is a Polish tradition where people weave straw dolls, and then use ribbons to decorate them. These dolls represent winter, so when the snow starts to melt, the Marzanna dolls are thrown into a river, symbolizing the ‘killing’ the winter.

3. The Polish born astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is considered to be the very first person to propose that the earth was in fact not the centre of the universe.

4. Located in Wrocław is the oldest restaurant in Europe, "Piwnica Swidnicka", operating since 1275.

5. The Polish alphabet consists of 32 letters.

6. The 1st oil refinery in the world was built in 1856 by Polish pharmacist and petroleum industry pioneer, Ignacy Lukasiewicz.

7. All Saints' Day on 1st November is an important religious holiday where Poles visit cemeteries to honour their loved ones who have passed away.

8. It was famous for its amber, transported along the Amber Route from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic coast for over 1000 years. Gdansk on the northern tip of Poland holds the world famous Amber Market.

9. Saint John’s Kupala is a popular holiday in which people jump over fires, a tradition that predates Christianity.

10. There is a lost underground airport under Wisla, Poland.

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For tourism details visit: @Visit_Poland @PolandCvB @PoalndTourism6

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