[Infographic] Top 10 facts about Poland

Young man, photographer, under a big Polish flag, on the street.
  1. Poland is the most religious country in Europe. From 1978 to 2005, the Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City was the Polish-born Karol Józef Wojtyła. He was so popular in Poland that he was dedicated an entire TV channel. 

  2. The highest Australian mountain is named after Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. How come? The mountain was first explored and ascended by Polish explorer Pawel Edmund Strzelecki, who named the mountain in honor of Kosciuszko, a good friend of George Washington. 

  3. Poland is the second in the world after the U.S. to have a constitution. U.S. Constitution dates to September 1787, whereas the Polish one to May 1791, that is only four years later. So, Poland was also the first country in Europe to have a constitution. 

  4. Pan Tadeusz, the national epic poem of Poland, starts with "Lithuania, my fatherland! You are like health;/ How much you must be valued, will only discover/ the one who has lost you." Why so, you would ask, right? Since 1569, for about two centuries, Poland and Lithuania were formed one state - the Republic of Both Nations. So, the poet Adam Mickiewicz, regarded by some Lithuanians as Lithuanian, referred rather to the geographical region, not to the country itself. Pan Tadeusz is also considered one of the greatest epic poems in European literature. 

  5. The first mine detector was invented by Polish lieutenant Józef Kosacki during the World War II. 

  6. Poland’s name, Polska, comes from Polanie, meaning people of the fields, the name of the tribe which the Polish nation originates from.

  7. Poles are in the top best programmers of the world. 

  8. The oldest restaurant in Europe, still functioning, is in Poland, Wroclaw (or WrocLove for me). It is called Piwnica Swidnicka, and it is open since 1273. Now imagine, I lived 9 months in Wroclaw and I didn’t know this fact, not to mention that I heard the restaurant is quite expensive, so I always avoided it. Ups! 

  9. Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps were brought to life in Poland by Nazi Germany. About 1 million of Jews died in those terrific places. And even though helping Jews was punishable, lots of Poles made an effort to rescue them. No wonder, they are at the top of the list with the most people nominated as Righteous Among the Nations (6.706 in 2017), the honorific title used by Israel to describe foreigners that saved Jews from extermination during the Holocaust. 

  10. Bulletproof vest was invented by Polish Kazimierz Żegleń in 1893, after the assassination of the mayor of Chicago.
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6 comments:

  1. This is amazing to read! I'm heading over to Poland for a few weeks in April, and couldn't be more excited! I visited Kraków for a few days back in 2012, but this is going to be an extended stay across multiple cities, which is so exciting for me! :)

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    1. Awww! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to go to Poland again. Which cities you will visit?

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  2. Ive always wanted to visit Poland! it looks absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. These are all new to me, as I don't know much about Poland to being with. These were great and interesting facts that you shared.

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  4. Oh great facts here I learned so much about Poland! How cool to have some of those great facts to be proud of :)

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  5. Very interesting, I have Polish ansestors on my mom’s side but have never learned much about the country, enjoyed your post!

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