Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Poland. If you visit this amazing country, don’t forget to try some zapicancas and perogis! I’ve traveled through Poland a few times, visiting castles, war memorials, and gothic old towns. And all along the way I learned many great Poland facts!

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  1. Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe.
  2. Poland’s first civilization dates back to about 2000 B.C., but it wasn’t until A.D. 966 that the region’s tribes became united under the Slavic chief Mieszko, first prince of Polska.
  3. Saint John’s Kupala is a popular holiday in which people jump over fires, a tradition that predates Christianity.
  4. In Wroclaw there is an annual city-wide medieval festival, including jousts, horse archery, medieval dances and other activities.
  5. In 1795 Poland ceased to exist as a country for 123 years.
  6. Polish people marry the youngest within the European Union (24 years old for women and 26.5 years old for men in average).
  7. Poles have won a total of 17 Nobel prizes (more than Japan, China, India or Australia), including four Peace Prizes, and five in Literature
  8. The most popular name for a dog in Poland is Burek which translates to: “brownish-grey color”.
  9. During Wianki people go to the riverbanks and float wreaths with candles on them on the water. If it floats to a woman on the other side, she’ll find love. If it circles three times, she’ll be unlucky with her love life.
  10. In 1980, Polish workers began protesting communist rule under the now-famous union banner of Solidarity. In 1989, democratic elections were held, and the country was renamed the Republic of Poland.
  11. The first floor in Poland is called the “parter.” When you enter a home you have to leave anything cloth at the door and not wear religious symbols or you could offend the host.
  12. Pizza in Poland does not contain tomato sauce. The waiters bring sauce to the table in a pitcher, and you pour it on top. Sometimes the sauce is just ketchup.
  13. Some Polish beer is 10% alcohol.
  14. Polish toilet paper is made of crepe.
  15. Military personnel salute each other with two fingers
  16. Besides Polish, locals usually also know a little German, English, or Russian.
  17. Przystanek Woodstock is the biggest open-air festival in Europe–an annual free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival.
  18. 90% of the people are Roman Catholic.  There is even a Pope channel on TV. Anytime one needs to see the pope, one can tune him in.intesting facts about poland
  19. In Poland, bananas are peeled from the blossom end, not from the stem end.
  20. There are 23 national parks in Poland, 1,269 nature reserves, and a hundred bird sanctuaries.
  21. The polish flag hung upside down looks the same as the flags of Indonesia and Monaco
  22. Flaczki is a wholesome delicacy. If you boil the national dish Bigos for longer than three days it gives off a deadly gas. It is now being used in Iraq and Afghanistan
  23. According to Polish folklore only marriages concluding in months that contain the letter “r” can be successful.
  24. There is a lost underground airport somewhere under Wisla, Poland.
  25. There are only 24 facts here, actually. hehe

 

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I've been on the road for 5.5 years now, visiting 80 countries, 6 continents and endless adventures. Divemaster and SCUBA addict. Travel junkie. World roamer.
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