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Poland
EU Member since 2004
Other Memberships NATO, Schengen Area, Bologna Process, OECD
Currency Zlotych (PLN)
Capital Warsaw
Area 312,685 sq km
Population 38,383,809 (July 2013 est.)
Language Polish
Religion Roman Catholic 89.8% [about 75% practicing], Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3% (2002)
GDP $ 13,351 (2011)
GNI $ 20,260 (2011)
SGI 6.33 out of 10 (2011)
CPI 58 out of 100 (2012)
Architecture Romanesque, Hanseatic style, Gothic, Mannerism
Literature Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Słowacki, Zygmunt Krasiński, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Władysław Reymont, Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Joseph Conrad
Music Polka, Mazurka; Frederic Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Górecki, Krzysztof Komeda, 2 Plus 1, Afromental, Blog 27, Blue Café, Ich Troje, Virgin
Painting Jan Matejko, Jozef Chełmoński, Tadeusz Makowski
Philosophy Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Cuisine Bigos (stew), Pierogi (dumplings), Kiełbasa, Rosół, Borscht, Flaki (tripe soup), Gołąbki (stuffed cabbage), Zapiekanka (baguette sandwich), Pączki (pastries), Babka (cake). Delicacies: Oszczypek (smoked sheep milk cheese)
Drinks Vodka, Beer, Nalewki (liquors), Mead
Consumption 12.25 equivalent liters of pure ethyl alcohol per capita per year (WHO, 2005)
Sports Soccer, handball, skiing, ice hockey, volleyball
europoint On Poland
24 May 2014

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