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Even a clock that is not going is right twice a day.
- Polish Proverb

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A Short Trip in Poland by Paul Shelton


Country Overview

Poland is located in Central Europe east of Germany with a total area of 312,685 sq km and 491 km of coastline along the Baltic Sea in the north. Terrain is mostly flat plain, with some mountains in the south. Climate is temperate with cold winters, mild summers and plenty of precipitation year round.

Government type is republic with the capital of Warsaw. President Aleksander Kwasniewski has served as chief of state since December 1995, while Prime Minister Leszek Miller has lead the government since October 2001.

Population is 38.6 million with a zero percent rate of natural increase.

Language is officially Polish, with over 98% of citizens speak fluently. Minority languages also spoken include Czech, Greek, Lithuanian, Russian, Slovak, and Eastern Yiddish.

Economy stands out as one of the most successful transition economies in the world. The rapidly developing private sector is supported by state law and regulation. Unfortunately, Poland's large agricultural sector suffers from infrastructure problems, surpluss labor, inefficiency and underinvestment. GDP per capita is US$8,500, with 18.4% of the population living below the poverty line and 12% unemployed.

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