9. Ethnic groups (2011) 93.7% Polish 2,1% Silesian 0.06% Kashubian 0.03% German 0.01 % Ukrainian 0.01 % Belarusian 4,09 % Other (Roms, Russian, American, Lemkos, Lithuanian, English + undefined )
10. What have I brought from Poland?Heavy luggage filled with hard life experience…
11. Polish administrative area is 312 679km ², which gives it the 70th place inthe world and ninth in Europe.A population of over 38.5 million people , is the 34th most populous placein the world, and the sixth inthe European Union.
12. President And Prime Minister Government - Parliamentary republic (2013) The President of Poland is Bronisław Komorowski 2013-Jaruplund
13. The PrimeMinister of Poland isDonald Tusk (2013)
14. PICTURES FROM PARLAMENT
15. Famous People From PolandJohn Paul II (In Polish: Jan Paweł II) - He wasthe Pope from Poland and the only polish Pope so far. Poland remains one of the most devoutly religious countries in Europe. In 2007, 88.4% of the population belonged to the Catholic Church. Though rates of religious observance are lower, at 52% or 51% of the Polish Catholics.
16. Lech Walesa (In Polish: Lech Wałęsa)He was the first president after ‘89 and the majoractivist of the Solidarity movement. 2013-Jaruplund
17. Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) was a Polishcomposer and virtuoso pianist and every polish personknows him. He is widely considered one of the greatest Romanticcomposers.
18. CopernicusNicolaus Copernicuswas a Renaissance mathematicianand astronomer who formulateda comprehensive heliocentricmodel which placed the Sun at thecenter of the solar system, andwhich described the mechanics ofthe solar system in mathematicallanguage.
19. Polish Nobel Prize Laureates
20. HISTORY Poland began to form in 966 adopting Catholicism, later on sufferred many years of Partitions (1795–1918),also wars, then soviet opression (comunist times) till 1990 when Lech Wałęsa, a Solidarity candidate, eventually won the presidency.The Solidarity movement heralded the collapse of communist regimes and parties across Europe.
21. What do youthink about He is exactly like my today’s wife. Gets on my referee? nerves, but there is nothing you can do about it.
22. Gdansk Sopot Gdynia = TrójmiastoRegion of lakes MAZURY South of Poland MOUNTAINS TATRY, KARPATY,SUDETY, BIESZCZADY
23. SOPOT WHERE I LIVE
24. Sopot is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination.
25. Sopot has the longest wooden pier inEurope, at 515.5 metres
26. GDAŃSK - DANZIG
27. View of Gdaosks Old Town from the Motława river.The city is close to the former late medieval/modern boundary between West Slavic andGermanic lands and it has a complex political history with periods of Polish rule, periods ofGerman rule, and extensive self-rule, with two spells as a free city. It has been part of modernPoland since 1945.
28. Gdaosk is a Polish city on the Baltic coast, the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship
29. Gdaosk Polands principal seaport The medieval port crane, called Żuraw over Motława river.
31. Gdaosk Old Town
32. Gdaosk polish fourth-largest metropolitan area Old Town
33. Gdaosk - The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movementwhich grew up under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa
34. Solidarity played a major role in bringing an end toCommunist rule across Central Europe.
35. Highlights of tourist attractions in PolandCastle in MalborkThe Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is the largest castle in the world by surface area, and the largest brick building in Europe.
36. Peninsula Helski is a 35-km-long sand bar peninsula in northern Poland separating the Bay of Puck from the open Baltic Sea.The width of the peninsula varies from approximately 300 m through 100 m in themost narrow part to over 3 km at the tip. Since the peninsula was formed entirely ofsand, it is frequently turned into an island by winter storms.
37. The longest river and the highest mountainThe longest river in Poland is:Wisla (1047 kilometers). Wisla flows through Warsaw and Kraków andmany other cities, from the south to the north of Poland. The highest mountain in Poland is : Rysy - 2499 meters above the sea level. 11-4-10
38. Wine, women and singing.
39. Warszawa -WARSAW
40. Warsaw- Capital City The Palace of Culture and Science.A gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland in 1952.
41. Warsaw• The Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw consists of a palace and garden complex comprising magnificent gardens, canals and ponds within its 80 hectares.• It was built during the second half of the eighteenth century.
42. WarsawThe Chopin Statue is a large bronze statue of Frédéric Chopin in Warsaws RoyalŁazienki Park. At the statues base, since 1959, on summer Sunday afternoons areperformed free piano recitals of Chopins compositions.
43. Warsaw Vilanov Palace Palace Entrance • Flag Throwing PracticeThe art of flag throwing dates back to medieval guilds. In classical flag throwing,the flag is turned left and right around the body in a standing posture. Inacrobatical flag throwing, the thrower uses both hands to move the flag in asitting, laying, or kneeling posture.
45. Slaughter Oh, geee… Nope, the second!!!Are you here the first time?
47. KRAKOWMAIN SQUARE Welcome to Krakow’s Wawel Dragon
48. KRAKOWThe first fortress was built on Wawel Hillin the 11th. Century. The present castledates largely from the 16th. Century.
49. KRAKOW Early morning walk to check out Krakow
50. KRAKÓWWawel Castle
51. WIELICZKA - NEAR KRAKÓWThe salt mines in Wieliczka were part of the marriage settlement of the Hungarianprincess Kinga. Amazing figures and monuments were sculptured out of its salt wallswhich earned the Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in1978.Visit the 600 year old Salt Mine. You descend 380 wooden steps to the first level 64munderground from there you continue another two levels in tunnels and more stepsuntil you are 135m underground. The distance covered is 5 km and takes 2 hours.At the end of the tour you ascend in a small miners lift carrying 6 to 8 people.The tour visits many ancient chambers and chapels in which almost everything is madeor carved from salt.Kinga’s Chapel is a huge 22,000 cubic metre space and is a popular wedding place wewere advised.
52. Wieliczka Mine salt in WieliczkaThe mine, built in the 13th century, produced table saltcontinuously until 2007, as one of the worlds oldest salt minesstill in operation.In 1978 it was placed on the original UNESCO list of the WorldHeritage Sites Leonardos "The Last Supper" carved in a wall of rock salt The Wieliczka salt mine reaches a depth of 327 metres and is over 300 kilometres long.
53. Wieliczka Main altar in St. Kinga’s Chapel.
54. Wieliczka St. Kinga’s Chapel Salt Sculpture
55. Oświęcim - THE TRAGIC HISTORY AUSCHWITZ – NEAR CRACOW BIRKENAU EXTERMINATION CAMPAn estimated 6,000,000 Polish civilians died duringthe war, of which 2,900,000 were Jewish.
56. Oświęcim AUSCHWITZ AND BIRKENAU The visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau allows you to gain insights into the atrocities created under Hitlers regime and the millions who fell victim to the Holocaust. This was a very personal thought-provoking experience . The largest of all the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, Auschwitz, was transformed into a museum by the Polish government a few years after it was liberated by Russian Troops in 1945.
57. Oświęcim AUSCHWITZ AND BIRKENAU
58. Oswiecim AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP FACTS "Gypsies and people who were crippled especially were sent to be killed, but Slavonic peoples and Hungarians who disagreed with the fascist government were also sent to the chimneys.Many millions of Polish peopledied in the camps. Anyone whowas not German could be used ashands to work until they couldwork no longer, and then to beburned.
59. Oh, my God,this is uncle Leon!
60. The region is located mostly in the basin of the middle Oder River,with its historic capital in Wrocław. The landscape is mostly that of flatlowlands but the mountain ridge of the Western and Central Sudetesmake for the southern border of Lower Silesia.
61. Dolny Śląsk – Niederschlesien – Dolni SlezskoThroughout its history Lower Silesia has been under the control of the medieval Kingdom of Poland,shortly by the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy (1526)and the Kingdom of Prussia (1742) to become a part of the German Empire in 1871.After 1945 the vast majority of the region fell to Poland. Current inhabitants have been largely resettled from the lands Poland lost after WW2, most importantly from today’s western Ukraine. For instance, people from Lviv were relocated to Wrocław, those from Boryslav to Wałbrzych. Also inhabitants of villages were moved in a similar way.
62. Śnieżka, the highest peak of the Sudetes (1602 m asl).
63. Stołowe Mountains, part of the central Sudetes.
64. Ślęża Mountain, in the middle of the Lower Silesian lowlands.
65. The Towns of Lower Silesia The capital – Wrocław
67. The Książ Castle
68. Jelenia Góra
74. The Polish Loire ValleyLower Silesia is also called the Polish Loire Valley as it is home to around 760palaces.Sadly, 30% of them are currently ruined.However, around 10% of the palaces have been renovated so far.