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Outline of Poland

The location of Poland
Map of the Republic of Poland

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Poland:

The Republic of Poland is a sovereign country located in Central Europe.[1] Poland is bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north. The total area of Poland is 312,679 km² (120,728 sq mi),[2] making it the 69th largest country in the world and 9th in Europe. Poland has a population of over 38.5 million people, which makes it the 33rd most populous country in the world.[3]

The establishment of a Polish state is often identified with the adoption of Christianity by its ruler Mieszko I in 966 (see Baptism of Poland), when the state covered territory similar to that of present-day Poland. Poland became a kingdom in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a long association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by uniting to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth collapsed in 1795, and its territory was partitioned among Prussia, Russia, and Austria. Poland regained its independence in 1918 after World War I but lost it again in World War II, occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Poland lost over six million citizens in World War II, and emerged several years later as a socialist republic within the Eastern Bloc under strong Soviet influence. In 1989 communist rule was overthrown and Poland became what is constitutionally known as the "Third Polish Republic". Poland is a unitary state made up of sixteen voivodeships (Polish: województwo). Poland is also a member of the European Union, NATO and OECD.

Contents

  • General reference 1
  • Geography of Poland 2
    • Environment of Poland 2.1
      • Natural geographic features of Poland 2.1.1
    • Regions of Poland 2.2
      • Ecoregions of Poland 2.2.1
      • Administrative divisions of Poland 2.2.2
        • Provinces of Poland 2.2.2.1
        • Municipalities of Poland 2.2.2.2
    • Demography of Poland 2.3
  • Government and politics of Poland 3
    • Branches of the government of Poland 3.1
      • Executive branch of the government of Poland 3.1.1
      • Legislative branch of the government of Poland 3.1.2
      • Judicial branch of the government of Poland 3.1.3
    • Foreign relations of Poland 3.2
      • International organization membership 3.2.1
    • Law and order in Poland 3.3
    • Military of Poland 3.4
    • Local government in Poland 3.5
  • History of Poland 4
  • Culture of Poland 5
    • Art in Poland 5.1
    • Sports in Poland 5.2
  • Economy and infrastructure of Poland 6
    • Transportation in Poland 6.1
  • Education in Poland 7
  • Health in Poland 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

General reference

Relief map of Poland

Geography of Poland

Topographic map of Poland
 Czech Republic 796 km
 Slovakia 541 km
 Ukraine 535 km
 Germany 467 km
 Belarus 418 km
 Russia 210 km
 Lithuania 104 km

Environment of Poland

An enlargeable satellite image of Poland

Natural geographic features of Poland

Regions of Poland

Ecoregions of Poland

Administrative divisions of Poland

Division of Poland into voivodeships and powiats
Provinces of Poland
Municipalities of Poland

Demography of Poland

Government and politics of Poland

Branches of the government of Poland

Executive branch of the government of Poland

Legislative branch of the government of Poland

Judicial branch of the government of Poland

Foreign relations of Poland

International organization membership

The Republic of Poland is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Poland

Military of Poland

Local government in Poland

History of Poland

Main articles: Current events of Poland

Culture of Poland

Art in Poland

Sports in Poland

Economy and infrastructure of Poland

Transportation in Poland

Education in Poland

Health in Poland

See also

References

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^ NationMaster.com 2003-2007, Poland, Facts and figures

External links

General
  • Poland.gov.pl - Polish national portal
  • Polish Information
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Poland at the World Factbook
  • Background Note: Poland
Travel
  • Outline of Poland travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Commonwealth of Diverse Cultures: Poland's Heritage
Photos
  • Photos from Poland
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