Poland

Country Poland
Capital Warsaw
Continent Europe
Currency Złoty(PLN)
Languages Polish & Kashubian

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Introduction

Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, but Poland still faces the lingering challenges of high unemployment, underdeveloped and dilapidated infrastructure, and a poor rural underclass. Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

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Poland - Wikipedia
Poland - CIA World Fact Book
Poland - BBC
Poland - National Geographic
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Poland supports Turkey's EU bid, says President Duda - POLITICO.eu

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Poland supports Turkey's EU bid, says President Duda
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Poland, which is itself something of a pariah in the bloc because of a dispute with the European Commission over alleged breaches of democratic standards, took the opposite line to fellow EU leaders on the status of accession talks. European Commission ...
Poland IGNORES EU's pleas for unity by BACKING Turkey to join bloc in disaster for JunckerExpress.co.uk
Poland in favour of Turkey joining EU: Polish president - Radio ...thenews.pl
Turkey leader in Poland for talks on security, his policiesFox News
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Apple Pay May Launch in the Netherlands and Poland Later This Year - Mac Rumors

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Apple Pay May Launch in the Netherlands and Poland Later This Year
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Dutch blog One More Thing, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, claims that ING will be the first bank to offer Apple Pay in the Netherlands. Virtual bank Bunq also supposedly plans to support Apple Pay. Rabobank, one of the largest banks ...
Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this yearAppleInsider (press release) (blog)

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Norway and Poland reach deal on 809m aid scheme - EUobserver

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Norway and Poland reach deal on 809m aid scheme
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Norway and Poland have reached an agreement on a comprehensive grant programme, ending lengthy negotiations where Warsaw tried to capture funds earmarked for the civil sector. Norway EU minister Frank Bakke-Jensen met the Polish state secretary ...



Poland warns Raiffeisen Polbank to stick to IPO deadline - Financial Times

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Poland warns Raiffeisen Polbank to stick to IPO deadline
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Poland's banking watchdog said on Tuesday that it could take action against Raiffeisen Bank International if the Austrian lender did not list at least a 15 per cent ...

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Expelled Russian contributed to information warfare against Poland: expert - thenews.pl

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Expelled Russian contributed to information warfare against Poland: expert
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Targalski, a historian and political scientist, said on Polish Radio 24 on Tuesday that the expelled Russian, identified only as Dmitry K., had sought to disseminate pro-Moscow views in Poland. Dmitry K. was expelled at the request of the head of ...

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The Hospitality Industry in Poland Begins to Reap the Benefits of Slow-Building Tourist Gains - Hospitality Net

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The Hospitality Industry in Poland Begins to Reap the Benefits of Slow-Building Tourist Gains
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One of the most recent countries where this progression has been in evidence is Poland, which began building its reputation as a destination for visitors from America, France, the United Kingdom and even Asia some years ago. Industry experts have ...

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Poland targeted by spate of cyber attacks: defence minister - National - thenews.pl

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Poland targeted by spate of cyber attacks: defence minister - National
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Poland's defence ministry and other institutions have been targeted by one potentially dangerous cyber attack a week on average over the last six months, the ...

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Poland grad, YSU alum writes software for Texas Instruments calculator - WKBN.com

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Poland grad, YSU alum writes software for Texas Instruments calculator
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POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) A Poland high school graduate returned to his alma mater to donate 30 calculators. Not just any calculators, though, some of the software for the devices was written by the local grad while he attended college. Cameron Dinopoulos ...

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Roman Polanski Returns to Poland to Shoot Film About His Childhood - Hollywood Reporter

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Roman Polanski Returns to Poland to Shoot Film About His Childhood
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It is the first time the controversial director has been to Poland since a Polish court rejected a U.S. extradition request last year. Roman Polanski has returned to Poland for the first time since the country's top court rejected a U.S. extradition ...
Roman Polanski in Poland for documentary on his early lifeDaily Mail

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Poland to stick to low or no dividends at its energy firms -minister - ETEnergyworld.com

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Poland to stick to low or no dividends at its energy firms -minister
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WROCLAW, Poland: Poland's energy minister said on Wednesday that he expects state-run energy companies to continue to offer no or low dividends next year as they need to keep investing. Under the Law and Justice (PiS) government, which aims to ...