Where In The World- March 2017

Where in World Is Poland

The first people to permanently live in Poland were the Slavs. They moved there in the Middle Ages. For many years, the people living in Poland lived as separate tribes. In 966 A.D., the tribes were united by Chief Mieszko, who then became the prince of Polska. He was a chief of one of the Slavic tribes. Poland grew even further in the 1500s when it joined with Lithuania and officially became a commonwealth. The next few hundred years were dif cult for Poland. There were many wars and invasions. In fact, Poland did not officially exist between the Russian Empire, the kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy. In 1939, Poland was again invaded, this time by Nazi Germany. After World War II,Poland was again a nation, but it wasn’t truly independent. It became a communist satellite state of the Soviet Union.

  • It covers 120,728 square miles.
  • The capital and largest city is Poland.Most people in Poland are Roman Warsaw
  • The currency is the Zloty.
  • The language is Polish.
  • It is the ninth largest country in Europe.
  • The national symbol is the white eagle.
  • The population is over 38 million people.
  • The highest point in Poland is Rysy in the Tatra Mountains, it is 8,199 feet tall.
  • Thirty percent of Poland is covered in forest.
  • The major rivers are the Vistula and Oder.
  • There are more than 1,300 lakes in Poland
  • Most people in Poland are Roman Catholic
  • Poland is in Central Europe.

Even though Poland has been conquered many times throughout its history, the people have always been able to preserve their culture and identity by sticking together and fighting for what they believe in. The Polish are famous for their resistance ghting. In World War II, they had a government in exile and the Polish people helped to fight against the Nazis. In 1980, the people of Poland came together and even ended communism peacefully with a movement called “Solidarity.” Now Poland is an independent democracy in the European Union.

For more information visit the following sites:

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/poland/#poland-warsaw.jpg

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/countries/poland.html

http://www.timeforkids.com/destination/poland

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