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Country fact sheet – Poland

Country fact sheet – Poland

Official Name

The Republic of Poland

Geographical location

Central Europe (52 00 N, 20 00 E)

Area

312,685 km2

Population

38.2 million

Capital

Warsaw

Principal cities

Łódź, Kraków, Wroclaw, Poznan

Neighboring countries

Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia , Slovakia, Ukraine

Ethnic groups

Polish, German, Belarusian, Ukrainian

Climate

Moderate climate with both maritime and continental elements. Other than the four typical seasons, there also exist two periods namely przedwiosnie (early spring) and przedzimie (early winter). Average temperature is above 20°C, lasts from May until early September (summer) and below 0°C during November and March (winter).

Official language

Polish

Major religions

Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant

Time zone

GMT + 1  (behind Hong Kong by 7 hours)

GMT + 2  (behind Hong Kong by 6 hours in summer)

International dialing code

+48

Currency

Polish złoty (PLN); US$1= app. PLN 3.1 (31 Aug 2010)

Visa requirement

Visa-free access for HKSAR passport holders

Business hours

Private and government offices

8:15 am to 4:15 pm,
Monday to Friday

Banks

9:00 am to 5:00 or 6:00 pm,
Monday to Friday

Shops

10:00 or 11:00 am to 6:00 or 7:00 pm,
Monday to Saturday

10:00 or 11:00 am to 1:00 or 4:00 pm,
Sunday

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