About Poland



Flag – Two horizontal stripes of equal width, the upper one white and the lower one red

Emblem – while eagle with a golden crown on a red shield

Official language – Polish Currency – złoty, PLN

Location – Central Europe. Poland borders Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia. Its northern border runs along the Baltic Sea coast.


 Capital – Warszawa (Warsaw)

Area – 312,685 sq km (9th largest country in Europe) 

Climate – The Polish climate is moderate continental, with relatively cold winters (from December to March) and hot summer which extend from June to August. January temperatures average -1°C to -5°C. July and August average temperatures range from 16,5°C to 19°C, though some days the temperature can reach even 35°C.


Calling code – +48

Internet domain – .pl



Polish cuisine has over years been influenced by many cooking traditions and varies across the country.

Some of the Polish specialties are:

– Soups such as beetroot soup (barszcz) or sour soup made from rye flour and mushrooms, served with potatoes and diced sausages (żurek)

– Bigos, considered the Polish national dish, which is a traditional stew of cabbage and meat

– Smoked meats, such as the famous Polish sausage (kiełbasa), which comes in many kinds

– Various sorts of delicious dumplings (pierogi) stuffed with cottage cheese and potatoes, meat, cabbage and mushrooms or fruits

– Breaded pork cutlet (kotlet schabowy)

– Pancakes (naleśniki) with sweet or spicy filling or popular potato pancakes (placki ziemniaczane)

– Oscypek: cheese produced in the mountains from ewe’s milk, which is the most famous Polish regional delicacy

– Delicious pastries and cakes, such as typically Polish apple pie (szarlotka), gingerbread (piernik), poppy seed cake (makowiec) or cheesecake (sernik).



During your stay in Poland you”ll have a chance to explore our amazing architecture and nature. Ask also Local Committees who will be your host to tell you about IAESTE Weekends.