Area: 312 685 km2

Population: 38.7 million

Capital: Warsaw (Warsaw)

President: Lech Kaczyński

Currency: 1 Zloty (PLN) = 100 Groszy

(1 euro = aprox. 3.4 USD)

Tourism: About 14 million tourists a year visit Poland.

Neighbours: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine,

Belarus, Russia, Lithuania,

Poland is one of the largest countries of Eastern Europe, comparable in terms of area with Italy or Germany. Its population is estimated at about 39 million. In May 2004, Poland joined the European Union.