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.


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