Do you know interesting facts about Poland?
Here are interesting facts about Poland and things about Poland that most people don’t know about. These facts can make your trip to Poland way more interesting.
Poland is full of contradictions, the ninth largest country in Europe. This country can boast a rich history, many popular people and scientists and the miracles of nature as well. On the other hand, Poland can give you a good laugh and a few reasons to contemplate.
There are so many worth getting to know facts about Poland, that it’s hard to pick the most important and the most interesting ones. That’s why I’ve collected the most interesting facts about Poland especially for you! Remember them and you will amaze many people with how much you know about Poland! So Let’s go!
- The Polish language is (very) difficult
As we already know It’s really hard to understand. How is it possible? The Polish language uses seven cases which gives very complex grammar. It has also very difficult pronunciation and many exceptions to every one rule. Spelling is another problem as sometimes there are two characters that indicate the same sound. The Polish language is a crazy creation of verb conjugation and noun inflexion. Remember! The same word in few sentences can take a different form depending on the number (singular or plural), cases and gender
2. The most famous astronomer was Polish
Nowadays, the fact that the Earth rotates around the Sun is obvious. But in the past, the world was seen differently! The person who moved the earth and stopped the sun was Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer.
3. The name “Poland” (Polska) has a meaning.
It originates from the name of the tribe Polanie, which means “people living in open fields.
4. There are 17 Nobel frize winners with Polish roots.
The most famous Polish winners are:
The Nobel Prize is the symbol of prestige and fame all over the world. Poland can be proud of the Nobel Prize winners who had a real influence on science.
- Maria Skłodowska-Curie (physics and chemistry)
- Henryk Sienkiewicz, Władysław Reymont, Wisława Szymborska, Czesław Miłosz (literature)
- Lech Wałęsa (Nobel Peace Prize)
Moreover, only a few people know that there are also many laureates of Polish origin who, due to history, had to flee the country.
- Physicist: Albert Michelson, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Georges, Charpak
- Physiology or medicine: Tadeusz Reichstein, Andrew Schally
- Chemistry: Roald Hoffmann
- Nobel Peace Prize: Menachem Begin, Szimon Peres and Józef Rotblat
- and others
5. Poland has the second oldest university in Europe.
The Jagiellonian University was founded by King Casimir III the Great in 1364. It means that it’s the second University in Europe as the first one was created in Prague sixteen years before.
The university teaches continuously until today. It has 43 405 students so it shouldn’t be surprising that many well-known people like Nicolaus Copernicus, John Paul II or Bronisław Malinowski have graduated from this place.
As you can can see this unique country is the mixture of interesting stories and facts. Now you know different facts about Poland and you have many nice reasons to visit it and organize great Polish holidays.