"Poles are extraordinarily hospitable, they entertain without a grudge.
The Poles are fond of gayety, of amusement, of society; they love pleasure in all its bright and charming forms"
The New York Times November 19, 1882
Although written 128 years ago, the description is true today and is at the heart of the Polish Festival @ Federation Square.
Our aim is to ignite a little bit of the Polish in every one who visits our festival.
So this section provides you with some background about Poland and its culture.
Here is a sample of some interesting facts about Poland
- Geographically, Poland is not actually in Eastern Europe – it is in fact in the very centre of Europe.
- Forests cover almost one third of Poland. Over 50% of the land is dedicated to farming.
- Poland is one of the world's leading producers of copper.
- There are over 100 universities in Poland.
- Poland boasts 17 Nobel prize winners, including four Peace Prizes and five in Literature.
- 90% of Poles have completed at least secondary education.
- Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Poland.
- The most popular female names in Poland are Anna, Maria, and Katarzyna (Katherine)
- The most popular male names are Piotr (Peter), Krzysztof (Christopher), and Andrzej (Andrew)
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