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Poland: A Historic State
Transcript of Poland: A Historic State
Germany, Russia, China, Italy and France
Air pollution w/ sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants
Acid rain damaging forest
Improvement since de-industrialization in 1989 and increased enviornmental concern from post-Communist governments
Slowly bringing facilities up to EU code - using tons of capital
Joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in 1999
Inducted into the EU (European Union) in 2004
The Republic of Poland
38.1 million people live in Poland today
Data indicates an increase of 1 million people since 2007
Top 5 Exports
Vehicle Parts (4.8%)
Video displays (2.5%)
Cargo Ships (2%)
Impact of Globalization
Past 20 years: The stock of foreign direct investment in Poland increased from virtually nothing in the beginning of the 1990s to 92 billion USD in 2005 (31% of GDP)
by Henry Monkarsh
Located in the very heart of Central Europe, Poland shares northern borders with Russia; Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine in the east; the Czech Republic in the South and Germany in the west.
Top Exporter of
Coke, Razor blades, fishing ships and tar
mostly flat plan w/ mountains on S. border
slightly smaller than New Mexico
Next 20 years: accession into the EU is shrinking the domestic labor market force, affecting the market dramatically
"Poland's Path to a Free Market." BBC News. Web. 19 May 2014. <http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27264119>.
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"Poland." EUROPA. Web. 19 May 2014. <http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/member-countries/poland//index_en.htm>.
"The Observatory of Economic Complexity." OEC: Poland (POL) Profile of Exports, Imports and Trade Partners. Web. 18 May 2014. <http://atlas.media.mit.edu/profile/country/pol/>.
"Poland - Manufacturing." Poland. Web. 19 May 2014. <http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/poland/manufacturing>.
Traditional Polish Cuisine
Charcuterie (sausage) w/ Sauerkraut
Gross Domestic Product
489.8 billion US dollars (76.4 billion manufacturing sectors)
Gross National Income is 816 billion Polish złoty (currency)
Joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Agreement) in 1999
Inducted into the EU in 2004
Over 1,000 years old
Strongest country in Europe in the 16th century
With victory at the Battle of Vienna in 1683, King Jan III Sobieski of Poland was able to break the Ottoman siege of Vienna and end the threat of a possible occupation of western Europe
Constitution drawn in 1997
President elected by popular vote for a 5-year term
The Lower house of Parliament (460) and Senate (100) are elected by means of proportional representation to serve 4-year terms
The majority of all people living in Poland (about 60%) have settled in the country’s urban areas.
Nearly 10,000 lakes and rivers weave throughout the historic land and urban cities
The largest lakes in Poland are Lake Sniardwy (pictured), Lake Mamry in Masuria, Lake Lebsko and Lake Drawsko in Pomerania.
Living in Poland
Top 5 Imports
Obstacles & Highlights
Always struggled amidst interplay between West & East
1945 until the end of communism in 1989, Poland's migration policies reflected isolationist ideologies
1918: Russian grants independence to Poland after USA enters WWI, listing Polish independence as a requirement
Poland's economy grows 15.8% throughout the Great Recession of 2008-11
Poland's size in comparison to the USA