The Area

Since the European borders have opened there has been large scale migration across Europe, including the Polish into the UK, so how much do you know about the Polish and their country?

The Republic of Poland is located in north central Europe, bordering to the north, the Baltic Sea, Germany to the west and 6 other countries across the south and the east.

Covering 313k square kilometres (121k sq mi), with a population of approximately 39 million people, its Capital is Warsaw.

In modern history, World War 2 with the invasion of Poland by Germany on 1st September 1939 at Westerplatte (Gdansk) and thereafter by the Soviet state set the tone of what the modern Polish nationality is today.

Established in 1947, the Polish People's Republic was established as a satellite state under Soviet influence. In the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1989, most notably through the emergence of the Solidarity movement, Poland re-established itself as a democratic republic.

Gdansk is for many Poland’s finest city, its principle seaport, it was rebuilt after the war using Flemish, Dutch, French and Italian architecture to replace the Germanic architecture.

With 464k inhabitants, Gdansk is part of the Tri-city of Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk, 3 cities that have merged into one sprawling metropolis, boarded by the beauty of the Baltic sea and Poland’s famous woodlands and housing a total of 1.4 million people.

Steeped in heritage, from the location of the start of the Second World War (Westerplatte), birthplace of Solidarity and today a thriving destination catering to hundreds of thousands of tourists per annum.