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Location: Central Europe, east of Germany

Geographic coordinates: 52 00 N, 20 00 E

Map references: Europe

total: 312,685 sq km
land: 304,465 sq km
water: 8,220 sq km

Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Mexico

Population - 38,626,349 (July 2004 est.)

Land boundaries:
total: 2,888 km
border countries: Belarus 605 km, Czech Republic 658 km, Germany 456 km, Lithuania 91 km, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) 206 km, Slovakia 444 km, Ukraine 428 km

Coastline: 491 km

Maritime claims:
exclusive economic zone: defined by international treaties
territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers

Terrain: mostly flat plain; mountains along southern border

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Raczki Elblaskie -2 m
highest point: Rysy 2,499 m

Natural resources: coal, sulfur, copper, natural gas, silver, lead, salt, arable land

Land use:
arable land: 47%
permanent crops: 1%
permanent pastures: 13%
forests and woodland: 29%
other: 10% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: 1,000 sq km (1993 est.)

Natural hazards: NA

Environment - current issues: situation has improved since 1989 due to decline in heavy industry and increased environmental concern by postcommunist governments; air pollution nonetheless remains serious because of sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, and the resulting acid rain has caused forest damage; water pollution from industrial and municipal sources is also a problem, as is disposal of hazardous wastes

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

Geography - note: historically, an area of conflict because of flat terrain and the lack of natural barriers on the North European Plain

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Polish National Tourist Office In London

Embassies & Consulates
Polish Embassy - London
Consulate General in London
73 New Cavendish Street
London W1N 4HQ
tel: 0171-580 0476
fax: 0171-323 2320

Consulate General in Edinburgh
2 Kinner Road
Edinburgh EH3 5PE
tel: 0131-552 0301
fax: 0131-552 1086

British Embassy In Poland

British Embassy
al. Roz 1
00-555 Warsaw
tel. (+48 22) 628 10 01-05
fax: (+48 22) 621 71 61

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Information on Poland from World Wide Gazeteer
Information on Polish culture and history - Polish Consulate in Sheffield
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Discover Poland - One stop Internet travel service for Poland
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Tourism Infoline from Poland
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GoPoland! Web Travel Guide to Poland
Go East Europe guide
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Columbus World Travel Guide - Poland
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Warsaw - Official Site
Mazurian Lakes
North Western Region - Pomerania
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Middle Western Region - Great Poland
Middle Eastern Region - Mazovia and Eastern Poland
South Western Region - Lower Silesia and Sudety
South Eastern Region - Little Poland, Swietokrzyskie and Carpathians Mountains

Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin
Research Programs at Adam Mickiewicz University 
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Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw 
Catholic University of Lublin - KUL 
Jagiellonian University 
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School of Polish for Foreigners at the University of Lodz 
Silesian University in Katowice 
Szczecin University 
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University of Bialystok 
University of Lodz 
University of Opole 
University of Rzeszow 
University of Warmia and Mazury 
University of Zielona Gora 
Uniwersity of Gdansk 
Warsaw University 
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