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Poland shares borders with the Baltic Sea, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Germany. On the Baltic coast there are a mixture of sandy beaches and steep cliffs and dunes. Northern Poland has the majority of Poland’s lakes and wooded hills, joined by rivers and canals. Lake Hancza is the deepest lake in Poland and is located in this area.
The country has warm summers, crisp sunny autumns and cold winters. Snow covers the mountainous area of Southern Poland from mid-December to April. Rain falls throughout the year.
Facts and Figures
|Area||312,685 sq km (120,728 sq miles).|
|Capital||Warsaw – population 1,716,855 (2009)|
|Language||Polish is the official language. There is a small German-speaking community. English and Russian are also spoken.|
|Religion||More than 90 per cent Roman Catholic; other religions include Polish Autocephalous Orthodox, Russian and Greek Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim.|
|Time||GMT + 1|
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