10 Facts About Poland You Haven’t Heard

Posted by Natalia Kacprzak | July 15, 2016

Discover AndExperiencE Poland
 You already know quite a lot about Poland? Where it is, how big is the population, neighbouring countries… boring! We guarantee that these 10 facts will absolutely surprise you and you’ll get to know Poland from a different side!

  1. In Poland we have our own way of dubbing foreign movies
    When films are dubbed for Polish TV, one man reads all the parts, even those of women and children! Viewers hear the original English soundtrack only faintly in the background… But hey, don’t worry! In cinema we have use subtitles 😉Video: Pulp Fiction with polish lector
  2. Polish alphabet consist of 32 letters (English of 26)
    Polish alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet but includes certain letters with diacritics: the kreska or acute accent (ć, ń, ó, ś, ź), the overdot or kropka (ż), the tail or ogonek (ą, ę), and the stroke (ł). The letters q, v and x, which are used only in foreign words, are frequently not considered part of the Polish alphabet.alfabet
    Photo: Polish aphabet [source]
  3. First latex condom was invented by a Pole
    First latex condom was invented in 1912 by Julius Fromm – a Jew born in Konin, Poland. He invented the cement dipping method, which made a thinner, seamless condom. Instead of working with rubber as a solid material, he mixed with gasoline or benzene. This made it a liquid in which molds could be dipped. Fromm patented his invention in 1916.
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    Photo: Julius Fromm and his condoms [source]
  4. Poland has the biggest music festival in Europe
    Przystanek Woodstock is an annual rock music festival in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival. It is the biggest open-air festival in Europe with the average attendance of 625,000 people. And the most important, the festival is totally for free!!woodstock
    Photo: Przystanek Woodstock in Kostrzyn nad Odrą [source]
  5. In Poland, one’s “Name Day” – imieniny – is considered a far more important occasion than one’s birthday
    Traditionally, name day celebrations have enjoyed a celebratory emphasis greater than that of birthday celebrations in Poland. However, birthday celebrations are increasingly popular and important, particularly among the young Poles. Imieniny involve the gathering and socializing of friends and family at the celebrant’s home, as well as the giving of gifts and flowers at home and elsewhere, such as at the workplace. Local calendars often contain the names celebrated on a given day.
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    Photo: Typical polish calendar [source]
  6. Polish people marry the youngest within the European Union
    The average age of getting married in Poland is 25 years for women and 27 years for men. This makes Poles the youngest to make the commitment among the European Union Countries. Though the further East of Europe you go the younger people marry.

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    Photo: Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna [source]
  7. Polish constitution was the first one in Europe and the second in the world
    The Constitution of 3 May 1791 was adopted by the parliament of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, a dual monarchy comprising Poland and Lithuania. The constitution sought to supplant the prevailing anarchy fostered by some of the country’s magnates with a more democratic constitutional monarchy. It introduced elements of political equality between townspeople and nobility, and placed the peasants under the protection of the government.

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    Photo: Painting of Jan Matejko “Konstytucja 3 maja” [source]
  8. Poles are ones of best educated in Europe
    90% of Poles have completed at least secondary education, this is gives the highest score in the EU, along with the Czechs, Slovaks, and Slovenes.graduacja2015_05
    Photo: Graduation [source]
  9. The highest mountain in Australia was named after a Pole
    Mount Kosciuszko is a mountain located on the Main Range of the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, part of the Australian Alps National Parks and Reserves. It was named by the Polish explorer Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1840, in honour of the Polish national hero and hero of the American Revolutionary War General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its perceived resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Kraków.Towards_Kosciuszko_from_Kangaroo_Ridge_in_winter
    Photo: Peak of the Mount Kościuszko [source]
  10. First waterproof mascara was invented by a Polish women
    Born in Kraków, Poland, Helena Rubinstein can take credit for the world’s first waterproof mascara. A cosmetics entrepreneur, was the founder of Helena Rubinstein Incorporated cosmetics company, which made her one of the world’s richest women.

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Photo: Helena Rubinstein leads a class on how to apply makeup [source]

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