Poland is located in north-central Europe. Most of the country is a plain with no natural boundaries except the Carpathian Mountains in the south and the Oder and Neisse rivers in the west. Other major rivers, which are important to commerce, are the Vistula, Warta, and Bug. Poland has a high-income economy and is considered to be one of the healthiest of the post-Communist countries, being one of the fastest growing within the EU. Having a strong domestic market, low private debt, flexible currency, and not being dependent on a single export sector, Poland is the only European economy to have avoided the late-2000s recession.
Poland is located in the center of Europe and has borders with the Baltic Sea, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. Most of the country is flat, but two mountain ranges are located in the south. Poland is home to spectacular natural scenery and beautiful architecture that includes castles, palaces, wooden churches, and modern sports arenas. Polish currency uses the zloty, abbreviated PLN.
Climate in Poland
Due to its central location, Poland has warm summers and very cold winters that include heavy snow. Summer temperatures in most of the country range from 20 to 30 degrees C. Average winter temperatures range from 3 degrees C in the northwest to -8 degrees C in the northeast.
The majority of the Polish population lives in urban areas, and Polish customs and traditions are a blend of both Eastern and Western culture. Nearly 300 arts festivals take place in the country each year including theater, film, and music, especially jazz music. Polish people are very friendly, and meals are considered celebrations. Polish meals feature a wide variety of vegetables, potatoes, and meats.
Cost of Living
The cost to live in Poland is relatively low, about 1200-2500 PLN (about €300-600) per month, excluding tuition. Student dormitories cost about 400-600 PLN and shared apartments run 1000-1600 PLN per month.