Poland can trace its roots back 1,000 years and has known many turbulent times throughout its history.
Six million of its people, half of them Jewish, were killed in World World 2.
in May 2004, fifteen years after the end of communist rule, Poland became a member of the European Union.
It has made major economic strides since joining Europe. After the global financial crash of 2008 it was the only country in Europe to experience economic growth in 2009.
Agriculture accounts for about 60% of the country’s total land area and its population is 38.3 million.
Poles will say that the two most important elements of their cuisine are bread and sausages, others include sauerkraut, beetroot, cucumbers (gherkins), sour cream, herbs and spices such as dill and caraway seeds. And vodka.