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Poland's Information

Flag of Poland
Land Area 304,255 km2
Water Area 8,430 km2
Total Area 312,685km2 (#69)
Population 38,523,261 (#34)
Population Density 126.62/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $1,050.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $27,700
Currency Zloty (PLN)
Largest Cities

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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Magdalena Abakanowicz sculptor
  • Piotr Adamczyk actor
  • Tomasz Adamek boxer
  • Karol Adamiecki engineer, economist
  • Irena Adamowicz Holocaust resister
  • George Adamski ufologist
  • Chrystian Piotr Aigner architect
  • Victor Alter activist
  • Zygmunt Anczok football player, Olympic medalist
  • Wladyslaw Anders army general
  • Piotr Andrejew film director
  • Tadeusz Andrzejewski archeologist, egyptologist
  • Mordechai Anielewicz Warsaw "Ghetto" uprising
  • Anna Anka actress
  • Andrzej Alojzy Ankwicz Roman Catholic Archbishop
  • Aleksy Antkiewicz boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Krzysztof Arciszewski nobleman, military officer, engineer
  • Tomasz Arciszewski former prime minister
  • Henryk Arctowski scientist, Antarctica explorer
  • Franciszek Arminski astronomer
  • Szymon Askenazy historian, diplomat, politician
  • Adam Asnyk poet, dramatist
  • Arnold Auerbach chess master
  • Leszek Balcerowicz economist
  • Tadeusz Banachiewicz astronomer, mathematician
  • Paul Baran engineer, developer computer networking
  • Zygmunt Bauman sociologist
  • Mieczyslaw G. Bekker engineer, scientist
  • Marcin Bielski chronicler, poet
  • Edmund Biernacki physician
  • Michael Bobrzynski historian
  • Karol Borsuk mathematician
  • Stan Borys singer, songwriter
  • Jacob Bronowski mathematician, biologist, historian
  • Jan Brozek astronomer, mathematician
  • Albert Brudzewski astronomer, mathematician
  • Stefan Bryla engineer, welding pioneer
  • Stanislaw Burzynski physician, biochemist
  • Grazyna Bacewicz composer, violinist
  • Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski poet
  • Andrzej Badenski sprinter, Olympic medalist
  • Tomasz Baginski illustrator, animator, director
  • Miroslaw Balka painter, sculptor
  • Stanislaw Baranczak poet, literary critic
  • Agnieszka Baranowska playwright, poet
  • Andrzej Bartkowiak cinematographer, director
  • Edyta Bartosiewicz songwriter, singer
  • Wladyslaw Bartoszewski politician, activist, historian
  • Waldemar Baszanowski weightlifter, Olympic medalist
  • Zdzislaw Beksinski painter, sculptor, photographer
  • Malgosia Bela actress
  • Marek Belka former prime minister
  • Zdzislaw Belsitzmann chess master
  • Jozef Bem military commander
  • Wladyslaw T. Benda painter, illustrator, designer
  • Waclaw Berent novelist, translator
  • Miron Bialoszewski poet, novelist, playwright
  • Zbigniew Bienkowski poet, literary critic, translator, essayist
  • Biernat of Lublin poet, fabulist, translator
  • Boleslaw Bierut former president
  • Leszek Blanik gymnast, Olympic medalist
  • Abram Blass chess master
  • Rafal Blechacz pianist
  • Michal Bobrzynski historian
  • Jozef Maria Bochenski logician, philosopher
  • Wojciech Boguslawski actor, theater director, playwright
  • Boleslaw I first king of Poland
  • Tadeusz Bor-Komorowski military leader
  • Walerian Borowczyk film director
  • Tadeusz Boy-Zelenski poet, writer, translator
  • Olga Boznanska painter
  • Jozef Brandt painter
  • Wladyslaw Broniewski poet, soldier
  • Agnieszka Brustman chess master
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski political scientist, geostrategist, statesman
  • Stanislaw Brzozowski writer, philosopher, literary critic
  • Casimir I the Restorer former duke of Poland
  • Casimir II the Just former senior duke of Poland
  • Casimir III the Great last Piast Dynasty king of Poland
  • Casimir IV the Jagiellon former king of Poland
  • Romuald Cebertowicz soil solidification hydrotechnician
  • Hipolit Cegielski social activist, cultural activist
  • Tytus Chalubinski physician
  • Jozef Marian Chelmonski painter
  • Marek Jan Chodakiewicz historian
  • Edmund Chojecki journalist, playwright, novelist, poet
  • Frederic Chopin composer, pianist
  • Zygmunt Chychla boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Leszek Cichy mountaineer, geodesist
  • Grzegorz Ciechowski composer, musician
  • Teresa Cieply sprinter, hurdler, Olympic medalist
  • August Cieszkowski philosopher, economist, activist
  • Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz former prime minister
  • Nicolaus Copernicus mathematician, astronomy
  • Josef Cukierman chess master
  • Lucyna Cwierczakiewiczowa journalist, author
  • Napoleon Cybulski physiologist
  • Jozef Cyrankiewicz former prime minister of Communist Poland
  • Piotr Cywinski historian
  • Maria Czaplicka anthropologist
  • Adam Jerzy Czartoryski statesman, former president
  • Wladyslaw Czartoryski noble, political activist
  • Jan Czekanowski anthropologist, statistician
  • Krzysztof Czerwinski conductor, organist
  • Jan Czochralski chemist
  • Elzbieta Czyzewska actress
  • Maria Dabrowska writer, novelist
  • Jerzy Dabrowski aeronautical engineer
  • Kazimierz Dabrowski psychologist, physician, psychiatrist
  • Jan Wladyslaw Dawid educator, psychologist
  • Krzesimir Debski composer, conductor, violinist
  • Juliusz Bogdan Deczkowski army soldier, engineer, inventor
  • Jacenty Dedek photographer
  • Jacek Dehnel poet, writer, translator
  • Jan Dekert merchant, political activist, politician
  • Ewa Demarczyk singer
  • Edward Dembowski philosopher, literary critic, activist

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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