Poland

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Culture

Culture

  • Poland's national culture emerged as a synthesis of Latin and Byzantine influences and was further engendered by the numerous European occupations, throughout its history. Customs, traditions and mores display a diverse mix of the East and the West - a colorful cohabitation of the vibrant Eastern ornamental style and the somber Islamic influence.
  • Poland has a great, long standing tradition of tolerance towards minorities, as well as absence of discrimination on the grounds of religion, nationality or race. It has a high level of gender equality, promotes disability rights movement, and is legally and socially tolerant towards homosexuality.
  • Poland is the birthplace of many distinguished personalities among which are Mikołaj Kopernik,  Fryderyk Chopin,  Pope John Paul II and many others. Many famous artists like Jacek Malczewski, Stanislaw Wyspianski, Józef Mehoffer Stanislaw Witkiewicz and Jozef Chelmonski are Polish citizens. Jan Kochanowski of Poland had been recognized as a leading representative of the Renaissance Literature in Europe. Many world famous Polish movie directors include Academy Awards winners Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda and others.
  • Sports are popular in Poland. Football (soccer) is the country's most popular sport, with a rich history of international competition. Track and field, basketball, boxing, ski jumping, fencing, handball, ice hockey, swimming, volleyball, and weightlifting are other popular sports.
  • Polish cuisine has influenced the cuisines of its surrounding countries. For centuries the Polish kitchen has been the arena for competing with France and Italy. It is rich in meat, especially chicken and pork, and winter vegetables (cabbage in the dish bigos), and spices, as well as different kinds of pasta the most notable of which are the pierogi.
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    Source: www.wikipedia.org