Jaws was Polish
Fascinating fact about Poland # 35
A film poster advertising the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, which featured the character Jaws.
In Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel THE SPY WHO LOVED ME the ‘real’ name of the character JAWS is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki. He was born in Poland, the product of a union between the strong man of a travelling circus and the Chief Wardress at the Women’s Prison in Krakow!
Fascinating fact about Poland # 34
The International vehicle registration code for Poland
The international vehicle registration code for Poland is PL. These two letters have been used on Polish cars and trucks since 1921.
Polish number plates for cars have black letters on a white background. Polish vehicle registration plates indicate the region of registration of the vehicle in the letters present on the number plate. More about Polish vehicle registration plates.
Fascinating fact about Poland # 32
How large is Poland?
With a total area of 312,679 square kilometres Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe and the 71st largest country in the world by land area.
A map showing the shape of Poland with the provinces shown.
Poland is located in central Europe and bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus; Lithuania to the north-east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian enclave, to the north.
Fascinating fact about Poland # 31
The highest place in Poland
Rysa – on the Slovakian / Polish border is the highest place in Poland.
Rysy in the Tatra Mountains at a height of 2,499 metres above sea level is the highest point in Poland.
Fascinating fact about Poland # 30
The population of Poland
The population of Poland is approximately 38 million (or according to a recent official estimate 38,020,000).
Of this number around 52% of the total are female, compared to 48% male.
Historical population figures for Poland: 2000 – 38,254,000 / 1990 – 38,183,000 / 1980 – 35,735,000 / 1970 – 32,658,000 / 1960 – 29,479,000.
On average, a Polish woman has 1.3 children, which compares unfavourably with the 2.1 children needed to replace generations. This together with mass emigration to western Europe by younger Poles of child-bearing ages means that the population of Poland can only fall in the future.
Fascinating fact about Poland # 29
Dinner in Poland
Dinner, the main meal of the day, in Poland was traditionally eaten between 2pm and 3pm. This generally starts with soup, and is followed by a main course of meat, and in some families, a desert.
However, with changing work patterns, during the working week most Poles now eat their main meal of the day around 6pm. In recent years, eating out at pizzerias and fast food outlets such as McDonalds and KFC has also become more increasingly popular, especially among younger urban-based Poles.
Eating out at a Pizzeria beside the River Warta in the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski, Lubuskie, Poland.
Fascinating fact about Poland # 28
Religion in Poland
According to a survey conducted last year the population of Poland is 87.5% Roman Catholic.
A store in Gorzow, in western Poland, specializing in all things Catholic – from Bibles to religious figures.
The Central Statistical Office for Poland lists more than a hundred active religious groups. The groups with the largest numbers of members are as follows:
The Catholic Church in Poland (33,400,000 members)
Polish Orthodox Church (504,000 members)
Jehovah’s Witnesses (129,000 members)
Evangelical Church in Poland (62,000 members)
Fascinating fact about Poland # 27
Polish vehicle registration plates
Polish vehicle registration plates indicate in letters the region of registration of the vehicle or the organisation to which the car is registered to in the number plate.
Selected examples of letter codes used by organisations on number plates in Poland:
HC – Customs
HP – Police
UA – Cars, and various offroad vehicles in use by the Military
Selected examples of letter codes to indicate the city or region on number plates in Poland:
BS – Suwałki
CB – Bydgoszcz
CG – Grudziądz
DJ – Jelenia Góra
DW – Wrocław
EL – Łódź
FG – Gorzów Wielkopolski
FMI – Międzyrzecz
FSU – Sulęcin
FZ – Zielona Góra
GD – Gdańsk
KR – Krakow
NE – Elbląg
OP – Opole
LU – Lublin
PO and/or PY – Poznań
PMI – Międzychód
PWL – Wolsztyn
RP – Przemyśl
SC – Częstochowa
TSA – Sandomierz
WA – Warsaw / Warszawa (Białołęka)
WE – Warsaw / Warszawa (Mokotów)
ZCH – Choszczno
ZS – Szczecin
A Zuk commercial truck displaying regional number plates. Identify the number plate to possibly win a prize!
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Fascinating fact about Poland # 26
Speedway is probably the most popular motorsport in Poland.
A recent speedway match held in Gorzów Wielkopolski between Stal Gorzów and Zielona Góra.
The Polish word for speedway is żużlowy, which translates as ‘slag’ in English. This is derived from the times when coal slag was used on the surface of the oval tracks that races take place on.
Read more about Speedway in Poland.