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Poland

Population: 38,518,241
Area: 120,728 sq. miles
Location: Europe
Capital: Warsaw
Major Cities: Lodz, Krakow
Language(s): Polish
Winter Olympic Debut: 1924

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Poland is located on the Baltic Sea in east-central Europe. It borders four former Soviet republics (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania), as well as Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. In the 18th century, it was apportioned among Prussia, Russia and Austria.

Its independence was recognized in the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, but Germany and Russia invaded Poland in September 1939 and divided the country. After World War II it became a Soviet satellite state, but its government was tolerant and progressive.

In 1990 an independent trade union called "Solidarity" became a political force, with its leader, Lech Walesa, winning the presidency.

Poland: Olympic Tradition

Poland is one of 12 countries to have participated in every Olympic Winter Games. It has won eight medals (one gold, three silver, four bronze).

Poland: Vancouver Outlook

2006 bronze medalist Justyna Kowalczyk is one the top female cross-country skiers in the world and could win multiple medals in Vancouver. Poland could also win a medal in men's biathlon with 2006 silver medalist Tomasz Sikora.

Explore & Compare

Explore & Compare

How many golds did the U.S. win at the 1980 Lake Placid Games? How do Norway, Sweden and Finland match up from Olympics to Olympics? Explore and compare medal standings through the years.

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Images of the Parade of Nations at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Images of the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 12.

2010 Medal Standings

CountryGOLDSILVERBRONZETotal
CANUSA9151337
CANGER1013730
CANCAN147526
CANNOR98623
CANAUT46616
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