|Some well-known Poles and people with Polish roots.
Top: Marie Curie, Pope John Paul II, Nicolaus Copernicus, Lech Wałęsa, Conrad.
Middle: Gretzky, Jan III Sobieski, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Rejewski, Wajda, Kolbe.
Bottom: Józef Piłsudski, Lem, Brzeziński, Warner, Wielicki, Wolszczan, Negri.
60 million (est.)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Predominantly Roman Catholicism with Orthodox, Protestant, Atheist and Jewish minorities.|
The Polish people, or Poles (Polish: Polacy, singular Polak) as a nation, they are bounded by the Polish language, which belongs to the Lechitic subgroup of west slavic languages of Central Europe, living mainly in Poland. Their religion is mainly Roman Catholic. They use modified Latin alphabet.
There are about 60 million Poles in the world. Besides Poland, many live in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ukaine and elsewhere.
The most famous Poles are Pope John Paul II, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Nicolaud Copernicus and Lech Wałęsa.
Polish names have an ending "-ski", "-ska", "-cki" or "-cka".
The most popular Polish surnames are Nowak and Kowalski.
Notes[change | change source]
- Świat Polonii, witryna Stowarzyszenia Wspólnota Polska: „Polacy za granicą” (Polish people abroad as per summary by Świat Polonii, internet portal of the Polish Association Wspólnota Polska)
- Excel spreadsheet from Polish Central Statistical Office
- 2006 Community Survey
- Polish Society in Brazil
- (German) Bevölkerung mit Migrationshintergrund - Ergebnisse des Mikrozensus 2005 Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland (German text about migrants in Germany) PDF.
- List of Canadians by ethnicity
- (English) Poles in the UK, Polish Express, source: government statistics.
^ (Polish) According to Tomasz Ziemba from Polish Express online 1,020,000 Polish visitors in the UK logged into Polish chatroom Gadu–Gadu in January: Policzyło nas Gadu–Gadu
^ (Polish) Tomasz Wybranowski, Korespondencja, Tygodnik Przegląd, 22.08.2007, onet.pl
^ (English) Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, Office for National Statistics recorded the number of Poles who have travelled to the UK in 2006 at over 2,000,000. The number of those who stay exceeds 250,000.
- Poles in Belarus
- Poles in Lithuania
- Poles in Russia
- PDF (56.3 KiB)
- Poles in Ukraine
- Aftenposten.no: - 120.000 polakker i Norge (Innenriks)
- Poles in Argentina
- Poles in Ireland
- PDF (1.41 MiB)
- Poles in Italy (click on Tutti i Paesi - Tavola)
- Poles in Mexico
- PDF (87.2 KiB)
- PDF (162 KiB)
- Poles around the World (>polonia > statystyka)