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Total population
c. 60 million[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Poland   38,000,000[2][3][4]
   United States10,600,000[3][4][1][5]
 Israel1,250,000 (ancestry, passport eligible);[7] 202,300 (citizenship)[8]
Other countries
   United Kingdom911,000[10][11]
   South Africa30,000[27]
   Czech Republic20,305[28]
   United Arab Emirates14,500[14]
   New Zealand2,166[38]
Polish • Kashubian • Silesian
Christianity: Predominantly Roman Catholicism[40]
Related ethnic groups
Other West Slavs: Silesians, Kashubs, Czechs, Slovaks, Moravians, Sorbs, Hanoverian Wends(†), Obotrites(†), Veleti(†)

The Polish people, or Poles (Polish: Polacy, singular Polak) are a Slavic nation and ethnic group native to Poland, 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, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and elsewhere.

The most famous Poles are Pope John Paul II, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Nicolaus Copernicus and Lech Wałęsa.

Polish names often end with "-ski", "-ska", "-cki" or "-cka".

The most popular Polish surnames are Nowak and Kowalski.

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