- 1 Overview
- 2 Education in Poland
- 3 Internet in Poland
- 4 Copyright law in Poland
- 5 OER Initiatives in Poland
- 6 References
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. The total area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometres making it the 69th largest country in the world and 9th in Europe. Poland has a population of 38,200,000 people (2010 figure), which makes it the 33rd most populous country in the world.
Its capital is Warsaw.
The establishment of a Polish state is often identified with the adoption of Christianity by its ruler Mieszko I in 966, when the state covered territory similar to that of present-day Poland. Poland became a kingdom in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a long association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by uniting to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth collapsed in 1795, and its territory was partitioned among Prussia, Russia, and Austria. Poland regained its independence in 1918 after World War I but lost it again in World War II, occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Poland lost over six million citizens in World War II, and emerged several years later as a socialist republic within the Eastern Bloc under strong Soviet influence. In 1989 communist rule was overthrown and Poland became what is constitutionally known as the "Third Polish Republic".
Poland is a unitary state made up of sixteen voivodeships.
Education in Poland
For a general description of education in Poland see Education:Poland.
For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Poland.
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