Interesting facts about Poland

The OCR European Championships will be held on the 27-30 of June 2019 in Gdynia, Poland.

We would like to provide you with some interesting facts about Poland. It will be really great to host you in our country! Please find below some information about Poland that you might find useful and interesting.

  • Did you know that the name of our country has a meaning? Poland originates from the name of tribe Polanie and it means “people living in the fields”.
  • When it comes to the landscape, Poland has beaches, forests, deserts and lakes! We have almost 800 km of the seashore and a few mountain chains ☺
  • 10 best Polish foods you must try are: pierogi (Polish dumplings), rosół (broth/ chicken soup), gołąbki (cabbage roll), Polish pancakes, Łazanki, śledź w oleju z cebulą (herring in oil with onion), bigos (hunter’s stew), kotlet schabowy (breaded pork cutlet), gulasz (goulash) & desserts.

And now some information you should know when arriving to Poland:

People in Poland can speak English ☺


Poland is not in the eurozone, we have our own currency and it is Polish zloty. You can find current exchange rates at:

The hotel or restaurant may accept euro or dollars, but ATM’s and exchange counters can be found on almost every street, so you won’t have a problem getting local currency. You can pay with your VISA/Mastercard almost everywhere in Poland.

Below data was acquired on the 16 November 2018
1 GBP = 4,90 PLN 1 PLN = 0,21 GBP
1 USD = 3,70 PLN 1 PLN = 0,27 USD
1 EUR = 4,30 EUR 1 PLN = 0,23 EUR

Calling code:

+ 48

Time zone:

Poland belongs to the Central European time zone (GMT + 1 hour / UTC + 1 hour), except for between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October when it switches to daylight saving time.

Traffic drives

on the right (right-hand rule)


Always have some form of official ID with you. If you are from the Schengen area you don’t need a passport to Poland.
Information about VISA can be found here:

Embassy info/contact

Getting around.

Cities are well-served by buses and trams. The easiest way to manage travel is to buy a 24-hour ticket from a kiosk to encompass all modes.

Mobiles and internet.

Your mobile will connect to the equivalent of your domestic user. Remember to take a two-pin travel adaptor for charging.


Remember to get your European health insurance card – it is recognized in Poland.


In Poland we have the European emergency number 112

General transportation:

  • You can always use Google maps (it will show you which bus or train line to use).
  • app can be very helpful
  • You can also use Uber

Hotels / accommodation:

apps like might be useful

Hope our tips will be useful☺ Stay tuned for more info!

See you on the 27-30 of June 2019 in Gdynia, Poland!

Photo by Andrea Anastasakis on Unsplash

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