History: A republic of upper central Europe, Poland's history goes back to the tenth century AD. Partitioned in the 18th century, it became independent in 1918. The Nazi invasion on Poland in 1939 initiated World War II. The country was liberated again in 1944.
Solidarity movement led by Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa played an important part in bringing down the communist dictatorship in 1989. The communist party was discovered in 1990.
Agriculture: About 62% of the population are under 32% of the population are engaged in agriculture. Chief crops are rye, wheat, oats,
potatoes, sugar beets, tobacco and flax.
Minerals: The country has vast resources of mineral wealth, particularly coal, besides iron, lignite, natural gas, lead, zinc and sulphur.
Industries: Textiles, chemicals and metallurgy are old, established industries. new industries include automobiles, tractors, heavy machinery, ship-building and aircraft manufacturing. Main exports are ships, coal, steel and clothing. Wide ranging measures to convert the economy into a market oriented system were introduced in 1989. In 1991, the government announced an ambitious privatization plan.
Mission in India:
Embassy of the Republic of Poland
50-M, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 5149 6900 (Ambassador's Office: 51496901)
Fax: 91 - 11 - 26871914 (Embassy)/ 2687 2033 (Commercial Section)
Indian Mission in Poland:
Embassy of India
Ul Rejtana 15 (Flats 2 to 7) Mokotow
02-516 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: 00 - 48 - 22 - 8495800, 8496257
Fax: 00 - 48 - 22 - 8496705, 8498505