Official Name: Republic of Poland
Capital City: Warsaw
Official Languages: Polish
Religion: Roman Catholic
Currency: Zloty (Zl)
Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour
Country Domain: .pl
Country Tel Code: 48
Situated in the heart of Europe, Poland is bordered by Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany. Its northern frontier on the Baltic Sea gives it easy access to Scandinavian and North Sea ports. Gently undulating, apart from the Sudety and Carpathian mountains along the southern border, it is a fertile land with large forested areas.
Warsaw, Poland's capital city, has an extensive network of services, organizations, and schools aimed at foreigners. In fact, in some cases if the transferred spouse is assigned to another smaller city, the family will take up residence in Warsaw, with the employed spouse returning home only on weekends.
Poland is a parliamentary republic. The president has strong executive powers, including nominating the Prime Minister and having the power to dissolve parliament. The president can veto legislation, and propose it. The legislative power rests with the Lower House, the Sejm, with 460 members, and the Senat, with 100 members. The Sejm enacts the legislation, approves the appointment of the Prime Minister and appoints members of the Council of Ministers, or cabinet.
Poland is addressing the challenges of the change to a free-market economy. Indications are that the drastic reforms of 1990, called "shock therapy," have succeeded. The Polish economy continues to expand and is considered the strongest of the former Soviet-bloc countries. Poland joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in July 1996, NATO in March 1999, and was one of ten nations that joined the European Union (EU) in May, 2004.
Housing costs that are considered moderate for Poland are somewhat more expensive than other comparable cities in Europe. Desirable houses command the highest prices, and are often rented quickly. Foreigners, with their need for immediate housing and lack of time for bargaining, are especially vulnerable. Reduced rents can be found if you take time to shop around and then negotiate. Furnished housing is fairly limited, although sometimes lovely old houses with good furniture do become available.
U.S., British, German, French, Japanese, and Russian schools are available in Poland. The Russian and French schools teach from kindergarten to the secondary level; the U.S. and Japanese schools begin at the primary level. The Russian and French schools prepare students for the Maturité, the Japanese for the SSLC. School-provided transportation for students is not common; parents usually arrange carpools.
Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Poland and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.
Santa Fe Relocation Services Warsaw Office
Address: UI. Geodetow 172 05500 Piaseczno
Contact Number: +48 227017171
Manager: Anthony Heszberger
Let us assist you with obtaining a Polish visa, finding an apartment or school in Warsaw, and more!
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