How did the word złoty get its name?
- The word złoty is a masculine form of the Polish adjective 'golden', which closely relates with its name to the Dutch guilder whereas the grosz subunit was based on German groschen, cognate to the English word " groat ". It was officially introduced to replace its predecessor, the Polish marka, on 28 February 1919 and began circulation in 1924.
Poland joined the European Union as part of its enlargement in 2004. However, Poland has not adopted the euro as its currency and legal tender, but instead uses the Polish złoty. In April 2010, Polish president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of the country's top political and military leaders died in the Smolensk air disaster.
After the third partition of Poland, the name złoty existed only in Austrian and Russian lands. Prussia had introduced the mark instead.
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Polish names have two main elements: the imię, the first name, or given name; and the nazwisko, the last name, family name (surname). The usage of personal names in Poland is generally governed by civil law, church law, personal taste and family custom. The law requires a given name ( imię) to indicate the person's gender.
Poland has a population of nearly 38.5 million people, and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Warsaw is the nation's capital and largest metropolis. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.
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Politics and diplomacy
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Social and economic topics
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Poland, in the form of a long Republic of Poland, is a central European state bordering Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and Lithuania to the north. Poland is the 34th most populous country in the world with a population of 38 million.