Poland National Institutions for Language
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Official language: Polish


Demographics of Poland

Poland, with 38,116,000 inhabitants, has the eighth-largest population in Europe and the sixth-largest in the European Union. The largest minority nationalities and ethnic groups in Poland are Silesians, Kashubians, Germans (152,897 according to the census, most in Opole Voivodeship), Belarusians (c. 49,000), Ukrainians (c. 30,000), Lithuanians, Russians, Roma, Jews, Lemkos, Slovaks, Czechs, and Tatars. Among foreign citizens, the Vietnamese are the largest ethnic group, followed by Greeks and Armenians.

Languages

The Polish language, a member of the West Slavic branch of the Slavic languages, functions as the official language of Poland (97.8% - census 2002). Until recent decades Russian was commonly learned as a second language, but now has been replaced by English and German as the most common second languages studied and spoken.

Polish National Institutions for Language

Rada Języka Polskiego
przy Prezydium Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Walery Pisarek
Krystyna Pisarkowa
00-330 Warszawa, Poland
+48-12-422 06 44 or +48-22-657 28 89
rjp@pan.pl
pisarkowa@interia.pl

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