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Poland. During most of its history, Poland was a multiethnic society that included substantial numbers of Belarusians, Germans, Jews, and Ukrainians. This ethnic diversity was reduced sharply by World War II and the migrations that followed it.

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Poland is a small country encompassing a total of 312,685 square kilometers including water. To put it in to a more realistic term, it is slightly smaller than the state of New Mexico. Poland is bordered by seven different nations, each of which has influenced the Polish people at one point in time or another. Poland and the continental United States both have a predominately temperate climate. However, Poland is generally colder and with more precipitation. Poland's geography has caused it to generally be an area of conflict because of its flat terrain and the lack of natural barriers on the North European Plain. This is shown through the fact that it has often been a nation under someone else's control. ...read more.

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As it has been stated many times, America is the "melting pot" or "salad bowl" of all the other nations of the world. One statistic found was that 77.1% called their ethnicity white, 12.9% black, and 4.2% Asian. The problem with comparing that information is that "white" encompasses so many actual ethnicities. One can call themselves "white" if they are Irish, Italian, Mexican, English, French, etc. The list could go on for days. The majority of Poles are just that, Poles. There is a more homogeneous blend. The same can be said of the religion. Poland claims that 96% of its citizens are Roman Catholic. The United States has a much larger spread with 56% Protestant, 28% Roman Catholic, 2% Jewish, 4% other, and 10% stating no religion is practiced. ...read more.

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The people of the United States focus on managerial and professional, technical and sales, and manufacturing and transportation. The fact that the Polish do more labor intensive jobs may also be a reason why their life expectancy is more than five years less than ours. The People of Poland actually have a higher literacy rate than the United States, 99% compared to 97%. They seem to have a similar school structure to ours with a preliminary grammar school through eighth grade and then high school. They offer both college preparatory classes and vocational training and then can go on to college if they choose. The family structure also seems to be similar to America's. In Poland the family is the traditional center of social life as it is here. The parents offer support of grown children until they become self-sufficient and in return care is given to the aging parents and grandparents by the grown children. ...read more.

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