Etiquette in Poland

Poland is located in Eastern Europe and has a population of 38.5 million people.

The nation is a parliamentary republic.

The official language of Poland is Polish, though Kashubian is a regional language. Minority languages include Belarusian, Czech, Lithuanian, German, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish.

Citizens mostly follow Roman Catholicism.

The currency of Poland is the zloty.

A good gift for a Polish family, if you have been invited into their home, would be a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers.

Remove your shoes before entering a Polish home.

Arriving 15 minutes late is fine and even preferred at times, but no later than that.

Wait to start eating until your host begins.

Maintain eye contact during the meal and in particular during toasts.

It is advised to cut yourself off from alcohol; your host or hostess will gladly continue to serve you until you say “when.”

Bread isn’t usually served with butter and it is served on the main plate.

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