When the United States gained its independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776, Poland was already more than 800 years old. There are buildings in Poland older than the 13 original U.S. colonies.
Despite being radically different ages, the two nations share much—a common heritage of democratic values and equality under the law (with exceptions like any other country) for one, and a valorous history of fighting and dying for those values for another.
At their heart, then, Poland and the U.S. have the same beat.
Of course, it’s always interesting to see how other aspects of these two countries stack up against each other. Here’s some fun and interesting comparisons.
Poland vs. the U.S. Go!
The surface area of the U.S. is 3.797 million square miles. Poland’s surface area is 120,726 square miles, or about the size of the state of New Mexico (map not to scale).
The tallest building in the US is One World Trade Center in New York at 1,776 feet. Poland’s tallest building is the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw at 757 feet.
The highest mountain in the U.S is Mount Denali in Alaska, soaring 20,310 feet into the air. Poland’s tallest mountain is Mount Rysy at 8,212 feet.
Poland’s longest river is the Vistula, which runs for 651 miles. The Missouri River, at 2,341 miles, is the longest U.S. river.
Poland’s population is 38 million, while the U.S. population is 321.4 million.
Poland’s capital and largest city, Warsaw, has a population of 1.7 million. Washington D.C., the U.S. capital, has a population of 672,228. The largest city in the U.S. is New York, with a population of roughly 8.5 million.
The GDP, or total value of all goods and services in Poland is $474.8 billion (2015). The GDP of the U.S is $17.95 trillion (2015).
When it comes to debt, Poland owed 51.1% of its GDP in 2015, while the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was 104.8% as of 2016!
While 88.5% of the U.S population uses the internet, 72.4% of Poland’s population is connected to the World Wide Web.
Poland’s largest religion is Roman Catholicism, practiced by more than 87% of the population. The largest religion in the U.S. is Christianity in general, with 83% of the population claiming to adhere to the faith.
According to the United Nations’ 2017 World Happiness Report, the U.S. is the world’s 14th happiest country. Poland is the world’s 46th happiest country.
Statistically, Poland has 0.94 males for each female; the U.S. has 0.97 males for each female. Guys, your odds are slightly better in Poland. >>See more
In the end, the U.S. is obviously larger than Poland in many respects. But remember that bigger doesn’t necessarily always mean better in everything. After all, something about Poland always makes me want to go back.
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