Poles
(Polacy)
Some well-known Poles and people with Polish roots.
Top: Marie Curie, Pope John Paul II, Nicolaus Copernicus, Lech Wałęsa, Conrad.
Middle: Gretzky, Jan III Sobieski, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Rejewski, Wajda, Kolbe.
Bottom: Józef Piłsudski, Lem, Brzeziński, Warner, Wielicki, Wolszczan, Negri.
Total population
60 million (est.)
Regions with significant populations
Poland 38,860,000
United States 10,024,711
Brazil 1,800,000
Germany 1,055,700
Canada 984,565
France 900,000
United Kingdom (est.) 500,000
Belarus 400,000
Lithuania 250,000
Russia 173,000
Australia 150,900
Ukraine 144,130
Norway 120,000
Argentina 100,000
Spain 78,305
Ireland 63,090
Czech Republic 52,000
Latvia 51,995
Italy 50,790
Mexico 50,000
Kazakhstan 47,293
Netherlands 39,500
Austria 21,000
Iceland 10,000
Turkey 5,000
Rest of World 1,145,000 (est.)
Languages
Polish
Religion
Predominantly Roman Catholicism with Orthodox, Protestant, Atheist and Jewish minorities.

The Polish people, or Poles (Polish: Polacy, singular Polak) as a nation, they are bounded by the Polish language, which belongs to the Lechitic subgroup of west slavic languages of Central Europe, living mainly in Poland. Their religion is mainly Roman Catholic. They use modified Latin alphabet.

There are about 60 million Poles in the world. Besides Poland, many live in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ukaine and elsewhere.

The most famous Poles are Pope John Paul II, Maria Słodowska-Curie, Nicolaud Copernicus and Lech Wałęsa.

Polish names have an ending "-ski", "-ska", "-cki" or "-cka".

The most popular Polish surnames are Nowak and Kowalski.

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