Polish Culture

Other Considerations

  • The Polish work week may include Saturday morning. However, on Sunday, people try to abstain from work or cleaning as much as possible. It is considered a family day and day of rest when everyone goes to church. This is starting to change, with more shops opening up on Sunday.
  • Many Poles share a consensus that Warsaw is not a very ‘pretty’ city. However, it is not your place to tell them this or point it out.
  • Non-Polish Women may feel slightly patronised by the acts of courtesy performed for their gender. Consider that it is a cultural practice more commonly adhered to by the older generation.
  • You may find that a Polish person who you presumed was quite moderate and ‘politically correct’ tells jokes that you deem to be inappropriate (i.e. sexist undertones or slurring racial/ethnic minorities). Consider that this kind of humour is quite common in Poland.
  • Some Poles who have Jewish ancestry may not wish to share that fact about themselves.
  • Poland is quite a homogeneous country with 97.7% of all citizens being ethnically Polish.

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