The Polish people, or Poles (Polish: Polacy ; singular masculine: Polak, feminine: Polka), are a nation and an ethnic group of predominantly West Slavic origin, native to Central Europe, inhabiting mostly Poland, other European countries and North America.

The preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of Poland defines the Polish nation as comprising all the citizens of Poland. Poland's inhabitants live in the following historic regions of the country: Wielkopolska, Małopolska, Mazovia (Polish: Mazowsze), Silesia (Polish: Śląsk), Pomerania (Polish: Pomorze), Kujawy, Warmia, Mazury, and Podlasie. A wide-ranging Polish diaspora exists throughout Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine), the Americas (the United States, Brazil and Argentina) and Australia. Chicago, in the United States, has the world's largest urban Polish population after Warsaw.

Over a thousand years ago, the Polans of Giecz, Gniezno and Poznań — an influential tribe in Wielkopolska — succeeded in uniting Lechitic tribes under what became the Piast dynasty, thus giving rise to the Polish state.

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Daytime (astronomy) - Daytime Variations With Latitude and Seasons - Near The Poles
... Near the poles, which coincide with the rotational axis of the Earth as it passes through the surface, the seasonal variations in the length of daytime are extreme ... In fact, within 23.5° latitude of the poles, there will be at least some days each year during which the sun never goes below the horizon ... This phenomenon of more daylight than night is not unique to the poles ...
Partial Fractions In Complex Analysis - Calculation
... Let f(z) be a function meromorphic in the finite complex plane with poles at λ1, λ2.. ... that The origin lies inside each curve Γk No curve passes through a pole of f Γk lies inside Γk+1 for all k , where d(Γk) gives the distance from the curve to the origin Suppose also ... For the other poles λk where k ≥ 1, 1/zj+1 can be pulled out of the residue calculations To avoid issues with convergence, the poles should be ordered so that if λk is inside Γn, then ...
Korosciatyn Massacre
... night of February 28/29, 1944, during the province-wide wave of massacres of Poles in Volhynia in World War II. 1939 it had some 900 inhabitants, all of them being ethnic Poles ... All of the residents of Korosciatyn were ethnic Poles (as was the case also of the village of Debowica) ...
Poles - Exonyms
... See also Lechites Among the exonyms not native to the Polish people or language are лях (lyakh) used in East Slavic languages ... Today, the word Lachy is used by Eastern Slavs as synonyms for "Poles" and "Poland" ...
... Nápoles (Portuguese for Naples) is the name of a Portuguese family whose roots lie in the Kingdom of Naples ... branch of the royal Capetian House of Anjou, of the kings of Naples, the Nápoles descend from Stephen of Durazzo (a claimed younger son of John, Duke of Durazzo, ruler of the Kingdom of Albania, and grandson of ... Among its members are Leonardo Estêvão de Nápoles, Henrique Esteves da Veiga de Nápoles and Francisco de Paula de Tovar e Nápoles, 1st Viscount of Molelos ...

Famous quotes containing the word poles:

    I see you boys of summer in your ruin.
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    And boys are full and foreign in the pouch.
    I am the man your father was.
    We are the sons of flint and pitch.
    O see the poles are kissing as they cross.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    The Poles do not know how to hate, thank God.
    Stefan, Cardinal Wyszynski (1901–1981)

    War and culture, those are the two poles of Europe, her heaven and hell, her glory and shame, and they cannot be separated from one another. When one comes to an end, the other will end also and one cannot end without the other. The fact that no war has broken out in Europe for fifty years is connected in some mysterious way with the fact that for fifty years no new Picasso has appeared either.
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929)