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View of the Rynek Główny, Kraków, photo: Jakub Ociepa / AG

The city of Kraków has been chosen to host the next UNESCO World Heritage Session in 2017. The Secretary General of the Polish UNESCO Committee said that the session in Kraków will consider the Polish request for the inclusion of the historic ore-mining region of Tarnowskie Góry on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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In Poland, children are taught not to jaywalk early on. Photo Jerzy Dudek / Forum

So, you've just landed in Poland. You've read your share of facts about Polish history, learned a few phrases, and you already know how to survive a Polish business meeting and a Polish dinner party.

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The band Boys at the second edition of the Polish Dance Music Festival in Ostróda, 1997, photo: Darek Majewski

Disco polo is like McDonald’s. No one wants to be seen enjoying it, yet everybody does. 50% disco and 50% folk music, the tacky but catchy genre is essential at weddings and in provincial bars.

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First Tour de Pologne 1928. In the middle ahead of the pack Felix Więcek, back left Władysław Jednaszewski, photo. MSIT / http://www.muzeumsportu.waw.pl

Already popular during the interwar period, the Tour de Pologne cycling race is among the most important competitions of its kind in the world. This year’s edition ¬– starting on July 12 – features a special route connecting cities particularly important to Polish and European history.

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Птичье молоко. Фото: Марчин Клебан / AG

Crispy Prince Polo, chewy caramels…what other sweets gained popularity in Poland under communism and are still bought today? Here is our subjective and probably incomplete guide to iconic Polish candies. We encourage you to complete the list in the comments below.

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Temat Rzeka, photo courtesy of the owners

Hipsters, as well as almost everybody else, change their habits when it is getting hot, and instead of hanging around in the city centre or Praga, they go to the riverside to party in one of many temporary venues and relax in the ultimately casual atmosphere.

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Poland's national football squad celebrating qualification for Euro 2016, National Stadium in Warsaw, 11th November 2015, photo: Piotr Bławicki / East News

With Euro 2016 well underway and Poland securing a spot in the knockout phase, it’s the perfect time to take a look at some of the lesser-known characteristics of Polish football culture. Read on to find out why Polish fans want ‘Master Turk to end the match’, which Polish player inspired an Italian hip-hop song, and what famous game was much like pond skating.

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photo: Spontime/Facebook, promo materials

A young Polish student named Karolina Demiańczuk has just launched Spontime, a new social app that’s designed to help users spend time with your friends in real life rather than online. The app offers a quick and efficient system for coordinating meetings.

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Beating the Guiness World Record in Warsaw, photo: Andrzej Hulimka/Reporter/East News

Over the past few years playing board games has become something of a tradition in Poland. The country has emerged as one of the top game designers, and an increasingly large number of venues have a game shelf ‒ stacked with Polish and foreign classics ‒ so that patrons can play while they eat and drink.

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Городские укрепления Клодзко. Фото: Wikimedia

Summer doesn’t have to be synonymous with beach time. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather months in urban surroundings: the Polish cities mentioned below offer a lot of great stuff to do in the summertime, like open-air film screenings or mini-golf.

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Польские молочные продукты, фото: East News

There is no Polish cuisine without soured milk, sour cream, and fresh cheeses. Traditionally manufactured dairy is wonderful and people hunt for it through trusted local producers or at outdoor food markets. Here is a brief guide intended to help you figure out how to choose the good stuff.

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Doughnuts (Pączki), photo: Tomasz Paczos / Forum

Every February, Poland goes nuts for doughnuts. Fat Thursday, the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, is one of the most important holidays, and it mainly revolves around eating as many doughnuts as possible.

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The Polish diaspora numbers about 20 million and often forms large and influential communities within cities outside of Poland. The first part of this article listed well-known Polish hotspots like Chicago and London, but in this follow-up we take a look at some smaller cities that are no less Polish at heart.

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Honey at the Open-air Archaeological Museum Karpacka Troja in Krosno, photo: Waldemar Sosnowski / AG

Since the relaxation of laws on beekeeping in 2014, urban beekeeping has been on the rise in Warsaw. Today, there are hundreds of beehives in the capital ‒ some of them in places you’d least expect, like on the rooftop of an upscale hotel. They provide honey that’s not only delicious, but often healthier than its equivalent from rural regions. How’s that possible?

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Avoid the Polish equivalent of a Mind the Gap t-shirt or a figurine of the Statue of Liberty! Stay clear of the mass-produced shawls and nesting dolls and look for those affordable and original items instead.

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Museum of Unusual Bicycles, photo: Wojciech Pacewicz / Forum

Poland has its fair share of impressive museums, both serious and whimsical, but those looking for a stroll on the lighter side of the museum scene will love these quirky establishments.

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Common Room workshops

The topic of the 4th edition of the Common Room project, starting in March 2016, will be textile design and ethical fashion.

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Kadr z filmu "Bogowie", reż. Łukasz Palkowski. Na zdjęciu: Tomasz Kot, fot.: Jarosław Sosiński / Watchout Productions / NEXT FILM

Thanks to Turkish Airlines’ participation in the project Picture Poland, which promotes Polish cinema on commercial aircrafts, their passengers will now be able to watch the best of Polish cinema free of charge during their flight.

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Zakopane, winter mountain climbing in the Tatra Mountains, photo: Wojciech Matusik / Forum

There’s much more to winter holidays in Poland than just skiing, although it ought to be said that Poland is a very fine skiing location. Skiing not your thing? Try bison tracking, go on a sleigh ride, or relax in a winter spa!

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The numbers don’t lie ‒ in recent years Poland has become one of the best European countries to invest in. Want to do business with Poles? Culture.pl presents the one and only definitive guide to Polish business etiquette.

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