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Poland - Location and climate

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Location

Poland lies on the Baltic Sea in the central part of the European continent. The oldest calculated geometric centre of Europe is near the country's capital. Poland’s closest neighbours are Germany from the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east, and Russia (Kalinigrad Oblast) to the north. Lying at the heart of Europe, Poland is a perfect place for all Europeans who want to spend UEFA EURO 2012TM Championships close to their national teams.

In terms of its size Poland is the ninth largest country in Europe, covering an area equal to 312,683 thousand square km.  

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Climate

The weather in Poland variable and sometimes likes to surprise its residents and guests. Large drops in temperature during the day, or as much as 17 degrees in January, are due to the transitional nature of climate with both maritime and continental elements. The climate is predominately maritime with mild, wet winters, moderate summers with large volumes of rainfall in the northern part of the country, where Gdansk, one of the Polish Host Cities is situated as well as in the western part,. The continental climate prevails in the eastern part of the country.

The warmest month of the year is July, particularly in the area of Warsaw, which is situated in the middle of the country. Hot days with temperatures exceeding 25°C occur from May to September, and their number tends to increase during the year as you move away from the sea. The coldest month of the year is January.

The hottest region of Poland is the area of Wroclaw. Lying in the south-western edge of Poland, the region is influenced by the oceanic air. Winters here are mild and last only 60 days, on the other hand summers are long, sunny and warm with temperatures in July averaging more than 18.5°C.

November is the cloudiest month of the year, and the sunniest months are August and September. Western Poland and the region of Poznan receive less rainfall but rain often occurs unexpectedly in the Tatra Mountains where tourists should always carry an umbrella.

Source: Polish Tourist Organisation

Additional important information

Category: Security and safety

Take an ID document with you

Remember that when flying – no matter if the flight is inside or outside Poland – you must have an ID document to present to the airport staff. To enter the Schengen territory, citizens of third countries must have a valid travel document and visa if required.

UEFA

Category: Security and safety

Tickets only from reliable sources!

Tickets to the UEFA EURO 2012™ games can only be purchased through the following website www.uefa.com, National Football Federations, or won in competitions organised by the official sponsors of the Tournament.

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Category: Transport

Faster and easier across the border

For the comfort of tourists from EU countries, the movement of organised groups of fans, football teams and UEFA activists will be facilitated on the four border crossings between Poland and Ukraine during UEFA EURO 2012™.