We are hard-working, ingenious (sometimes too much so), hospitable and immune to the effects of strong drink. We love unto the grave, and when necessary, we fight to the bitter end. So much for stereotypes.
What is the truth about the Polish people?
God, honour, the motherland this has been the motto of the many generations of Poles who have fought for independence, not only their own, but also that of other friendly nations.
We are always eager to lend assistance, we are valiant and loyal.
We have proved this on many occasions: at the relief of Vienna, during Napoleon's campaigns, and in the Battle of Britain. And what if sometimes our ulan temperament gets the better of us, and we rattle our sabres a little too forcefully?
Like all Slavic people, we are emotional and sentimental; we approach life with passion,
but also with a certain amount of diffidence. We will do anything for our family and friends we would give them the last shirt off our backs or sit down with them to eat a barrel of salt.
We are a little worse when it comes to equal rights; although we open doors for women, we make it difficult for them to achieve career success. But this is something we are working on.
Polish women are of course the most beautiful in Europe. But they are also exceptionally resourceful; in the communist era, they had the job of ensuring the welfare of the entire family. Hence the expression Matka-Polka (Polish Mother), thought of as a woman weighed down by children and shopping bags. This picture no longer reflects reality, as the average Polish family now prefers a 2 + 1 model.
Although we have suffered at the hands of fate, history and powerful neighbours, we have a good opinion of ourselves and feel that we are men and women of the world. Indeed we have tasted bread from no small number of European (and more distant) ovens.
The Polish diaspora consists of about 27 million people.
Poles can be found everywhere: from Antarctica to Kamchatka.