Poland, Polska, the land of medieval castles and knights. Its 16 provinces, (voivodeships – which literally translates as ‘war leaders’), span from the Baltic Sea coast to the majestic northeastern lake districts, and down to ice-age river valleys and jagged mount ranges that delineate Poland’s southernmost border.

Its steadfast pursuit of economic liberalization over recent decades has delivered a highly competitive private sector, and robust consumer rights. Its success story is reflective of its people: hardworking, proud and forward-looking. The country now boasts one of the EU’s fastest-growing economies - one that continued to experience impressive growth even as EU leaders scrambled to restore growth to the battered Eurozone in 2012.

Poland’s newfound wealth and independence has delivered a comfortable standard of living, and has seen Poland’s war torn cities, Warsaw in particular, restored to their former beauty.