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Is Poland a poor country?


Patrycja19 63 | 2,699
16 Feb 2012 #31
is anyone running around in loin cloths in Poland?

that I would consider poor , I am sure there are poor people, jobless, in need of care etc.
but to dub the whole country poor when there are plenty of Rich/med class citizens is silly.

Ps if you run around in Loin cloths please take a picture for me ( guys only) LOL

make sure you put some tannin oil on and spray up with water so it looks like your sweating from all that running around
lol

j/k ;)
kondzior 12 | 1,242
16 Feb 2012 #32
It is pis poor by European standards.
mafketis 29 | 10,316
16 Feb 2012 #33
I don't think of Poland is especially poor but many or most Polish people subjectively feel poor.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
16 Feb 2012 #34
Is Poland a poor country?

Hard to say. Some people doing well. They bought land cheaply or inherited property.
Earnings are about 700 euro but some still earn NMW (about 260 euro). We have everything
new white goods, zillion inches LCDs, laptops. Some people have more than one car and argue about parking place ;)

Unfortunately we don't have aircraft carrier, yet ;)
grubas 12 | 1,390
16 Feb 2012 #35
It is pis poor by European standards

Is it?I don't know what to think.I am here for a week already and it does not look poor at the first glance.Plenty of new cars including expensive even by US standarts SUVs in my 50k residents town.Town looks really nice,much nicer and more modern than comparable Salisbury MD though roads are in a bit worse shape.Villages around don't look much (if any) worse than rural Delaware.£ódź on the other hand looks ghetto like ,even the main street Piotrkowska looks neglected but than again NYC and NJ seen from Greyhound bus going to Penn Station looked like a ghetto too. Of course everyone is telling me how bad it is here but what I see just does not fit my definition of a poor country.
EM_Wave 9 | 311
16 Feb 2012 #36
Huh? You mean to tell me you actually left your basement and stopped hiding behind 50+ different nicks?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161
16 Feb 2012 #37
Is Poland a poor country?

No doubt.
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
16 Feb 2012 #38
is anyone running around in loin cloths in Poland?

Only southern does that when he visits but his is a special case.

Feeling poor and being poor can be two different things.
When Europe goes under after Greece, Portugal and Italy, then Poles won't feel so poor.
beckski 12 | 1,617
16 Feb 2012 #39
Ps if you run around in Loin cloths please take a picture for me ( guys only) LOL

Haha, please take a shot for me too!

Many of the people I saw in Poland were pretty snappy dressers... even the country bumpkins.
kondzior 12 | 1,242
16 Feb 2012 #40
If I never visited Western Europe, I'd be unaware how poor I am. Going around as a turist, it is not enough. I have visited homes of my supposed equals, my business partners, and I felt like imposter. Begger in nice clothes.

When I first registered here, I needed to know how Westerners see Poles. And it helped me somewhat, I found out that I should not wear socks with sandals, when abroad. And stuff like that.

I almost forgot about Polish Forums. Now I sometimes read it, when I drink myself to sleep, trying to forget that I wasted my life, strugling to to get onto the level slightly above an unemployed from the western country.

I want communism back. Now, I have said it.
BBman - | 344
16 Feb 2012 #41
There are still several million people in Poland in receipt of EU Food Aid.

source please
Lyzko
16 Feb 2012 #42
"Chemistry", p.g.?? The only "chemistry" going on is between the Polish owner and myself who loves the fact that both my wife and I even patronize his dwindling establishment!!!
Meathead 5 | 470
17 Feb 2012 #43
I want communism back. Now, I have said it.

You want your youth back.
pudortiz - | 5
17 Feb 2012 #44
wow, really??? i haven't thought of Poland as a poor country..
rybnik 18 | 1,461
17 Feb 2012 #45
What do you think?

I think your question is silly. Obviously you've never been. Let me answer in this manner: Honduras and Nicaragua are poor countries. Albania and Romania are poor countries. Poland is NOT a poor country.
PeterWeg03
17 Feb 2012 #46
Some may say that one is poor if one can't afford a new car, some that poor is someone who is starving. That's why we need definition.

The EU currently defines someone who lives below the poverty line as someone who can't afford to pay for accommodation, electricity and heating, does not go away on vacation, and does not own a washing machine, color television or a phone.

wbj.pl/article-57975-poverty-on-the-decline-in-poland.html

As the article points out there are now 5million (14%) people in Poland living in poverty, down from 13million in the last six years.
rybnik 18 | 1,461
17 Feb 2012 #47
As the article points out there are now 5million (14%) people in Poland living in poverty, down from 13million in the last six years

good for Poland!
jasondmzk
17 Feb 2012 #48
Being poor is subjective. Being poor in most of the world means not having enough to eat. In America, being poor means not having a car.
pip 10 | 1,659
17 Feb 2012 #49
I don't think it is poor at all. Of course there are poor people but over all it is not poor.
grubas 12 | 1,390
17 Feb 2012 #50
In America, being poor means not having a car.

Plenty of poor people in America have cars.Not having a car and/or DL in America means being doomed.In certain areas it is simply impossible to live without a car.
a.k.
17 Feb 2012 #51
PeterWeg03

I haven't been on vacations for years. I'm poor ;)

Do you really believe that there are people in Poland who has no color tv or a cell phone? Given that crt tv sets are considered as garbage now?

There are probably many people who go in debts because they cannot pay for accomodation and other bills, that's true. I can hardly imagine though people who have no washing machine or tv.

I agree that Poles don't live on a level of Western European and if that is your definition of being poor the the answer is yes, we are poor mostly.
gumishu 11 | 5,857
17 Feb 2012 #52
Do you really believe that there are people in Poland who has no color tv or a cell phone?

there are such people - either on the verge of homelessness (because of some addictions or psychological issues) or older people with no families
a.k.
17 Feb 2012 #53
Ok, but they don't stand for the mentioned 5 mln, or do they?
Wroclaw Boy
17 Feb 2012 #54
I don't think it is poor at all.

in comparison to what? Canada / India

Plus you live in the capital, capitals are generally a different breed altogether.

In America, being poor means not having a car.

I would say being poor in America means (among many things) living in a trailor park. Cars are a necessity in the states, especially for the poor.

In comparison to established EU countries such as Germany, GB or France Poland is poor, in comparison to Eastern European countries such as Russia or Ukraine it is not.
milky 13 | 1,657
17 Feb 2012 #55
In comparison to established EU countries such as Germany, GB or France Poland is poor, in comparison to Eastern European countries such as Russia or Ukraine it is not.

I accept this definition.

I don't think it is poor at all.

Not only are you bubble blind but you are also wearing rose tinted glasses.
a.k.
17 Feb 2012 #56
milky

Why do you live in such a poor country milky?
pawian 181 | 17,077
17 Feb 2012 #57
Most Poles, when they buy a new car or mobile phone or whatever, they use those items for a few years, instead of exchanging for newer better models every year or so.

OK, you convinced me. I am not going to do that. Thanks for taking care of the environment.

I can buy at least 3 brand new cars at any given moment and I am driving 25 y/o Jaguar and my next car will be also "historic".I am too cheap.

I used to drive my old FIAT car until it was 27 years old.

Do you think that average Joe in the US can buy a new car every year?(I am talking cash not payments)

Isn`t it so? :):):) Don`t US manufacturers pay you for buying their car?
noreenb 7 | 557
17 Feb 2012 #58
Poland? The values are in people. Besides it's blessed in a way I can't explain.
The literature is wonderful, people are great. The progress is still up.
Every single day I go out I see different things.
I love my country. I like opportunities it gives me. I adore my friends. I so much like to wait for new adventures days in Poland bring me.

Gosh, I think it becomes richer with every single moment.
jasondmzk
17 Feb 2012 #59
I like this. Furthermore, I think having people whom speak with such poetic optimism about their country is a kind of asset to that nation in itself. Some people are poor, and others just don't have any money. Big difference.
Wroclaw Boy
17 Feb 2012 #60
Some people are poor, and others just don't have any money. Big difference.

what a load of crap


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