Poland is also carrying a fairly high public debt load.
In 2008, it was lower than in most EU countries (incl Germany, UK or France):
In 2009, it is expected to increase to 51,7%, but will remain more than 20 points below the EU average (73%) and far lower than in the US (90%)..
How does Poland calculate unemployment?
In fact, Polish rules for calculating unemployment are harsher than EU rules and lead to higher figures.. For example, the latest available Eurostat figures (dec 2009) show 8,9% unemployment for Poland versus 11,9% published by GUS!!