In general, the European countries that have been powerhouses all have bigger populations then Poland. Russia and all the EU richest nations Britain, France, Italy, Germany have larger populations then Poland and it has only helped their GDP.
In the days of industry.
Russia proportionally is doing worse then mainland European countries, at least it used its huge population to seize resource rich land over its history to sustain itself now.
Not an option today.
Russia and Germany would never have been powerhouses if they had the population size of Hungary, Slovakia, Chech Republic, let alone Luxembourg
A false comparison.
I have not been to oil rich nations but i have been to muslim countrys before and the rich really dont care for the poor i cant see the oil sheiks been much different can you
There's something in that - one interesting thing is that the populations are small and they intermarry, so everyone has a millionaire uncle.