Then I came to this country, in my early 20s, and without much hassle I got an apartment of about 750 sf (some 70 square meters) with a club house, gym swimming pool, tennis courts, a shopping strip across the street, some 2 miles from a mall and 3-4 miles from an interstate. Without a "petition," waiting periods, connections, bribes, affordable on my f/t office work salary that was far from spectacular.
So you're comparing a country which went through two vicious wars on her territory, went through several regime changes and was bankrupt in the late 80's to a country which by the time you had moved there - was a superpower and incredibly wealthy. It's really not a fair comparison, is it?
(and bear in mind - property prices are a hell of a lot lower there than in Europe, simply because there's much more space). Comparing apples and oranges, here.
Meanwhile, my peers "back home" were shacking up with their parents or grand parents with their spouses and young kids. Some of them still live with their parents, where the parents would occupy the first floor of a house and they would have the 2nd floor.
They still live with their parents? That's obviously a lifestyle choice in today's Poland.
My own cousin, who is about 27, is now in the process of majorly sucking up to my grandma, who is in her 90s, just so she can leave her the apartment.
That's normal the world over - what's new here?
. My high school friend lives with her husband and their twin boys in one bedroom, while their elderly aunt occupies the other room of an apartment in Warsaw, hoping she'll kick the bucket soon...
Your friend didn't do well in life, did she?
Perhaps I'll give some examples.
I work with several people, all under 30 but with 2-4 years work experience. All of them own their own flats - while not big by American standards, they're still a decent size for young couples - all over 50sqm in good locations. There's nothing special about any of them - all of them worked hard for it, and as is common with young people worldwide, they put in the hours too.
I know one girl who earns a salary of just under 11k a month at the age of 27. How did she do it? Simple - she worked her ass off and gave up parties and beer for ACCA textbooks.
Meanwhile, I have some neighbours who live in the conditions that you describe. All of them are uneducated, lazy (they go to work and come back at the same time every day) and clearly have no hope in life. Should they really get help to buy a flat, given that they aren't really economically contributing?
Sorry, but Poland is just like any other European country - you get what you work for.