Home to one of Europe’s first public libraries dating back to 1747, Warsaw is the capital city for the Republic of Poland.
Warsaw ranks 73rd among the most tourist-visited cities for 2015 far behind Hong Kong, second place Bangkok and third place London per Euromonitor International.
Poland places among the world’s 25 top exporters, shipping an estimated US$196.5 billion worth of goods in 2016. Poland’s highest-value exports are automotive parts and accessories, cars, furniture, electronics, cruise ships and computers according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Warsaw, Poland: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), Royal Castle, Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), St. Anne’s Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny) and Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Warsaw, Poland:
- Joanna Krupa, model & actress (born Apr. 23, 1979)
- Maya Mishalska, actress & violinist (born Dec. 8, 1974)
- Jan Pieńkowski, children’s book writer & illustrator (born Aug. 8, 1936)
- Dariusz Wolski, cinematographer (born May 7, 1956)
- Michal Zebrowski, actor (born Jun. 17, 1972)
- Agnieszka Holland, actress, director & writer (born Nov. 28, 1948)
- Miriam Gonczarska, spiritual leader & writer (born Nov. 24, 1972)
- Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, mayor & lawyer (born Nov. 4, 1952)
- Marie Curie, scientist (born Nov. 7, 1867)
- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer (born Aug. 17, 1879)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Warsaw resident: Varsovian
Population: 1,748,916 (Warsaw city)
Density: 8,757 people per square mile (3,381 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,105,000 (Greater Warsaw)
Density: 1,318 people per square mile (509 per square kilometer)
Population: 38,523,261 (Poland)
Density: 328 people per square mile (127 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$141.1 billion in 2014 (Warsaw city)
GDP per person: $48,681
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Warsaw: Polish złoty
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Europe: Poland. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on February 14, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Euromonitor International, Top 100 City Destinations Rankings 2017. Accessed on February 14, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Official Government Website, Warsaw–the official website of the Polish capital. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 6, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Poland. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Warsaw. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Warsaw metropolitan area. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Warsaw city limits contain an area measuring 200 square miles (517 square kilometers), within which there were an estimated 1.7 million residents in 2016.
Warsaw’s greater metropolitan area covers an extensive territory of 2,355 square miles (6,100 square kilometers). Including Warsaw city, the greater Warsaw metropolitan area has a population of approximately 3.1 million people.
At the country level, Poland’s land area covers 117,473 square miles (304,255 square kilometers). The national population count was 38.5 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Residents celebrate Constitution Day as a public holiday each May 3.
Population density is notoriously crowded within Poland’s capital city with an average 8,800 Varsovians per square mile (3,400 per square kilometer).
Within Warsaw’s vast greater metropolitan area, density diminishes significantly to an average 1,300 people per square mile (500 per square kilometer).
For Poland overall, population density drops to an average 328 inhabitants per square mile (72 per square kilometer).