Doing business

Current business situation

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Poland. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

Business culture

Polish business people will want a clear understanding of what is to be dealt with in any meeting. A company profile and product literature should be provided.

Dress is conservative.

Surnames are usual until you are invited to use first names.

Polish people can be quite conscious of hierarchy.

Business cards are exchanged at the beginning of meetings and do not need to be translated.

English is widely spoken in business circles in big cities, but the option of interpreting should be offered.

Smoking is prohibited in public places.

Banking and finance

The largest banks in Poland include:

  • PKO BP
  • Bank Pekao
  • mBank
  • ING Bank Śląski
  • Raiffeisen Bank Polska
  • Getin Noble Bank
  • Bank Millennium
  • Citi Handlowy

Major credit cards are accepted in the majority of shops in larger cities.

Links and resources

Government, business and trade

Customs Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency

News and media

The Warsaw Voice
The Warsaw Business Journal
The Polish Radio
Krakow Post

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