Market Profile

With a population of approximately 38 million and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of US$12,300 (2016), Poland is the largest economy in Central Europe and the sixth largest in the European Union. Central Europe and Poland in particular is often referred to as an economic bright spot in Europe.

GDP growth has been strong and is forecast to continue to grow at around three per cent over the next three years. Poland is ranked 20th worldwide in terms of GDP and classified as a high-income economy by the World Bank. The largest segment of the Polish economy is the services sector (62.3 per cent), followed by industry (34.2 per cent) and agriculture (3.5 per cent).

The Austrade office in Poland is also responsible for markets in Central and South East Europe including the Ukraine, Greece, Croatia and Serbia.

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Poland's market insights and opportunities

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Facts

  • Imports from Poland A$979 million
  • Exports to Poland A$477 million
  • Capital Warsaw
  • Official Language Polish
  • Area 306,220 sq km
  • Population 38.0 million

Events

Central Europe: LNG and Gas Infrastructure Projects in Poland
14 Nov 2017
Austrade and Gaz-System S.A. are partnering to host a Conference, B2B event and LNG Terminal visit i ...

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Poland and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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Smartraveller

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travelers and tourists going to Poland. This is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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