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What is the shape of Poland?

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2014-08-16 12:55:54

Since the borders of Poland consist mainly of natural borders

(sea, rivers and mountain ranges), the country doesn't have any

specific geometrical shape, although you might say it resembles a

square or a trapezoid with the southeastern corner elongated.

Generally, Poland - a relatively large European country located in

Central Europe - has a compact shape, which means that the distance

between the geographical centre of the country and any point on the

border does not vary greatly. Among the few areas that stick out

from the "main body" of Poland's outline there are: the

southernmost tip of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship to the Southeast,

the Hel Peninsula on the Baltic Sea to the North, and the Kłodzko

Valley in the Sudetes mountain range to the Southwest.

Historically, the shape of Poland varied as different conflicts,

wars and political arrangements changed the layout of national

borders in the area. At times Poland was erased from the map

completely, notably during the Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian

Commonwealth and WW2.

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