Prejudice against Poland rampant in USA.

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    I'm not surprised at all.

    I've always known Americans tend to look down on Poland, and Polish people.

    This poll just confirms that notion.

    Americans 'Grossly' Underestimate Poland's Economic Strength, Diverges With True Picture

    The survey commissioned by PZU, the largest financial institution in Poland and one of the largest in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)region, and conducted by Harris among over 2,000 U.S. adults this September, comes one hundred years after Poland regained its independence (1919 - under Ignacy Jan Paderwski, pianist turned politician and the nation’s Prime Minister after World War One), and nearly thirty years after a major political and economic transformation in CEE.

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    The findings have revealed that the majority canvassed for their opinion “grossly underestimate” Poland's innovation, education levels and economy.

    The highlights revealed that 89% of U.S. adults believe that Poland does not rank in the top 40 on the list of the most innovative countries, according to the 2018 Global Innovation Index, while nearly two-thirds (64%) perceive Poland's economy as being heavily based on agriculture. But the facts would indicate quite the opposite.

    The fact is that in 2017 nearly 58% of the total number of employees worked in services in Poland, 31% in industry and only 11% in the agriculture sector, according to European Employment Services.

    Furthermore, the Harris Poll/PZU survey showed that close to half of Americans (47%) think there are “not many job opportunities” in Poland. In fact, Poland is the only European country that has not experienced recession over the last decade and is outpacing the euro region in terms of growth.

    Of course one might say a sample of around 2,000 people is not that extensive, and perhaps a larger sample might have come up different result. However, I do not think it would have been dramatically different, even if some folks had actually read about FTSE Russell’s upgrade of Poland to Developed Market status from Advanced Emerging.

    In making this change, FTSE Russell, part of the London Stock Exchange Group, had assessed the country’s capital market across 20-odd different criteria and given it a clean bill of health. Their findings had shown the country to have improved and as such promoted it to the big boys club. Some have nevertheless suggested it should still be an emerging market, as highlighted in my Forbes article on the upgrade this September.

    The effective upgrade was September 24 and officials from Poland came over to London - including from PZU - to perform the opening bell ceremonies on the day, so there perhaps was enough time for people to take things in between then and now.

    The survey result coming out of the U.S. might come as a surprise generally - and to Europeans more especially - knowing what Poland and its country men and women have given the world over the centuries.

    Take one example and sacrifice made from World War Two, where Polish pilots under the British RAF accounted for 1 in 5 fighter pilots to take to the skies during the last days of the Battle of Britain. Without that contribution it is anyone’s guess if the war would have been won.

    Interviewed back in Warsaw, Surówka commenting on whether he was surprised at the survey’s findings undertaken by Harris amongst American adults aged over 18, said: “No, I was not, because that is fundamentally the image of Poland that has lasted. It is absolutely true that when Poland ‘got into the ring’, so to speak, in the 1990s for the first time in the free markets it could not really be compared by any means or any metric to say, for example, to Germany."

    He added: “We had to endure years of destruction the war [World War Two] and thereafter substantial mismanagement in the Communist era. So, people had to work it up, if you like. That said, if one considers where Poland was a hundred years ago - to where it has arrived at today with the FTSE Russell upgrade to Developed Market status - it is a big milestone and we have come a long way.”

    Polish Innovation

    Poland has certainly earned its name as a country of innovation. Many devices and useful objects have been developed here over the centuries. Running through the lists, one finds the Kerosene lamp, which dates back to 1853 when Ignacy Łukasiewicz made it in Lwów, formerly in Poland.

    Then we can cite the bulletproof vest, which was invented by Jan Szczepanikin 1901. Just a year later, it saved the life of King Alfonso XIII of Spain during an assassination attempt on his wedding day. Now, it saves lives almost every day.

    Add to that the paper clip, an invention made by Józef Hofmann, a composer, who was inspired by the shape of a treble clef for this useful item.

    And, the Walkie-Talkie thanks the efforts of Henryk Magnuski, who could not return to Poland after the outbreak of WW2. In the U.S. he developed the prototype of handheld receivers for the U.S. Army in 1941.

    Then let us not forget the first mini-computer called the K-202, which was developed in 1970 and invented by Jacek Karpiński. We can also throw toothpaste, the invention of Esperanto, double-Nobel prize winner Marie Curie (for physics in 1903 and chemistry in 1911) into the innovation bucket as well as Renaissance-era astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

    True Economic Picture

    Other points worth noting about Poland, real GDP increased by 4.6% year-on-year in 2017, the highest result since 2011. And, it is set to expand by around 5% in 2018. The Polish economy is now said to in a sweet spot with almost full employment.

    In relation to the business services sector, while 36% of Americans do not believe that business services job market is the fastest growing area of the Polish economy, this again far from the truth.

    Indeed, the fact is that during the last few years, business service sector has become one of the largest employers in the country, with employment exceeding 270,000 people. According to ABSL the number of employees in Polish business services sector is expected to exceed 300,000 at the start of 2019.

    Furthermore, the study also found that in terms of education, 91% of Americans do not believe Poland ranks in the top five in terms of educational attainment. And, 31% believe that Poland's population is not well-educated. In actual fact, Poland ranks in the top five, based on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    Add to that just over half of U.S. adults (51%) do not know believe that U.S. financial institutions are outsourcing jobs to Poland.

    Again, the fact is the country with its highly-educated workforce is one of the most attractive markets in terms of outsourcing. Today in Poland there are more than 500 foreign companies with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Shared Services Centres (SSC) and Research and Development hubs (R&D) including U.S. financial institutions such as City or JP Morgan Chase and high-tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google.

    Tech Evolution

    Over the last few years Poland has undergone a technology and industry evolution with dynamic growth in high-end business services, research and development, financial technology and IT.

    Surówka noted here that: “This boom has led to a tremendous economic growth, job creation and foreign investments. The Polish economy shifted toward more labor intensive and higher value-added service industries, becoming one of the leaders of global business services industry. Despite that the perception of Poland's economy among U.S. citizens is still quite different, however we are determined to change it."

    During his speech last week, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki referred and reiterated the recent upgrade of Poland by FTSE Russell, from “Advanced Emerging Market” to “Developed Market.”
     
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    You thought "Scot free" was so insulting yesterday, did you need a tissue then?
     
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    Poland is an awesome country and most of its people are as well. The OP’s obsession with Jews and Polish victimhood is comical to me. Get a life.
     
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    LOL... I'm a jew now???

    What do I have to do? Fuck it, I don't feel obligated to do shit.

    Next time lets just let the krauts and muscovites keep the shit hole. There's obviously nothing but turds left.

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    You have trashed dumb Polak's left, and right, even SOMETIMES when I've trashed Jews, you've in response trashed dumb Polaks.

    Now, that's the pinnacle of either extreme Polak stupidity, or more likely extreme Jewishness.

    The fact that you prefer Germans, and Russians over Poles is in fact a typical Jewish trait.
     
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    Seems to me like Jan Sobieski was the last smart one, I bet he'd be pissed this asshole is sullying his name.
     
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    Why do you hate Polak's so dang much?
    When you claim to be one?
    Is it because your Polak is because your Zyd roots are from Poland?
     
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    I'm not the least bit prejudiced against Poland, there are many Polish Americans who attend our Church, hardworking and good people....but man can they put away the vodka
     
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