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Poland ,, officially the Republic of Poland ( [Rzeczpospolita] Polska ), is a country in [Central Europe] [] bordered by [Germany] to the west; the [Czech Republic] and [Slovakia] to the south; [Ukraine] , [Belarus] and [Lithuania] to the east; and the [Baltic Sea] and [Kaliningrad Oblast] , a Russian [exclave] , to the north. The total [area of Poland] is , making it the [69th largest country] in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. Poland has a population of over 38 million people, which makes it the [34th most populous country] in the 2003–2007, [Poland, Facts and figures] and one of the most populous [members of the European Union] .

The establishment of a Polish state is often identified with the adoption of [Christianity] by its ruler [Mieszko I] , in 966, when the state covered territory similar to that of present-day Poland. The [Kingdom of Poland] was formed in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a long [association] with the [Grand Duchy of Lithuania] by signing the [Union of Lublin] , forming the [Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth] .

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