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Poland is a very special place. It’s home to the world’s largest castle, Europe’s heaviest animals, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Europe, and of course, many delicious foods. But aside from gorgeous forests and stunning beaches, Poland also houses a fascinating online community that pandas from all over the world can enjoy.

We’ve taken a trip to the Pictures From Polish Profiles Facebook page, which features hilarious and somewhat confusing photos that Poles have shared online. So sit back, relax, pour yourself a little wódka if that's something you enjoy, and have fun experiencing a bit of Polish culture. Na zdrowie!

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perhaps some reference for those quick to smirk at this picture - in Poland most kids who have their First Communion will typically ask for money and/or other expensive gifts for their own benefit (yeah, I don’t get it either…). This stellar dude however has obviously done the opposite by asking for food donations that he can pass on to an animal shelter somewhere and for that I commend him and hope that others may learn to do the same! Way to go!

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Poland is a beautiful country in Central Europe that houses nearly 38 million residents. It’s likely that you already love Poland for giving us pierogies, paczki, Marie Curie and Frédéric Chopin, but thanks to Pictures From Polish Profiles on Facebook, the country has also gifted the world countless hilarious pics. This account has amassed 192k followers on Facebook and over 9k followers on Instagram since its creation in 2018, sharing hundreds of photos that speak to the hearts, souls and funny bones of Polish people and non-Poles alike.

To find out more about how this quirky and beloved Facebook page came to be in the first place, we reached out to the account’s creator, Igor Walczak, who was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda. Igor shared that he was inspired to create the page after coming across another account called Pictures from Italian profiles and “immediately thought that such a formula would be perfect for Polish photos.”

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“While their content relied more on retro photos, I focused more on humor with a dose of nostalgia and Polishness in the broad sense,” he went on to explain. “To be honest, I did not expect such a success. As you probably know, the beginning of any page is the hardest time. You need a certain amount of luck to succeed, and I was very lucky.”

When it comes to what makes Polish social media special, Igor shared that “Polish social media reflect what Poles themselves are like. We do not take ourselves too seriously, and we really like to make jokes about our flaws and shortcomings. However, we don't really like it when others make fun of us."

“We absolutely love it when someone mentions Poland abroad," he added. "That makes us feel very appreciated. It may be a matter of complexes that Poles as a nation have. We are not a country of great international importance, therefore every mention of Poland in foreign media makes us happy and proud.”

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok but if I had bought a chair the least I'd do is to sit on it whenever I had the chance

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the Book of Revelation (Alternative Facts Edition) it says: "On a cobblestone road in Polandia, a priest will once greet an angry dog in harness..."

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We were also curious about what Igor loves most about his home country. “The thing that I like most about Poland is the aforementioned ability to laugh at our flaws and joke about our problems,” he told Bored Panda. “Polish history was not a bed of roses. We have faced many problems over the centuries. The most important of them are, of course, the Second World War and the post-war times. Our sense of humor has always been a kind of coping mechanism that helped us get through the hard times.”

Igor noted that he finds many of the photos from Polish profiles to be hilarious, but his favorites tend to refer directly to Polish culture or pop culture. “A foreigner might have trouble understanding many of them,” he noted. “An example can be memes with Pope John Paul II, which are very popular among young people in Poland. On the other hand, we have pictures that are very Polish in nature and yet they are able to amuse anyone, regardless of whether you are from Poland or not. These are usually pictures showing grotesque situations from everyday life of Poles.”

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He shared that some of his favorites include one of a “football hooligan contemplating a painting,” “some teenagers cosplaying John Paul II,” a pizza with the pope’s face on it, and a Żabka store, a very popular chain of convenience stores in Poland, recreated in the game Counter-Strike.

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kind of fabulous. When you arrive at your destination, you can attach it to a chain and wear it.

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When it comes to what makes Poland unique, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the language. Spoken by only about 40 million people worldwide, native speakers of Polish make up about 97.6% of the residents in Poland. Outside of the nation, however, you can find significant numbers of Polish speakers in the United States, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Czechia, Belarus, Ukraine and Latvia.

Polski is the only official language of Poland, and it’s notoriously tricky for foreigners to learn. According to Autolingual, “Languages such as Czech and Slovak are close to Polish, but if a Czech and a Pole were to have a conversation, they'd still need to make an effort to understand each other. To find languages that are closer to Polish, we need to look at minority languages such as Silesian, Kashubian and Sorbian."

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just a guy ant his friend looking for a good woman who would be a blessing in their life

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If you find yourself making a trip to Poland (which you definitely should!), there are plenty of great spots to visit. In fact, the nation has their own list of “seven wonders” that are certainly worth checking out. These include the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the world’s oldest salt mines; Torun Old Town, a historic settlement in the northwest of Poland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Malbork Castle, the world’s biggest castle; Wawel Castle and Cathedral, 13th and 14th-century buildings exhibiting various different architectural styles; Elblag Canal; Zamosc Old Town, a 50-mile canal and one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments; and Krakow Market Square and Old Town, the largest Medieval town square in Europe.

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Pole I can tell you that those guys went somewere in foreing parts for holidays and brought back souvenirs! ...without understanding of the culture or even basic politics... But it's OK, you haven't seen my parents after their trip to Egipt 😒

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, many of the photos on this list have something to do with religion. This is not surprising when you know that Poland is one of the most religious countries in Europe. Today, about 87% of the nation identifies as Catholic, with 1.31% practicing Orthodoxy, .38% identifying as Protestant and even smaller factions identifying as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist, Pagan, Jewish and other religions. Pope John Paul II was also Polish, making him the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century. 

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Poles are also an incredibly resilient group of people. During World War II, Warsaw was tragically nearly completely destroyed and needed to be almost entirely rebuilt. With the help of paintings by Bernardo Bellotto, a Venetian artist, the great people of Poland were able to recreate their Old Town into almost exactly what it was before. Poland also completely vanished from maps for 123, between 1795 and 1918. This was due to three partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that resulted in the temporary elimination of sovereign Poland and Lithuania. Thankfully, in 1918, both nations were able to restore their independence. 

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Wine from the fruit from Helenka and Rys' garden.

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Whether you’re Polish or you haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful nation, we hope you’re enjoying these photos, pandas. Clearly, Poles excel at many things: creating delicious meals and pastries, distilling some of the world’s best vodka and sharing hilarious photos online. Keep upvoting the pics that make you proud to be Polish, or make you want to book a trip to Warsaw or Zakopane as soon as possible, and then if you’re interested in viewing even more of these hilarious pics, you can find Bored Panda’s last article featuring Pictures From Polish Profiles right here!    

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Note: this post originally had 80 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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