Poland – world's most literate country thenews.pl 08.09.2009
According to the United Nations Development Program, Poland is one of the most literate nations on Earth.
September 8, however, is International Literacy Day, proclaimed by UNESCO in 1965 to highlight the problem of illiteracy all over the world.
According to UNESCO, about 774 million people - that is one in five persons - are illiterate. The number of adults lacking basic literacy skills has fallen, from 871 million in years 1985-94 to 776 million in years 2000-08.
The problem doesn't seem to affect Poland, however. In the UNDP 2007-8 report on literacy rates worldwide, Poland came out on top with Estonia and Cuba, with a 99.8 percent reading rate.
The UK and US came 17th with 99 percent.
Least literate nations are Mali, with just 24 percent able to read and Burkina Faso with 23 percent.
Poland 57th in happiness report 16.03.2016 15:03 Poland has moved up three places to no. 57 in the World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 157 countries by happiness levels.
The report has been produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute at Columbia University in the US. Its goal is to describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations.
Factors taken into consideration by experts include per capita gross domestic product, the level of corruption in a country and healthy years of life expectancy.
The Top 10 on the list are Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
Poland is behind the Czech Republic (in 27th place), Slovakia (45th) and Uzbekistan (47th) but ahead of Lithuania (60th), Belarus (61st), Latvia (68th), Romania (71st) and Hungary (91st). - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/244896,Poland-57th-in-happiness-report#sthash.VCXXVz4J.dpuf
Little rubbish means backwardness in today`s world but one should be glad of it.
Municipal waste in Poland ‘second lowest in EU’: Eurostat 22.03.2016 14:51 Poles generated an average of 272 kg of municipal waste in 2014, placing them second lowest in the European Union, according to the European statistics office, Eurostat. Photo: Flickr.com/ilan sharifPhoto: Flickr.com/ilan sharif
“With less than 300 kg per person, Romania (based on 2013 data), Poland and Latvia had the lowest amounts of waste generated in 2014, followed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia (both just over 300 kg per person),” said the report, published by Eurostat on Tuesday.
The office added that in the whole of the EU, the amount of municipal waste generated per person in 2014 amounted to 475 kg, “down by 10 percent compared with its peak of 527 kg per person in 2002”.
The highest level of waste was recorded in Denmark, with 759 kg per person. - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/245700,Municipal-waste-in-Poland-%E2%80%98second-lowest-in-EU%E2%80%99-Eurostat#sthash.lyeZSQuT.dpuf
Poles getting richer: report 29.05.2017 13:35 Poles are spending a smaller part of their income on food, which means that they are getting richer, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily has reported. “It is clearly visible that Poland is one of the countries for which the EU accession was the most profitable,” the paper wrote
According to data provided by Eurostat, 15 years ago Poles spent an average of 30 percent of their income on food, while today that has dropped to 18.4 percent, the daily said.
According to the newspaper this is a sign that the quality of life in Poland is improving.
However, Gazeta Wyborcza also wrote that Poland still has room for improvement when compared to well-developed countries like Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Ireland, where people spend only slightly more than 10 percent of their income on food. (tf/rg)