Poland is the biggest politically and economically stable country in Central & Eastern Europe, and creates chances for successful long-term investment. Poles account for 24% of the region’s population, and produce nearly 40% of its GDP. That is an indicator of the Polish economy’s potential.
According to European standards, polish society is relatively young, being 50% of citizens under the age of 35. About half of the population is professionally active, with the greatest number, 8 million, in the service sector, followed by industry and construction, 4 million, and agriculture and forestry with 2 million.
According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2013, Poland will be in the next two years, 4th in Europe, and 14th in the world’s most attractive economy. According to the Ernst & Young Attractiveness Survey Europe 2013, Poland is the most attractive country for investment in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2012, Poland registered an increase of investment projects by 22% compared to 2011 – Europe recorded a decrease by 2,8%.
In Poland, the rate of entrepreneurial activity is relatively high. On average, 94 people per 1,000 are involved in the creation or development of a company. This is one of the highest rates in the EU.
Most people become entrepreneurs not willingly: approximately 1.1 million entrepreneurs in Poland are in fact people who started companies out of necessity in order to secure a job place for themselves.
In Poland, there is a relatively low level of unionization in private companies. Trade unions are active only in large enterprises, most frequently in companies that have been privatized or are partially owned by the state.
There is also still a strong cultural stereotype of the distribution of responsibilities in the family. Women according to this model should take care of home and children. It is therefore expected from them, that they will not work. This also applies to women returning to work after having children. Having a child makes it very difficult for them to return to the labour market . This often means career interruption or the need to start it from scratch.