Customs in Poland
The official language of Poland, spoken by over 95% of the population is Polish.
The currency of Poland is the zloty (PLN) - zł
Obligation to the family is the number one priority of most Polish people. They remain close with extended family and it is not unusual for extended families to reside under one roof.
Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization
Upon meeting someone, a brief handshake and a good morning/afternoon ("dzien dobry/ dobry wieczor") will do. It is considered impolite to call someone by their first name unless invited to do so; until then, use title "Pani" for a lady and "Pan" for a man followed by their surname.
If you are invited to a Polish home for dinner, dress conservatively and be prepared to remove your shoes at the door. Bring your hostess a nice bouquet of an even number of flowers, avoiding red and white flowers as well as yellow chrysanthemums. Wait to be seated and do not begin to eat until your hostess takes a bite, and eat small amount on your first plate so that you may ask for seconds. The next day, send your hosts a handwritten thank you note.
When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Poland.
• Restaurants: Although a service
charge may be included in the bill, if your service was good, it is not
expected, but polite to leave a 10% tip.
Customs and Etiquette in Business
Men should wear dark, stylish suits to business meetings with a bare minimum of accessories. Ladies should dress conservatively in pantsuits or business suits, accessories also at a minimum.
Have one side of your business cards translated to Polish. It reflects attention to detail and respect for your colleagues.
Polish people tend to start meetings promptly and with a bit of small talk. Be well prepared with your presentation, which should have precise figures and facts backing them up.