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NEW WRITER – Why I Live In Poland (Despite The Fact That It Often Irritates The Hell Out of Me)

Brad is American and has a big beard but, confusingly, is entirely unconnected with ZZ Top… except in your mind now.

As a guest writer at Polandian I will start with the questions that are almost always asked of me when I meet a Polish person. “What do you think of Poland,” “why did you move here” and, sometimes after I answer the first two, “why do you still live here?” All good questions but not easy to answer. While there are some aspects of life in Poland that drive me quite thoroughly insane there are many aspects of Poland that I love or at least like, especially when compared to the US from whence I previously hailed.

Smaller Cars
It’s refreshing to see little cars from Fiat, Renault, Daewoo, etc. These efficient, economical supermini cars may not be much fun to drive but they work well for the average person. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t want to own, say, a Daewoo Tincan because then some Polish person will just ruin straight into me at 150 kph and ruin my day. Still, it’s nice to see all the little French diesel-powered cars. A small win for Poland.

How People Drive
I’ve had the good fortune to have driven about 60,000 km on both small roads and big roads in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, France, England, Scotland, Norway and Sweden and Poles are the most careless drivers I’ve seen, whether I’ve seen them in Poland or outside of it. In the nearly five years I’ve been living here, our old car was hit four times – three while it was parked (two notes had fake phone numbers, one time no phone number at all) – and once we were rear-ended. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen over-turned cars or otherwise totaled cars at the road side and, about a month ago, I had the dubious honour of seeing two dead bodies laying on the roadside. Only in Poland will people witness such carnage and then, less than 90 seconds later, be tailgating before trying to illegally overtake. Virtually any country would win over Poland, certainly the US does.

Smaller Flats and Smaller People
Having a small flats is nice because it means you don’t have to worry about buying much to fill it up, nor spending much to heat it up, nor spending a lot of time to clean it up. Small flats are also nice because most are too small to host your in-laws for an overnight stay. In general, in-laws are usually NOT small but most everyone else in Poland is. I enjoy towering over most everyone else at 190 cm. A solid win for Poland.

Different Political Parties to Hate for Different Reasons
Irritatingly enough, just a few months after I moved here those two squat, plump and rabid hamsters were elected to bring Poland well and truly into the “Dumb and Dumber” phases of its recent political history. They were so bad I had to spend quite awhile figuring out if Bush was worse or not. I did finally conclude that Bush was worse but not by much. So, a win for Poland – just.

The Little Things!
All-GSM mobile phone networks, metric everything, truly free and public health care, bitterly cold and snow-filled winters and how close other countries are. In the US you can drive for a day and not be anywhere else, the mobile phone network will still be rubbish, there won’t be enough snow on the ground and you still won’t be able to afford to visit the hospital. The food in the US is infinitely more varied and as well-made as it is here in Poland but on all other counts, Poland triumphs.

Guns
Oh how I miss my little Ruger 10/22 with the 2-10x scope and the two 25 round magazines clipped together for AWESOME GOOD TIMES. I would love it even more if it were here with me because then I could shoot everyone “singing” football songs at 2am, yapping little dogs, people that throw trash on the ground (e.g. everyone) and so on. Despite the fact that all crimes in Poland seem punishable with a 120 PLN fine I have heard that Polish jails are quite unappealing and I’m sure the authorities would frown on a shooting spree – if it was possible to own a gun in Poland, which it isn’t. So I must reluctantly give this round to Poland as jail time would put a damper on things.

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The author with his gun and hench-cat. (Cat now part of witness protection program and believed to be living in Nevada)

Religion
In the US you get people that are serious about it. There are people there doing things in the US that make the Taliban sit up and take notes. Here in Poland, 98 percent of the population is religious, 99 of the 98 percent are Catholic and about 9 percent of everyone goes to church other than for weddings, Easter or Christmas. It would be better, though, if everyone didn’t lie so much about how religious they aren’t. Poland wins this round because I’ve never seen “God quotes” or a Bible on anyone’s desk at work.

Family
Polish families are VERY close. And very loud. And very interested in how much you paid for your most recent purchase. Like 9 out of 10 Americans who left the house before before the age of 21 I am not particularly close to my family, certainly not by Polish standards where it is quite common to see three generations of family members voluntarily living together. I can only assume this is what makes many Poles such aggressive drivers and such hard drinkers: one must vent all that frustration some how. This round goes to the US.

The “Wild West” Atmosphere.
Many Poles like to think that because their country is at least 1,000 years old and that because they “invented democracy” or whatever that they are way more mature than the US. This couldn’t be further from the truth, what with all the bribery, utterly indifferent politicians, ego-centric fuck-everyone attitudes, the racism, nationalism, xenophobia and often shockingly poor educational standards. This round, surprisingly, also goes to Poland because it’s nice to know that if I’m having a bad day I can act like a jerk and no one will really notice or care. It’s probably not a round that Poland or most Poles would prefer to win but you gotta take what you can get.

To Summarize
I like Poland, even though sometimes it makes me want to scream. I moved here cause of a girl but if I had my preference I would have moved to Norway, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark or Ireland. I’m still here because, really – and I’m being serious for a moment – even when Poland does drive me insane (quite often) I do prefer it over the US. Even to me it doesn’t make a lot of sense but there’s just something about this country…

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Polandian on Sunday #2

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Welcome to Polandian on Sunday with a brief summary of what happened this week in Poland.

1. The Polish-Polish pierogi war.

Pierogi, dumplings with many varieties of filling, are a Polish specialty. They have also become the subject of a major row.

As businesses serving pizza are called pizzerias, those serving pierogi are called pierogarnias. At least they were – until this week.

Pierogi places around Poland have received letters from the lawyers of the “Polskie Pierogarnie” company, demanding the word “pierogarnnia” be removed from their street signs, menus, business cards and ads. Apparently the company has registered the name “pierogarnia” at the patent office.

Many pierogi establishments argue “pierogarnia” is a generic name. Lawyers are already jumping with joy at the prospect of a long and difficult trial. So are Polish philologists, who as court language experts will finally be able to find a job connected with their studies.


2. A new biography of Lech Wałęsa’s draws an unflattering image

Previously there were the accusations of Wałęsa’s co-operation with communist secret services. This week is all about the new book claiming that Wałęsa, inter alia:
– peed into a font when he was 9;
– attacked peasant parties with an axe;
– had an illegitimate child, which he never officially acknowledged;
– and repeating the old claim that he was an agent of communist secret services.

The book, which is actually a master’s thesis, by 24-year-old Paweł Zyzak, caused a massive outcry this week. Controversial claims remain unverified, and in many cased unverifiable. Stories from Wałęsa’s youth are based on anonymous accounts from villages where Wałęsa used to live. Journalists soon followed the paths taken by Mr Zyzak – and heard the same things from the local peasant folk.

Established historians have criticised the work as not being compliant with proper methodology.

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Wałęsa is outraged. His first reaction was to say that he did not fight for a Poland such as this, and that he considered returning the Nobel Prize and other awards, and leaving the country. Mr Zyzak has been condemned by Poland’s top-people. The government is outraged too, and wants to control how the Jagiellonian University, founded 1364, protects scientific standards while granting degrees in its History Department—a proposal that some see as a breach of the universities’ independence and of freedom of speech.

Mr Zyzak is also the author of other original thoughts. As a Kaczynski brothers’ Law and Justice party politician he demanded that Gazeta Wyborcza, the most popular Polish broadsheet, be removed from schools because it “promotes hatred of the Polish state, and it spits on national and local authorities”. He also said that gay people are “animals and descendants of the devil”. In one article he wrote: “Fags, using individual physical and verbal attacks against them, cunningly gather people’s compassion”.

Since he might be stripped of his masters – he should be hoping for some compassion himself these days.

3. Barack Obama – a descendant of Polish monarchs?

In the desserts of the Sahara, in the jungles of Manhattan, on the beaches of the Seychelles: Polish people are everywhere in the world. As it turns out, the current occupant of the White House might be Polish too. At least a bit.

Previous studies proved Barack Obama’s connection to the English house of Plantagenet and Edward I.  A Czech expert explores the connection between the Plantagenets, the Polish house of Piast and the Bohemian house of Przemyślid (cz. Přemyslid).

Descent Table of Barack Obama, King Edward I of England and Mieszko I, Duke of Poland.

Mieszko I, Duke of Poland  ? – 992
Bolesław Chrobry (Boleslas the Brave), King of Poland 967 – 1025
Mieszko II, King of Poland 990 – 1034
Kazimierz Odnowiciel (Casimir the Restorer), Duke of Poland 1016 – 1058
Władysław Herman (Ladislas Herman), Duke of Poland 1043 – 1102
Bolesław Krzywousty (Boleslas III Wrymouth Piast), Duke of Poland 1085-1138
Władysław II, (Ladislas II Piast), Duke of Krakow and Silesia 1105-1159
Rychilda (Richilde Piast), 1135-1198
Sancha of Castille 1154-1208
Alphonse II, Count of Provence ca 1180-1209
Raimond-Bérenger V, Count of Provence & Forcalquier ca 1205-1245
Eléonore of Provence 1223-1291
Edward I Longshanks Plantagenêt, King of England 1239-1307
Elizabeth Plantagenêt 1282-1316
William de Bohun, Earl of Northampton ca 1311-1360
Elisabeth de Bohun ca 1350-1385
Elizabeth Fitzalan 1366-1425
Joan Goushill
Catherine Stanley
Dulcia Savage
Maud Bold
Jennet Gerard
William Eltonhead
Richard Eltonhead
Martha Eltonhead
Eltonhead Conway
Martha Thacker
Edwin Hickman
James Hickman 1723-1816
Susannah Hickman
Annie Browning
George Washington Overall 1820-1871
Susan C Overall 1849
Gabriella Clark 1877
Ruth Lucille Armour 1900-1926
Stanley Armour Dunham 1918-1992
Ann Dunham 1942-1995
Barack Obama 1961-

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Mieszko I Piast - probably Barack Obama's forefather.

4. The last etude at Okęcie

An étude is an instrumental musical composition, most commonly of considerable difficulty, usually designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular technical skill. It was also the name of a terminal at Warsaw’s Okęcie Chopin Airport. First opened in 1976 it served as the arrivals hall until 1992, when Terminal 1 was extended and refurbished. The number of passengers continued to grow, and very soon exceeded its capacity. In 2004 Etiuda was reopened to accommodate the rapidly growing low cost airlines. It was thought of only as a temporary solution since Terminal 2 was in the last phases of construction. There were also advanced plans to open a new airport further away from Warsaw.

Things didn’t go according to plan: Terminal 2’s launch was repeatedly postponed and the plans for a new airport plans were abandoned. The tiny space of Etiuda was getting more and more crowded – from 474,000 passengers in 2004 – to 948,000 in 2008. Overcrowding, together with greatly insufficient number of places to sit, lack of bars, restaurants or shops, tiny toilets, no air conditioning and delayed flights – meant that each visit to Etiuda was an horrific experience, that stayed with each visitor for a long time. We’ve mentioned this at Polandian before as well.

This week Etiuda was finally closed (ignoring protests from Ryanair, Easyjet and WizzAir) – which was celebrated with a grande fete outside the terminal in the Polish 70s style. Telebims displayed scenes from cult Polish comedy films in which the terminal was featured. The public got hot tea with vodka from thermos flasks and egg sandwiches wrapped in breakfast paper. Old style ‘crew’ with odd haircuts and vile make-up presented a happening: a very rude and disrespectful ‘check-in’ service. A reminder of how it was during the communist days – now a laughing matter. A huge “Closed” sign was lit up to finish off the night. Etude is over.

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GOING UP

Nudists – who might be getting a brand new beach on Warsaw’s Vistula bank. The Warsaw’s City Council motion aims to recreate the once popular nudist spot near Wał Miedzeszyński. The project needs the support of the mayoress of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Walz, whom you can contact with petitions at ajaworska@warszawa.um.gov.pl.

The Polish economy – according to The Economist Poland will be the only country in Europe, excluding Slovakia and Slovenia, with a GDP growth in 2009 (0.7% to be precise). Other countries will experience a negative GDP growth rate due to the current crisis. Poland’s prognosis for 2010 is a more optimistic 2.2% GDP growth rate.

Firefox web browser – which, for the first time had a larger market share (45.3%) in Poland, than Internet Explorer (45.0%)

GOING DOWN

Radek Sikorski – the current Minister for Foreign Affairs lost his bid to become NATO Secretary General. Reportedly the Americans wanted the Danish guy (Anders Fogh-Rasmussen). Mr Sikorski should have thought twice, before he supported McCain against Obama the Piast.

The Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń – which has hidden from view a part of its own exhibition on Saturday. The exposition entitled “Lucim lives on” presents peasant inspirations in modern art. One of the elements of the exhibition was a film, which the CoCA director, politically appointed figure, perceives as ‘obscene’ or ‘pornographic’. Conservatism and censorship is hardly a surprise when you think that instead of a speech from the curator presenting the CoCA’s programme during its launch ceremony, there was a priest offering prayer for the CoCA to “make benefit the glorious people of Toruń”.

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The Hottest Polish Politician vote extended!

Pleased with the interest our little contest has gathered we decided to extend the vote for the Hottest Polish Politician until the end of March.

You can find out more about the female contestants here and about male contestants here.

VOTE NOW (IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED YET)

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The Hottest Polish Politician Contest – the Men

We’re back with the all-male finals of our Hottest Polish Politician contest. We are looking for one guy and one gal to become the Hottest Polish Polish Politician of the year.  We will send the lucky winner a bilingual diploma they can hang in their office and show off to their friends.

Last week the women’s final was featured on the national nightly news programe TVN Fakty. We’re too scared to imagine where this week’s contest might end up… 80% of the 460 Members of the Sejm are men – if this balance was recreated in out contest, we would have 40 male contestants.

Both contests will last one more week and then we announce the winners! Yay!

Contestant number 1

Sławomir Nowak is a 34-year-old MP from Gdańsk representing the Civic Platform party (centre-right) since 2004. Currently he holds the position of Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. He is also the head of Prime-Minister’s political cabinet. He graduated from international relations at Gdańsk University and from management at Gdynia Maritime University. He has worked in advertising. Politically he was involved in liberal youth movement.

The Baltic Sea attracts windsufers from all over the Sejm
When you’re ready Mr Nowak we’ll try it on the water shall we?
Jak to na wojence ładnie
On his way to the Madonna concert

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Contestant number 2

Paweł Olszewski is a 30-year-old lawyer from Bydgoszcz, who also happens to be Civic Platform MP (centre-right). He manages exports for a furniture manufacturer. He was a spokesman for his party in the Kuyavia-Pomerania region and for three years he was a member of Bydgoszcz City Council.

In his own words: “My participation in socio-political life are a result of the wonderful years I spent in the Young Democrats association. There we learned how to successfully fight for our rights and take an active part in local political life.”

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Okay, so I hit the yellow ball with the stick, right?
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At the More Rights for Gingers rally

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Contestant number 3

Dawid Jackiewicz is a 36-year-old MP from Wrocław. He represents the Law and Justice party in the Sejm. During the Kaczynski era he held the post of Deputy Minister for the Treasury.

He should relaunch his website so that we could write something more about him.

Law and Order
Law and Order
Caught by tabloid photographer in a shopping centre with his friend during an important parliament debat! Naughty... but who wouldn't understand a passion for shoes?
Caught by a tabloid photographer in a shopping centre during an important parliamentary debate! Naughty… but who doesn’t understand a passion for shoes?

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Contestant number 4

Michał Jaros is a 28-year-old  MP from Wrocław. Born in Aleksandrów Kujawski (Kuyavia-Pomerania) he moved south to study at the Wrocław University of Economics. There he became an active member of a student’s union. Local Civic Platform noticed him, and offered a place on Wrocław City Council lists. He was elected, and after two years he was offered a good place on parliamentary election list.

His campaign became famous when he used a picture of a woman’s bum in tight jeans on his leaflet, coupled with the slogan “satisfaction guaranteed”.

Young MP donates blood
DNA tests to prove he’s old enough to be an MP
Elegant and friendly
At the student’s union bash

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Contestant number 5

Michał Marcinkiewicz is, at 25, the youngest MP in the Polish Sejm. He represents Civic Platform and his home town of Szczecin. From 2002–04 he worked in the European Parliament. He is the president of Morze Bałtyk Szczecin volleyball team.

In his own words: “I can honestly say – Szczecin is my city. I was born and raised here. Here I got my education and my first professional experiences. Here I met many good and interesting people. I feel a strong emotional bond with this city, and since I remember I wanted Szczecin to be the place to live comfortably.”

Voulez-vous (aha!) Take it now or leave it (aha!) Now is all we get (aha!) .... Nothing promised, no regrets Voulez-vous (aha!) Ain't no big decision (aha!) You know what to do (aha!) La question c'est voulez-vous
♫ Voulez-vous (aha!) Take it now or leave it (aha!) Now is all we get (aha!) …. Nothing promised, no regrets …. Voulez-vous (aha!) Ain’t no big decision (aha!) You know what to do (aha!) La question c’est voulez-vous ♫

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A Ku-Ku!

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Contestant number 6:

Łukasz Zbonikowski from Toruń is a 31-year-old lawyer and an MP representing the Law and Justice party in the Sejm. He is a professional politician: after experiences with the students’ union he began a career in the City Council of Włocławek in 1998, and was assigned to several political posts. He is the chairman of the Polish-Irish Parliament Group.

A Cypriot hotel accused Mr Zbonikowski of destroying a golf cart. The Speaker of the Sejm suspended his right to represent the Polish Parliament at the Council of Europe.

Mr Zbonikowski is a basketball enthusiast
Mr Zbonikowski is a basketball enthusiast
With children who came to see the very building where all the silly laws are being created
With children who came to see the very building where all the silly laws are being created

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Contestant number 7:

Donald Tusk from Gdańsk is a 51-year-old history graduate, an MP and the current Prime Minister of Poland. His Platforma Obywatelska party (centre-right) won the 2007 election. During the communist period he was actively enganed in opposition, for which he was fired from his job. For seven years had been doing physical work in a co-coperative society. After the collapse of  communism he was active in politics in liberal movements. He is one of the co-founders of Platforma Obywatelska.

He plays football every Thursday evening.

Scarf, 29.99
Scarf, 29.99, winning the election 29,000,000.00, seeing your opponents defeat live: priceless
Happy birthday mister president
Mr Tusk at Mme Tussaud’s

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Contestant number 8:

Paweł Poncyliusz from Warsaw is a 40-year-old MP (since 2001) representing the Law and Justice party in the Sejm. Since childhood he has been involved with the scouting movement. He studies history at the Warsaw University. For 8 years he was running his own business. He became famous when he agreed to a tabloid Fakt proposal to live for just 500 zł (120 euro) a month – the amount equivalent to what is left from a minimum wage after paying bills. The most popular Polish paper reported on his adventures everyday for a month.

In his own words: “Recently I became interested in impressionist paintings and Flemish painters”.

The White Party
The White Party
Always make sure there is no farting pillow on your seat when in public
Always make sure there is no farting pillow on your seat when in public

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Contestant number 9:

Damian Raczkowski is a 34-year-old law graduate and an MP from Białystok. He represents the Civic Platform party (centre-right) in the Sejm. He worked as a labour inspector (for a government institution controlling how businesses observe workers’ rights), and a realty manager for a local branch of Polish Rail.

Mr Raczkowski loves martial arts and has been training in taekwon-do for many years and holds a black belt. He also enjoys swimming, bicycle riding, tennis and snowboarding.

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Hanging out at the Alma Mater
Artistic shot pregnant wife - would make great Gala cover
Artistic shot with pregnant wife – would make great Gala cover

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Contestant number 10:

Jakub Rutnicki from Szamotuły is a 30-year-old political science graduate and an MP representing the Civic Platform party. He was one of the finalists in the Polish edition of Pop Idol. Mr Rutnicki is a sports enthusiast and plays football and volley ball. He also completed water rescue training. In his region of Wielkopolska he organises a beach volley ball cup bearing his name.

In his own words: “The Poland of my dreams is a country where people are proud of their homeland”.

I asked for a latte, not a cappucino
I asked for a latte, not a cappucino
Oooops... If there are top secret government papers, where are the beach volleyball results?
Oooops… If these are the top secret government papers, where are the beach volleyball results?

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Due to popupar demand from our regular readers the following contestants have been added in the last moment:

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Contestant number 11:

Radosław Sikorski from Bydgoszcz is a 46-year-old PPE graduate of Oxford University, an MP and the the current Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs. Previously involved with the Kaczynski brothers’ Law and Justice party, acted as Minister of Defence in their government. Before the 2007 election he joined the Civic Platform party.

Between 1981-1989 he lived in the United Kingdom as an asylum seeker due to his involvement in Polish anti-communist opposition. During that time he worked as a correspondent for such British newspapers as The Sunday Telegrph, or The Spectator.

He is married to a well known American journalist Anne Applebaum.

At Milan Fashion Week
Bacstage at Milan Fashion Week

See me in my room
– Would you be so kind and join our war? Pleaaase? – Oh… I don’t know…

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Contestant number 12:

Wojciech Olejniczak is a 35-year-old MP (since 2001) from Łódź representing the Democratic Left Alliance (social-democrats, heirs to the communist party). He is a farming market graduate and management graduate at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, holding a PhD degree in economics.  Between 1999 and 2000 he was the president of Peasant Youth Association. From 2005-2008 he was the chairman of his party. During the Leszek Miller government he acted as the Minister of Agriculture.

Inteviewed by Joan Rivers - live from the red carpet

Inteviewed by Joan Rivers - live from the red carpet

Mr Olejniczak and his drag performance

Mr Olejniczak and his drag performance

Vote now!

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The Hottest Polish Politician Contest

THERE’S MORE LIKE THIS ON OUR NEW SITE – POLANDIAN.COM

Don’t watch the news?! – See what you’ve been missing! Polandian presents the best looking and sexiest lads and lasses in Polish politics… We are looking for one guy and one gal to become the Hottest Polish Polish Politician of the year.  We will send the lucky winner a bilingual diploma they can hang in their office and show off to their friends.

This week we’re voting for the sexiest female politician. Come back next week to vote for the men!

Contestant number 1

Iwona Guzowska is a 33-year-old multiple World Championship medalist in kick-boxing and boxing from Gdańsk and has been an MP since 2007. She represents the Civic Platform Party (PO, centre-right).

She is involved in charities that aid sick children.

Diplomatic mission
Diplomatic mission
Working on political power
Strong-arm tactics

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Contestant number 2:

Iwona Arent from Olsztyn – this 41-year-old member of Law and Justice party (PiS; conservative/social-right) has been an MP since 2006. She is a political scientist.

In her own words: “I got my patriotism from my grandparents, my grandfather was a Home Army soldier sent to Siberia after the war. The tales I heard from my grandfather, grandmother and parents shaped my love for Poland.”

Style and grace... is that Jennifer Aniston hairdo?
Style and grace… is that a Jennifer Aniston hairdo?
Obligatory Sejm photo
Obligatory Sejm photo

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Contestant number 3

Magda Gąsior-Marek is a 26-year-old banking graduate and an MP from Lublin. She joined the Civic Platform party in 2005 and her political star launched soon after. She soon won a Lublin City Council seat and then made it into the Sejm.  She promotes blood donation and good manners on the roads.

Her political idols are: Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, Margaret Thatcher, Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maximillian Maria Kolbe, Milton Friedman and Adam Smith.

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Look mum, I’m in the Sejm!
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Likes to spend time around men with big choppers

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Contestant number 4

Małgorzata Tkacz-Janik is a 44-year-old member of the Zieloni 2004 Party (The Greens) in Gliwice. She’s an academic and social activist and a specialist in the theory of literature and marketing communication. She organises conferences about sustainable development in her home town of Gliwice and motivational trainings for unemployed women.

In her own words: “Three issues are most important for me in my political and life plan: the rights of women, the quality of life where one lives, and social and cultural education of children, youth and adults.”

The sultry, flyaway look
Mhmmmmm...
Put it away dear, you’re impressing nobody

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Contestant number 5

Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg is a 50-year-old painter and journalist from Wrocław and has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004. She is a member of the Democratic Left Alliance (social-democrats, heirs of the communist party). In the European Parliament she represents the Party of European Socialists. She graduated from Wrocław University of Economics. For ten years she worked as a general manager of the international classical music festival Vratislavia Cantans. For four years she held the post of Director of the Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic of Wrocław.

Yes. I do know what you're thinking
Yes. I do know what you’re thinking

Some people love to work after hours
Some people love to work after hours

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Contestant number 6:

Joanna Mucha is a 33-year-old academic and MP from Lublin, a city she has represented since 2007. She works as an economics lecturer (specialising in the economics of healthcare) at the Catholic University of Lublin. She represents the Civic Platform party (centre-right).

In her own words: “For me politics means service to the people – this will never change. I have been interested in national matters since I was very young, and I always wanted to participate in politics because I know I am an honest, trustworthy and hardworking person. Now I also have a large knowledge, which I would like to use for the benefit of our country”.

Come over here and say that punk
Come over here and say that punk

Stepping out in style
Stepping out in style

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Contestant number 7:

Elżbieta Łukacijewska is a 42-year-old MP from Sanok (since 2001). Holding a Masters in business administration she worked as an accountant. In 1998 she was voted village administrator of Cisna (podkarpacie region). She represents the Civic Platform party (centre-right). She is the former president of the Sejm Commmision for Equal Status of Men and Women.

In her own words: “From my parents I learned to respect other people and their work. I observed their everyday effort, honesty and attachment to the land. Their struggles and difficulties taught me a lot.”

Friendly and elegant
Friendly and elegant
Mental note: don't give speeches when you're hungry
Mental note: don’t give speeches when you’re hungry

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Contestant number 8:

Katarzyna Matusik-Lipiec is a 33-year-old Civic Platform MP from Kraków, a city she has represented since 2007. After graduating from political science at the Jagiellonian University, she started working in an association promoting knowledge about the EU. For five years she was engaged in local government of the City of Kraków.

In her own words: “To deal with everyday duties I always try to find time for sports: skiing, swimming, roller skating. Less actively, but just as passionately, I am a fan of the Polish volleyball team”.

I always like to sign with a kiss
I always like to sign with a kiss

Better three hours early than a minute too late
Better three hours early than a minute too late

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Contestant number 9:

Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska is a 52-year-old sociologist, film producer and an MP from Warsaw. For several years she represented the liberal-democratic Unia Wolności party in the Warsaw City Council. Currently she is a member of centre-right Platforma Obywatelska.

She takes special pride in being the grand-daughter of important Polish politicians: Stanisław Wojciechowski (President of Poland 1922-26) and Władysław Grabski (Prime Minister of Poland in 1920 and from 1923-25; architect of currency reformer – creator of the złoty).

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Vogue
Why do they always put the salt sticks on your side?!
Why do they always put the salt sticks on your side?!

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Contestant number 10:

Marzena Okła-Drewnowicz is a 36-year-old sociologist, social activist and an MP from Skarżysko-Kamienna. Since 2007 she has represented the Civic Platform party.  She has worked as a manager for social services in the Świętokrzyskie region and as a facilitator of trainings for social workers. She was actively engaged in numerous local non-governmental initiatives. Her best achievement is probably a charity organising free time for children from underprivileged backgrounds – which flourished when she took lead there.

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The Cheri Blair of a new generation

Explaining the Dutch delegation why they should adopt the Polish values
If this guy gives me one more flower I’m going to slap him

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