long form: Republic of Poland
short form: Poland
local long form: Rzeczpospolita Polska
local short form: Polska
Independence: November 11, 1918 republic was proclaimed. Other important dates: A.D. 966 Christianity was adopted (traditional founding date); July 1, 1569 the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth formed.
National Symbol: white eagle
National Anthem: "Mazurek Dabrowskiego" (Dabrowski's Mazurka); Adopted in 1927 the anthem is commonly known as "Jeszcze Polska nie zginela" (Poland Has Not Yet Perished).