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Practical Warsaw

TIME ZONE

Warsaw is in the Europe Central time zone (GMT +1). During the period from March to October, it is 'summer time'.
There is a change of time twice a year in Poland:
- on the last weekend in March, clocks switch from winter to summer time, and move forward one hour;
- on the last weekend in October, clocks switch to daylight saving time for winter, and move back one hour.


ELECTRICITY

In Poland, the voltage is 230V, 50 Hz. The plug is the standard European double plug.


SECURITY

Warsaw is a safe city; in terms of security it can easily comparable to other European capitals. However, keep in mind some basic principles and be particularly careful in places with crowds (train, bus and metro stations, airports, mass events, etc.) Be alert during night walks, especially in less-busy streets.
If there is any kind of security incident, you should call the emergency number 112, or the police at 997.
For foreigners in Poland during the summer, there is a special emergency number. Call 800 200 300, from mobile phones, dial +48 608 599 999 (these numbers is in service from June to September, between 10 am and 10 pm daily).


WEATHER

Warsaw is in the transitional zone of the moderate climate zone, characterised by the presence of hot summers and cold winters. The annual average temperature goes from 18°C in June to 0°C in February, with a maximum of 30°C and a minimum of -20°C. The largest rainfalls are recorded in the summer months, as a result of storms that regularly occur during this period.
Details about current weather forecasts can be found on many websites, such as information services at the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management at www.pogodynka.pl (information is in both Polish and English) or at new.meteo.com and news.bbc.co.uk/weather


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

January 1 – New Year's Day
January 6 - Epiphany
Easter Sunday and Monday
May 1 – Labour Day
May 3 – May Third National Day (Constitution Day)
May – Pentecostal Sunday - moveable feast (not tied to a specific date)
May/June – Corpus Christi - moveable feast, always celebrated on a Thursday
August 15 – Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary
November 1 – All Saints' Day
November 11 – Independence Day
December 25 and 26 – Christmas 

During public holidays shopping malls, supermarkets, shops and state offices are closed.


EMBASSIES
Warsaw has Embassies of countries with which Poland maintains diplomatic relations. A current and complete list of Embassies


PROHIBITIONS

Smoking
In Warsaw, smoking is prohibited at public transportation stops and shelters as well as clubs, pubs and restaurants unless they have separate room for smokers. Not respecting this risks the offender receiving a fine.

Alcohol
In Warsaw, you may not drink alcohol in public places (parks, squares, streets, etc.), with the exception of permitted areas such as gardens and patios in restaurants and pubs. Not respecting this risks the offender receiving a fine.

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