Poland’s population is growing in 2017: Government data
Poland’s population grew by 6 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to official data released Thursday by the country’s interior ministry.
Poland’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the year to March 2017 was 6.3 percent, slightly lower than the 6.4 percent pace in the same period last year, the ministry said.
That is a bit lower than economists had expected, since the country was already facing a weak economy at the time of the survey.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said the growth is proof that Poland’s economy is resilient.
“The growth in the GDP is also a positive sign for our economy and our citizens,” Duda told reporters at a news conference.
The country’s economy has grown steadily over the past decade, according the World Bank.
But in recent years, the country has suffered from a series of setbacks, including the collapse of the European Union.
The EU is still reeling from a string of corruption scandals that tarnished the image of a once-mighty bloc.
The new data shows that Poland is still in the middle of a long-term economic recovery, even as it faces a major health crisis and a financial crisis.
In addition to a strong job market, Polish GDP grew by 3.7 percent in 2017, the fastest pace in four years, according a recent poll.
That was a big improvement from the 3.6 percent pace recorded in 2016, but far below the 3 percent growth seen in the mid-2000s.
In the first half of 2017, Poland had one of the strongest growth rates in Europe.
But the country is struggling to rein in inflation, which jumped 7.5 percent last year.
It was also a major drag on the economy in 2016.
Polands economy has been buffeted by a weak global economy and by the fallout from the Ukraine crisis, but its health care and infrastructure sectors are thriving.
In 2017, health care was the second-highest contributor to the countrys GDP, after construction.
The government says it hopes to double the number of doctors by 2021, but many Poles fear that could not happen until 2024, given the economic downturn.