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LOCATED IN EASTERN Europe, Poland has a land area of 120,728 sq. mi. (312,679 sq. km.), with a population of 38,125,500 (2006 est.), and a population density of 320 people per sq. mi. (122 people per sq. km.). Some 47 percent of the country is arable, with a further 13 percent used as pastures and meadows, and 29 percent is forested.

Regarding electricity generation in the country, 98.1 percent comes from fossil fuels, mainly coal that is mined in many parts of the country, with 1.5 percent from hydropower. As a result of this, even though Poland is less industrialized than many other European countries, it has a high per capita rate of carbon dioxide emissions—9.1 metric tons in 1990, falling slowly to 8.0 metric tons ...

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