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Warsaw

Administration
Full nameWarsaw
Official nameCapital City of Warsaw
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Native nameWarszawa
MottoSemper invicta (Latin "Always undefeated")
CountryPoland
VoivodeshipMasovian
Countycity county
City rightsturn of the 13th century
Government
PresidentHanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz
Geography
Total Area199.5 sq mi (516.9 km2)
Metro Area2354.8 sq mi (6100.43 km2)
Elevation328 ft (100 m)
Demography
Total Population1716855 (2009)
Density (pop.)3311.02/km2 (8575.5/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)2631902
DemonymVarsovian
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code00-001 to 04 999
Area code+48 22
Car platesWA, WB, WD, WE, WF, WH, WI, WJ, WK, WN, WT, WU, WW, WX, WY

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Warsaw ( c-plAUDPl-Warszawa is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 260 km (161.6 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 km (186.4 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains. Its population as of June 2010 was estimated at 1,716,855, and the Warsaw metropolitan area at approximately 2,631,902. The area of the city covers 516.9 km2 (199.6 sqmi), while the city's agglomeration covers 6100.43 km2 (2355.4 sqmi) (Warsaw Metro Area - Obszar Metropolitalny Warszawy). Warsaw is the 9th largest city in the European Union by population.

"Warszawianka" is widely considered the unofficial anthem of Warsaw. On 9 November 1940 the City of Warsaw was awarded the Silver Cross of Poland's supreme military decoration for courage in the face of the enemy, the Order Virtuti Militari for the heroic defence in 1939.

Warsaw is also known as the "phoenix city", as it recovered from extensive damage during World War II (during which 80% of its buildings were destroyed), being rebuilt with the effort of Polish citizens. Warsaw has given its name to the Warsaw Confederation, Warsaw Pact, the Duchy of Warsaw, Warsaw Convention, Treaty of Warsaw, Warsaw Uprising and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


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