Ten fun facts about Warsaw

Fact 1
As of 2013, Warsaw is the 10th largest city in the European Union.

Fact 2
Because the city has risen from the dirt after being demolished, it has been referred to as the 'Phoenix City'.

Fact 3
In 1940, Warsaw was awarded the Virtuti Militari: Poland's highest military decoration for heroism.

Fact 4
Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, was born in Warsaw.

Fact 5
The mermaid is a symbol of the city; there are statues of mermaids throughout the city and documented use of the symbol dates back as early as 1609.

Fact 6
Located in Warsaw is the largest and best-equipped institute of pediatric healthcare in Poland.

Fact 7
Since Warsaw doesn't have a good ring road system surrounding the city, it ranks third for the highest level of congestion in Europe.

Fact 8
In 2011, Warsaw ranked as the world's 46th most expensive city to live in.

Fact 9
The official city name, translated in English, is "The Capital City of Warsaw".

Fact 10
Modern Warsaw was established in approximately 1300, but the first fortified settlements on today's Warsaw were Brodno and Jazdow.

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The capital and largest city of Poland.