The Polish people, or Poles are a Slavic nation and ethnic group native to Poland, they are bounded by the Polish language, which belongs to the Lechitic subgroup of west slavic languages of Central Europe, living mainly in Poland. Their religion is mainly Roman Catholic. They use modified Latin alphabet.
There are about 60 million Poles in the world. Besides Poland, many live in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and elsewhere.
The most famous Poles are Pope John Paul II, Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Nicolaus Copernicus and Lech Walesa.
Polish names often end with "-ski", "-ska", "-cki" or "-cka".
The most popular Polish surnames are Nowak and Kowalski.