Polish (‘język polski’, ‘polszczyzna’), the official language in Poland, is a member of the Western Slavic group of the Indo-European family of languages. It is most closely related with Czech and Slovak languages.
1. Polish native speakers
The number of Polish native speakers is about 40 million worldwide which makes this language the second most widely spoken among Slavic languages in the world after Russian. 96% of Poles speak Polish as their mother tongue, that’s why Poland is linguistically the most homogeneous country in Europe. It is also used by representatives of Polish minorities throughout the world in other countries, mainly, in neighboring countries of Poland such as Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, France, Great Britain (in Europe), USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico (in America), Australia and Israel. It is the second most spoken language in England (nearly 8% of the population).