Poland to open new shipping canal near Russia next month | Savings in Polish zloty wane as Poles look to hoard euros and dollars | Two silvers, bronze for Polish athletes in Munich | Beehives in Gdynia produce bumper harvest

(fot. Radio Gdańsk/Roman Jocher)

Poland will launch a new waterway to the Baltic Sea on September 17 to mark 83 years since the Soviet Union invaded the country in the early days of World War II, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Running through the Vistula Spit, the new canal is designed to allow ships to enter the Polish port of Elbląg without passing through the Strait of Baltiysk in Russia’s Kaliningrad region. Linking Elbląg with the Bay of Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea, the 23-kilometre-long, 5-metre-deep waterway will „help enhance Poland’s military as well as economic sovereignty,” according to the country’s conservative leader Jarosław Kaczyński.

Source – Polskie Radio

Team Poland won three more medals, two silver and one bronze, at the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Wednesday, taking the country’s medal tally to five.

Poland’s Ewa Różańska took the silver in the women’s hammer throw, with a personal best of 72.12 metres, finishing behind Romania’s Bianca Florentina Ghelber and ahead of third-placed Sara Fantini of Italy. Meanwhile, Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek won the silver in the women’s 400m, finishing in 49.94, and countrywoman Anna Kiełbasińska earned the bronze, with 50.29. Poland has so far won five medals in Munich, one gold, two silver and two bronze. The 2022 European Athletics Championships run until Sunday.

Source – Polskie Radio

Poles are keeping 25% more money in foreign currencies, compared to last year, according to data supplied by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

Deposits in foreign currencies, mainly euro and US dollar, totalled in June nearly USD 35bn, which makes up a $6.5bn increase from the last year’s figures. The upswing coincides with a one-percent drop in the deposit amounts in Poland’s zloty. The trend dates back to October 2021 and corresponds with the inflation dynamics,’ chief analyst at HRE Investments, Bartosz Turek, has said. Poles are allocating their assets in euros or US dollars in a bid to shield their funds from adverse factors such as the energy crisis, war in Ukraine and inflation.

Source – Polskie Radio

4 hives of honey bees that are living on the roof of Gdynia city hall have produced a bumper harvest of honey this year. They have so far produced a total of 182 kilograms of honey which beats their record from last year by 4 kilograms.

The honey is collected monthly, leaving some for the bees themselves. The honey is jarred and goes to the inhabitants of the city through various initiatives or as prizes in competitions run by the city. The insects have been living on the roof of the office for three years. A spokesman for the city said that he hoped the results would encourage the inhabitants of Gdynia to set up their own apiaries in gardens or on the roofs of buildings.

Source – Radio Gdańsk

Weather

Today will be a mostly sunny day in a gentle breeze and temperatures of 27 degrees centigrade (77 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and 17 degrees overnight. Tomorrow will see thundery showers in the afternoon and temperatures of 28 degrees during the day and 18 degrees overnight.

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