It is estimated that Polish is spoken by a total of 50 million people worldwide, with 39 million of them living in Poland. Polish, which belongs to the Slavic subgroup of the Indo-European language family, is the official language of Poland. It is estimated that Polish is spoken as a native language by approximately 44 million people in the world.
Polish is a highly inflected language and the stress generally falls on the second-to-last syllable. As the second most widely spoken Slavic language overall, Polish currently has the largest number of speakers of the West Slavic subgroup. Polish is written using the Latin alphabet and enriched by additional diacritics.
The only country to accept Polish as its official language is Poland, however Polish is one of the official languages of the European Union. As a minority language, it is also recognized by Czechia, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.