Polish hospitality in practice. Are the houses of Poles open to visitors and refugees?

76% of Poles consider themselves guests and the survey results show that we really appreciate guests. Poles selflessly opened their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. This attitude surprised almost the whole world and confirmed that as a nation we are ready to help in crisis situations.

Author: housemarket.pl June 14, 2022 11:49 am

  • Poles treat guest visits seriously and most hosts prepare accordingly.
  • 25 percent respondents receive guests at least once a week
  • 79 percent of respondents clean the apartment earlier, and 71 percent. prepare a meal
  • An apartment that is too small is the most common reason for not accepting refugees.

From the latest report prepared by the Domondo brand in cooperation with Elephate, you can find out how Polish hospitality is manifested and where we most often receive guests. The study also checked how many people have taken in Ukrainian refugees, how these people evaluate their decision in retrospect, and what prevented many of us from taking such a step.

Poles consider themselves hospitable

Up to 87 percent of Poles believe that we are a hospitable nation, and more than of respondents attribute this trait to themselves. When asked to define hospitality, participants often repeated concepts such as openness and altruism. It is viewed similarly by cultural anthropologist Dr. Inga B. Kuźma, prof. UŁ.

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Poles and hospitality form a harmonious duo. Photo carpet. presses.

– Researcher Adam Pisarek wrote in 2014 that in Polish culture, hospitality is understood as: cordiality, kindness and selflessness. It can be added that this means preparing the food, taking care of the guest to have a good time, and sometimes also spending the night. Of course, not everyone, and not always. However, more or less these characteristics are attributed to the so-called Polish hospitality. These characteristics refer to the models of the old period, cared for, for example, in old noble mansions – says Dr. Inga B.Kuzma.

How do we welcome guests to our homes and apartments?

The frequency with which we receive guests varies – 25%. of respondents do it at least once a week, exactly the same percentage several times a year, 24%. on average, once every 2 weeks, and 21%. once a month. For 86 percent of respondents, the most common place to receive guests is the living room, although sometimes it is also a kitchen, and in good weather, a garden or a terrace (each of these options was indicated by 17 % of respondents).


Hospitality and intimacy in a Polish house. Photo carpet. presses.

The refugees will live in the dormitory in Gliwice

Poles treat guest visits seriously and most hosts prepare accordingly – 79%. of respondents clean the apartment earlier, and 71 percent. prepare a meal. One in three people prepares a place to sleep in advance, if an overnight stay is planned. Plus, 15 percent. of respondents dressed festively before visiting, and 11 percent. takes care of the appropriate decorations, for example lighting candles or buying fresh flowers. To define the limit of privacy, 27%. respondents close the doors of certain rooms (particularly bedrooms) to guests.


The Poles are happy to welcome them home. Photo carpet. presses.

Poles accept refugees

An apartment that is too small is the most common reason for not accepting refugees. Due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine in February 2022, the Poles rushed to the aid of their eastern neighbors. Support often went beyond collecting food, clothes or money – almost 11%. participants in our study report having accepted refugees from Ukraine into their homes. Of this group of Poles, 65% believe in retrospect that it was a good decision. There are also many people who have negative experiences related to accepting refugees – but only 18% are mentioned. Poles who opened the door to those fleeing the war.


Polish hospitality in the face of the war in Ukraine. Photo carpet. presses

However, not everyone could afford to put additional people under their roof. The main reason for not accepting refugees was the small size of the apartment (indicated by no less than 63% of respondents), which meant that Poles would not be able to provide their guests with comfortable conditions. In addition, respondents argued this with the lack of funds for such a scope of assistance (39%), the choice of other forms of support for Ukrainians (35%), the reluctance to accept foreigners to the house (18%), and to a lesser extent – fear of the language barrier (7%).

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