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Lech Wałęsa

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Lech Wałęsa (; Polish: [ˈlɛɣ vaˈwɛ̃sa] (listen); born 29 September 1943) is a Polish statesman, dissident, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who served as the President of Poland between 1990 and 1995. After winning the 1990 election, Wałęsa became the first democratically elected President of Poland since 1926 and the first-ever Polish President elected by popular vote. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lech Wałęsa has received more than 2,811,972 page views. His biography is available in 152 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 151 in 2019). Lech Wałęsa is the 152nd most popular politician (up from 233rd in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Poland (up from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Politician.

Lech Wałęsa is most famous for being the leader of Solidarity, a Polish trade union that played a major role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

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Among politicians, Lech Wałęsa ranks 152 out of 15,577Before him are Joseph Goebbels, John Major, Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Oliver Cromwell, Simón Bolívar, and Cardinal Richelieu. After him are Maximilien Robespierre, Paul von Hindenburg, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, Alfred the Great, Louis IX of France, and Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Among people born in 1943, Lech Wałęsa ranks 4Before him are Robert De Niro, Janis Joplin, and John Major. After him are Julio Iglesias, Jim Morrison, Catherine Deneuve, Sharon Tate, Mick Jagger, Bobby Fischer, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and George Harrison.

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Among people born in Poland, Lech Wałęsa ranks 8 out of 1,454Before him are Marie Curie (1867), Frédéric Chopin (1810), Pope John Paul II (1920), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Catherine the Great (1729), and Rosa Luxemburg (1871). After him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Fritz Haber (1868), Günter Grass (1927), and Wernher von Braun (1912).


Among politicians born in Poland, Lech Wałęsa ranks 1After him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Władysław III of Poland (1424), and Casimir III the Great (1310).