Lech Wałęsa

1943 - Today

Lech Wałęsa

Lech Wałęsa (; Polish: [ˈlɛɣ vaˈwɛ̃sa] (listen); born 29 September 1943) is a Polish statesman, dissident, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who served as the first democratically elected president of Poland from 1990 to 1995. A shipyard electrician by trade, he became the leader of Solidarity, and led a successful pro-democratic effort which in 1989 ended the communist rule in Poland and ushered in the end of the Cold War.While working at the Lenin Shipyard (now Gdańsk Shipyard), Wałęsa, an electrician, became a trade-union activist, for which he was persecuted by the Communist authorities, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times. In August 1980, he was instrumental in political negotiations that led to the ground-breaking Gdańsk Agreement between striking workers and the government. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lech Wałęsa has received more than 1,849,915 page views. His biography is available in 148 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 167th most popular politician.

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  • 148

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  • 11.31

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among politicians, Lech Wałęsa ranks 165 out of 14,801Before him are Oliver Cromwell, Maximilien Robespierre, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Marcus Licinius Crassus, and Louis the Pious. After him are Hosni Mubarak, Kublai Khan, Henry III of France, Charles X of France, Silvio Berlusconi, and Domitian.

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Among people born in 1943, Lech Wałęsa ranks 2Before him is Janis Joplin. After him are Robert De Niro, Julio Iglesias, Jim Morrison, George Harrison, Catherine Deneuve, Bobby Fischer, Sharon Tate, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Vangelis, and Mick Jagger.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Lech Wałęsa ranks 9 out of 930Before him are Frédéric Chopin (1810), Pope John Paul II (1920), Catherine the Great (1762), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), and Paul von Hindenburg (1847). After him are David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Heinz Guderian (1888), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Günter Grass (1927), and Wernher von Braun (1912).


Among politicians born in Poland, Lech Wałęsa ranks 2Before him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847). After him are David Ben-Gurion (1886), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Sigismund I the Old (1467), and Ladislaus I of Hungary (1046).

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