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Result: zł100 in 1971 → zł548,395.82 in 2020


Why a zloty today is worth only 0.0% of a zloty in 1971

Updated: November 12, 2020

According to the World Bank consumer price index for Poland, today's prices in 2020 are 548,295.82% higher than average prices since 1971. This means that a zloty today only buys 0.02% of what it could buy in 1971. The Polish Zloty experienced an average inflation rate of 19.21% per year during this period, causing the real value of a zloty to decrease.

In other words, zł100 in 1971 is equivalent in purchasing power to about zł548,395.82 in 2020, a difference of zł548,295.82 over 49 years. This inflation data is collected by the World Bank and is specific to Poland.

The 1971 inflation rate was 1.10%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 2.23%1. If this number holds, zł100 today will be equivalent in buying power to zł102.23 next year.


Inflation from 1971 to 2020
Cumulative price change 548,295.82%
Average inflation rate 19.21%
Converted amount (zł100 base) zł548,395.82
Price difference (zł100 base) zł548,295.82
CPI in 1971 0.021
CPI in 2020 116.654
Inflation in 1971 1.10%
Inflation in 2020 2.23%

PLN Inflation since 1970
Annual Rate, the World Bank CPI
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Buying power of zł100 in 1971

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for zł100 in 1971 (price index tracking began in 1970).

For example, if you started with zł100, you would need to end with zł548,395.82 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When zł100 is equivalent to zł548,395.82 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Polish zloty decreases over time. In other words, a zloty will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a zloty over time. By calculating the value in 1971 dollars, the chart below shows how zł100 is worth less over 49 years.

According to the World Bank, each of these PLN amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Zloty inflation: 1971-2020
Year Zloty Value Inflation Rate
1971 zł100.00 1.10%
1972 zł99.90 -0.10%
1973 zł102.37 2.48%
1974 zł109.59 7.05%
1975 zł112.07 2.26%
1976 zł117.01 4.41%
1977 zł122.75 4.90%
1978 zł132.69 8.10%
1979 zł142.02 7.03%
1980 zł155.77 9.68%
1981 zł185.56 19.13%
1982 zł377.73 103.56%
1983 zł474.18 25.53%
1984 zł547.21 15.40%
1985 zł610.25 11.52%
1986 zł711.25 16.55%
1987 zł898.87 26.38%
1988 zł1,426.69 58.72%
1989 zł4,915.69 244.55%
1990 zł32,830.83 567.88%
1991 zł58,034.90 76.77%
1992 zł84,788.16 46.10%
1993 zł116,129.39 36.96%
1994 zł154,441.96 32.99%
1995 zł197,610.63 27.95%
1996 zł236,727.59 19.79%
1997 zł272,031.15 14.91%
1998 zł303,580.93 11.60%
1999 zł325,299.33 7.15%
2000 zł357,504.53 9.90%
2001 zł376,839.58 5.41%
2002 zł384,019.44 1.91%
2003 zł386,641.14 0.68%
2004 zł399,719.85 3.38%
2005 zł408,448.92 2.18%
2006 zł413,696.24 1.28%
2007 zł423,867.97 2.46%
2008 zł441,521.95 4.16%
2009 zł458,279.44 3.80%
2010 zł470,106.23 2.58%
2011 zł490,035.92 4.24%
2012 zł507,483.02 3.56%
2013 zł512,517.16 0.99%
2014 zł512,793.01 0.05%
2015 zł508,310.55 -0.87%
2016 zł504,931.47 -0.66%
2017 zł515,413.52 2.08%
2018 zł524,757.72 1.81%
2019 zł536,446.59 2.23%
2020 zł548,395.82 2.23%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1971 amounts in today's zloty, based on the 548,295.82% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a zloty today
Initial value Equivalent value
zł1 zloty in 1971 zł5,483.96 zloty today
zł5 zloty in 1971 zł27,419.79 zloty today
zł10 zloty in 1971 zł54,839.58 zloty today
zł50 zloty in 1971 zł274,197.91 zloty today
zł100 zloty in 1971 zł548,395.82 zloty today
zł500 zloty in 1971 zł2,741,979.10 zloty today
zł1,000 zloty in 1971 zł5,483,958.20 zloty today
zł5,000 zloty in 1971 zł27,419,790.99 zloty today
zł10,000 zloty in 1971 zł54,839,581.97 zloty today
zł50,000 zloty in 1971 zł274,197,909.87 zloty today
zł100,000 zloty in 1971 zł548,395,819.74 zloty today
zł500,000 zloty in 1971 zł2,741,979,098.71 zloty today
zł1,000,000 zloty in 1971 zł5,483,958,197.43 zloty today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for zł100 since 1971

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1971 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1971
×
1971 PLN value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Polish CPI was 0.0212717878 in the year 1971 and 116.65359507972131 in 2020:

116.653595079721310.0212717878
×
zł100
=
zł548,395.82

zł100 in 1971 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as zł548,395.82 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 49 years between 1971 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1971CPI in 1971
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (49 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

116.65359507972131 - 0.02127178780.0212717878
×
100
=
548,296%

News headlines from 1971

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Idi Amin declares himself president of Uganda.
  • The Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with fifty companies and a starting value of 100.
  • Indian troops, aided by Bengali guerrillas under Mukti Bahini, are victorious over the Pakistan army, in the battle of Garibpur.

Data Source & Citation

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Poland Inflation Calculator: World Bank data, 1971-2020 (PLN).” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 29 Nov. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/poland/inflation.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1971 to 2020
Cumulative price change 548,295.82%
Average inflation rate 19.21%
Converted amount (zł100 base) zł548,395.82
Price difference (zł100 base) zł548,295.82
CPI in 1971 0.021
CPI in 2020 116.654
Inflation in 1971 1.10%
Inflation in 2020 2.23%