FTSE Russell announced the promotion of Poland to Developed market status as part of the September 2017 FTSE Country Classification annual review of markets. This significant achievement is the first promotion of a country from Advanced Emerging to Developed market status to occur within the Country Classification scheme for nearly a decade. The transition will take place in conjunction with the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS) semi-annual review in September 2018.

In this FTSE Russell paper we highlight the FTSE Country Classification scheme and outline the rigorous process followed by FTSE Russell, supported by the Country Classification Advisory Committee, and explain its importance for FTSE GEIS, the widely-followed benchmark index series used to measure the performance of global equity markets. We highlight the market infrastructure improvements and economic advances introduced by Poland to achieve Developed status and note some of the clear signs of a deepening and strengthening of the country’s capital market.

Key points

  • Following the recommendations of the FTSE Country Classification Advisory Committee and with the full support of the Regional Equity Advisory Committees and the Policy Advisory Board, Poland will be reclassified from Advanced Emerging to Developed market status with effect from the FTSE GEIS semi-annual review in September 2018. 
  • Reclassification as a Developed market is the fruit of continuous improvements in Poland's capital markets infrastructure, supported by the country's steady economic progress.
  • Poland has the eighth largest economy in the European Union and the largest among the central European members.
  • As of September 2018, Poland will leave the FTSE Emerging All Cap Index (where its weight, as of March 2018, was 1.33%) and join the FTSE Developed All Cap Index, where its index weight is projected to be 0.154%.