Religion in Czech Republic
In today’s Czech Republic, the majority of believers belong to the Roman Catholic Church. Approximately 40% of the population is Catholic, approx. 4% – Hussites; Evangelical, Orthodox, Greek Catholic and other churches are also represented. About half of the population are atheists.
Transport in Czech Republic
Razain International Airport is located 10 km from Prague. The capital can be reached without much difficulty. The main airports are also in the cities of Brno and Karlovy Vary.
The largest railway stations are located in Prague. These are Hlavni and Holezovis.
The most convenient mode of transport in the Czech Republic is the bus. Bus stops have white signs for the day timetable and dark blue signs for the night timetable. The schedule is strictly observed.
The tram is widespread. They run every 10-15 minutes.
In the capital of the Czech Republic – Prague – there is a subway. It has three lines (A, B, C) and three transfer stations. Intervals between trains are about 5 minutes, and in the evening hours can be up to 10 minutes.
Tickets for any type of transport are sold at newsstands and the subway. They are valid for various periods of time. For example, the cheapest adult ticket, which costs 8 kroons, is valid for 15 minutes when traveling by bus or tram without the right to transfer, or gives the right to travel 4 metro stations with a transfer not exceeding 3 minutes. A ticket worth 12 kroons is valid for 1 hour. There are tickets for 24 hours, 3 days, 7 days, etc. Tickets for several days are valid not by hours, but by dates.
Tariffs in Czech taxis are different. You need to be interested in prices. If the fare suits you, you need to make sure that the taxi driver turned on the meter and, in order not to be deceived, ask for a receipt.
For those who are going to travel around the Czech Republic by car, you need to know that there is right-hand traffic here. You can rent a car for people over 21 years old. Payment is made either by credit card or cash, but with an initial deposit.
Plant and Animal World in Czech Republic
About 30% of the territory of the Czech Republic is covered with pine and spruce forests. Foxes, squirrels, deer are found in them. I must say that the Czechs are very careful about nature. There are many nature reserves on the territory of the country, 3 national parks have been created.
Minerals in Czech Republic
There are deposits of coal and iron ore.
Banks in Czech Republic
Banks work mainly during the day from 9 am to 3 pm. Not all banks are open on weekends.
ATMs can be found near every bank. Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard, Amercan Express cards are serviced.
Money in Czech Republic
The monetary unit is the Czech crown. There are banknotes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000 crowns. 1 crown is equal to 100 hellers. There are 10, 20 and 50 heller coins in circulation.
There are many exchange offices in the Czech Republic. Currency can be exchanged everywhere: from the airport to the cafe. All exchange offices are subject to a fee. However, it is best to make exchange transactions in banks. There the course remains the most profitable.
Rate: 10 Czech Koruna (CZK) = 0.43 USD
Political State in Czech Republic
According to politicsezine, the Czech Republic is a parliamentary republic. Parliament consists of the Chamber of Deputies (200 seats) and the Senate (81 seats). Deputies are elected for 4 years, and senators – for 6 years, while every 2 years 1/3 of them are re-elected. Citizens of the Czech Republic over 18 years of age have the right to vote, and citizens of the Czech Republic over 21 years old (to the parliament) and from 40 years old (to the Senate) have the right to be elected. In settlements, elections of local councils (representative bodies) and elders are also held every 4 years (in large settlements they are called “primators”).
The highest official in the Czech Republic is the President of the Republic. The President is elected by Parliament for a term of 5 years. The President approves the composition of the Czech government proposed by the Chamber of Deputies.
The President is also the military commander of the armed forces.
Population in Czech Republic
The population of the country is 10.3 million people (according to the 1995 census). 65.3% of them live in cities. About 95% of them are Czechs, 3.8% are Slovaks, and the rest are mainly Poles, Roma and Germans.
The official language is Czech.
Like many Slavic languages, most Czech phrases are understood by Russians. Service staff in hotels and salespeople in Czech shops can communicate in Russian.
Cuisine in Czech Republic
The signature dish of Czech national cuisine is dumplings. These are balls made of wheat flour and potatoes. They are mainly served as a side dish with roast pork, goulash borrowed from the Hungarians, and roast goose. The variety of smoked meats, dozens of types of sausages and meat will not leave you indifferent.
As a first course, rich onion and garlic stews, goulash soup are very popular.
Czech cuisine is for those with a sweet tooth. Desserts such as pies with various fillings, fruit omelet, fruit dumplings, buns and pretzels will be the perfect accompaniment to the meal.
As for drinks, the Czech Republic is known throughout the world primarily for its beer, which is brewed according to old recipes. There are countless pubs in the country. According to statistics, on average a resident of the Czech Republic drinks 159 liters of beer annually – more than a German, a Belgian and an Englishman.
Popular are Becherovka – a gastric liquor infused with herbs, Slivovitsa – plum vodka and Borovichka – local wine.
Without problems, you can taste the wormwood drink “Absinthe”, although in many countries its sale is prohibited.