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CZECHIA

CZECHIA

AREA and LOCATION

The Czech Republic extends over an area of 79,000 square km in total and is located in Central Europe. It has approximately the same size as Austria or Ireland. The Czech Republic is divided into three parts: Bohemia in the west, Moravia in the east and Silesia in the north-east. The country is divided into 14 regions, the largest being the Central  Bohemian Region.

BORDERING COUNTRIES

Germany (646 km), Poland (658 km), Slovakia  (215 km) and Austria (362 km).

THE CAPITAL CITY and MAJOR CITIES

Praha (Prague) is the capital city with a population of 1,188,126 inhabitants. The other big cities include Brno (400,000 inhabitants) which is the capital of Moravia, Ostrava (319,000 inhabitants), Pilsen (170,000 inhabitants), Olomouc (about 101,000 inhabitants) and Liberec (98,000 inhabitants).

CLIMATE

The Czech Republic has a mild climate and has four seasons. The climactic conditions vary in the lowlands and highlands. The highest mountain is Sněžka (1,602 m AMSL), situated in Krkonoše and with an average yearly temperature of 0.4 degrees Centigrade, while in the lowlands in Moravia, the average yearly temperature is about 10 degrees Centigrade. During summer, the average temperature reaches around 23 degrees Centigrade, while in winter (December, January, February), it is approximately 5 degrees Centigrade below zero.

 

AREA CODE

+420

CURRENCY

The Czech Crown (CZK), in Czech “koruna”.

 

DISTANCES

Prague is situated 340 km from Berlin, 290 km from Vienna,

336 km from Bratislava and 535 km from Budapest.

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

General emergency line 112

Police 158

Municipal Police 156

Ambulance 155

Fire Service 150

Free phone numbers in the Czech Republic begin with 800. The numbers for directory enquiries are 1180 and 1181 (calls to these numbers are charged for).

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Prague Ruzyně Airport www.prg.aero

Brno Airport www.airport-brno.cz

Carlsbad Airport (Karlovy Vary) www.airport-k-vary.cz

Ostrava Airport www.airport-ostrava.cz

Pardubice Airport www.airport-pardubice.cz

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Czech, which is a part of the Slavonic group of languages, such as Russian, Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian. Especially in the bigger cities, however, people understand English. The older generation speaks Russian or German.

 

MOBILE OPERATORS

T-Mobile, Vodafone, Telefónica O2. The mobile connection is available almost everywhere except for remote mountain areas.

 

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

1st January: Czech Independence Day, 8th May: Liberation Day, 5th July: Day of the Slavic Apostles Cyril and Methodius, 6th July: Jan Hus Day, 28th September: Day of Czech Statehood, 28th October: Independent Czechoslovak State Day, 17th November: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day.

Other holidays: New Year´s Day (1st January), Easter Monday (March/April, changes each year), Labour Day (1st May), Christmas Eve (24th December), Christmas Day (25th December), St. Stephen´s Day (26th December).

Most banks and offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and during public holidays,

 

VACCINATION

No special vaccination is necessary prior to visiting the Czech Republic. If you are planning on staying in forest areas, vaccination against ticks is available.

 

POLITICAL SYSTEM

Parliamentary democracy.

 

POPULATION

10,200,000 inhabitants.

 

POWER NETWORK

230 V/50 Hz, two-pronged plug with safety pin.

 

PRESIDENT

Miloš Zeman since 2013, elected for 5 years.

 

RAIL TRANSPORT

The international and national rail network:

www.cd.cz

 

ROAD TRANSPORT

BUS: www.studentagency.cz, www.eurolines.cz

RENT A CAR: www.hertz.cz, www.holidayautos.cz

 

SMOKING

Smoking is prohibited in all public places, such as bus stops, sports facilities, stadiums, trains, offices or schools. In restaurants, smoking is prohibited since July 1, 2017. Tobacco is sold to customers over the age of 18.

 

TAXIS

Taxis can be hailed in the street or booked over the phone. However, especially in Prague, it is advisable to order taxis in advance. For instance, the AAA taxi company provides a very reliable service: 221102211, 14014 (from Prague). Since January 2007 the following fares apply on routes in Prague: the basic tariff is 40 CZK (1.20 EUR), 28 CZK (1 EUR) per kilometre travelled, and  6 CZK per minute of waiting time. Of course, you can use UBER as well.

 

TIME

Central European Time (GMT + 1 hour), Summer Time applies from March to November: GMT + 2 hours.

 

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