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Talking Point"Twenty-first century slaves" to return to North Korea this year

06-02-2007 15:21 | Ian Willoughby, Alexis Rosenzweig

There are hundreds of North Korean women working in the Czech Republic under a system in which half of the money they earn is said to go straight to Pyongyang. They have even been described as modern day slaves. After several years of controversy the women will be soon be going home - thanks to international politics, not the Czech authorities.   More

One on OneNiall Keyes - managing director of recruitment agency with branches around region

05-02-2007 13:51 | Ian Willoughby

Irishman Niall Keyes is the managing director of Grafton Recruitment and is responsible for the agency's activities across the central and eastern European region. After almost a decade and a half in the recruitment business in this part of the world, he has lots of insights into how the labour market has changed here in that period. I discussed that issue and more with him at his Prague centre office.  More

Letter from PragueNew Ministry of Labour booklet advises foreigners on how to behave in Czech society

04-02-2007 | Coilin O'Connor

Any foreigner who has lived in the Czech Republic can tell you stories of how difficult it is to truly assimilate with the local population. No matter how well you learn the language or how many dumplings you can eat or beers you can drink, you will never be what Czechs call "nasinec" or "one of us."  More

One on OneRomanian IT consultant Silviu Dascal sees Czech Republic as stepping stone

22-01-2007 14:49 | Rob Cameron

The Czech Republic is one of half a dozen or so EU countries that has given citizens of the Union's two newest members - Romania and Bulgaria - unfettered access to its labour markets. So far there's been a trickle, rather than a flood of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in this country. That's partly because for skilled professionals, the standard of living is not really that much higher here than at home. But some have come, nonetheless - including Silviu Dascal, a 26-year-old IT consultant from the Romanian city of Arad. He's now working at a large American IT firm just behind the National Museum. Over coffee in the museum's bustling café, Silviu told me about his childhood in Ceaucescu's Romania.   More

ArtsKatus - modern-day troubadour with repertoire in eight languages

15-12-2006 13:56 | Rob Cameron

Katus, photo: Tamsin Daniel, www.katus.cz In this week's edition of the Arts I'll be speaking to a modern-day troubadour - a half-Czech, half-English female troubadour, who sings in eight different languages and borrows inspiration from the folk traditions of countries as diverse as France, Bulgaria, Russia and Ireland. Her name's Katus.   More

Current AffairsOver 310,000 foreign nationals registered in Czech Republic

12-12-2006 14:16 | Pavla Horáková

The Czech Statistical Office has just released a new report on the number of foreign citizens living in the Czech Republic. Its most recent figures show there are over 300,000 foreign nationals with permanent residence in this country. At the end of last year, they accounted for some 2.5 percent of the overall population. Although compared to other EU countries the share is relatively small, it keeps growing steadily.   More

NewsNumber of foreign nationals reaches 2.5 percent of Czech population

11-12-2006 20:13 | Pavla Horáková

According to a report by the Czech Statistical Office, the number of foreign nationals living in the Czech Republic reached 310,000 in September, which is around 2.5 percent of the country's total population. The office said the most foreigners live in the capital Prague but the numbers are rising across the country, with citizens of Ukraine being the most numerous community.  

Letter from Prague"Bufety" and the importance of being earnest

03-12-2006 | Ilya Marritz

In the plebeian confines of the bufet, I started to feel not so foreign at all.  More

Current AffairsWorld Aids Day - Czech Republic posts lowest number of HIV/AIDS cases in Europe

01-12-2006 14:25 | Dita Asiedu

Photo: CTK More medicine, more money, and a motivated work force is what the world still needs - says the World Health Organisation today, World AIDS Day, 25 years after the first case of HIV was discovered. Today, two thirds of HIV/AIDS patients are in sub-Saharan Africa. But the statistics for Europe are just as alarming. The annual increase of cases is 40 percent higher than in Africa, mostly due to rapidly rising cases in Eastern Europe. In the Czech Republic, 904 people were infected with HIV when the latest statistics were released on October 31. Together with Slovakia, it recorded the lowest figures in Europe.   More

Current AffairsAmericans give thanks at ex-pat celebrations around Prague

24-11-2006 15:40 | Emily Udell

In the United States, Thanksgiving - one of the nation's most important holidays - is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In Prague this year, numerous establishments catered to Americans far from home by serving up traditional Thanksgiving food and hosting full-fledged turkey dinners. Emily Udell checked out a few Thanksgiving celebrations in Prague.   More

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