The number of Ukrainian citizens applying for permits to work in the Czech
Republic is continuing to rise, novinky.cz reported on Saturday. While two
years ago the figure was around 170 a month, it has now reached 1,000 a
month, the news site said.
With a very high number of jobs unfilled in the Czech Republic, employers have expressed great interest in hiring Ukrainians through a government scheme named Ukraine Regime. The initial intention was to bring in 3,800 a year. However, the total number of applicants over this year and 2016 has been more than 10,000.
The increased interest has put a strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior, which oversee the scheme, novinky.cz said. Whereas applications were dealt with within a week in August 2016 that process now takes 114 days.
Jana Počtová’s documentary Non-Parent offers an intimate exploration of unorthodox family life in the Czech Republic today. A follow-up to her earlier film Generation Singles, it tells six stories of non-nuclear family setups, from a lesbian couple who conceive with the help of gay friends to a heterosexual pair who have made a conscious choice not to have children. When Počtová came to our studios the conversation took in everything from the challenges of step-parenting to the experiences of her 99-year-old grandmother. But I first asked the director,
The traditional parties on the Czech political scene arte still stinging from the defeat they suffered in the general elections at the hands of anti-establishment and protest parties. What made Czechs throw the traditional parties overboard in favour of the Pirates, the nationalist Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and, most of all, place their trust in the leader of the ANO party, Andrej Babiš, who was recently charged with EU subsidy fraud?
The Czech Republic has been placed 31st in the world ranking for global
competitiveness for 2017-2018 by the World Economic Forum.
The ranking is the same since 2015, when the country last moved up the ranking. Switzerland is in top spot out of the 137 countries surveyed.
Out of former Soviet-bloc countries, Estonia is ahead of the Czech Republic but neighbopurs Poland and Slovakia trail in 39th and 59th position.
The ranking is based on country assessments taking account more than 100 different factors.
Czech weak points were tax legislation, government bureaucracy, and transport infrastructure failings.
A new poll by STEM/MARK suggests that a majority of Czech voters, six out
of 10, make their decision on who to vote for in the final week before the
election. According to the query, concrete proposals, political programs
and individual personalities are all factors which play a role.
The poll suggests that only four percent of voters are influenced by pre-election campaigns. One in nine of those asked admitted to, in the past, having only made up their minds in the voting booth.
Czechs will go to the polls to elect a new government, next month.
The Czech Republic has a higher suicide rate than the EU and world average,
according to statistics released by the National Centre for Mental Health.
Four people a day commit suicide in the Czech Republic, approximately 1,500 people a year die by their own hand.
Suicide is the most frequent cause of death young girls between 15 and 19 and it is accountable for 30 percent of deaths of young women between 20 and 29.
Mental health experts criticize the fact that the Czech Republic lacks an effective help network and prevention program.
The Czech Republic saw one of the warmest summers since records began back in 1775, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on its website on Thursday. The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 21.7 degrees Celsius, which places this summer on the 6th spot in a total of 243 measurements. The summer of 2003 remains the hottest in history, with an average temperature reaching 22.4 degrees Celsius.
Residents of Prague have greater projected longevity than people living in
other parts of the Czech Republic, with women in the capital expected to
live to 82.7 years and men to 78 years on average. The figures are
projected for babies born in 2015 and 2016 and come from official
government data quoted by Czech Television. Babies born in the Ústí nad
Labem region have the lowest life expectancy, with women projected to live
to 79.5 years on average and men 74 years.
While Prague enjoys high employment and a relatively high level of social services, Ústí nad Labem suffers from poor air quality and relatively high numbers of people with low living standards.
Prague was ranked fifth in Europe for the number of foreign visitors’ overnight stays and seventh in the total number of overnight stays, according to the results of the European Cities Benchmarking Report by European Cities Marketing. For the first time in recent years, the increase in overnight stays of domestic tourists (6%) was higher than the increase in the number of overnight stays by foreign visitors. With the total number of 16.7 million overnight stays, Prague came out ahead of such cities as Vienna and Amsterdam.
Czech economic growth in the first quarter of the year has been revised upwards to an annual 3.0 percent, an increase of 0.10 basis points from the earlier estimate of the Czech Statistical Office at the start of June. The quarter on quarter growth figure was also upped to 1.5 percent from 1.3 percent. Strong domestic growth and export demand helped fuel the first quarter growth figure.