The population of the Czech Republic grew by 7,800 in the first nine months of this year to 10.546 million, according to figures issued by the Czech Statistics Office. The difference can be attributed to migrants as more people died than were born on Czech territory in the first three quarters. The number of fresh marriages grew between the start of January and the end of September while the number of divorces declined, according to the preliminary figures released on Monday.
The first Czech edition of the international charity project Empty Bowls, aimed to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, will take place at Prague’s Café Jedna this Saturday. People can come and buy a bowl of soup and do a good deed at the same time. Ruth Fraňková spoke to Nina Rail, a potter and one of the organizers of the project and first asked about its history.
The average European throws out around one hundred kilos of foodstuffs every year, and the Czech Republic is no exception. For several years now, an initiative called Zachraň Jídlo or Save Food has been trying to prevent the enormous waste as well as raise Czechs’ awareness of the problem. Along with organising food donations, it attempts to provide information and solutions to all participants in the food chain, from producers to distributors and consumers.
U.S. intelligence reports that the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula was most likely caused by a bomb have shocked the international community and raised fresh concerns regarding security and tourism to the region. With Egypt high on the list of Czech popular tourist destinations many holiday-makers awaited the Czech Foreign Ministry’s recommendations.
The Czech Republic’s biggest pop-star, Karel Gott, was taken to hospital on Monday after reportedly suffering two heart attacks. The 76-year-old singer was rushed to Prague’s Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and underwent surgery on Tuesday. His wife confirmed the news about the heart surgery on Gott’s Facebook page, without adding any further details.
The Beskid and Jeseníky mountains have this year been the most popular places for Czechs to holiday in their own country, according to Czech Television, which cited research conducted for CzechTourism by the Median agency. Czechs spend an average of CZK 14,000 per person when they take domestic vacations, the survey found. With regard to foreign holidays, Croatia has been the most popular destination for Czechs, followed by Italy, Slovakia and Austria.
The biggest annual festival of design in Central Europe, Designblok, gets underway in Prague on Wednesday. This year, the festival centre – the so-called Superstudio – will be located at the Výstaviště exhibition grounds and will traditionally offer a display of Czech and international designers and brands. I spoke to Jana Zielinski, the director of Designblok, and first asked her about the choice of this year’s main topic, which is freedom: