Topic Archive Foreigners and the Czech Republic

A project for schools about the Czech Muslim community and Islam which a local group tried to derail

18-04-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: hin255 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net In this week’s Czech Life we speak to Šádí Shanaah, who is one of the founders of Muslims through the Eyes of Czech Students, a concise handbook and course for secondary school students aimed at providing information about the country’s Muslim community and the history of Islam. Initially, the project - which also touches upon contemporary problems and developments - was backed by the Education Ministry. It, however, later withdrew support. Why others did not, as well as the role played by vocal anti-Islam activists, are topics discussed.  More

Czech brides increasingly sought for EU entry

10-04-2015 14:30 | Chris Johnstone

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague Czech women are increasingly being sought after as brides for the sole reason that marriage offers an easy route to a visa, residence permit, and eventually passport for those seeking to escape from their country of origin. Police say the numbers of such, often short-lived, marriages are clearly on the rise.  More

A Slovenian's passion for food results in dynamic culinary concept

26-03-2015 16:04 | Halley Crane

Nenasyta, photo: archive of the restaurant Many foreigners who settle down in Prague are opening their own small restaurants and food specialty shops, bringing their country’s food culture to the Czech Republic. The Slovenian couple Meti and Primoz run a Deli and Diner in Prague 6 which offers a variety of Slovenian and Mediterranean dishes that celebrate fresh and locally grown ingredients. I sat down with Meti to talk about how they got the idea of opening a restaurant and what makes their restaurant Nenasyta the 25th best restaurant in Prague.  More

A Vietnamese paradise in the heart of the Czech Republic

28-02-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Pho, photo: Halley Crane For anyone in the Czech Republic wanting to experience the freshest and most authentic Vietnamese dishes, my advice is: skip the travel agent – you don’t need a ticket to Vietnam. The Sapa Market, located on the outskirts of Prague, offers an amazing array of Vietnamese language, food, and culture.   More

British ambassador to perform in upcoming English-language production of Twelfth Night

10-02-2015 17:44 | Jan Velinger

Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night with Jan Thompson, photo: archive of the theatre company The Prague Shakespeare Company is now rehearsing a new production of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night to premiere at Divadlo Kolowrat in March. The production is already garnering plenty of attention, not least because one of the main roles will be performed by Great Britain’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jan Thompson.  More

"My Czech kebab shop is an embassy for a positive image of Islam"

10-02-2015 13:29 | Dominik Jůn

Chez Amis, photo: Štěpánka Budková Chez Amis is an Arab-Oriental grocery store that also doubles as a fast food establishment selling kebabs, falafel, hummus, couscous and other such delicacies. Situated on Spálená street in the centre of Prague, it is owned and operated by Algerian-born Amis Boussad. He agreed to talk with me in his store, among other things, about life for Muslims in the Czech Republic.  More

Texan builds business on DIY skills

27-01-2015 15:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: DIY Praha Do you need a new shelf but you are fed up with going to IKEA again? Well, why not try making it yourself? If you don’t have the space or the tools, you can visit a DIY workshop in the centre of Prague. In case you are lacking the experience and skills, its owner, Hank Duke, can also provide the necessary know-how.  More

Energy of ‘90s Prague was invigorating, says Maltese writer Alex Vella Gera

26-01-2015 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

Alex Vella Gera, photo: Ian Willoughby Novelist Alex Vella Gera made headlines in his native Malta in 2009 when he found himself in court over a short story deemed obscene by the authorities. The piece had been written several years earlier, during a spell the writer – then in his 20s – spent living in Prague in the second half of the 1990s. Vella Gera has just been back in the Czech capital for the first time since then for a short visit. When he came into our studios, I asked what for him had been the appeal of ‘90s Prague.  More

Italian brings traditional cheese production to centre of Prague

21-01-2015 15:32 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: official Facebook page of Mozzarellart Italy is famous for its family run businesses making top quality products. But in recent years the economy has been contracting and many young Italians have moved abroad to seek jobs and new opportunities. In this week’s marketplace we look at one Italian couple who have moved to Prague with the idea of creating their own one stop site for producing and selling mozzarella and other specialities from their homeland.  More

Czech-Arab center head Shadi Shanaah on Islamic radicalism, Islamophobia and multiculturalism

17-01-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Shadi Shanaah, photo: Alžběta Švarcová The terrorist attacks in Paris have put the spotlight on Europe’s Muslim minorities, triggering broad debate on Islamic radicalism, immigration policy and the concept of a multi-cultural Europe. In this special program we’ll take a closer look at the Czech Republic’s small Muslim community, how it is perceived by the majority population and how it has been impacted by the developments in Europe.  More

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