Despite rising wages and low unemployment, only 53% of Czechs aged 30 or
over are “satisfied” with their financial situation, according to a new
STEM / MARK poll commissioned by Globus hypermarkets.
More men than women said they were “satisfied”, at 58% and 48%, respectively. Those figures are about 10 percentage points higher among people of both sexes who have a university degree, the poll found.
The average gross monthly wage in the Czech Republic rose by 8.6% in the first quarter of this year to CZK 30,265. Adjusted for inflation, real wages grew by 6.6% in annual terms.
Over 24,400 people took part in the 53rd edition of the annual
long-distance march between Prague and the central Bohemian town of Prčice
on Saturday, which is the highest turnout since 1983.
Participants could choose in 16 different walks, the longest of which was 70 kilometers log. The traditional event, which takes place on the third weekend in May, was established in 1966 and enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s.
The annual National Marriage Week, aiming at increasing rates of marriage and children born in wedlock, gets under way in the Czech Republic on Monday. According to the data of the Czech Statistical Office, the divorce rate in the Czech Republic, which has traditionally been one of the highest in Europe, has been dropping in recent years and marriages that end in divorce last longer than before.
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.