The Czech Republic produced over 44 million litres of ice cream last year, which is the highest figure since 2004. Czechs have surpassed other EU countries, such as Greece or Croatia, Czech Radio reported on Wednesday, citing data released by the European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat. Europe’s biggest producer of ice-cream is Germany, followed by Italy and France.
Svíčková na smetaně or simply svíčková is a traditional Czech dish and one of the most popular Czech meals. The beef sirloin in a thick, creamy vegetable sauce is a staple on Czech menus and is traditionally served at weddings and on other special occasions. Find out more about the delicious sauce in today’s edition of Czech Food Classic series.
Two Czech nationals drowned on holiday in Bulgarian seaside resorts, Czech
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova confirmed on Saturday
One of the holiday makers drowned on the coast near Burgas, the other in the seaside resort of Kiten. Both went swimming in risky conditions, one in a stormy sea, the other late at night.
On Friday a Czech tourist died in Egypt after being attacked by a shark. On average some 500 Czechs lose their lives on holiday every year.
A Czech tourist in Egypt was attacked and killed by a shark on Friday, the
news site Echo 24 reported. The news was confirmed by Czech Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova.
According to Echo 24 the victim was a 41 year-old-man holidaying in Marsa Alam with his wife and children. Egypt is a popular holiday destination with Czechs.
If you ever visited an open air market in Bohemia and Moravia, you will very likely have come across the popular “trdelník”, a tube-shaped sweet pastry that has taken the country by storm in recent years. But you may also have spotted a more modest, cone-shaped confectionery, called “štramberské uši” or the Štramberk ears. It may look similar, but it tastes quite different and unlike the trdelník it is a genuinely home-grown delicacy. The legend of the Štramberk ears dates as far back as the 13th century AD and it is not for the faint-hearted.
Tramping is a phenomenon that influenced the lives of tens of thousands of Czechs. Young people who dreamed of the freedom of the Wild West, spent time outdoors, engaging in sporting activities, building log cabins and settlements. The birth of tramping is in fact linked to the tramp settlement Lost Hope near Svatojánské proudy (one of the most picturesque stretches of the Vltava River) in 1918.
The traditional špekáček – a short fat sausage best roasted on a stick over a campfire – is a Czech summer staple. It is a treat that Czechs associate with their childhood and one that is linked to socializing on carefree summer evenings when friends get together, roast sausages over a campfire, drink beer and talk long into the night. The špekáček – which literally translates as “fattie” is more than just food – it is a phenomenon that links people across generations.
The population of Prague has increased every year but one for the last 16
years, with growth of around 14,000 people recorded in 2017, according to
official figures cited by the Czech News Agency. The rise last year was
mainly due to new arrivals (almost 11,000), with around half being from
Natural growth is also a factor, with the capital’s birth rate having constantly exceeded the mortality rate since 2006.
Czech Scouts and Guides attending the international movement’s World Scout Jamboree next summer will rally under the motto "Unbreakable". The aim is to both highlight the suppression of scouting under totalitarianism – first by the Nazis and later by the Communists – and to celebrate the Czech movement’s revival 30 years ago in their newly democratic country.