Everyone knows how it feels to be under stress. Talking with students of Prague College, you realize that they all have to deal with stress on a daily basis. This led a Prague College student to create a rather unusual anti-stress campaign including all sorts of objects to help people relieve their stress.
The number of inhabitants in the Czech Republic got a slight bump in the first quarter of 2017, rising by 247 people. The current population of the country is 10,579,067. The bump was due to immigration, not new births during the first-three months which were outnumbered by deaths. From January to March, there were 31,804 deaths, the highest for the first quarter since 1994. The numbers were released by the Czech Statistical Office.
The number of deaths in the Czech Republic dropped by almost 3,500 in 2016 to total 107,750, according to the Czech Statistical Office. Most deaths occurred in December and the least in September. The Moravia-Silesia region topped the death toll figures although it doesn’t have the biggest population. Average life expectancy for men last year climbed to 78 years and for women to 82.7 years. The longest life spans are usually in Prague and the lowest in the Ústí region.
Did you know that some of the best marmalades are produced in the Czech Republic? At least according to a prestigious British competition called World’s Original Marmalade Awards 2017, which recently took place in Britain’s Cumbria. Marmalades produced by Jozefína Růžičková from South Bohemia won nine medals in competition with over 2,000 marmalade makers from around the world. What’s more, her products are now being sold by Fortnum & Mason, one of the most luxurious department stores in London. I spoke to Jozefína Růžičková during her visit to
An unusual international event is set to kick off in the Czech countryside next weekend. The project will bring together the “tramping” outdoors movement, next year’s centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and the historic Pony Express in the US. It will wrap up in Canberra, Australia next April – and its roots go back to late communism Czechoslovakia.
Researchers from Brno’s Masaryk University are engaged in an extensive study mapping the effects of toxic substances in the environment on the health of the population. An EU grant for a modern biobank will enable them to take further a pan-European project that Brno scientists joined in 1991. The aim is to study the impact of the environment from embryo stage through life, on three generations of people. Jana Klánová, head of the Brno-based Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment, explains what kind of research this involves.
A photograph of a Czech teenage girl scout confronting a Neo-Nazi supporter has been widely shared on social media worldwide as a symbol of defiance against the far-right movement. The image, which has collected over 60,000 points on Reddit, was taken during a May Day rally in the Czech Republic’s second biggest town of Brno.
Prague’s embankments have become the heart of community life in recent years. Away from the beaten tourist tracks, the paved promenades along the Vltava River host various cultural events as well as weekly farmers’ markets. For the fourth year in a row, the Smíchov riverside now hosted the largest street food festival in the country.
One of the biggest retail outlets to open in Prague in recent years has been Hamleys, the first Central European branch of the famous UK toy shop. Hamleys was brought to the city by entrepreneur Pavel Čmelík, who had previously introduced other British brands, such as shirt- and suit-maker T.M. Lewin, to the Czech Republic. When we spoke at his office overlooking the bustling Na Příkopě St., the conversation took in pricing, Czech tastes and other aspects of his franchise-based business. But I first asked Čmelík about his own background.
More and more Czechs are seeking healthier lifestyles, which means eating better and taking part in sports, from Nordic walking to ever-popular cycling and ball games. That at least is the gist of a new survey conducted by the GfK agency. Bank data suggests that Czechs, on average, spend around 14,000 crowns on sports– the equivalent of around 517 euros – per year.
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