The legendary Czech folk singer Wabi Daněk died last week at the age of 70. In the course of a career spanning close to half a century he composed over 100 songs, recorded over a dozen CDs and performed at thousands of concerts and festivals. His biggest hit Rosa na kolejích (Dew on the Tracks) recorded in 1970 became a staple around Czech campfires and a radio evergreen.
Veterinary inspectors have discovered an illegal warehouse with 2.6 tonnes
of meat, the deputy spokesman of the Czech Veterinary Authority, Petr
Majer, told the Czech News Agency on Thursday.
The warehouse stored frozen fish from Vietnam, fish cans from Korea and frozen beef from Austria, which were sold to various restaurants in Prague. The veterinary office issued a ban on the sale of the foodstuffs and the warehouse operator is facing a fine of up to one million crowns.
US actor Harvey Keitel is currently in the Czech Republic, shooting a
supporting role for the film The Painted Bird by Czech director Václav
Marhoul. The Oscar-nominated actor, who will be staying in the country for
the next ten days, appears in the role of a Catholic priest.
The film, an adaptation of Polish writer Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel, is slated for release in 2019. The cast includes other acclaimed international actors such Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier.
The population of the Czech Republic rose by about 73.400 people over the
past five years to total around 10.579 million, according to the latest
data released by the Czech Statistical Office on Tuesday. The rise was
driven mainly by foreign migrants.
Despite more children being born in recent years, the Czech population is ageing. Children up to the age of 15 account for 15.6 percent of the population, while people over the age of 65 account for nearly 19 percent. The average age is currently 42 years.
The Czech Republic has been judged the world’s unhealthiest country by
Clinic Compare, a UK clinic comparison website. It collated information
from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook and the World
Lung Association and ranked each state according to three factors: alcohol
consumption, tobacco consumption and obesity levels.
The study’s authors said residents of the Czech Republic consumed an average of 13.7 litres of pure alcohol annually and ranked 11th highest in per capita cigarettes smoked a year. Russia came second in the survey, followed by Slovenia, Belarus and Slovakia.
The number of inhabitants in the Czech Republic rose by 9,200 in the first
half of the year to now stand at a total population of 10,588,063,
according to the Czech Statistical Office. One of the main factors in the
increase has been immigration, primarily from Ukraine and Slovakia.
New Ukrainian immigrants numbered 2,600, Slovaks 2,100, and Vietnamese 700.