Around 36,000 people have disappeared from the Czech Republic’s smallest districts, those with populations below 500, between 2001-2014. Such districts still number around 3,500 with 840,000 people living in them. However, if the trend continues then the Czech countryside could follow the example of Spain, Italy, and Greece and become a virtual museum. Districts often face the problems of an ageing population, most of the educated leave for bigger cities, high unemployment, and poor services. The Ministry of Agriculture has woken up to the problem and is now encouraging business start-ups in such localities with grants.
The title of Czech Village of the Year 2016 has gone to Kašava in the Zlín region of south-eastern Moravia. Second in the competition was Prysk in northern Bohemia, followed by Kozojídky, which is in southern Moravia. The Village of the Year competition is intended to encourage people not only to beautify their homes and surroundings but also to get involved in local traditions and the social life of their municipality.
Nymburk is a small town located about 30 kilometres north-east of Prague. It is situated on the banks of the Elbe river, which flows westwards from its source in the Krkonoše mountains, and along an area of vast plains stretching from beyond Hradec Králové all the way into Prague. Nymburk lies at the heart of this absolutely flat landscape – there’s not a single hill in sight here.
Events marking the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the West Bohemian town of Jáchymov are reaching a climax this weekend. On Saturday a procession of historical figures through the town is being followed by a light show referring to the town’s past, while on Sunday a special mass is being said at a local church. The locally minted 16th century silver currency the tolar is regarded as being a forerunner of the dollar. In the 20th century Jáchymov was known for its uranium mines, where many political prisoners were used as forced labour.
Roudnice nad Labem is a small, picturesque town situated on the banks of the Elbe river, about 30 kilometers north of Prague. As much as Roudnice is worth the visit to see the historical sights, it’s the spectacular views of the not far off České středohoří or Central Bohemian Uplands that really makes a trip here worthwhile.
Prague last week hosted an international symposium about Smart Cities. The concept is a fairly simple one: to marry the latest information and communication technologies so that cities can run more efficiently and in a more environment and citizen friendly fashion. And Czech universities, banks, companies, and towns and cities are taking part in the moves to try and harness technology so that urban areas operate differently.
A court has ruled that the city of Plzeň does not have to pay a development company more than 1.85 billion crowns. The ruling was given Wednesday that compensation does not have to be offered to the company Amadeus whose plans for a large commercial centre in the city were rejected by a local referendum three years ago. The developer lodged a demand for compensation for the thwarted Corso America project in January 2015. It has a similar demand for compensation over a similar project with the city of Ostrava.
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