In his new book Slepé skvrny (Blind Spots), sociologist Daniel Prokop offers illuminating perspectives on various aspects of today’s Czech Republic. This makes the Charles University academic the perfect person with whom to discuss issues such as the connections between pay level and political outlook and between social mobility and education – and how the coronavirus crisis is likely to affect the country’s worst off. But our conversation begins with Czech populism.
The government has voted to raise poverty benefits referred to as the
living minimum and the existential minimum as of April 2020. The living
minimum is to be raised to 3,860 crowns per month from 3,410 while the
existential minimum will be raised to 2,490 crowns from 2,200 crowns per
The Social Democratic Party proposed the increase in view of the fact both minimums have been at the same level for eight years while inflation has increased by 13 percent during that time.
“We need to respond to growing living expenses. It is one of the last debts this government is paying, ” Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček told journalists after the government session.
In his first ever New Year’s address to the nation, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Czechs they had reason to celebrate since they were currently experiencing one of the happiest and most successful periods in the country’s modern history and had no reason to fear the future. He said his long-term investment plan had the potential to turn the Czech Republic into a country like Switzerland.
The Czech Republic is keeping abreast with the most developed countries in the world in terms of sustainable development, suggests the 2019 Europe Sustainable Development Report, which identifies policy priorities for the European Union to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and implement the Paris Climate Agreement.
Fifty-four percent of Czech households say they have no trouble meeting
their needs on their present income, according to the results of a poll
conducted by the CVVM agency. That is the highest number in 17 years when
polling on the subject first started.
Twenty-four percent of households consider themselves poor, which is two percent more than last year. Sixty-six percent of households do not consider themselves either rich or poor, but claim that they can meet their basic needs.
However only half of households have enough left at the end of the month to put money aside and a third say they cannot afford to support their elderly parents or go on foreign holidays.
Czechs are more satisfied with their lives than the average EU citizen,
suggests a new poll released by the European Statistical Office, Eurostat,
The survey asked people across the European Union aged 16 and over how
satisfied they were overall with their lives on a scale from 9 to 10.
With an overall average of 8.1, inhabitants of Finland were the most satisfied with their lives in the EU, closely followed by Austrians, Danes and Poles. The Czech Republic finished in the tenth place with 7.5 points, just ahead of Germany, Spain and France. The average life satisfaction of EU residents increased from seven point in 2013 to 7.3 in 2018.
This November Czechs will be marking 30 years since the Velvet Revolution ended totalitarian rule and re-established democracy. However, according to a newly published survey, attitudes towards the change in the system vary significantly among the public, with many of the lesser educated harbouring nostalgia for the old regime.
There are around 230,830 homeless people living in the Czech Republic,
according to a census carried out in the spring by the research Institute
for Labour and Social Affairs and published on Thursday.
The majority of the homeless are men and about 2,600 people of the total number are people under the age of 18, the report says.
Most of the homeless concentrate in large cities and towns. About 3,250 of them live in the Czech capital.