The Czech Republic’s oldest citizen, Magdalena Kytnerová, has died at
the age of 108 in the Moravian town of Kroměříž.
She was born on March 17th of 1911 and her life spanned the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the birth of an independent Czechoslovakia, two world wars and the country’s return to democracy after forty years of communist rule.
There are currently over 430 centenarians living in the Czech Republic, the majority of them women, and their number keeps increasing.
Mortality rates in the Czech Republic have declined by around one seventh
in the last ten years. Those who do die, tend to pass at an older age than
in previous decades, according to data presented by the Czech Statistics
Office on Wednesday. However, the main causes of death - heart and vascular
diseases – remain the same, being responsible for two thirds of the
112,920 deaths last year. Cancer, mainly of the lungs, is another recurrent
cause of death.
According to Terezie Štyglerová from the Czech Statistics Office, the top three causes of death are the same for men and women. However, men are more likely to die from accidents, while for women the other main causes of death are Alzheimers, other types of dementia and diabetes.
The Czech government has followed the example of other European countries in approving a digital tax on Internet giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. The proposed 7 percent tax on services provided in the Czech Republic should bring in approximately 5 billion crowns of additional revenue a year.
The Lennon Wall, located in a secluded square in Malá Strana near the French embassy, had long been a traditional place where anybody was free to do any type of graffiti they want, though the general subject was John Lennon and world peace. This symbol of freedom, born in the communist years, later became a significant Prague landmark, connected with the dissident years and the Velvet Revolution. But the overwhelming interest in it proved too much. Things got out of hand and now the famous wall is undergoing a major transformation.
Czechs are living longer, but many do not live well in retirement – in terms of both their physical and financial well-being. With the population rapidly aging, the nation’s already low level of “life expectancy in health” is set to further decline. The Czech government has asked the OECD to help determine how best to make the pension system sustainable. Experts say changing seniors’ dietary and lifestyle habits is a key part of the solution.
Municipalities around the country have been given a year to make their web
pages user-friendly for disabled and elderly citizens, according to a new
Interior Ministry regulation.
This will necessitate a suitable presentation with regard to size, style and layout and a text that is optimal for reading programs for the blind. Newly-set up web pages must meet the criteria from the outset.
The ministry said even the smallest municipalities should have no problem meeting the criteria since work on their web pages is usually done by IT specialists via outsourcing.
Several buildings in the centre of Prague, including the Dancing House and
the Kotva department store, were covered with temporary graffiti on Sunday
night. The aim of the event, organised by Prague Property Company, is to
draw attention to the fact that the city lacks legal space for street art.
The firm administers all of the buildings in question.
The company provided 20 Czech street artists with 190 square metres of space for creating temporary graffiti. It also announced its plan to turn the Koh-i-noor factory building in Prague’s Vršovice district into a legal space for graffiti art.
Older people are the most vulnerable and targeted group in the Czech Republic when it comes to online disinformation, says Jaroslav Valůch. He is the head of the media education programme at Transitions Online, which runs media literacy courses around the country in cooperation with Elpida, a pro-seniors organisation. When Valůch visited our studios the conversation took in the specific kinds of fake news older Czechs encounter, how disinformation is poisoning intergenerational relations – and much more besides.