Czechs this week joined other central and eastern European countries in rolling out a new virtual currency called Czech Crown Coin (the CZC), a local alternative to other virtual currencies like the worldwide Bitcoin. The aim is to provide a Czech alternative for transactions and to boost support for online business.
The Czech-based carmaker Škoda Auto has unveiled a sketch of its third -generation Fabia model. The new hatchback will be wider and lower, with sharply styled panels. Production is set to start at Škoda’s plant in Mladá Boleslav later this summer, and the model will officially be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.
A years-long effort by the Czech army to off-load some of its surplus L-159 planes has finally born fruit. On Monday Defence Minister Martin Stropnický and a representative of the Czech plane manufacturer Aero Vodochody signed a contract opening the way for the sale of 14 military airplanes to the American firm Draken International in 12 million dollar deal.
While German football fans are basking in their country’s fourth world title, the World Cup has also been a huge success for some Czechs despite the fact their national team failed to qualify for the event. The World Cup in Brazil was the single most successful event for Czech betting firms which took in bets worth over 1.1 billion crowns.
Anyone who has ever visited a restaurant in the US will have noticed and likely apprecaited the availability of free tap water with their meals. The practice, according to internet daily iDNES, appears to have caught on in some Czech restaurants with a caveat or two - namely that you often have to ask if you want to receive. Tap water usually isn't offered as a matter of course and is rarely mentioned in the menu. Or if it is, it isn't free.
Czech 15-year-olds ranked sixth in the first international test of students’ financial literacy by the OECD, according to the results released by the international organization this week. Around 29,000 students from 18 countries took part in the survey which assessed their skills in dealing with financial issues. The Czech Republic ranked second best of the post-communist nations, after Estonia, outranking countries like the US, France, and Russia.
Last year was a good one for the Czech film industry. The turnover of Czech-based film production companies grew by 23 percent, from over four billion crowns in 2012 to more than five billion, according to figures released on Monday by the country’s Audiovisual Producers’ Association. The growth was mainly fuelled by foreign co-productions.