An annual survey of the Czech Republic’s 14 regions has placed the east
Bohemian region of Hradec Králové as the best place to live in, followed
by South Bohemia and the Moravian region of Zlín.
Hradec Králové, which is last year’s winner as well, scored well in all categories, including healthcare, environment and safety. By contrast, the worst place to live in is the region of Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia.
To get the results, the annual survey ranks numerous criteria across eight categories and polls some 1250 respondents all around the country.
This May was the coldest for the last 28 years with an average temperature
for the month of 10.7 degrees Celsius, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute wrote on its website on Tuesday. In 2018, the average temperature
for the month of May was 16.2 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature during the month was May 7, when temperatures dropped below zero at 150 measuring stations around the country.
The Czech Republic supports the start of EU accession talks with North
Macedonia as it has fulfilled all the necessary conditions, Czech Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš said after meeting with his Macedonian counterpart
Zoran Zaev on Tuesday.
Mr Babiš said the Czech Republic was ready to help North Macedonia with the modernisation of its military according to NATO standards. He also promised to support the country’s cause in the European Council.
The accession of North Macedonia and Albania to the European Union has also been supported by Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and Foreign Minister Tomás Petříček.
U.S. Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is set to receive the Crystal
Globe for her outstanding contribution to world cinema at the opening of
this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, festival organizers
announced on Tuesday.
Patricia Clarkson, who this year won a Golden Globe for her performance in
the HBO series Sharp Objects, will receive her career prize at the
festival’s closing ceremony.
Among other guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival will be Casey Affleck, who will return to present his directorial debut Light Of My Life, which premiered in Berlin. This year’s edition of the festival will take place from June 28 to July 6.
Škoda Auto’s new SUV model Škoda Kamiq will be sold on the Czech market for 379,000 crowns, the Czech car manufacturer announced on Tuesday. The starting prize is around 10,000 crowns higher than the price of Škoda Scala model. The brand’s third and smallest SUV replaces Yeti, which was discontinued in 2017. It is expected to reach its first customers in September.
Temperatures in some parts of the Czech Republic surpassed 20 degrees Celsius at night, making it the country’s first tropical night of the year. Several measuring stations, mainly in Central and Eastern Bohemia, recorded their warmest ever temperature for the night. The hottest place in the country was Jeseník, where night-time highs reached 21.9 degrees Celsius.
Turnover of the Czech Republic’s 100 largest companies last year for the
first time exceeded three trillion crowns (around 118 billion euros),
according to the Association Top 100. Meanwhile, their profits grew by 12.3
percent year-on-year to over 209 billion crowns.
Car maker Škoda Auto again won the annual contest for the best-rated 100 companies in the Czech Republic, which made both the highest sales and profits, followed by Daniel Křetínský’s energy holding EPH and the energy giant ČEZ.
More protests against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš are planned for outside
Prague on Tuesday evening. The demonstrations will take place in Brno,
Ostrava, Plzeň and other regional centres and towns. They are organised by
the group Million Moments for Democracy, which last Tuesday drew an
estimated 120,000 people to the capital’s Wenceslas Square.
Million Moments for Democracy say that by appointing Marie Benešová as minister of justice Mr. Babiš is seeking to influence a criminal case against him. They are demanding her removal and the safeguarding of an independent judiciary.
Another demonstration is planned for Prague’s Letná Plain on Sunday June 23.
The Czech Republic beat Montenegro 3:0 in Olomouc on Monday night in a
qualification game for next year’s European Championships. Jakub Jankto
and Patrik Schick found the net for the hosts, while the visitors’ Boris
Kopitovič scored an own goal. That victory was the second in a few days
for the Czechs and puts them in second place in their group, behind
The Czech Republic’s campaign to reach Euro 2020 continues in September, when they will take on Kosovo and Montenegro in two away games.