A total of 1,350 people applied for asylum in the Czech Republic last year,
according to figures released by the European Union’s statistics office
Ukrainians traditionally made the most asylum requests, followed by Cubans and Georgians.
The overall number of people seeking asylum in the European Union dropped by 11 percent year-on-year to 580,000. Most of the asylum seekers came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Czech video gaming industry increased its revenues by 34 percent last
year to three billion crowns, the Czech Game Developers Association
reported on Thursday.
Czech game developers brought out 31 new titles in 2018, mostly for PCs and consoles. One of the most successful ones was a virtual reality gamed called Beat Sabre, released by Czech indie studio Hyperbolic Magnetism.
There are currently around 75 companies developing video games in the Czech Republic, employing some 1500 developers.
The state forestry company Lesy ČR said that around million cubic metres
of timber were damaged by the windstorm Eberhard that swept through Europe
Damaged trees represent around eight percent of the annual quota of felled trees with damages estimated at half a billion crowns.
The biggest calamity in the state-owned forests so far was caused by hurricane Kyrill in 2007, which devastated more than six million cubic metres of timber.
Czech choreographer and former dancer Jiří Kylián was inducted to the
prestigious French Academy of Fine Arts at a ceremony in Paris on
Kylián, who is 71, is only the third Czech to become a member of the Academy since its founding in 1816, along with musician Antonín Rejcha and painter Václav Brožík.
The great Czech choreographer is perhaps best known for his work with the Nederlands Dans Theatre in The Hague. As its artistic director, he created over 50 works for the company.
Czech household debt reached 2.32 trillion crowns in the last quarter of
2018, according to data released by the Banking and Non-banking Credit
Register on Thursday.
Year-on-year, the debt burden increased by 177 billion crowns, or 8.3 percent. To the contrary, high-risk debt, where clients failed to pay off at least three instalments in a row, dropped by 4.5 billion crowns to 34.6 billion crowns.
One of the main factors behind the increasing overall debt burden is attributed to rising house prices.
The Czech capital offers the best quality of life among the cities of the
former Eastern bloc, according to the latest survey by the US consultancy
Globally, Prague ranked 69th, ahead of the capitals of its central European neighbours Budapest (76th), Bratislava (80th) and Warsaw (82nd). Also making the top 100 from the bloc were Ljubljana (74th), Riga (90th) and Zagreb (98th).
European cities continue to have the highest quality of living in the world, according to Mercer, with Vienna (1st), Zurich (2nd) and Munich (3rd) ranking first, second and third globally, though the German city shared the honour with Vancouver and Auckland.
Minsk (188th), Tirana (175th) and St. Petersburg (174th) remained the lowest ranking cities in Europe this year, while Sarajevo (156th) rose three places due to a fall in reported crime.
The opposition Civic Democrats (ODS) have called on MP Václav Klaus, Jr.
to leave the parliamentary caucus, saying his remarks are damaging the
On Tuesday, Mr Klaus likened the transposition of European Union directives, most recently the GDPR, to the deportation of Jews imposed by the Nazis during the war.
After protests from several parties, Civic Democrat leader Petr Fiala apologised for the “unfortunate comparison”.
Mr Klaus, the son of the former Czech president, has said he will not leave the Civic Democrats voluntarily.
The Czech Republic is now officially regarded as having eradicated African
swine fever, transmitted by wild boars, the European Commission said on
State Veterinary Administration spokesman Petr Vorlíček said this makes the Czech Republic the first country in the world so far to have eradicated the disease on its territory.
However, the disease continues to spread in Europe, including in neighbouring Poland, so the risk of in being reintroduced is high.
The Prague Municipal Court has sentenced three Algerian men for the gang
rape of an Irish tourist and other crimes and banned them from entering the
country for varying periods. The judgment is final, subject only to an
appeal to the Czech Supreme Court.
The victim met one of her attackers, Tajíb Banjittú, early last April and agreed to go back to his room in a tourist hostel in Prague 1. Once there, he and five other men raped her, she told police.
Six suspects, all men in their twenties, were arrested in a police raid at the hostel and later appeared in court, where they pleading innocent. Three were acquitted.
Tajíb Banjittú was sentenced to 6 years in prison and expelled from the Czech Republic indefinitely. Muhammad Habib Uld Ajsu, who was convicted of possessing narcotics and psychotropic substances, got 4.5 years and was expelled for 10 years. Zakariah Uld Ajsa was sentenced to 3 years in prison and expelled for 10 years.