With an average of 909,000 readers, the tabloid Blesk remains to be the most-read Czech daily, suggest a survey by the Czech Publishers’ Association released on Thursday. Blesk is followed by Mladá fronta Dnes with around 556,000 readers and the left-wing Právo with 240,000 readers. The survey also found that 89 percent of the people aged between 12 and 79 read at least one daily newspaper over a two-week period.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic dropped to 2.8 percent in October, which
is the lowest point since June 1997, the Czech Labour Office announced on
The number of people without work was around 215.622, while the number of vacancies grew to nearly 316,900. Last October, unemployment stood at 3.6 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of long-term unemployed dropped by 7.6 percent year-on-year, to 29.9 percent (of the total number of unemployed).
The European Commission has confirmed a slowdown in Czech economic growth.
The Commission’s newly released macro-economic forecast sees GDP growth
falling to 3 percent this year. In 2017 Czech economic growth stood at 4.3
The growth is expected to be driven mainly by growing domestic demand. According to the prognosis, Czech GDP should be at around 2.9 percent in 2019 and 2.6 percent in 2020.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) said following a meeting Wednesday with
UK-based steelmaker Liberty House’s owner that he wants the company to
submit in writing its plans for the ArcelorMittal Ostrava (AMO) steelworks.
Liberty House has said it plans to invest over €150mn in the next five years into ArcelorMittal Ostrava so as to improve the quality of the plant's hot rolled coil and produce higher-grade rod.
Owner Sanjeev Gupta on Wednesday confirmed intentions to boost production and along with it eventually hire more workers, the ČTK news agency reported.
But Czech unions claim the UK company’s plan for the Ostrava plant is unsustainable and inconsistent with EU requirements. Last week, Mr Babiš sent a letter to EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager calling on Brussels to review the sale.
A new global record in Sudoku speed was set in Prague on Wednesday at the
ongoing World Sudoku Championship.
Chinese woman Shi-jao Wang was able to fill in an 81-field chart in just 54.44 seconds. She bested the time of the current world record holder, Jakub Ondroušek of the Czech Republic, set in 2010, of 1 minute 25 seconds.
The World Sudoku Championship, an annual international puzzle competition held by a member of the World Puzzle Federation, began on Monday and continues until Saturday.
The competition typically consists of 100 or more puzzles, including classic Sudoku, solved by all competitors over multiple timed rounds, followed by a playoff for the top qualifiers to determine a champion.
The Czech Republic plans to borrow 11.5 billion crowns from the European
Investment Bank (EIB) to modernise eight railway corridors.
The government will and allocate the same amount towards the project from the national budget. The exact amount of the EIB loan, which will be dispersed in tranches from 2019 through 2025, has not been set.
In total, the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure plans on allocating some 86 billion crowns towards improving the country’s infrastructure next year, with 20.8 billion crowns coming from EU programmes.
A 26- year-old woman who fell from a window in a České Budějovice
housing estate on Tuesday remains in serious condition while her child died
at the scene, the Czech news agency ČTK reports.
A police spokesperson said a criminal investigation is underway but declined to release any further details, including the child’s age.
The body of another Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest on
Wednesday. The funeral took place in his hometown, Prachatice, with full
Corp.Tomáš Procházka, who was 42 and specialised in dog training, was shot dead on October 22 while returning from a routine mission outside his base in Herat Province. Two other Czech soldiers were injured in the attack.
He was the fourth Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan this year. The first three died in a suicide bomb attack while on a patrol in early August.
Czech national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý has announced the
squad line-up for upcoming internationals against Poland, in a friendly on
Thursday, and against Slovakia, next Monday, in a decisive Nations League
There will be no new faces on the Czech squad, which need a draw against Slovakia to remain in play. The line-up will include midfielder Vladimír Darida, who had been recovering from an injury, defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, and goalkeeper Jiří Pavlenka.