The 2021 national census should be carried out in March so as not to clash
with state holidays or school breaks, the Czech Statistical Office has
Under a draft law prepared by the office, only households that do not complete an online questionnaire will be surveyed in person.
Some questions included in the 2011 national census have been dropped. For example, as to whether the household has hot water, a private bathroom and toilet, and an internet connection.
Questions regarding occupants’ religion or level of formal education will also be dropped as such information is registered in other forms.
The online census will last 14 days, after which surveyed will visit households in person over a 24-day period. Participation is compulsory.
Czech tennis player Marie Bouzková has reached the semi-finals of the WTA
tournament in Toronto following a win against Simona Halep of Romania, who
suffered from a heel injury.
The 21-year-old qualifier, ranked No 91, has gone six matches without dropping a set. Bouzková next faces the heavily favoured American star Serena Williams, the No. 10 seed, on Saturday.
Bouzková won the 2014 US Open girls’ singles title. She made her WTA debut the following year at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where she lost in the first round. She made it to the second round of Wimbledon this year.
Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková, seeded No. 3, lost to Canadian Bianca Andreescu.
Czech society has changed dramatically since 1989, and not only
politically. Czechs are living longer and having fewer children, but while
the population is aging it is not declining, thanks to an influx of
immigrants. These are among some of the more striking findings of the Czech
At the time of the Velvet Revolution, the life expectancy for a Czech man was 68, eight years lower than today at 76. In the last year of Communism, a Czech woman could expect to live to 75.5, compared to 82 now.
Seniors now account for nearly 20 percent of the population, up from 13 percent in 1989. Meanwhile, children under the age of 15 make up 16 percent of the population, down from 22 percent three decades ago.
The Czech Republic experienced a baby boom around 2008, when the so-called Husák's children generation of the 1970s, began having children of their own. Even so, the annual birth rate reached a maximum of 120,000. In recent years, it has been around 114,000.
At the time of the Velvet Revolution, there were 3.4 foreigners for every 1,000 Czechs compared to 53 today. Thirty years ago, one in 294 residents were born abroad, compared to one in 19 today.
The Czech government has temporarily suspended plans to give farmers
blanket permission to use a certain type of rat poison in fields, orchards,
meadows and vineyards. The cabinet is set to debate the proposed use of the
Stutox II poison on Monday.
The Environment Ministry said Stutox II presents a serious threat to birds and other animals, including household pets, and that its use violates the law on landscape protection.
Its use was given the green light by the Central Institute for Supervision and Testing in Agriculture. The institute, which is under the auspices of the Agriculture Ministry, has confirmed that the poison had never been used on Czech territory.
Czech farmers had sought permission to use the poison mainly to combat a widespread infestation of voles, which have decimated grain and rapeseed crops and are threatening corn, beet, sunflower production.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) has described the
irregular granting of Czech visas to Iranian entrepreneurs as having
resulted from an “individual failing” on the part of the recently
recalled Czech ambassador to Iran.
The daily Deník N reported on Wednesday that the Czech Republic had recalled career diplomat Svatopluk Čumba from Tehran early following an investigation of fraudulent practices in granting Schengen visas to Iranians.
According to the daily, the scheme allegedly also involved the Czech-Slovak -Iranian Chamber of Commerce, led by Jan Kavan, a former Czech Foreign Minister, and Zdeněk Zbytek, a former officer in the Czechoslovak Army who led a tank battalion during the Velvet Revolution.
Amb. Čumba allegedly granted 400 priority visas to individuals recommended by Kavan and in doing so circumvented standard procedures for granting Schengen visas.
Petříček said he was prepared to provide full details to the foreign affairs committee of the lower house of Parliament. The General Inspectorate of the Czech Foreign Ministry has been investigating the alleged practice.
As of September, Czech Gripen fighters will monitor and patrol the airspace
over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of a NATO mission.
The Czech Army confirmed on Friday it would jointly patrol the Baltic States’ airspace along with alliance members Belgium and Denmark.
As in the years 2009 and 2012, Czech pilots will protect the airspace of the Baltic States, which do not own supersonic fighters of their own. Most recently, Czech Gripens were deployed over Iceland.
Altogether there are four NATO Multinational Battlegroups of the Enhanced Forward Presences (eFP) in the Baltic States and neighbouring Poland, established to deter Russia from further aggression following its annexation of Crimea and incursions into eastern Ukraine.
Private rail company RegioJet has announced it will begin operating trains
between Prague, Budapest, and Vienna as of June 2020, via the Czech city of
In doing so, the rail operator will directly compete with the Czech and Austrian national carriers.
RegioJet said train ticket prices would be comparable to those of “bus prices” and therefore cheaper than what Czech Railways charges now.
A three-year-old male Red Panda, an endangered species, has escaped from
the Pilsen Zoo. Authorities have asked for the public not to try to catch
the animal, which though not inherently aggressive, could strike out if
The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens, or “shining-cat”) is a small arboreal mammal, only slightly larger than a domestic cat, native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.
Pilsen Zoo spokesman Martin Vobruba said Red Pandas are agile explorers and may have leapt from a tree to escape the enclosure.
Several Red Pandas had escaped from Czech zoos over the past decade. One that escaped from Jihlava Zoo was dubbed “Kajinek” after a Czech hitman who escaped from a high-security prison in north Moravia.
Police in České Budějovice have arrested two foreign men and a Czech
woman for allegedly supplying prostitutes to pensions in the Šumava region
bordering Germany. If convicted on pimping charges, they face up to eight
years in prison.
Police spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej said the three suspects had been bringing women from Ukraine, Romania and the Czech Republic to Šumava guest houses since at least 2011. The alleged ringleader also faces money laundering charges, he said.