An old saying goes, "in Prague is bliss" but a recent study shows that in fact, Hradec Kralove is the place to live in the Czech Republic. This town located about 100 km east of Prague scored very well on ten quality of life indicators including employment, housing, crime and quality of the environment. In contrast, the city of Louny, placed 60 km north-west of Prague was dubbed the worst place to live.
As the fifteenth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution fast approaches, many people in the Czech Republic have been taking stock of the vast changes since then. Take the nation's health: Czechs aren't growing any taller but men seem to be putting on weight. More diseases are being diagnosed but are also being treated more efficiently. That's what statistical data tell us about Czech population 15 years after the fall of communism.
Just as you cross the Czech Republic's border, you can see them everywhere. Counterfeit goods: from "label" shoes and clothes, to fake watches, to pirated CDs, being sold mostly at open-air markets, especially in the border regions of the country. Despite frequent police crackdowns, the Czech Republic still has a bad reputation with foreign producers, accused of not doing enough to protect their intellectual property. A gaffe by the Prime Minister's wife Sarka, who was spotted showing off a fake Louis Vuitton handbag, has added fire to the
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about a demographic "time bomb" ticking in Europe, the need to reform pension and welfare systems and revamp as part of building a more competitive European Union. Leading Czech and British economists met at Prague Castle last week for another in a series of conferences about the future of Europe. The focus this time around was on the Lisbon agenda, aimed at making the now 25-member strong European Union an unrivalled knowledge-based economic powerhouse, by 2010.
The former Czech prime minister Milos Zeman has a new brand of beer named after him. The best Czech chefs are off to Erfurt with a pastry masterpiece: Dali's famous clock in dark and white chocolate. And, the family from next door: there's a very good reason why you should ask them to lunch. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czechs are - famously - the world's number one consumers of beer. But did you know that while 90 percent of Czech men are beer drinkers, it's only 58 percent in the case of women? A new report on Czech drinking habits has also found that voters of the center-right Civic Democrats drink the most beer, but that may be because the party has more male voters. The study also looks at another very interesting issue - the importance of pubs in Czech society.
The annual awards ceremony for the best organic product of the year was held in Prague on Friday. The awards were presented in a recently opened organic restaurant, which is still something of a novelty in the Czech Republic. The event aims to promote the organic food industry, which is still in its infancy in this country.
Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova unveils her first clothing collection in Paris. The thief whose passion for fresh rolls got him behind bars. And, sleep specialists from around the world meet in Prague to discuss sleep disorders - including those brought about by snoring husbands. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
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