Nearly two thirds of all Czechs will not be able to afford a summer vacation abroad this year, according to a poll published by the SANEP agency. While 45 percent of the population is planning a holiday for later in the year, almost a third will not be leaving on either a domestic of foreign vacation at all in 2011. For nearly half of the 339 respondents, cost is the most important factor in deciding on a holiday. Of those who are leaving on vacation this summer, one in two will be getting to their holiday destination by car, while only 13.6 percent will be traveling by plane.
It would be hard to find a country where the saying “a dog is man’s best friend” is more apt than in the Czech Republic. According to available statistics close to 40 percent of Czechs own dogs – little dogs, big dogs, fury dogs, lapdogs, assistant dogs, guard dogs and status dogs – very often dogs that markedly resemble their owners. So what is the life of a dog like in the Czech Republic?
Water management authorities say they are taking steps to make the Morava river safer for canoeists and bathers by fencing off dangerous spots and putting up warning notices. The first is to go up around a weir in which a thirteen year old student and his class teacher drowned a few weeks ago. The incident happened on a school outing. The boy jumped into the water and failed to resurface. His class teacher jumped in after him as did a local instructor in water sports. The boy and the teacher both drowned, the instructor remains in serious condition.
Many readers of the daily Hospodářské noviny look forward to Petra Pospěchová’s weekly column in the paper’s weekend magazine, where she devotes a double page to a lovingly written article about a certain dish or ingredient, as well as provides a recipe and a gorgeous shot of the food. She is also known for her in-depth, critical pieces on the Czech food industry. Petra Pospěchová talks about the research process of such long-form articles, what first sparked her love for food and how she became a food writer.
When you think of Czech cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is pork, sausages and other meat dishes, such as the beef roast svíčková, which some would say is the country’s national dish. Certainly, the country is not known for its vegetarian and vegan fare. So how difficult is it to live on a meatless diet in the Czech Republic, and how is the country’s attitude to food in general changing? In this edition of Czech Life, we look at alternative forms of nutrition.
According to data published by the Czech Statistical Office on Monday, the population of the Czech Republic grew by 3,000 to 10,535 million people in the first quarter of 2011. Immigration played a great role in this growth: some 3,800 people moved to the Czech Republic in this period, 1,600 more than in the same period of the previous year. In the first three months of this year, 26,700 children were born, while 27,400 residents of the Czech Republic passed away. Compared to the same period of the previous year, both numbers have dropped. Moreover, 3,200 Czechs got married in the first quarter of 2011, while the number of divorces dropped by 1,300 as compared to the same period last year.
A 46-year-old teacher and a 13-year-old boy drowned during a rafting trip on the Morava river in Olomouc on Thursday while a 24-year-old rafting instructor is in hospital in critical condition. The accident occurred when rafts with schoolchildren landed on the bank of the river near a weir on the outskirts of Olomouc, in eastern Moravia. The boy reportedly jumped in the water, the police said. In an attempt to save him, the teacher and the instructor also jumped in.
The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority on Monday ordered a nation-wide inspection of fresh vegetables. The decision comes after more than a hundred Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with a deadly mutated E. coli bacterium went on sale in several health food outlets in the country. Czech authorities are implementing the checks after vegetables with the infectious bacteria killed ten consumers in neighboring Germany.
Some 120 Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with the mutated E.coli
bacteria have been sold on the Czech market, a spokesman for the
country’s food inspection authority said on Sunday. The vegetables came
from Germany on Tuesday and were distributed among retailers the
authorities are now trying to identify ; the same German dealer also
supplied cucumbers to Austria, Luxembourg and Hungary, the spokesman said.
Another shipment that arrived in the on Thursday has not yet entered
Spanish cucumbers and other produce are believed to have caused an outbreak of the E.coli bacteria in Germany, Denmark and other countries. In Germany, ten people have died of the infection and hundreds of others fell ill.
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