Czech children spend on average two hours a day in the outdoors, according to a survey carried out by the Median agency for the foundation Proměny. On weekdays, schoolchildren spend on average an hour and 41 minutes outside, while at the weekends, time spent outdoors increases to two hours and 49 minutes. According to the head of the Proměny foundation, Jitka Přerovská, there are big differences between children as regards their age and their parents’ educational background. Younger children between the age of seven and nine with university-educated parents tend to spend more time outdoors than others.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has criticised a police officer who forbid boy scouts from singing the Czech national anthem following a mass at a church at the Prague Castle complex on Sunday; in a tweet in response, the minister wrote the police officer had lost all sense and promised a swift resolution. On Sunday, the scouts were asked to leave the outside vicinity of the Church of St. George without singing the anthem as they had done in previous years. The Scouts’ organization later expressed dissatisfaction over the incident. The president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček later apologised, saying he would contact the Scouts to agree on steps in the future. Prague Castle, meanwhile, is not seeking disciplinary proceedings against the police officer in question.
A recent comparative study by the World Health Organisation shows that some 80 percent of Czech schoolchildren do not get enough physical activity. As a result a growing number of them suffer from excessive weight and obesity. Czech children are also high on the list in alcohol consumption and smoking cigarettes and marihuana.
Slovakia has become the most popular tourist destination for Czech tourists, overtaking Croatia. Some 837 thousand Czechs travelled to the neighbouring country in 2015 – rising by nearly three-quarters compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office this week.
The average age of inhabitants of the Czech Republic has risen by five years and seven months to 42 since 1990, the year after the fall of communism, according to figures just released by the Czech Statistics Office. While in 1990 there were 1.3 million people in what is now the Czech Republic aged 65 or more, last year that figure was 1.9 million. There are also fewer children in the country: last year there were 1.6 million, compared to 2.2 million a quarter of a century ago.
The population of the Czech Republic grew by 15,600 last year to a total of 10,553,843 according to new information released by the Czech Statistics Office. The rise is due to new immigrants (even though the number overall was lower than the year before). In 2015, 34,900 immigrants – mostly from Slovakia and Ukraine – moved to the Czech Republic while 18,900 people moved abroad. In 2015, deaths in the Czech Republic outnumbered births. Over the course of the year 111,200 people died which is 5,500 more people than in 2014.
Fashion designer Liběna Rochová took the top award in the annual Czech Grand Design competition on Saturday evening, for a fashion series inspired by artist Milan Grygar. She also clinched the top prize in the fashion category. The prize for best newcomer (or discovery of the year) went to design duo Markéta Držmíšková and Petr Hák, for work in porcelain and the Sequence storage system. Acclaimed architect and designer Bořek Šípek, who died last month, was honoured in memoriam and inducted into the hall of fame.
A proposed new directive banning the sale of junk foods in schools has elicited strong protests from students and headmasters alike. The list of banned foods compiled by the Education Ministry got high praise from nutrition experts, but schools themselves say it is so strict it would leave school cafeterias selling nothing but apples and mineral water.
Jan Valenta and Zuzka Daňková run Taste of Prague, a food tour company taking visitors to some of the city’s best cafés and restaurants. The couple also have a very impressive Prague Food Blog offering insider tips on the most happening spots in the Czech capital. Our tour of “their Prague” begins at EMA espresso bar, a cool, modern café just across the street from Masarykovo nádraží train station in the downtown area.
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