The human resource consulting firm Mercer released the results of its annual World Cost of Living Survey this week. Covering 143 cities across six continents, it measures the cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. The comprehensive study ranks Moscow as the most expensive city. Compared to last year, Bratislava jumped from 48th to 31st. To find out more about the survey and how Prague fared, I spoke to Mercer's Jana Kurtinova:
There was an interesting piece in Mlada fronta the other day about the number of people who could be housed in shelters here in Prague in the event, heaven forbid, of some terrorist attack or other disaster. The city's shelters have room for an impressive (or at least to my mind impressive) 500,000 of a population of almost 1.2 million.
The Prague authorities say there will be considerable disruption to
transport in the city during a visit by US President George Bush at the
beginning of next week. Cars will not be allowed to stop along any of the
routes Mr Bush is expected to take on Monday evening or during the day on
Tuesday. The biggest restrictions are due around Prague Castle, which will
be closed off.
George Bush will discuss plans to build a US radar base in the Czech Republic with the country's president, Vaclav Klaus, and prime minister, Mirek Topolanek. He is also due to deliver a key-note speech at a conference, and may visit the Radio Free Europe headquarters in the centre of the Czech capital.
Nuselsky most is one of the Czech capital's most important bridges; it carries the metro to the huge Prague 4 area, as well as providing one of the city's main road connections. But it also has a darker side: it has become notorious for suicide, with hundreds dying here since the bridge was built in the 1970s. The authorities say the problem has recently been getting even worse - and have just announced a new plan to deter would-be suicides.
Prague is set to get its own version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Lidove noviny reported. There are plans to place the hand prints and signatures of film greats such as director Milos Forman and cameraman Miroslav Ondricek under thick glass on Na prikpe Street in front of Slovansky Dum, home to a multiplex cinema. In the mid 1990s a Walk of Fame was planned in front of the now closed cinema 64 U Hradeb, but the project never came to fruition.
If you are looking for a place to relax on a warm summer's day then there is no better place than the Palace Gardens located on the southern slopes of Prague Castle. With their terraces, fountains, stone passageways and secluded alcoves these Baroque gardens take you to days gone by - and give you a fabulous view of the city.
In today's One on One Jan's guest is Belgian developer Serge Borenstein who has lived in the Czech Republic since the 1990s and heads the Karlin Real Estate Group. Over the years Mr Borenstein has successfully invested billions of crowns into redeveloping Karlin, a formerly-industrial area that is growing more hip by the day. Serge Borenstein first visited the Czech capital in the early 1980s, describing his relationship with Prague as "love at first sight".
Admirers of the music of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak remembered the great master this week, on May 1st, which marked 103 years since his death here in Prague. A new exhibition has just opened at the Antonin Dvorak Museum in Prague looking at the composer's relation to the Czech capital where he lived for almost 47 years.
Elsewhere in Prague, anarchists clashed with right-wing extremists while the police, out in force for the day, struggled to maintain law and order. Around two hundred anarchists marched along the banks of the Vltava to Strelecky Island where ultra-right supporters were congregating. The two groups came face to face at Legionaries Bridge, separated by two lines of police in riot gear. Isolated skirmishes were quickly brought under control and several dozen people were detained. The situation is reported to have been rather more serious in the Moravian city of Brno where some 500 neo-Nazis clashed with police in the centre of town, throwing stones and bottles. Several people are reported injured, among them two policemen and one journalist.
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