INTRODUCTION: in the heart of Eastern Europe, stretched along the Bohemian territory lies the Czech Republic . It is a newly formed Country with a glorious past.
Capital: Prague (1.233.211 in 2009)
Surface: 78.866 km²
Population: 10,467,542 in 2006
Currency : Czech koruna
1 Euro = 26.22 Czech koruna
1 Czech crown = 0.039 Euro
Time zone: UTC +1. Winter time applies
Language: Czech. Slovakian, Russian, English and German are also spoken.
Religion: Catholic and Protestant
Entry requirements: neither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card with a validity of at least 3 months is sufficient. Most of European driving licenses are accepted.
Travelling with pets: small sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.
Health and safety: public health structures are sufficient, private structures are good. No vaccination is required, although it is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance.
General safety is good, there are no danger zones
Climate: the Country is characterised by a temperate climate, with rainy hot summers (but never sultry) and very cold humid winters. There might be some snowfalls.
Form of government: Czech Republic separated from Slovakia on 28th January 1993, becoming a parliamentary republic.
President: Václav Klaus
Prime Minister: Jan Fischer
Economy: the Country’s economy is currently undergoing a renovation process aiming at the privatization and development of the infrastructures. The industrial sector employs half of the workforce, and it is based on shoe making, textile, glass, metal, mechanical and chemical industry. Czech Republic is an exporter of coal, cars, shoes, food products and iron and steel- derived products, whereas the main imports are represented by oil, fuels, machines and equipment for telecommunications.
As for agriculture, cereals, sugar beetroots and organic and oil seeds represent the main cultivations.
Tourism is an important sector.
Electricity: voltage: 230 V, frequency 50 Hz. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter.
Posts, banks and telephone: post and bank offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 to 17.
Mobile phone is very good.
Country code: 00420
European emergency number: 112
First aid: 155