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Full country name: Czech Republic
Area: 78,867 sq km
Population: 10,2 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Prague (pop 1.2 million )
Language: Czech
Religion: Roman Catholic 26.8%, Protestant 2.1%, other 3.3%, unspecified 8.8%, unaffiliated 59%
Government: Parliamentary Democracy, EU Member
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
Dialling Code: 420
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Czech Koruna
Average yearly salary: USD 25,100

Budget: Kč60-150
Mid-range: Kč150-200
High: Kč300-350
Top: Kč350+
Budget: Kč300-450
Mid-range: Kč450-1000
High: Kč1000-2400
Top: Kč2400+

Costs in Prague especially, but also the Bohemian spas, are higher than elsewhere, though things are still fairly cheap for Western visitors. The big exception is accommodation in Prague, for which tourist prices are in line with those across Western Europe. By staying at cheap hostels and campsites, sticking to self-catering, pub grub and stand-up cafeterias, you might get away with Kč450 per person per day in summer. In a private home or better hostel, with meals at cheap restaurants and using public transport, you can get by on Kč600- 750. To share a clean double room with bath in a mid-range hotel or pension, and enjoy good local or Western meals, plan on at least Kč900- 1200. In Prague, figure a third to half again as much, and even more if you want to be close to the centre. On the other hand, except for Easter and Christmas-New Year, many bottom and mid-range hotels drop their prices by a third or more outside the summer season. A tip of 5-10% is appreciated in any tourist restaurant with table service.

Geography: The Czech Republic is very centrally located in Europe and borders Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Bohemia in the west consists of rolling plains, hills, and plateaus surrounded by low mountains; Moravia in the east consists of very hilly country.

Climate: The weather is quite unsettled, with generally cold winters and mild summers. Spring and summer have the highest rainfall. July is the hottest month everywhere, January the coldest. From December through February, temperatures push below freezing even in the lowlands, and are bitter in the mountains. There is no real 'dry season', and the long, sunny hot spells of summer tend to be broken by sudden, heavy thunderstorms. Winter brings 40 to 100 days of snow on the ground (about 130 in the mountains), plus fog in the lowlands.

Recommended clothing: Mediumweights, heavy topcoat and overshoes for winter; lightweights for summer.

Social conventions: If you are invited for a meal, do not discuss business t the table, because Czechs try to separate their business and personal lives. You should be cautious about giving flowers (Calla lilies are used only at funerals), because people over 35 can interpret flowers as having a romantic connotation.

Health: Tick-borne encephalitis exists in forested areas, especially in summer season. Immunization against hepatitis B is sometimes recommended. Rabies is present.

Food & Drink: Not only has Czech cuisine been influenced by the cuisines of surrounding countries, but it has influenced many countries' itself. The national dishes of the country are based on domestically grown ingredients, such as cereals, potatoes and leguminous plants. The later are usually served with beef, fish, pork or poultry. On the whole, a strong emphasis is put on meat dishes. Knedlíky (boiled and sliced dumplings) are the most common side dish of Czech cuisine. They can be wheat or potato based. Popular beverages include beers (pilsner, dark ales, lager), various wines, fruit juices and liqueurs. Particular specialties include becherovka (a herb brandy) and two Moravian favorites, slivovice (plum brandy) and merunkovice (apricot brandy).

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Good Friday
1st Monday after Easter Easter Monday
May 1 May Day
May 8 Liberation Day
Jul 5 Day of the Apostles St Cyril and St Methodius
Jul 6 Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus
Sep 28 Czech Statehood Day
Oct 28 Independence Day
Nov 17 Freedom and Democracy Day
Dec 24-26 Christmas

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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