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Fun facts about the Czech Republic / Zajimava fakta o Ceske republice imageSummer is here and our brains switch off to a vacation mode. So let’s wake them up a little bit with some FUN Czech facts! Memorize them and you will be considered a Czech guru by your surroundings :).

CZ: Leto uz je v plnem proudu a nase mozecky jsou nekde v lese na jahodach. Pojdme je zkusit probudit par zajimavyni fakty o Ceske republice!

    • 90% of Czechs have completed at least secondary education – the highest score in the EU (along with Poles, Slovaks, and Slovenes).
    • The Czech Republic has the most hospital beds per inhabitant in the EU.
    • Czech people have the second highest death rate for cancer in the EU (after Hungary).
    • Czech and Slovak languages are mutually intelligible to people accustomed to the other language’s pronuciation, particularily people who have lived at the time of Czechoslovakia (the country split in 1993) . The Sorbian languages spoken by a minority of people in south-eastern Germany (Saxony and Brandenburg) are also closely related to Czech language. The relation between these West Slavic languages is a similar to that of Castillan Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Portuguese together.

  • There are over 2,000 castles, keeps, and castle ruins in the Czech Republic, one of the highest density in the world (notably after Belgium and France).
  • The Czech Republic is the second richest Eastern European country after tiny Slovenia. The GDP per capita (PPP) of Czech people is is similar to that of Portuguese or Greek people.
  • Historically, the Czech Republic was composed of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the March of Moravia, both part of the the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806), then also within the Habsburg Empire (1526-1918).
  • The Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, is the oldest university in Eastern Europe, and one of the oldest in the world in continuous operation.
  • Bohemia was first a duchy in the 9th century, then was elevated to a kingdom in 1198. Most of the early Kings of Bohemia belonged to the powerful House of Luxembourg (from 1310 to 1437) and combined the title of Holy Roman Emperor. The only daughter of Sigismund of Luxembourg married Albert of Habsburg, and the crown of Bohemia subsequently passed to the House of Habsburg, which kept it until the dissolution of their empire in 1918.

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7 comments… add one
  • Tanja June 23, 2013, 10:01 pm

    OK, the fact about the cancer is not that fun. Scratch that.

  • Zdenek June 24, 2013, 4:43 am

    Thank you for this article. Hopefully it’ll raise Czech people notorious low national self-esteem and total lack of patriotism.
    My English wife is more proud of Czech nation than an average Czech person.

  • Kamila June 24, 2013, 6:44 am

    Always thought that CR has the highest density of castles in the world. Did some research and some articles confirm this and some articles state that it is, in fact, Belgium. Would like to get to the bottom of this… Who is the leader in number of castles per square kilometer/mile? 🙂

  • Eva Z. June 24, 2013, 7:44 am

    For more fun facts, I’d add that Czechs drink the most liters of beer per capita in the world (perhaps to add to that self-esteem) and invented soft contact lenses (among other things).

    Not a very flattering comparison to Greece btw…they are in collapse. However, their debt ratio to GDP is much higher than CZ, which is what I’d rather focus on.

  • Tanja June 24, 2013, 9:35 pm

    Kamilo, I want to know too!!! I wonder if the answer lies in the actual definition of a castle (or how the EU defines it). How much different is it from a chateau (we are probably splitting some hair here)? I bet we are the first ones :))

  • Tanja June 24, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Evi, yes they had that beer drinking point there too but I kind of assume that everyone knows that ;).

    Yes the Greece comparison is a bit mocking….I wonder if the article was written some time ago.

  • Tanja June 24, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Zdenku, Americans are good at that, right? Maybe some day one of our Czech-American kids migrate back to Czech and they (or their children) will get into politics and reflect some of that positivity on the Czech people.

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