The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

What's the buzz in Czechia today? Kids could get subsidized ski trips, Prague 1 elects a mayor, and Czech inflation resembles the Manhattan skyline. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 11.11.2022 16:30:00 (updated on 11.11.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes


New mayor for Prague 1| Terezie Radoměřská from the TOP 09 party is the new mayor of Prague 1, ČTK reports. Radoměřská was elected by the representatives of a coalition of ODS, Pirates, TOP 09, ANO and Rezidenti 1, which have a majority of 16 votes in the 27-member Prague City Council. The winning parties from the October elections failed once again to reach a consensus on a mayor for Prague.

Veterans' Day | Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala along with his Slovak counterpart Eduard Heger laid wreaths this morning at the Czechoslovak Legionnaires Memorial in Prague’s Nové Město to mark War Veterans' Day in Czechia. Nov. 11 also marks the armistice that put an end to World War I. Read more here.


Just like Manhattan| A graph showing Czech inflation in October resembles the skyline of the New York borough of Manhattan, Hospodářské noviny reports. The bars of the graph, which in many cases resemble skyscrapers, stand for various consumer goods. For instance, the gas skyscraper is one of the tallest in the skyline because gas prices rose by 85 percent year-on-year in October.


Ski for free? |Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek wants health insurance companies to contribute between CZK 6,000 to 7,000 crowns for school skiing courses, Deník N reports. The money would cover ski courses for children in seventh and eight grade. Head of the Association of Health Insurance Companies Ladislav Friedrich criticized the proposal for coming at the expense of other health insurance benefits.

Meanwhile in Ukraine | The first tram that the Prague Public Transit donated to the war-torn Ukraine started transporting passengers yesterday in Kharkiv, iDnes reports. Six buses donated by the Pilsen Municipal Transport Company are already in operation in Kharkiv, while seven buses from the Ostrava Transport Company are on their way to the city of Konotop.

One of the trams heading for Ukraine. Photo via Facebook/DPP.
One of the trams heading for Ukraine. Photo via Facebook/DPP.

Let's talk about... | Menstruation is a topic that 40 percent of people would not talk about in public, according to data from a new survey by NMS Market Research cited by ČTK. Another taboo, at least for 36 percent of the poll's respondents, are same-sex relationships. Read more here.


  • 3,700,000: The number of people who visited Czech castles this year, according to data from the National Monuments Institute cited by Dení
  • 2.77: The record-breaking weight in kilograms of a mushroom found this autumn in Chlum u Třeboně, which made it into the Czech Book of Records, Dení reports.
  • Less than 1: The estimated cost in billions of Czech crowns of the Czech Presidency of the European Council so far, according to MF Dnes.


Solar panels on heritage buildings | The National Monuments Institute (NÚ) released a new methodology clarifying the placement of photovoltaic panels on heritage buildings, ČT24 reports. The rules take into account different levels of protection for each cultural monument, and grant owners the permission for solar panel installation only in certain cases.

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Fake pages | The government office issued a warning about fraudulent SMS or e-mails linking to fake pages of the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs. "This is a scam and you can lose money! The only correct one is the domain," a tweet read. The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it was cooperating with NUKIB, CZ.NIC and the police to block the pages, and that dozens of them have already been taken down.

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Squabbles around Nov. 17 celebrations | The Memory of the Nation will go ahead with an exhibition of cars wrecked during the war in Ukraine despite the disapproval from Prague 1 authorities, ČTK reports. The latter said that the exhibition, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 17 next to the National Theater, has nothing to do with other celebrations planned for the Day of the Fight for Freedom and Democracy.

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