The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

Tallest Czech-made Lego, tram outages, Johnny Depp, and other buzzworthy Czech headlines for Nov. 23, 2022.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 23.11.2022 16:24:00 (updated on 23.11.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

politics

(Dis)information campaign | A campaign against meat substitutes launched by the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic is under scrutiny for its message, Aktuálně.cz reports. The "I eat meat" (Žeru maso in Czech) received an almost CZK 4 million state subsidy from the Ministry of Agriculture. Biochemist and Vice Dean of the Third Faculty of Medicine of Charles University Jan Trnka dubbed it disinformation for over-simplifying the process of meat production and processing.

Tied in a knot |Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán's scarf will be one of the talking points during tomorrow's meeting of the prime ministers of the V4 countries, iDnes reports. Orbán became the target of strong criticism from Czech and Eastern European leaders after wearing a historically revisionist scarf last Sunday.

economy

Fancy streets | Prague's Pařížská street has overtaken its rival Na Příkopě high street among the most expensive streets in the Czech Republic and the entire Central European region. Pařížská ranks as the 17th most expensive street worldwide in the newly released Main Streets Across the World ranking. Read more.

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New direction | Czech Railways is simplifying online check-in and refund services, which in some cases is automatic. The "Můj vlak" app is growing increasingly popular, with 1 in 10 Czechs using it, while the share of passengers using the online check-in function is rising. Read more.

prague public transport

Tram outages | A power outage due to a fire in the Krejcárek transformer station diverted the routes of trams number 5, 9, and 19 in both directions, DPP announced. Two replacement bus services were introduced: X9 for the section Želivského (west) – Kladové nádraží Žižkov - Ohrada - Spovojnoj; and X10 for Ohrada – Palmovka. After an interruption this morning, the tram service on lines 10 and 13 was back to normal.

society

Dark humor | The person who posted a modified photo of a Zlín funeral home, which suggested that it offered Black Friday discounts, is now facing legal action, iDnes reports. The photo showed the funeral service, which falls under the Zlín municipality, bearing a sign saying "Black Freiday," a nod to the upcoming Black Friday sales event this week.  

Delayed renovations | Plans for a new-look Malostranské náměstí are at a standstill due to extensive changes to the initial project, which require the Prague City Hall to cancel the contract awarded last year and start a new tender to find a contractor. No new start date for work has been set. Read more.

numbers

  • 13: The percentage of Czechs satisfied with the current political situation, according to a survey from the of the Center for Public Opinion Research cited by Pražská Drbna.
  • 4.5 million: The number of different pieces of Lego that pass through the assembly lines of the Lego factory in Kladno every day, CzechCrunch reports.
  • 67: The percentage of Czechs who are afraid of the economic damage stemming from the war in Ukraine, according to research mapping the perception and experience of the war in Ukraine cited by Seznam Zprávy.

just for fun

Record-breaking Lego | The largest Lego kit on offer was made in Lego's Czech factory in Kladno. The Eiffel Tower replica released a few days ago is 149 centimeters tall, which makes it the tallest LEGO model of all time, CzechCrunch reports. The model consists of 10,001 pieces that come in 74 pouches, and weighs 13.5 kilograms. The model is available for purchase starting on Nov. 25.

Depp to play Slavkov | Deep Purple and the Hollywood Vampires will headline the Slavkov Open music festival next summer, iDnes reports. The legendary British group is scheduled to play on Jul. 15, followed the next day by the U.S. supergroup whose lineup includes actor Johnny Depp, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and legendary singer Alice Cooper.

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