The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

A Roma Holocaust site almost restored, takeout increases in popularity, and more buzzworthy stories for Dec. 20, 2022. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 20.12.2022 17:16:00 (updated on 21.12.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes


High praises|Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová said today in Prague that Czechia's Presidency of the EU Council was a great success, ČTK reports. Additionally, she said that Czech politicians and diplomats demonstrated "solid reliability" in solving a number of issues on the agenda, such as the conflict in Ukraine, security threats, and the ongoing energy crisis.


Flu season|The Czech Ministry of Health said that common infections such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes respiratory tract infections, are on the rise, along with the flu. The number of people suffering from these illnesses rose by one-third in the Czechia over the past week, according to data from the ministry. Read more in our story.


Eating in|Rising costs of eating out are leading to an increase in restaurant delivery services. Data from Bolt Food shows that as many as three quarters of respondents order food delivery at most once per week. About 20 percent of people order food two or three times a week, with Mediterranean cuisine (such as pizzas) being the most popular. Read more in our story.

Ordering food is getting increasingly popular amid rising restaurant prices. Photo by Pexels/ Norma Mortenson.
Ordering food is getting increasingly popular amid rising restaurant prices. Photo by Pexels/ Norma Mortenson.

Mark your calendar|On Dec. 25, the 14th annual Week of Free Sports will begin in Prague, during which people can try a new sport for free at dozens of venues around the Czech capital. The event will last until Saturday, Dec. 31, and allows you to get back in back in shape after some heavy-duty feasting. Aside from perenially popular swimming pools, visitors can try floorball, baseball, climbing, spinning, and even mini golf.

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Electric cars|The Prague neighborhood of Vinohrady has 13 new charging points for electric cars, which are part of smart lampposts, Czech Radio reports. Prague residents can charge their cars for free without registration until the end of the year. After that, they have the option of one-time recharge without registration via a QR code, or via registration, which requires drivers get a recharge chip.

Holiday transport|Public transport in Prague will run according to holiday timetables starting on Christmas Day, and on "half-holiday" timetables and until Feb. 12. That means the frequency of metro, trams, and suburban bus and train lines are adjusted with intervals extended or some services limited. Read more in our story.

elsewhere in czechia

Winter hazards|Icy roads led to a number of accidents on a stretch of the D6 highway in Czechia involved 14 vehicles and wounded 40 people, leaving five seriously injured. Additionally, icy roads in Prague led to ambulance calls from dozens of pedestrians who slipped and injured themselves, Czech Radio reports. Czech meteorologists issued a warning for ice which is in effect until midnight.

Roma history|The demolition of a pig farm built on the site of a former Roma concentration camp in Lety u Písku from World War II is complete, iDnes reports. The demolition works started in July, and had to include the ecological disposal of waste materials from pig farming. The Museum of Roma Culture in Lety plans to open a visitor center in the second half of 2023, or at the beginning of 2024.

Memorial to Roma victims at Lety u Písku. Photo by Michal Ritter/Wkimedia Commons, under CC BY 3.0.
Memorial to Roma victims at Lety u Písku. Photo by Michal Ritter/Wkimedia Commons, under CC BY 3.0.


  • 95: The percentage of Czechs who have loyalty cards for various customer programs
  • 8 out of 10: The proportion of Czechs who have three or more customer cards
  • 2.9: The percentage of Czechs who don't look at discounts when shopping for food
  • Source: Seznam Zprávy

just for fun

Czech hero|London brewers Bohem Brewery and Old Street Brewery named one of their lagers after legendary Czech athlete Emil Zátopek, Beer Today reports. According to beer writer and Bohem shareholder Glynn Davis, the Emil lager has “hints of citrus fruits on the nose, with an initial woody character from the U.S. hops that develops into a piney citrus finish."

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