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Jarmila Kratochvilova's record falls, first ladies meet, and more news for Feb. 20, 2023. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 20.02.2023 16:23:00 (updated on 20.02.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


First ladies meet|Outgoing Czech President Milos Zeman's wife, Ivana, met Eva Pavlová, the wife of President-elect Petr Pavel, to talk about Zemanová's work experience and activities during her husband's mandate, according to a tweet from presidential spokesman Jiří Ovčáček. According to Zemanová, the meeting was “very pleasant.”


Price of Big Mac|The Big Mac index released last month suggests that the Czech crown was undervalued against the dollar by almost 16 percent at the end of January this year, and that the exchange rate should be 18.50 CZK/USD, Purple Trading analyst Petr Lajsek told ČTK. This marks an improvement from the last edition of the index, published in July 2022. Read more in our story.


Job satisfaction|A new study shows how Czech workers' expectations from their jobs stack up against what people want worldwide when it comes to compensation and job satisfaction. Czechs showed some significant differences from their global peers on topics ranging from compensation to life-work balance. Read more in our article.


  • .246 : The batting average of Eric Sogard, who joins the Czech team for the baseball world cup
  • 26: Sogard’s career home runs
  • 187: Sogard’s runs batted in
  • Read more in our article


World record falls|Athlete Jarmila Kratochvílová told Seznam Zprávy that Dutch Femke Bol, who broke her 400-meter record this weekend, was "very talented, adding that she wasn't jealous of Bol at all. Kratochvílová’s world record, which she set in 1982, was one of the oldest records in track and field, according to CNN.

Cheers for Jankto|Jakub Jankto received cheers from football supporters yesterday, when he entered the field during a game of his team Sparta, iDnes reports. The Czech professional footballer received international praise after coming out earlier this month, which made him the first openly gay Czech football player to compete in the European league.


Cancelled festival|Organizers of the Dvořák Olomouc International Music Festival are cancelling this year's edition due to lack of funds. The deputy mayor of Olomouc, Viktor Tichák said the city was working on a "long-term conceptual solution for the financing of both the Moravian Philharmonic and the Moravian Theatre," after reaching "the limit of sustainability."


Czech-made winner|All Quiet on the Western Front won seven awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, according to Reuters. One of the awards went to Czech sound engineer Viktor Prasil for the best sound. Based a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the film was shot entirely in the Czech Republic. Its award count makes it one of the most appreciated foreign language films in the history of the BAFTAS.


Cloudy and warm week|This week will bring overcast skies, and daily highs above 10 degrees Celsius, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. The wind will start to blow then pick up speed, reaching up to 70 kilometers per hour in Bohemia and Silesia and in the mountains. The temperatures will start cooling towards the end of the week, which will bring snow, and highs between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Skiing weather|The windy and warm weather last weekend brought fewer people to the mountain slopes in some Czech regions, for instance in the Šumava mountains, according to ČTK. Boris Keka, spokesman for the Ski Arena Karlov in the Jeseníky Mountains told ČTK he was optimistic that the four-week-long spring holidays would fill the slopes.

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