The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

Controversial zigzags appear on Prague street, take part in public transit study, and more buzzworthy headlines for Feb. 24, 2023. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 24.02.2023 16:25:00 (updated on 24.02.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes


Beer and Gates|Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates bought a stake in Dutch beer maker Heineken, which owns the Czech breweries Starobrno, Krušovice, and Velké Březno. Gates paid around USD 902 million for a 3.76 percent stake in the Dutch company Heineken Holding, the parent company of brewer Heineken NV, according to the Dutch Financial Markets Regulatory Authority (AFM). Read more in our article.

meanwhile in prague

Ukraine mural|A mural depicting a Ukrainian girl standing among the rubble of war was unveiled Friday morning from the balcony of the Smiřicky Palace in Prague's Malostranské náměstí. The work commemorates exactly one year since Russia’s widescale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. It will be on display for several weeks. Read more in our story.

Wonky lines|Former Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib, currently first deputy mayor for transport, tweeted a photo of zigzagging lines in Týnská Ulička, accompanied by a caption saying such a "monstrous traffic sign" had no place in the city center. Hřib wrote that he contacted the councilor for transport in Prague 1, Vojtěch Ryvola about the matter, and added that Ryvola "promised me a quick remedy."

Prague history|Smíchov district hasn’t always been a part of Prague. Just 120 years ago on Feb. 22, 1903, an imperial decree elevated the working-class suburb to city status. A year later it was granted the right to have its own coat of arms, which was identical to the one it had been using without permission for over 50 years. Read more in our article.

public transit

Orientation survey|Help improve orientation in Prague by taking part a public survey (in English) for the Prague Transport Company (DPP). Your participation in the research will contribute to making Prague easier for everyone, including yourself. In addition to the survey, the research also requires a 90-minute face-to-face meeting at the Palmovka metro station in Prague, and is rewarded with a voucher worth CZK 700.


Graph illustrating the market shares of streaming platforms in Czechia in Q4 of 2022
Graph illustrating the market shares of streaming platforms in Czechia in Q4 of 2022
  • Netflix ranked first among streaming platforms in Czechia in the last quarter of 2022, with a 41 percent market share
  • Amazon Prime was second with a 19 percent market share
  • HBO Max was third with 13 percent
  • Disney + was fourth with 9 percent, the same share that went to other streaming platforms
  • Source: JustWatch


Snowy weekend|The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) issued several warnings for the weekend ahead, including for strong wind (up to 20 m/s), snow (ranging between 10 and 60 centimeters, depending on the area, with more expected in the north of the country), plus frost and ice (in the south and central part of the country).

just for fun

Weekly quiz| Do you know what the most important news stories of the week are? Take our quiz and find out!

Weekend events|Do you have any plans for the weekend? If not, have a look at our roundup of events, which range from farmers market, theater plays, live concerts, and a competition for coffee lovers and baristas.

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Navigating Prague airport|In the era of the mighty delays and shrinking leg room, schlepping from airport to airplane has become about as appealing a trip to the dentist. The good news? There are some insider secrets that can save you time and money when departing from or transiting through the Prague Airport. Some services are free while others are paid. Read more in our article.

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