The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

New banknote celebrates Czech statehood, remembering Jan Palach, and more buzzworthy headlines for Jan. 16, 2023. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 16.01.2023 17:34:00 (updated on 16.01.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes


Jan Palach|Several Czech politicians, including the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová, commemorated today 54 years since student Jan Palach self-immolated, ČTK reports. Palach's gesture was a protest against the lethargy of people after the Prague Spring of August 1968. Students and professors at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, where Palach was studying, also held a commemorative event in his memory.

The Chamber of Deputies Speaker Markéta Adamová marked the anniversary of Jan Palach's death (
The Chamber of Deputies Speaker Markéta Adamová marked the anniversary of Jan Palach's death (

Prague City Hall|The Together coalition, which consists of the ODS, TOP 09, and KDU-ČSL parties, will offer the Pirates and STAN a total of six seats in the 11-member council of the capital, including the post of mayor for Bohuslav Svoboda, ČTK reports. Spolu's Prague spokesperson Lenka Mottlová added that, according to the coalition, a new government could be formed within a month.


Toll roads|Prices for electronic vignettes in 2023 remain the same as last year, Seznam Zprávy reports. The toll stamp can also be purchased online or over the phone, and the police will only check that the car passes through the toll gate. The cost of a vignette for 365 days is CZK 1,500, and options for 30 and 10 days are also available, along with eco prices for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane.

New banknote|A new banknote of CZK 1,000 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Czech Republic will enter into circulation on Feb. 8, iDnes reports. The Czech National Bank (CNB) will issue a total of 200,000 new banknotes, complete with a stamp and anniversary logo. The banknotes will be up for exchange in person at CNB branches in Prague, České Budějovice, Pilsen, Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové, Brno and Ostrava.

Cost of living|The increase in living costs made 7 in 10 households in the Czech Republic dip into their savings to make ends meet, according to a new survey published in iDnes. Head of Median agency Přemysl Čech said that "most often" the increase in cost of living went up by CZK 10,000 per month. Read more in our article.


Future of work|Some of the changes coming to the Czech workplace this year include employers reducing or eliminating college education requirements for jobs and placing more emphasis on work experience. Additionally, women are seeking greater flexibility, and Generation Z workers are interested in "green-collar" jobs. Read more in our story.

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Protest in Prague|More than 50 people protested yesterday in front of a UN building in Prague 1 against a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Dnipro, Ukraine that killed about 45 people and injured 43, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Read more in our article.


Bedtime stories app|A Czech app designed to help parents narrate bedtime stories and assist in children's reading comprehension is expanding to the German and Polish-speaking markets over the upcoming year. Readmio app interacts with user's narration by recognizing keywords and adding sounds relevant to the story at certain points. Read more in our article.


Percentage increases (year on year)

  • 31.8: The rise in producer prices in agriculture last year
  • 24.3: The increase in producer prices in industry in 2022
  • 12.3: The amount construction producer prices went up last year
  • 15.8: The increase in producer prices in December
  • Source: ČTK
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