The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

Czech children don't exercise enough, snow on the way, and more buzzworthy headlines for Jan. 17, 2023.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 17.01.2023 16:45:00 (updated on 17.01.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

politics

Election campaign|After coming in third in the first round of presidential election, former university rector Danuše Nerudová announced her support for ex-army general Petr Pavel, who will face off against former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in the second round, Seznam Zprávy reports. During a joint news conference with Pavel, Nerudová said their teams will work together, and that she will give the advertising spaces purchased for her campaign to Pavel.

Politics and religion|The Carmelite Order announced today that it will not receive presidential candidate Andrej Babiš after the latter expressed interest in visiting the Prague Church of Our Lady Victorious, Czech Radio reports. The religious order said its refusal was because it did not want to be associated with the aggressive election campaign that Babiš is conducting.

society

Children and sport|More than a quarter of Czech children do not exercise at all, and about one in five children aged 11 to 15 is obese, according to a survey by the SANEP agency commissioned by the Association of Sports Unions of the Czech Republic, cited by ČTK. While 57 percent of children do at least half an hour a day of minor physical activity such as a walk, around 90 percent of them spend at least an hour a day on their phones or other electronic devices.

meanwhile in prague

Love and dating|Prague is the second-best European city for a young, single person, according to a new study. The ranking took into account different variables to determine which major European city was best for a young person to live, work, and date in. These included the average price of a beer, the unemployment rate, and the cost of a date. Read more in our story.

Public transit|Prague passengers can now buy tickets on board city buses via cashless self-service terminals. These include single-trip or short-term tickets for 30 or 90 minutes or 24 hours, including reduced fare options, using a debit or credit card in the Europay, MasterCard, or Visa networks. Read more in our story.

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culture

Crown jewels|Long queues formed this morning at the Prague Castle, where the Bohemian Crown Jewels are on display until Jan. 21, according to ČTK. These consist in the crown of St. Wenceslas, the royal scepter, the royal orb, the coronation cross, and the coronation vestments. The skull of St. Wenceslas is also on display in the St. Wenceslas Chapel of the St. Vitus Cathedral.

The Czech crown jewels will be on display for the first time since
The Czech crown jewels will be on display for the first time since 2018. (Source: Úřad vlády ČR/ Twitter account @strakovka)

numbers

  • 133 percent: The drop in the availability of mortgages across the Czech Republic since March 2020
  • 36,366: The average Prague monthly mortgage payment in CZK
  • 20,361: The average monthly mortgage payment in CZK across the Czech Republic
  • Source: Seznam Zprávy, in cooperation with EMA data

music

Eurovision|Czech musician Markéta Irglová is one of the five acts that the Czech Television (ČT) has selected to compete to represent Czechia at the Eurovision song contest. The viewing public can vote for the winner between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, who will then go to Liverpool to face acts from Europe and Australia between May 9 and 13. Read more in our article.

sport

Ice hockey record|A Czech female ice hockey player broke a tournament record after scoring a goal at the under-18 women’s hockey World Championships over the weekend. Officially the fastest-ever goal in the under-18 World Championships, the goal contributed to Czechia’s 6:3 victory over Slovakia to finish in 5th place at the tournament. Read more in our article.

weather

Snow alert|Snow will start falling tonight and continue tomorrow throughout the Czech Republic, iDnes reports, citing Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ). The total amount of snow will range between 5 to 12 centimeters, while in parts of central and southern Bohemia, it can occasionally reach around 15 centimeters. ČHMÚ warns that the snowfall might cause traffic issues.

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