The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

Rhino returns to Africa after living in Czechia, a church becomes cultural center, and more buzzworthy headlines for March 17, 2023.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 17.03.2023 16:30:00 (updated on 17.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

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security

Crime rates|Czechia's crime rate rose in 2022 after two years of lower figures due to Covid. The number of plea bargain agreements has been rising, and more cases are also being settled with financial penalties. The High Public Prosecutor's Office said the number of criminal proceedings in 2022 increased by 28,500 compared to the previous year. Read more in our article.

economy

Online stores|Around 80 percent of online sellers that the Czech Trade Inspection Authority (ČOI) inspected last year violated legal requirements, according to a ČOI report released today. The most frequent violations consisted of traders not informing customers about the possibility of filing a complaint or giving false information about the product or the company.

meanwhile in prague

Last rhino|The National Museum announced on social media that Sudan, the stuffed northern white rhinoceros previously on display, was heading to Kenya. Sudan, who was the last ever male white northern rhino, lived at Zoo Dvor Králové. He will go on display at the National Museum of Kenya, while his skeleton will remain at the National Museum in Prague.

environment

Recycling|Prague has introduced several initiatives to make it easier for its residents to sort and recycle their waste. These include information campaigns and a ban on single-use plastics at city-sponsored events. Read our article to learn more about the resources available to environmentally-conscious residents of the Czech capital.

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elsewhere in czechia

Village culture|A resident of the Hojsova Stráž village in the Šumava Mountains bought the building of a local church for a symbolic CZK 1, then turned it into a cultural center, Czech Radio reports. Tourists can book private tours of the 19th-century church, and admire a nativity scene with ceramic figures made by village residents, and an astronomical clock built by another resident in 2017.

culture

Celtic heritage|Revisit Celtic history in Central Bohemia with walking trails in the south of Prague that show their enduring presence. The name Bohemia is even derived from "Boii," a particular Celtic tribe that was defeated by Roman armies in what is now northern Italy in 193 B.C. and then migrated to Central Europe. Part of the land where they settled was called Boiohaemum by ancient Roman writers. Read more in our article.

numbers

  • The University of Olomouc received 35,972 applications this year, which is the most in its history.
  • These included 5,297 applications from foreign students, of which 2,854 were from Slovakia and 440 from Ukraine.
  • The university celebrates its 450th anniversary this year.
  • Source: iDnes

Rainfall in 2023|The highest amounts of rainfall this year so far fell in the Krkonoše, Jizerské, Orlické, and Šumava mountains, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute tweeted. The least rain fell in Central and Southern Bohemia, and Southern Moravia, which saw the absolute minimum amount of rainfall at 35 mm in the city of Prostějov.

just for fun

News quiz|Test your knowledge of this week's most important events in Czechia with our news quiz! When in doubt, you can always skim through articles that we published earlier this week, which were the source of questions featured on the quiz.

Weekend plans|Is your weekend all mapped out, or are you still looking for fun things to do in the Czech capital? If the latter is true, read our roundup of upcoming events, which includes concerts, plays, food markets, and Vltava Day.

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