The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

Missing presidential alcohol, Venezuelan activist receiving a Czech human rights award, and more buzzworthy headlines for March 23, 2023.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 23.03.2023 16:00:00 (updated on 23.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

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politics

Missing alcohol|An inspection of the alcohol warehouse at the presidential castle in Lány revealed around 300 missing bottles, Seznam Zprávy reports. Distilled from fruit grown in the orchards of Prague Castle and Lány, the alcohol was meant for use during protocol events held during the presidency of Miloš Zeman.

Lány Castle via Wikimedia / travelviaitaly
Lány Castle via Wikimedia / travelviaitaly

summer time

Spring forward|The Czech Republic, together with the EU, will push clocks one hour forward on Sunday, March 26, as countries switch to Central European Summer Time. The time change will occur at 2 a.m. in Czechia. This means that one minute after 1:59 a.m., the time will be 3 a.m. Summertime will last until the last Sunday of October when clocks will fall one hour back.

economy

Czech Colts|Revenues from the U.S. market accounted for 47.9 percent of the sales of Colt CZ, which is the world's leading manufacturer of small arms; these are used for armed forces, personal defense, hunting, sport shooting, and other commercial uses. The group has both its headquarters and production facilities in Czechia, while also producing arms in the U.S., Canada, and Sweden, ČTK reports.

education

Strong learning|International School Prague (ISP) is on track to become the first global school in the capital to offer a full International Baccalaureate continuum school experience. The ISP mission comes to life not only at the school, but also beyond its walls, as students and graduates impact others around the globe with passion, creativity, and confidence. Read how four students speak about their ISP experience. 

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numbers

  • Only 8 percent of Czechs say eat five portions or more of fruit and vegetables per day, while 44.1 percent eat between one and four, and 48.2 percent say they don’t eat any.
  • Half of Czech women say they eat between one and four portions of fruit and vegetables every day, while 40 percent say they don’t eat any.
  • 38.1 percent of Czech men say they eat between one and four pieces of fruit or veg every day, while 56.9 percent say they don’t.
  • Source: Eurostat data

culture

Human rights|Venezuelan activist Javier Tarazona received the Homo Homini prize of the People in Need organization at Wednesday's opening ceremony of the 25th edition of the One World festival of human rights films in Prague, ČTK reports. The festival opened with the Ukrainian documentary "Overcoming the Darkness," which showcases the stories of ordinary people during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Design awards|Winners of the 17th edition of the Czechia Grand Design awards, an annual competition that honors excellence in various mediums, including jewelry and graphic design, were announced this week. Terezie Lexová and Štěpán Smetana were named the Grand Designers of 2022, marking their third consecutive win.

The overall winners of the 2022 Czech
Terezie Lexová and Štěpán Smetana

society

Ukrainian refugees|The Czech government extended the validity of the rules for emergency accommodation of refugees from Ukraine by one year until March 31, 2024. The cabinet also prolonged payment of the solidarity subsidy to those who accommodate refugees in their homes or vacant flats for free or for just the price of consumed energy by another three months until the end of June.

Domestic violence|An app designed to help and protect victims of domestic violence has announced an update that will help them understand Czech law about such crimes. Bright Sky, launched in 2020, offers support and information to anyone who is in an abusive relationship – or knows someone who may be in one. It is available in both Czech and English. 

weather

Spring snowfall in the Czech Republic. Photo: iStock / Iva Vágnerová
Spring snowfall in the Czech Republic. Photo: iStock / Iva Vágnerová

Cooler weekend|After reaching spring-like highs of 15 degrees Celsius, they will drop to less than 10 degrees at the start of next week, according to the forecast of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. Additionally, it will snow at higher altitudes, and occasionally elsewhere. The cold weather should persist at least until the middle of next week, with lows close to freezing that may damage blossoming fruit trees.

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