The Daily Dozen: 12 things to know about Czechia today

Czechoslovak-made car sells in U.S. auction, baby rhino born in Czech zoo, and more buzzworthy headlines for March 6, 2023.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 06.03.2023 17:00:00 (updated on 06.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

politics

Presidential inauguration|Czechia will inaugurate a new president on March 9, with ceremonial events taking place at Prague Castle, the seat of the Presidential Office. Here is what you should know about this historic event, and what you should expect.

Petr Pavel at an event on February 22. Photo: Facebook / Petr Pavel
Petr Pavel at an event on February 22. Photo: Facebook / Petr Pavel

economy

Salaries|The average wage in the Czech Republic increased by 7.9 percent year-on-year to CZK 43,412 in the fourth quarter of last year, according to data published by the Czech Statistical Office. The median wage, which represents the middle value of wages, rose by 9 percent year-on-year during the fourth quarter to CZK 37,463. Read more in our article.

health

International prescriptions|The Czech system of online prescriptions eRecept could soon allow users to pick up medicine prescribed by Czech doctors from pharmacies in other countries. At the moment, these include Finland, Estonia, Croatia, and Portugal, but other EU countries might also join. Read more in our article.

society

Public holidays|In order to bring more money into state coffers, some people suggest canceling one state holiday, such as Labor Day. The current director of the Václav Havel Library, Michael Žantovský, told Lidovky.cz that the proposal was not "unrealistic" and that it would help balance the budget. The idea presently doesn't have any support from the government.

cars

Rare car| A Tatra 77 car made in Czechoslovakia sold in an action over the weekend for USD 390,000 dollars (about CZK 8.64 million), according to Aktuálně.cz. Although this made it the most expensive Tatra in the history of auction house RM Sotheby's, the selling cost was lower than usual for such models, in part due to renovations that changed some of the original components of the interior.

meanwhile in prague

Axed project|A controversial glass-cube building called Brand Store planned for Prague's city center on high-end Pařížská street will ultimately not be built. Necessary approval from the relevant zoning and landmark authorities will not be granted, which definitively ends the project after long-term public opposition. Read more in our article.

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elsewhere in czechia

Baby rhino|A baby eastern bicolor rhino was born on March 4 at Safari Park Dvůr Králové, the zoo announced in a Facebook post. The little male, which the breeders called Magashi after a location in Akagera National Park in Africa where rhinos live, has been doing well. Magashi is the third baby rhino born within a year at Safari Park Dvůr Králové.

travel

EU tax| Starting next year, in addition to having a valid passport, tourists visiting most European countries will need to obtain travel authorization. Those who are currently eligible to visit 30 European countries without a visa waiver must pay a EUR 7 travel authorization fee to apply to the European Travel Information and Authorization System. Read more in our article.

numbers

  • Czechia spent CZK14.6 billion on coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2022
  • Out of that total, CZK 11.2 billion went to Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines
  • 65 percent of the Czech population has completed the basic vaccination against coronavirus
  • 1,200: The number of Czechs who were vaccinated against the coronavirus in 2023
  • Source: ČTK

weather

Snow and rain showers|This week will bring fluctuating temperatures and occasional snow and rain showers to parts of Czechia, especially at higher altitudes, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. Daily highs will range from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, and increase to 12 degrees toward the end of the week. Lows will stay close to freezing and occasionally drop to -2 degrees in some regions.

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