Czech MotoGP

06.08.2017 | Brno - Automotodrom Brno



Key Facts

Location: Central Europe.

Area: 78,866 sq km (30,450 sq miles).

Population: 10,500,000 (2013).

Population Density: 133.1 per sq km.

Capital: Prague.

Government: Republic since 1993.

Geography: The Czech Republic is a landlocked country situated in central Europe, sharing frontiers with Germany in the west, Poland in the north, the Slovak Republic in the east, and Austria in the south. Covering only about one-third of the area of the United Kingdom, the country is hilly and picturesque.

The western two-thirds of the country is known as Bohemia, and consists of a vast river basin fringed by hills and mountains. The Czech Republic's longest river, the Labe, rises in the KrkonoÅ¡e Mountains in the northeast, on the border with Poland, and flows south, then west, then north into Germany where it becomes the River Elbe. These mountains are also home to the country's highest summit, SnÄÂÂka (1,602m/5,262ft).

Prague sits almost in the middle of Bohemia on the River Vltava, which flows into the Labe just to the north of the city. The Vltava rises in the forested ÅÂumava hills that run along the country's southern border with Austria. The plains to the north of Prague are bordered by the KruÅ¡né Hory (Ore Mountains, named for the iron ore and other minerals found there).

The eastern third of the Czech Republic is known as Moravia. This region is also based on a river basin, that of the Morava River, which rises in the northern hills near the Polish border and flows south to join the Danube at Bratislava. The main city of Moravia is Brno, the second-largest in the Czech Republic.


Language: The official language is Czech. English and German are also spoken.

Religion: Mostly Roman Catholic and some Protestant, including churches such as the Reformed, Lutheran, Methodist, Unity of Czech Brothers and Baptist. There is a small community of Jews, mainly in Prague. According to the March 2001 national census, 60% of the population profess no religious beliefs.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Social Conventions: It is considered polite to say 'good day'(dobrý den) when you meet a stranger, including the person behind the counter in a shop or a pub, and 'goodbye'(na shledanou) when you leave.

When attending a classical music concert or opera performance, most Czechs will dress formally - you can usually spot the tourists by their casual clothes, which the locals will save for jazz clubs, cinema and theatre.

If you are invited to someone's house, it is polite to take a small gift - a bunch of flowers will do - and to remove your shoes when you enter.


Electricity: Generally 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most major hotels have standard international two-pin razor plugs.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Jirí Rusnok since 2013.

Head of State: President Miloš Zeman since 2013.

Recent History: The Czech Republic is one of Europe's youngest states, having come into existence only in 1993. Before that, it had formed the western part of Czechoslovakia, a country which itself had only been created in 1918, following the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire after WWI.

Czechoslovakia threw out its communist regime, which had been in power since 1948, in the Velvet Revolution of 1989 - so called because it took place without any violence. The dissident playwright Václav Havel became president and served until 2003, but he was unable to hold the country together. Disagreements with politicians in Bratislava led to the 'Velvet Divorce' in 1993, when Czechoslovakia split into two independent republics - the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek's multi-party, centre-right coalition scraped through in a parliamentary vote of confidence in January 2007. This was not his first attempt to form an administration: tricky coalition negotiations also had to take place after the 2006 general elections. Parliament also narrowly re-elected President Václav Klaus - who suceeded Havel in 2003 - in February 2008.


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