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Monday, September 14, 2009

Oh! What is the Czech Republic you ask?

I guess I should include this for all of those who are unaware. :)

The Czech Republic located in the center of Europe. It shares a boarder with Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland.



Prague(where we are going to live) is the capital of Czech.

Here is some info from the CIA World Factbook.


Brief History
Following the First World War, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar years, the new country's leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Sudeten Germans and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians). After World War II, a truncated Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize Communist party rule and create "socialism with a human face." Anti-Soviet demonstrations the following year ushered in a period of harsh repression. With the collapse of Soviet authority in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom through a peaceful "Velvet Revolution." On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.


Population

10,211,904 (July 2009 est.)

Median Age

total: 40.1 years
male: 38.6 years
female: 41.9 years (2009 est.)

Urbanization

urban population: 73% of total population (2008)
rate of urbanization: 0% annual rate of change (2005-10 est.)

Life Expectancy

total population: 76.81 years
country comparison to the world: 61
male: 73.54 years
female: 80.28 years (2009 est.)

Ethnic Groups

Czech 90.4%, Moravian 3.7%, Slovak 1.9%, other 4% (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 26.8%, Protestant 2.1%, other 3.3%, unspecified 8.8%, unaffiliated 59% (2001 census)

Language

Czech 94.9%, Slovak 2%, other 2.3%, unidentified 0.8% (2001 census)

Land Size

total: 78,867 sq km
land: 77,247 sq km
water: 1,620 sq km

Comparatively, we are talking around 40% the size of Oregon, where I am moving from.

Terrain

Bohemia in the west consists of rolling plains, hills, and plateaus surrounded by low mountains; Moravia in the east consists of very hilly country

Elevation

lowest point: Elbe River 115 m
highest point: Snezka 1,602 m

Natural Hazards

Flooding

It is also interesting to note:

- The Czech Republic leads the world in beer consumption per capita!

Rank Liters per year
1 Czech Republic 156.9
2 Ireland 131.1
3 Germany 115.8

:D

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