Working in the Czech Republic (Práce v České republice)

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According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, about 260,000 foreigners are employed in the Czech Republic. More than one third of them work in the capital city, Prague. The statistics also include distribution according to each country. For example, 1,700 of the foreign workers come from the USA, 200 from Canada, and 160 from Australia that all either need or do not need a work permit. Foreigners are not the only ones seeking jobs outside of their home countries. Based on feedback that we have received and our own research, many young Czechs or Slovaks move abroad for studies or gaining professional expertise, and then they look for opportunities in their home countries. We have come across a portal that we will introduce to you that is a good source of information about new job postings but also employment statistics, employment offices, laws, and more.

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Are Czechs Xenophobes? (Jsou Češi xenofobi?)

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Today we came across an article in the Prague Daily Monitor (PDM) named “Half of Czechs say there are too many foreigners in ČR. ” The title immediately caught our attention. Today, there are almost 2 million Czechs living abroad. The largest numbers of Czechs live in the USA, the country of people from around of world that has for hundreds of years accepted people from many countries. On the other hand, the Czech Republic is still mostly composed of Czechs (about 94%), followed by Slovaks, Poles, Germans, Ukrainians, Vietnamese, etc. The influx of immigrants for 2009 is estimated to be about 1 per 1000 people = 10,200 foreigners. During communism, there was a very minor foreign immigration to the Czech Republic. Did the recently growing numbers of immigrants create a resistance to other cultures?

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Search Safely At Seznam.cz (Vyhledávejte Bezpečně Na Seznamu)

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The most frequently used search engine in the Czech Republic is Seznam.cz. According to Navrcholu.cz, it currently shares about 60% of domestic searches.  Google.cz is closely following with about 30% of search usage. It may also be one of the reasons why Seznam decided to make a wise change to its searches by announcing a safe filter to remove all inappropriate search results. Now you can search for text and photos that used to be hard to find amongst other undesirable results.

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Democracy in the Czech Republic Improved but Worsened in Slovakia (Demokracie v České Republice se Zlepšila ale na Slovensku se Zhoršila)

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How would you rate democracy in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on a scale from 1 to 10? The question is not that easy and it requires consideration of many variables and a large pool of data. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has completed such study and according to their results, the Czech Republic showed a slight improvement in the EIU Index of Democracy in 2008. On the other hand, Slovakia’s index declined, compared to last year’s study results. The study was done in 167 countries and focused on the electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties. Based on the total ranking numbers from all five categories, the Czech Republic fell in the full democracy range, whereas Slovakia fitted into the flawed democracies range.

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Another Commercial St. Valentine? (Další Komerční Den Svatého Valentýna?)

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St. Valentine’s Day is still a relatively new holiday in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This day was originally associated with love and feelings, but today it is mostly associated with shopping. This year might be different, though. Even though the Czech market is overwhelmed by items associated with this holiday, the Czechs will probably spend less and instead of going to restaurants, they will probably eat at home instead. The neighboring Slovaks won’t shop as much either but a recent public opinion poll showed that it will be probably due to their disfavor of this holiday. No matter what your financial situation is or how you feel about this holiday, there are other meaningful ways that you can celebrate this day and maybe do something good for others.

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Teribear Project Will Also Help Czech Children (Projekt Teribear Take Pomuze Ceskym Detem)

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Last week famous Czech models got together to promote a fashion show, which started a new project named “Teribear.” The project is organized by a Czech model Tereza Maxova and her foundation together with an advertising agency Fabrika and a department store Interspar which focuses this time on the development of foster care and reduction of the number of children in institutional care. People will be able to purchase products with a symbol of a teddy bear and a certain amount from the sale will be used for these charitable purposes.

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Czech Hotels Don’t Attract Foreign Tourists Anymore (Ceske Hotely Jiz Nelakaji Zahranicni Turisty)

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Many of you may already know that the Czech Republic is overcrowded by tourists. Our visit to Prague last Christmas definitely confirmed this. All squares and main streets were congested by tourists from around the world. During this year, the number of tourists increased further, but according to Czech statistical offices, the number of nights spent in Czech hotels has decreased, as well as interest in Czech hotels. Could it be due to a bad economic situation in the world?

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19 Years since the Fall of Communism (19 Let od Padu Komunismu)

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Today we celebrate 19 years since the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia. Many times we have mentioned the name “Sametova revoluce – Velvet Revolution.” In Slovakia it is known as the Nezna revoluce – Soft revolution” and the name is probably a better explanation of this revolution, which was peaceful, thus, it was not necessary to use armed forces. Maybe you wonder how the citizens of the Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrated this day, the 17th of November. Many citizens celebrated this day with pleasure and enjoyment, but unfortunately, celebrations in both countries did not go without protests as well.

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Czechs Work the Hardest (Cesi Jsou Nejupracovanejsi)

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions reports that most of new members of EU, including Czech Republic, work much longer for less vacation.

 

Based on the report, Bulgarian, Romanian and Czech workers spend at work over 40 hours a week, while average working hours in France, Italy and Denmark are less than 40 per week. Unfortunately, paid holidays don’t reflect the overtime in countries such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia and Romania. Their average paid time off is about 21.9 days per year. Conversely, Sweden workers get 33 days of vacation per year, Norway 26.7 days, and Greece 23 days, increasing the EU average of 25.2 days per year.

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Czechs Abroad (Cesi v Zahranici)

The statistics below only includes Czech citizens living abroad permanently or long-term. The numbers are obtained from Czech Embassies for the year of 2007. The numbers are not accurate (but still good estimates) since Czechs permanently living abroad are not forced to register with local Czech Embassies.

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Statisticky prehled nize pouze zahrnuje Ceske obcany trvale nebo dlouhodobe zijici v cizine. Pocty jsou ziskany z Ceskych ambasad z roku 2007. Tyto cisla nejsou presne (ale stale dobre odhady), protoze Cesi trvale zijici v zahranici nejsou nuceni se zaregistrovat u lokalni Ceske ambasady.

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