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Location : Central Europe

Borders : Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland

Language : Czech

Area : 78,866 square km

Population : 10,28 million inhabitants

Head of state: president

Legislature: parliament consisting of two houses

Capital city: Prague

Area of Prague : 496 square km

Population of Prague : 1,21 million inhabitants

Transport in Prague : Tram, bus, car, metro, taxi

Currency : Czech crown (Koruna) - czech symbol "Kc", international symbol "CZK"
1 Kc = 100 hellers, czech symbol "h"
Coins: 10h, 20h, 50h and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Kc
Banknotes: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 Kc

Time zone : Central European time zone (GMT+1, in summer - GMT+2)

Climate : Mild continental

Electrical Voltage : 230 V - 50/60 Hz

Country phone code: +420

Emergency phone numbers: Fire 150
Road assistance 21054
Ambulance 155
City police 156
State police 158
Gas emergencies 21239
Vet emergency 24447 0704

Local features: Smoking is prohibited in all public places and at all public transport stations (1.000 Kc fine applied)
Tips up to 10% of the bill are customary paid for service to waiters in restaurants, taxi drivers and guides
Almost all merchandise has 25% VAT included, there’s a possibility to return VAT when leaving the country
Banks are open during ferial days from 9 a. m. to 2-6 p. m., exchange offices are open until 6-8 p. m., some function around-the-clock

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Polish fastener supplier lures Prague residents with beer tours
Sceptics will smile slyly. After all, to lure the citizens of a country where brewing beer has long been a matter of national pride is a controversial idea. Nevertheless, the outskirts of Warsaw prove to be quite hospitable to beer lovers.
Beer Festival begins in Pilsen
This year the festival will be held from July 31 to August 1 and promises to be one of the most exciting beer events of the summer.
Exhibition of unique photographs of Vaclav Havel opened in Prague
Photo exhibition dedicated to the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, was opened in Prague today. From June 25 to July 6 its visitors will be able to see unique photos provided by the journalistic agency ČTK. On these photos Vaclav Havel appears not only as a president, but as a vibrant, eccentric and temperamental personality.