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General facts

Population: 10,500,000

Capital: Prague

Official Language: Czech

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

Religion: Roman Catholic, majority non-declared or non-religious

Motto: Pravda vítězí (Truth prevails)

National Anthem: Kde domov můj?  (Where is my home?)

Interesting facts

  • There are more than 2,000 castles in the Czech Republic
  • The Czech Republic is in the top ten countries worldwide with the fastest internet speeds
  • Prague is a very popular tourist destination.  In 2011 it was the sixth most visited city in Europe
  • Soft contact lenses were originally invented by Otto Wichterle, a Czech national, in 1959

More obscurely, did you know...

  • Mushroom-hunting is a very popular pastime in the Czech Republic
  • Carp is a traditional Czech Christmas meal
  • 90% of Czech people have completed secondary education, which is among the highest EU scores
  • When eating in Czech restaurants, it is assumed that drinks will be ordered after the meal, not before or during