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Survey: Czechs much better off than after fall of Communism

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Prague, Jan 21 (CTK) – Czechs eat more fruit, vegetables, pasta and poultry than in 1990 and the figures from other spheres of life, too, show that their lives have changed for the better, according to a case study released by the KPMG consultancy company yesterday.
Czechs also drink more wine and spirits than in 1990, the study, that collected statistical data and results of various polls between 1990 and 2015, has said.
Czechs eat less meat. Instead of 100 kilograms a year at the beginning of the study period, now they eat less than 80.
Much more than before they prefer poultry whose consumption roughly doubled to the current 25 kilograms a year.
Czechs eat about 70 kilograms of potatoes, 10 kilograms less than in 1990.
The consumption of fruit and vegetables rose from about 60 kilograms to almost 80.
Although the consumption of wine rose by one quarter, it is still marginal compared with beer. An average Czech drinks 20 litres of wine and 147 litres of beer annually.
In 1993, some 18 percent of Czechs left for a holiday abroad in the summer. The figure soared to 39 percent by 2011.
“Czechs were the biggest travellers in 2008, when one-half of us spent the main summer holiday abroad,” the publication said.
More Czechs practice some sports than 25 years ago. At least once a week, some type of sport is practiced by 54 percent of Czechs adults and youths.
The rise was obvious at the close of the millennium, but then it somewhat lessened. In recent years, the number of people practicing sports has neither fallen nor risen, the study found.
Instead, Czechs now tend to visit more pubs and cafes. Almost one quarter of adults do so once a week.
Like before, Czechs mostly prefer their families. This is followed by work, friends and spare time. They tend to be less interested in politics and religion than after the fall of the Communist regime.
Doctors still enjoy the reputation of the most prestigious calling, while ministers have the worst prestige.
As against 1993, the number of Czechs considering the current democratic regime better than the Communist has decreased. In the 1990s, less than one in five Czechs considered themselves leftist, while now it is one quarter of them. The political center was then preferred by two fifths, now by roughly one half. In the 1990s, minorities’ rights were backed by one in five, now it is 14 percent of Czechs.

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