The population of the Czech Republic increased by 5,200 people in the first half of this year to reach 10.699 million, a rate of growth significantly lower than in previous years, according to the Czech Statistical Office.
One-third of Czech households have experienced a drop in income due to the restrictions related to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Center, Czech Radio reports.
Nearly 80% of Czech startups plan to expand abroad, according to a study by Startup Report, carried out in cooperation with the government agency CzechInvest, Czech Radio reports.
The Chinese state concern CITIC has acquired a majority stake in one of the largest Czech media houses, Médea, the news portal Hlídací pes reported on Saturday, Czech Radio says. Hlídací pes said the main drivers of the deal had been former defense minister Jaroslav Tvrdík and President Milos Zeman’s advisor Martin Nejedlý.
Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia lag behind most other countries in the European Union in terms of social protection expenditures expressed as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP), data shows.
The Czech government has voted to raise poverty benefits referred to as the living minimum and the existential minimum as of April 2020, the Czech Radio reported. The living minimum is to be raised to CZK 3,860 per month from CZK 3,410 while the existential minimum will be raised to CZK 2,490 from CZK 2,200/month.
Almost half of Czech households do not set a family budget, and one-third set no money aside at the end of the month, according to a study by STEM/MARK for consumer lending group Home Credit.
There are around 23,830 homeless people living in the Czech Republic, according to a census carried out in the spring by the research Institute for Labor and Social Affairs and published on Thursday, Czech Radio says. The majority of the homeless are men and about 2,600 people of the total number are people under the age of 18, the report says.
Super laser research facilities in Hungary and the Czech Republic will form a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said after meeting with Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček in Prague on Monday.
Czech arms producer Česká zbrojovka has won an international tender for the supply of 50,000 pistols to the Egyptian interior ministry, the ČTK news agency reported Thursday citing the company’s CEO.