The Czech Republic (capital Prague)
and neighboring states
Country Comparisons: chart
World Factbook: "The Czech Republic is a stable and prosperous market economy, which harmonized its laws and regulations with those of the EU prior to its EU accession in 2004. While the conservative, inward-looking Czech financial system has remained relatively healthy, the small, open, export-driven Czech economy remains sensitive to changes in the economic performance of its main export markets, especially Germany."
Economc growth rate
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
1996: top ten percent of population, 22.4%; bottom ten percent, 4.3%
2010: 40% of GDP
2009: 32.8% of GDP
2008: 26.8% of GDP
Income distribution – gini index
Ranks 112th among 140 countries (higher rank number is more equal, lower rank number is less equal). More equal than Britain, which ranks 94th, and the US, which ranks 45th.
2009: 7.6% of GDP (compared to 16/2% for the US)
Military expenditures as a percentage of GDP
Living in an urban area
Net migration rate
2012: A net gain of 0.97 persons per 1,000 population.
2001 census: Czech 90.4%, Moravian 3.7%, Slovak 1.9%, other 4%
2001 census: Roman Catholic 26.8%, Protestant 2.1%, other 3.3%, unspecified 8.8%, unaffiliated 59%
Central Europe, southeast of Germany. Landlocked.
Václav Klaus, chief of state (president) since 7 March 2003, Civic Democratic Party, a center-right party. Petr Necas, head of government (prime minister), since 28 June 2010, leader of the Civic Democratic Party.
Parliamentary democracy. Capital: Prague,
In 2004 Supermodel Petra Nemcova is injured during the tsunami in Thailand. She has Ingrid Bergman's charm and good diction – different from the impression one gathers from her pouting and narrowness of face in swimsuit photos.
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