50 Fascinating Facts About Czechia (Czech Republic)

The Czech Republic attracts many visitors and people from all around the world who come to this lovely country to visit, live, work, or study. Unless you're one of those, you are undoubtedly already familiar with some of the fundamentals. Many people considering work or study in a foreign country may not immediately think of the Czech Republic. On the other hand, this Slavic nation is a hidden gem in the center of Europe. Visitors and workers from all over the world flock to this beautiful country to visit, live, work, and raise families. The lovely Czech Republic is a country of castles and mountains, as well as history and charm. Since September 2016, this country in Central Europe has also been known as Czechia. It is a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over Europe and the world. Here are 50 fascinating facts about Czechia which you may or may not be aware of.

Fascinating Facts

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The Czech Republic is the world's seventh safest country to live in.
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Czech ladies can anticipate being smacked on the bottom with a willow whip around Easter, while males anticipate having cold water thrown on them.
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Due to the absence of international and domestic conflict and a low crime rate, the Czech Republic was ranked sixth safest place to live on Earth in 2016 by the Global Peace Index.
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Emil Zátopek was a Czech athlete who became notable for his gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games in the 10,000 metre, 5,000 metre, and marathon track events.
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Czechoslovakia is only the third nation to have ever reached space. Vladimir Remek, the first and only Czech cosmonaut, completed his journey aboard the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in 1978.
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The country has a sizable ex-pat community. The Czech Republic has around 535,000 foreign-born residents, excluding those who have already earned Czech citizenship.
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The Czechs are mushroom-obsessed. The only thing Czechs enjoy more than mushroom eating is mushroom hunting.
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The Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe. This implies that many important cities throughout Europe are easily accessible via rail, road, or air.
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The language is divided into official and informal forms, and the people are patient with foreigners who misuse them.
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Prague Castle is the world's largest ancient castle, measuring 570m in length and 128m in width. For comparison, that's the size of seven football fields combined!
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The first musical composition on the Moon's surface was Antonn Dvoák's New World Symphony.
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Being bohemian is not just a way for Czechs to be fashionable; it is a part of their heritage. This region was formerly known as the Kingdom of Bohemia.
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Numerous internationally renowned corporations have their headquarters in the Czech Republic, including Deloitte Touche, Exxon Mobil, and Zara.
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Children and adults enjoy puppetry and marionette exhibitions, and puppetry festivals are conducted throughout the country each year. The puppet museum in Prague provides daily shows and has the world's most extensive collection.
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Another fascinating fact about the Czech Republic is that the Panavsk waterfall, at 148 metres, is the highest in the country.
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Czechia is regarded as having one of the most extensive networks of marked footpaths in the world. They stretch for more than 80,000 kilometres (50,000 miles), twice the circle of the Earth.
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The Czech Republic is home to the world's largest mediaeval castle.
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The Prague Castle is the world's largest ancient castle, measuring 570m in length and 128m in width.
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Prague is Europe's only major city that was not heavily bombed during WWII. As a result, many of the buildings in the historic district remain in their original state, some dating back to the Middle Ages!
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The average workweek is approximately 40 hours, not including overtime.
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The Czech Republic is famous across the world for its hand-blown decorative art glass and crystal.
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The Elbe River, one of Central Europe's major rivers with a basin spanning four nations, originates in the Czech Republic's Krkonoe Mountains.
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Czechia is one of the world's safest and most peaceful countries. It was ranked eighth in the Global Peace Index in 2020, above Singapore and ahead of Japan.
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Snuka is the Czech Republic's highest point. Snuka is a mountain in the Krkonoe mountains, with a summit of 1,603 metres.
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Czechs are not famed for their celebrity... Nonetheless, they invented contact lenses and sugar cubes, so those of you who are vision impaired can thank the Czechs for the ability to see how many sugar cubes you placed in your tea.
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The Czech people consume the most beer per capita in the world. Its first brewery was established in 993.
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The Czech Republic has more castles (almost 2000!) than any other country in Europe. It's one of the fascinating aspects of the country.
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The national sport of the Czech Republic is ice hockey. The Czech National Ice Hockey Team is the only national team to have won three consecutive IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.
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Czechs are the world's largest beer consumers. Pilsner Urquell, the first pale lager, was brewed in the Czech city of Pilsen in 1842.
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Prague Castle is the world’s largest! Put on comfortable walking shoes and prepare to be taken from a Game of Thrones scenario into the rooms.
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While Czechs and Slovaks identify to themselves as 'brothers,' their cultures are remarkably distinct. Czechs are stereotypically considered to be significantly more calm and cheerful than Slovaks.
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The Nazis virtually exterminated the Jewish population of Bohemia and Moravia during the Holocaust.
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Prague was the Holy Roman Emperor's residence during Charles IV's reign and was continuously one of the Holy Roman Empire's major cities.
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Czechia boasts the world's densest network of public libraries. On a worldwide scale, the Czechs are likewise voracious readers. Each Czech reads an average of 13 books per year.
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The Czech Republic is an architectural country.
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Although the Czech Republic is classified as Eastern Europe, Prague is further west than Vienna, classified as central Europe.
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It is Europe's most castle-rich country.
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The Czech Republic has one of the world's most minor religious populations, with only 19% believing in God.
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Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible was the first major Hollywood movie to be filmed in Prague.
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In the Czech Republic, beer is a significant deal. Czechs consume the most beer per capita in the world.
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The Czech Republic is a veritable haven for lovers of parks and gardens.
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The Czech Crown is the official currency in the Czech Republic (Koruna). In general, the Czech Republic does not accept Euro payments.
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The Hranice Abyss is the world's deepest underwater cave.
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In the Czech Republic, Johan Gregor Mendel was born.
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The astronomical clock in Prague was installed in 1410, making it the world's oldest.
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The Czech Republic is one of the world's least religious nations.
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In the Czech Republic, tourism is a significant industry.
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The village of Pesek is home to the Czech Republic's oldest bridge – it dates back to 900 AD!
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The term "robot" first appeared in print when Czech playwright Karl Capek used it to refer to creatures capable of performing all the tasks humans dislike and possessing no soul.
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For children, the Czech Aquapalace Praha is Central Europe's largest water park.

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