The number of ATM machines in the Czech Republic increased in the first
half of 2019 to 5461, according to the Bank Card Association. With 471 ATM
machines per one million users, the Czech Republic is still lagging behind
the EU average of 841.
Czechs withdrew CZK 46.8 million in 2018, which is 15 million less than in the previous year. The number of cards issued increased by 430,000 to 12.24 million.
The country’s first ATM machine was unveiled 30 years ago at a branch of the then Czech State Savings Bank on Wenceslas Square.
Czech consumers are predicted to spend around CZK 800 million on Black
Friday this year, which is around 250 percent more than on a regular Friday
and a 25 percent increase on the previous year.
The peak of the Christmas shopping frenzy is expected on December 10, when sales are likely to reach over one billion crowns.
According to an analysis carried out by the company Shoptet, providing a platform for around 50 percent of the country’s online stores, some 450,000 Czechs will shop on Black Friday, spending on average CZK 900.
Despite a relatively humid and rainy November, some areas in the Czech
Republic are still suffering from drought, according to the website
InterSucho, which is mapping the current state of drought in the country.
South Bohemia and part of the Pilsen region are the worst affected, with the registered lack of moisture reaching into the deeper layers of soil in places.
According to a long-term weather forecast, precipitation in the next few days should be below-average for this time of year.
A group of opposition MPs have called on the Czech government and President
Miloš Zeman to appeal to China to end the violation of human rights and
the persecution and killing of political prisoners.
According to the initiator of the petition, Christian Democrat MP Vít Kaňkovský, religious and ethnic minorities in China are being persecuted, and the Czech Republic, as the country’s trade and diplomatic partner, has to face the problem.
Deputies from the opposition Christian Democratic party, the Party of Mayors and Independents and the Civic Democratic Party want to discuss the resolution in the lower house next week.
Škoda Auto’s latest version of the best-selling Octavia model will be
sold on the Czech market for CZK 456,000, the Czech News Agency wrote on
Thursday. The starting price of the liftback is 6,000 crowns higher than
the price of the previous model.
The basic liftback model will only be available in mid-2020, while the fourth-generation Octavia Combi model, which will cost an extra CZK 180,000 is set to go on sale before the end of the year.
Czech Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman has prematurely ended his
five-day visit to Russia, the daily e15 reported on Thursday. Mr Toman, who
was accompanied by a delegation of Czech entrepreneurs, was supposed to fly
from Moscow to Kazan on Wednesday, but the Russian authorities prevented
him from doing so.
Mr Toman told the daily he was alarmed by the attitude of the Russian side, adding that it raised the question whether Russia was genuinely interested in cooperation with the Czech Republic.
Czech-Russian relations have been strained by a number of incidents in recent months, including the renting out of flats intended for Russian diplomats and the decision of Prague 6 to remove from its premises a statue of the controversial Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev.
Czech police have arrested 12 people suspected of drug production and drug
smuggling, the National Anti-Drug Centre informed in a press release on
Thursday. Four of the people have been charged and if convicted, face
prison sentences of up 12 years.
The organised group produced dozens of pounds of pervitin, locally-made crystal methamphetamine, and marihuana. The drug, which was smuggled in fire extinguishers, was destined for the Karlovy Vary region, but also for Thuringia and Bavaria in south-east Germany.
More than nine million crowns as well as several weapons were seized during the raids that led to the arrest of the offenders.
After nearly 130 years in service, the coal mine in Lazy located in the
Moravian-Silesian Region was closed on Thursday. Its current owner OKD,
told the Czech News Agency that further mining would require billions of
crowns in investment and was no longer economically viable for the company.
Some 100 miners will remain on location to work on refilling, others have been moved to some of the recently re-nationalised company’s four other mines in the region.
The Czech football team Slavia Prague lost 1:3 to Inter Milan at the Sinobo
Stadium in Prague on Wednesday evening. With third placed Dortmund now five
points ahead of the Czech team, the loss means that Slavia is doomed to
finish last in the group and not qualify for the spring Europa League.
The game saw Inter take the lead in the 19. minute, but Slavia's Tomáš Souček equalised from a penalty before half time. A deflected shot by Lukáš Masopust in the second half could have seen Slavia go into the lead, but goalkeeper Samir Handanović managed to push the shot out for a corner. Goals by Inter's Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez then sealed the result for the away side in the last 10 minutes.
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