Capital: Prague (Praha)
President: Václav Klaus
Population: 10.49 Million
Size: 30,500 sq. miles
Religion: Largely Roman Catholic
A few things about the country:
Formerly being a part of the In-dependent Republic of Czechoslovakia that was formed in 1918, Czech Republic split itself from Czechoslovakia into a separate country in 1993. The other part of the erstwhile Czechoslovakia emerged as an independent country by name Slovakia.
Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in the central region of Europe.
The country shares its borders with Slovak Republic in the east, Germany in the west and northwest, Poland in the north east and Austria in the south.
Since becoming a separate country in 1993, the country em-braced reforms with special focus on privatizations.
The country achieved the status of a developed economy in the year 2006, thus becoming first country in the group of Comecon countries, according to World Bank statistical analysis, to achieve this feat.
The Czech Republic has a per capita GDP in excess of 80% of the European average per capita GDP.
The country became a member of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in 1999, and joined the European Union in 2004.
The Czech Republic is renowned for its nu-merous spa towns, especially along the border with Saxony (Germany). The most famous ones are those of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), Františkovy Lázne (Franzensbad) and Teplice.
There are over 2,000 castles, keeps, and castle ruins in the Czech Republic; one of the highest density in the world.
The literacy rate in the country is in the high, close to 99%. The education system in the country is the 15th best education system in the world.
Martina Navratilova ( Tennis Champion)
Jan Hus (Religious Reformer)
Bedrich Smetana (Classical Music Composer)
Antonín Dvorák (Classical Music Composers)
Franz Kafka (German-language Author)
Otto Wichterle (Inventor of soft contact lenses )
Milos Forman (Director- One Flew Over the Cucoo’s Nest) Pilsner, a type of pale lager beer, takes its name from being developed in the 19th century in the city of Pilsen, Bohemia.