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Czech Republic - general information

Czech Republic - general information

Czech Republic: the country in the middle of Europe (in the hearth of Europe)

Country name: Czech Republic
Czech flag: Red, white, blue
Population: 10.5 million
Land area: 78,867 sq km (30,450 sq mi)
Currency: Czech Crown (CZK)
Capital: Prague; population 1.2 million
Official language: Czech
Geographical location: Central Europe
Neighboring countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland
European Union member: Yes, since 2004
Euro currency in use: No
Schengen area member: Yes, since 2007
Government: Parliamentary democracy with president as the head of state and prime minister as the head of government
Time zone: GMT+1 (U.S. EST+6, PST+9), Daylight Savings Time observed
Religion: Atheist/Agnostic 59%, Roman Catholic 27%, Protestant 2%, Other 12%
Climate: Temperate. Cool to warm May - September (showers and thunderstorms common), mostly chilly October, March, and April (rain or snow possible), cold, cloudy and wet with snow and freezing temperatures November - February; skiing December - March;
Voltage: 230 Volts/50 Hz
Country calling code: 420