The Czech Republic!

Julius Pantoja/ David Abner

Our country is the Czech Republic, who's capital is Prague.

Czech Republic Physical Map
Czech Republic Political Map

                                                            Modern History

In 1989 the Czech Republic's people overthrew the communist regime. There was mass protests and the Communist regime and the Soviet empire because of its gradual decay. In 1999 the Czech Republic joined  the EU in 2004. The Czech Republic has now completed the transformation from a formerly centralized state system into a parliamentary democracy and market economy. It also has been apart of NATO since 1999.


Enviroment/Landscape

About 40% of the Czech Republic is arable land while about 50% is for other things such as manufacturing ( rubber is a big there). They have a low percentage of open land, so most people live in the city.  Top Three Land forms of The Czech Republic: The biggest city in the Czech Republic is they're capital city of Prague.  With about 1.262 million residents  live in the Czech capital of Prague.  Prague also clocks about 6 million tourists  to the capital every year, most of whom are German.  The Black Lake is one of the most popular lake in the Czech Republic, which is found deep in the forest of Sumava and 1,000 meters above sea level.  The Czech Republic also boasts an astronomical clock that stands in the old town hall which also gathers tourists.  In the north part of the Czech Republic it is very mountainous throughout the area ( The Sumava Mountains and  the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands).  The Czech Republics climate is mainly continental with big differences in temperatures and rainfall moderated by ocean weather patterns, which finds its way to the land-locked country. July is the rainiest while February is the driest. Apples, plums, and cherries are the largest grown fruits while  sugar beets and wheat  is the largest grown vegetation.

The Astronomical clock in Prague. This is In front of old town hall.

                                                    Politics Of Today

The Czech Republic has been an independent country since January 1, 1993, which is the date of the breakup of Czechoslovakia. It is a parliament democracy. Its legislature has two branches: The Chamber of Deputies and the senate. Those two play a big role in picking a President. As you can tell they have a president ( Milos Zeman), but he picks the prime minister. Its executive branch includes The head of state, several ministers, the prime minister, and the head of  armed forces. The judiciary branch has a Supreme Court, a Supreme Administrative Court, and regional, high, and district courts.

Current president Milos Zeman.

                                                                   ECONOMY

The GDP per capital has been reported at 19,497 as an estimate ( 2015). The unemployment rate sits at a 8.5% ( last survey as far as i know was taken in 2011). The currency in the Czech Republic is called the Czech Koruna. As for imports and exports the mostly import machinery, chemicals, food, and livestock. For exports they export metals, chemicals, machinery, minerals, and fuels. The biggest export partner they have is Germany(32.3%) while the second biggest is Slovakia(9%).

                                                    CULTURAL TRADITIONS

The Czech Republic has many holiday such as Teachers day, Golden Prague Television Festival, Saint Vaclav's Day, World Festival Of Puppet Art, and Czechoslovakia Independence day. They also have a female traditional dress called the kroje which is a  white blouse, full skirt with a complementary colored vest. For the males they have a long knee pants and a long white shirt. The Czech Republic local diet is rich in meat dumplings and zeleninova which is a vegetable and cream soup. Surprisingly there is an artist named Adolf Born, born in 1930 who is a film director. In the Czech republic about 96% speak Czech while other national languages are Slovak, German, polish, and roman. In Czech Republic it is primarily christian while catholic spread after.  Now the Czech Republic enjoys freedom of religion. (39.8%  atheist, 39.2% catholic, etc.)

Recreation

The most popular of various sports is soccer. After that it would be ice hockey. Soccer league has been controlled by the Czech Football Association since 1925.

Diversity

The biggest minorities in the Czech Republic is the Czech, Moravian, Silesian, German, Polish, and Roman. The Gender equality also faces men with 1.28 average where men get paid more.

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