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Facts & figures

 

Population:  1,250,000

Geographical location:  50°05'19"N and 14°25'17" E (city centre)

Height above sea level: 235 metres (average)

Area: 496 square kilometres

River: Vltava flows through Prague for 31 kilometres.

Climate: The average annual temperature is 9°C (January: -2°C/ 28,4°F, July: 20°C/ 68°F)

Official currency: Czech crown (CZK)

Electricity supply: 230 V

Time:  CET (GMT +1), summer time - CET + 1 (GMT + 2)

 

State holidays

January 1st - New Year's Day, Day of the Renewal of the Independent Czech State following the break-up of Czechoslovakia (1993)

March/April - Good Friday and Easter Monday

May 1st - International Labour Day

May 8th - Victory Day - liberation of Czechoslovakia by the Allied Armies in 1945.

July 5th - Feast of St. Cyril and St. Methodius - marks the arrival of the two Slavonic saints who brought with them Christianity and the first Slavonic alphabet - Cyrillic (863 AD).

July 6th - the day in 1415 when religious reformer and rector of Charles University Jan Hus was burned at the stake for heresy.

September 28th - Czech Statehood Day - anniversary of the murder of St. Wenceslas, Prince of Bohemia, by his brother. 

October 28th - Founding of the Independent Czechoslovak State in 1918. The most important state holiday in the country.

November 17th - Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy - recalls the students that protested against the Nazi occupation in 1939 and against the communist regime in 1989.

December 24th - Christmas Eve

December 25th - Christmas Day

December 26th - Boxing Day