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General Information
Name: Česká Republika (the Czech Republic)
Area: 78 864 sq. km (30 450 sq miles)
Population: 10,330,518 (1994)
Minorities: Romany, Slovak, Ukrainian
Official Language: Czech
Bordering Countries: Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria
Capital: Praha (Prague) (Population: 1,213,800)
President: Václav Klaus

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, United Nations Organization, NATO and WTO.

Currency: 1 Czech crown (CZK) - 100 hellers, EUR 1 = CZK 29 (January 2006)
Exchange rates: Exchange rates

National Holidays: Jan. 1; Easter Mon., May 1, May 8, July 5-6, September 28, October 28, November 17, December 24-26

Time zone: Central European Timezone; GMT+1 (seasonal changes CET/CDT); EST/EDT +6 hours

Voltage: 230V/50Hz

Video System: PAL

Working hours: Offices mostly 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., shops, banks and post offices until 6 p.m., on Saturdays shops and some post offices 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Supermarkets are open also on Sundays until late hours.

Payments: Banks and hotels accept all convertible currencies, traveller's cheques and credit cards (Visa, Europay/Master-Card, American Express)

Speed limits: Highways 130 km/h (mph), trunk roads 90 km/h (55 mph), urban 50 km/h (31 mph)
Motorway permission stickers are on sale at border crossings and petrol stations.

Tipping Customs: Round the bills up by about 10%

More information :
Everything you need to know before setting out to the Czech Republic
Information about visa formalities
Information about the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic's main tourism website
Czech tourism website
Information for motorists
Up-to-date bus and train information in and out of the Czech Republic
CZECH AIRLINES flight schedules and information
Czech public information portal