The Czech Republic - in the centre of Europe with an area of 78,866 sq. km. Borders on Germany (810 km), Poland (762 km), Austria (466 km) Slovakia (265 km) It consists of Bohemia Moravia Silesia
Mountain ranges Krkonoše Český Les Šumava Orlické hory Krušné hory Jizerské hory Jeseníky Beskydy Bílé Karpaty Lužické hory
Mt. Sněžka in the Krkonoše Mountains (1,602 m above sea level). Hřensko where the River Labe ( the Elbe) leaves the Czech territory (117 m above sea level)
Rivers the North, Baltic and Black Seas Longest rivers: - the Vltava (Moldau, 433), - the Labe (Elbe, 1165 km, in the country only 415 km) - the Moravia.
The Czech Republic 1st January 1993:Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Slovak Republic The first president of the Czech Republic was Václav Havel.
The Flag and Heraldic Shield Flag - two horizontal bands of white and red with a blue triangle. Heraldic shield - Czech White Double Tailed Lion with a golden crown, Red and White Eagle of Moravia with a crown, and Black Eagle of Silesia.
/ The Anthem Kde domov můj / / Where Is My Home Kde domov můj, Kde domov můj, Voda hučí po lučinách, Bory šumí po skalinách, V sadě skví se jara květ, Zemsky ráj to na pohled! A to je ta krásná země, Země česká, domov můj, Země česká, domov můj. Where is my home, Where is my home? Water bubbles across the meadows, Pinewoods rustle among crags, The orchard is glorious with spring blossom, Paradise on earth it is to see. And this is that beautiful land, The Czech land, my home, The Czech land, my home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiJgTFmF9Zo&feature=related
Population 10.3 million inhabitants over 70 per cent in towns and cities. 131 inhabitants / sq.km Czech = Slavonic language.
Ethnic Groups the Czechs: 94 % (the Czechs 81 %, the Moravians 13 %) the Slovaks: 3 % the Romanies: 1.5 % the Poles: 0.6 % the Germans: 0.5 % the others: 0.6 %
Government Type: Parliamentary Democracy Executive branch: The chief of state (President V.Klaus since March 2003) Prime Minister The Cabinet Legislative branch: The Parliament consists of the Senate (81 seats) The Chamber of Deputies (200 seats)
Administrative Divisions 13 regions + a capital city