While a majority of Czechs are interested to some degree in domestic politics, interest falls off sharply for world and especially European Union affairs, a CVVM poll shows. Even for domestic politics, only 10 percent of people are greatly concerned, and just 3 percent of Czech people said that they spend any time on involvement with political parties. Since 2005, the level of interest in all forms of politics has been dropping.
The population of the Czech Republic was over 10.53 million as of Dec. 31, 2010, according to preliminary estimates the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ). The population grew by 26,000 over 2009; some 39.7 percent of the increase was due to a higher number of births than deaths. The infant mortality rate also reached a record low, the statisticians said, while the net migration trend slowed.
The Czech Republic has won some dubious recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO). A new report shows that the country has the second-highest per-capita consumption of alcohol in the world, behind Moldova. The score is nothing to celebrate, according to the UN agency: Eastern European countries have the highest consumption, risky patterns of drinking and high levels of alcohol-related deaths and disabilities.
Debt-plagued lottery operator Sazka has only its own management to blame, according to the vast majority of respondents to a SANEP poll. People also say current Sazka CEO Aleš Hušák should resign from his post. A slight majority would even like to see an active role played by the Ministry of Education, which is supposed to fund Czech sporting associations.
In 2010 the total number of guests increased by 1.9 percent and the number of overnight stays by 0.4 percent compared to the previous year, according to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ). It was the first year-on-year increase since 2008, and shows signs that the sector may be recovering. The growth was driven by foreign guests, and high-end hotels were the biggest beneficiary. But the recovery in foreign tourists was still below the international average.
Czechs are below the EU average when it comes to losing information to a virus or other computer infection, according statistics released by Eurostat for Safer Internet Day on Feb. 8. An even though just 1 percent of Czech computer users reported abuse of personal information and financial loss due to phishing or pharming, Czechs could be a bit safer. Only 68 percent use anti-virus or other safety software.
The health of a key executive can often have a big impact on the share value of a company. When the head of Apple, Steve Jobs, announced that he will be taking medical leave of absence, it caused a ripple of apprehension in the markets. But does the investors’ right to know about the company management outweigh the managers’ right to privacy? Most lawyers think there are limits.
More Czechs are satisfied with the current health care system than unsatisfied, but neither position had a majority in the latest CVVM poll on the subject. Overall, Czechs say their health is good — but they want more say in treatment decisions. Few people polled believe that the system is improving, however, with 81 percent saying it has gotten worse or stayed the same.
The overall reviews for 2010 are mixed, with a majority of Czechs looking on the year as a success, while one-fifth see it as the worst year they ever experienced, according to a poll by online opinion firm SANEP. The same split carries over into 2011, with about half the population worried for the future. Money and living standards led the list of concerns.
Although salaries are on average higher in the Czech Republic than in Hungary and Slovakia — and even approaching those of some German states — Czech workers as a whole are less skilled than their neigbors in Central Europe, a Kienbaum Management Consultants survey commissioned by the Czech-German Chamber of Commerce (ČNOPK) shows.