Seasonally adjusted industrial production was up 2 percent month on month in November 2010 and 15.9 percent higher year on year, data published by the ČSÚ on Friday shows. The performance of the Czech economy continues to reflect the growing German economy and the continuing recovery of other business partners, says a Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO) economist.
The trade balance in November was an improvement year on year, with big gains being made against Germany, Slovakia and Poland, according to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ). External trade turnover in November was the second highest since the establishment of the Czech Republic as well. The bad news included a growing deficit in fuel imports as well as bigger trade gaps with China and Russia.
Most Czechs are unsympathetic to hospital doctors who’ve resigned in recent weeks over unmet calls by their unions for higher pay, a SANEP poll shows. The majority of respondents consider the doctors’ behavior to be “unethical” and would like to see them try a different form of protest rather than threaten to resign en masse.
Parliamentary parties received Kč 886 million from the government in 2010 and minor parties over Kč 140 million, based on the number of people serving in state and regional offices, as well as the number of votes received in elections. The amount was a big increase over 2009 due to the May 2010 elections; austerity measures in 2011 should see this figure drop back down.
Czechs tend to live at home with one or more parents a bit longer than the EU-27 average. A report from Eurostat shows that there is a divide in Europe, with young people in northern states moving out sooner, while those in southern states and new EU members move out later in life. The report also exposed a gender gap, with women moving out on their own sooner than men.
Most Czechs — especially those nearing retirement age — are concerned about how far their pensions will go, with the vast majority seeing the current levels as insufficient, a CVVM poll shows. Respondents were deeply split as to exactly how the government should address the situation, but the least popular option is making people work longer.
Dissatisfaction among Czechs with the political situation and mistrust of most government institutions remains very high. An exception is the trust placed in President Václav Klaus, but even his numbers have fallen this year. Meanwhile, trust in the Nečas government plummeted to a low of 30 percent in October.
Czechs have about 82 percent of the purchasing power of the average EU citizen, according to figures from Eurostat. The situation is slowly improving, but at its current rate it will take 18 more years for the country to reach the EU average. So far, Portugal is the only old-member EU country the Czech Republic has managed to pass.
While the ČSSD and ODS would take the top two spots if elections were held today, forming a coalition of left- or right-wing parties would be almost impossible, as neither side would garner enough support, a STEM poll shows. Undecided or unaffiliated voters, however, are greater in number than supporters of the parliamentary Public Affairs (VV) party, and winning them over is the only other option.
The total number of foreigners living legally in the Czech Republic is up 63 percent since 2005, but the large annual increases have ended, at least temporarily. Ukrainians, Slovaks and Vietnamese make up about two-thirds of foreigners. Prague has the most foreigners, while the Zlín region has the least.