Czech numbers
Raymond Johnston|28.11.2010

Czechs lead EU in ‘shrink’

Clothing and cosmetics are popular items for the busy shoplifters in the Czech Republic. Overall figures are down but still add up to big losses.

One area where the Czech Republic has long been an EU leader is shrinkage, or theft from stores due to shoplifting, employee theft and accounting errors. Rates spiked due to the recession and have started to drop back down, but clothing and some food items still are at very high levels. Experts say that investing in store security and cooperating with the police helps to rectify the situation.

Czech numbers|Society
Raymond Johnston|28.11.2010

Czech adolescents rank among most active online

Two-thirds of Czech adolescents encountered some online risks. Czech teens were among the leaders in sending and receiving sexually oriented messages, according to an EU-backed survey. They also were among Europe’s leaders in online bullying but were above average in finding that the Internet had a lot of positive things to offer such as finding interesting information and real friendships.

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Czech numbers|Society
Raymond Johnston|28.11.2010

CR leads Visegrád Four in human development

The UN’s Human Development Index tracks decades of improvement for most countries, and the Czech Republic was no exception. Life expectancy, levels of education and income all increased since 1980, and the country is the leader among the Visegrád Four group. New criteria for measuring inequality affect the Czech score least of any country globally, according to a UN statistician.

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Czech numbers|Real Estate
Raymond Johnston|28.11.2010

Prague leads CEE for business locations

Prague ranked as the best city in Central Europe to locate a business, according to Cushman & Wakefield, but Western European cities still held the top spots. Prague dropped sharply in value for money for office space, beaten by Warsaw and Bratislava. The quality of the labor force gets some praise, but telecommunications remains a drawback. Other cities in the CEE region are starting to gain momentum.

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