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.
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.
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.
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.