The Czech Republic may be far safer than a recent Eurostat report would suggest because the Czech Police sent the wrong data on the homicide rate. A source within the police said the figures used also include attempted homicides, and so distort the country’s murder rate. Eurostat, however, stands behind its report.
Most of the EU and all of the Visegrád countries returned to GDP growth in Q3 2010. The Czech Republic performed better than Finance Ministry estimates and also outdid the growth levels in the US and Japan, according to figures from Eurostat.
The Czech Republic didn’t have as big of an economic downturn as some EU and eurozone countries, according to Eurostat figures. Related figures of debt and deficit to GDP also showed the country doing better than the EU average. Analysts say that a conservative policy to saving was one factor. The OECD projects that the Czech Republic is back on the path to annual GDP growth.