Compact archive February 27, 2007

Beware of forged Czech banknotes

According to the latest information, there were about 7834 pieces of forged Czech banknotes in money circulation. The most common forged notes in the Czech Republic are banknotes of the denomination of 5000 CZK as well as foreign currencies.

The material of Czech banknotes is more resilient from ordinary paper, resists tear and contains many security features. Check here the protective elements on the sites of Czech National Bank. Never try to pay in a shop with forged banknotes as you can be sentenced up to two years imprisonment according to the Czech law.

There are Czech banknotes of the denomination of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 CZK, and Czech coins of the denomination of 50h, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 CZK. The Czech banknotes represent great Czech people. The Czech Republic will probably adopt euro in 2012.

Two new outlet centres in the Czech Republic soon

The only large outlet centre in the Czech Republic now is Freeport in Hate near Znojmo. This outlet near Czech – Austrian border attracts many visitors on the way to Austrian Alps. Some Czech people don’t hesitate to travel hundreds of kilometers to safe some money on discounted brand clothes.

Two more outlet centres in Czech Republic will appear soon. We already informed about Outlet Airport Prague that will be open this November near Prague International Airport Ruzyne. The other outlet centre will be build on 66th kilometer of D1 highway near Loket.

This outlet centre will resemble European metropolises in appearance. People will shop in “London, Paris, Rome or Prague”. The centre will offer 110 shops. 70% of the space will be reserved for fashion shops, other 30% for restaurants, buffets and other services.

Czech people are not extremely happy

Eurobarometer published the results of the opinion poll about the happiness of people living in the European Union. About 27.000 Europeans took part in the pool, 87% of them admitted that they feel happy. The happiest people are in Denmark, the most unsatisfied are people in Bulgaria.

Czech people are not so satisfied at their work as people from old member state. On the other hand, Czech people don’t complain about too much stress at work. Only one quarter of Czech people are interested in politics and three quarters don’t trust any institutions. Only 40% of Czech workers feel any pressure from their employers to educate themselves at work.

Generally, people in Europe fear unemployment, the increase of the cost of living and uncertain pensions. They consider health, family and friends the most important things in their lives. Nine people out of ten appreciate their free time and 84% of European people appreciate good work.


More request bus stops in Prague

Prague's bus Prague Public Transit Co. announced that the number of request bus stops will increase from 4th March. There will be 143 new request bus stops, 8 of them will be on request over nights and weekends only.

More request bus stops should speed up the bus transport, lower the exhausts fumes and the noise near the stops. Every request bus stops is marked “Na znameni”.

Request bus stops will be in almost all Prague districts. When waiting for a bus at a request bus stop, travellers have to flag down the driver. When riding on the bus, passengers have to push the stop button.


Higher speed on Czech highways?

The Minister of Transport Ales Rebicek wants to increase the maximum speed on Czech highways from 130 km/h to 160 km/h. He wants to put an amendment to the law that would enable higher maximum speed where marked.

Some sections of Czech highways would therefore have either road signs with 160 km/h on them where the highway is in a good quality or the maximum speed on highways, which are not suitable for higher speed, would be restricted to present 130 km/h.

The Minister wants to talk about this issue with transport experts first. Some opponents claim that not so many cars in the Czech Republic are suited for such a high speed and not so many highways are in a good quality for fast driving. Also the braking distance is 50 meters longer when comparing the speed of a car driving 160 km/h and 130 km/h.

Also the trend in many European countries is quite opposite. Except Germany, other countries in Europe permit the maximum speed of 130 km/h or lower.