Compact archive March 8, 2007

Are Czech people religious?

Czech Republic is known as a country with a low number of people who believe in god. The latest survey of STEM agency examined the truth of these world. The agency questioned 1222 people.

To the question whether they believe in god, 48% people responded negatively. Only 28% respondents said they believe. What about the rest? 24% of all respondents are mostly people without clearly specified faith.

Czech women believe in god more (36%) than men (20%). Faith in god is also present more among older people than younger. Also people living in Moravia or in small towns and villages under 5,000 inhabitants believe in god more. 80% of people who come from religious families, keep their faith. 84% people from atheist families won’t probably become religious in their lives.


Kolbaba's photographs in Old Town City Hall

Jiri Kolbaba World famous Czech photographer and traveller Jiri Kolbaba is known for his original pictures depicting colourful countryside, details of natural structures and human faces. His photographs take us to distant place and among people of many cultures.

Jiri Kolbaba’s photographs are now displayed in the Old Town City Hall in Prague. His exhibition called Obrazy sveta (Pictures of the World) includes more than 100 classical or panoramic photographs. The largest photos measure more than 2 meters.

The exhibition can be visited every day from 9:00 to 18:00 (on Monday from 11:00) until 30th March 2007. People who like Kolbaba’s photographs can chose from many printed publications. One of them bears the same title as the exhibition.


Glenn Miller Orchestra in Prague Municipal House

All those, who love swing and elegance, should not miss Prague’s concert of Glenn Miller Orchestra that will take place in Smetana’s Hall of the Prague Municipal House on 28th April 2007.

During his short music carrier, Glenn Miller became the most popular swing orchestra leader in the world. Some of his songs became America’s most popular tunes at that time. He presumably died in a aircraft accident in 1944. His body was never found.

The leadership of the orchestra was assumed by many great musicians. Prague’s audience can listen to the orchestra melodies directed by Wil Salden. Tickets can be bought via Ticketpro for 1.760 – 429 CZK.

Updated: Organizing agency Intervisions announced that Glenn Miller Orchestra will add one more performance in Prague. Thanks to high demand for tickets, there will be another concert on Sunday 29th April in Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar.


Czechs mostly agree with Olympic Games in Prague

Prague will probably be one of the candidate city to organize Olympic Games in 2016 or 2020. Even though the Prague councilmen will decide whether to apply for Olympic Games or not in two weeks, now it seems that most of them are in favour of the games.

How about the rest of Czech people? A survey made by Median agency for MF DNES showed that 47% people in the Czech Republic agree with the candidacy, 30.7% are against it. Supporters see it as a good opportunity to promote the city and the Czech Republic and to increase tourism.

The opponents claim that the Czech Republic is too small and poor for organizing Olympic Games and that it would increase safety risks. 67% of people would be against the Olympic Games in Prague if it led to large debts.


Funicular Railway to Petrin will be temporarily closed

Popular Funicular Railway to Petrin will be due to the technical maintanance closed from 12th March to 30th March 2007. All those who want to visit the Petrin Lookout Tower, have fun in the Maze, watch stars in the Stefanikova Observatory, or see St Lawrence church, must climb the Petrin hill or use other means of transport.

From November to March the funicular railways travels in the interval of 15 minutes daily from 9:00 to 23:20. From April to October it goes in the interval of 10 minutes daily from 9:00 to 23:30. Funicular railway is a part of the Prague integrated transport.