Compact archive August 30, 2007

Average salary in Prague has risen to 26,429 CZK

The average salary in the Czech capital in the second quarter of this year has risen to more than 26 thousand Czech crowns. The average salary in Prague is now 26,429 CZK (brutto), which is by 1,541 CZK more than last year. Current exchange rate is approximately 27 CZK per 1 EUR.

The average salary in the whole Czech Republic now is 21,462 CZK. Besides Prague’s inhabitants more than an average salary is given in the central Bohemia, other regions of the Czech republic have salaries below the average.

Besides the highest average salary Prague has also, together with Prague-West and Prague-East, the lowest unemployment rate. In July this year it was 2.5%.

The National Museum will show Czech icons of the 1980's

Popular in the 1980's - Cecka The National Museum in Prague prepares an exhibition showing one of the icons of the 1980’s in the former Czechoslovakia – cecka, which were small plastic letters, most commonly in the shape of letter C. Cecka were very difficult to obtain and collecting them became a great passion at that time.

The idea to show cecka in the National Museum came with the question: What influenced children in the 1980’s? Cecka were used as a exchange article, they were suitable for many games and children used to boast how many of them they had.

The museum is trying to obtain other things that have almost no material value but tell a lot about the time, society and the life style. Besides cecka visitors will see also Rubik’s Cube or Soviet electronic game with a wolf collection eggs. The exhbition should be open by the end of this year.


Adopt your cinema seat in Prague

Prague’s cinema Svetozor, that shows mainly art movies, is going to be reconstructed. Even though a big part of the cost should be covered by the State Fund of the Czech Republic for the support of cinematography, the keepers want to get some money from private sponsors and donors.

They have prepared a new action where everybody can be involved. For 5,000 CZK you can adopt a seat in the cinema for five years. The new seat will bear your name. What’s more, you’ll become a member of Foster Parents Club. This includes also 10 visits of the cinema shows for free.

The reconstruction Svetozor cinema will probably start at the beginning of December. The popular cinema will be closed for several weeks after then. The architect of the reconstruction, Marcela Steinbachova, designed the new interior in honour of several film hits, such as Twin Peaks or Dogville.

Slavia Praha for the first time in Champions League

Stanislav Vlcek from Slavia Praha [photo] It was their sixth trial, but finally successful. Slavia Praha, one of the Prague’s football teams, managed to enter the prestigious Champions League when Slavia won yesterday’s match over Ajax Amsterdam in Prague’s stadium Strahov.

The match ended with the result 2-1 for Slavian players. Two goals were scored by Stanislav Vlcek from Slavia Praha, one by Luis Suarez from Ajax Amsterdam. The victory was also caused by excellent performance of Czech goal keeper Martin Vaniak.

So far it was only Sparta Prague who had some success in Champion League. The groups of the Champions League will be drawn in Monaco today.


Chess exhibition in Kampa

British chess player Nigel Short will challenge Czech best Czech male player David Navara for an exhibition match in Kampa island in Prague today. Besides them the best Czech female player Jana Jackova will play against the Dutch legend Jan Timman.

The players will play rapid chess on Thursday and Friday, on Saturday they will have a chance to pit their wits against each other in Fisher’s chess. On Sunday Nigel Short will play a simultaneous game against 30 VIP players.

The exhibition match is played within the CEZ CHESS TROPHY 2007 festival and it will take place inside the hotel Best Western Kampa in Vsehrdova street. Tickets for 40 CZK can be obtained at the reception of the hotel, in HSH Computers in shopping centre Kotva or reserved at