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Territory in central Europe, ruled since 1993 by the Ceská Republika

The Czech Republic (Czech: Česká republika), known alternatively by its short-form name, Czechia (Czech: Česko), is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 49.75° N — Longitude: 15.5° E

Area: 78,866 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: CZ

Birthplace of

Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Eugen Böhm, in Brünn (Brno), on 12 Feb 1851
Miloš Forman, in Čáslav, on 18 Feb 1932
Joseph Schumpeter, Joseph Alois Schumpeter, in Triesch, on 8 Feb 1883

Measures of Freedom

Czech Republic | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 95, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
The ruling coalition, led by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, operated relatively smoothly in 2015, although it faced a no-confidence vote over tax breaks that allegedly benefitted Deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's firms. The May vote, called by the three leading opposition parties, was comfortably defeated in the lower parliamentary house.
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 8.61, Rank: 23, Personal Freedom: 9.14, Economic Freedom: 7.87
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.53, Rank: 31


The Czech Miracle: Why Privatization went right in the Czech Republic, by Thomas Hazlett, Reason, Apr 1995
Examines the reforms made by the Czech Republic after the 1993 split from Czechoslovakia
... a thriving marketplace is flashing its sparkle in the Czech Republic, a modern experiment in radical capitalist transformation. ... The Czech reforms were uniquely radical in transferring property from state ownership to private hands, and the society has responded with a flowering of initiative and entrepreneurship. And something more: civility.
Velvet Devolution: Is the "Czech Miracle" over? Or still to come? A report from Prague., by Thomas Hazlett, Reason, Mar 1998
Re-examines the Czech Republic reforms since 1995
Indeed, the main source of difficulty in the Czech Republic now is the policy gridlock that followed the exhaustion of mass privatization from 1991 to 1994 --just as Klaus and other advocates of 'fast privatization' had predicted. ... So the sky, while a bit darker these days, seems not to have fallen on the Czech Republic. True, growth has slowed, and real problems must be solved.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Czech Republic" as of 23 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.