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About Prague

Did you know that…

  • The historic centre of Prague is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
  • Prague has a large and vibrant international community. Currently, there are well over 150 000 foreigners living in Prague (according to an official census conducted in 2014)?
  • The Vltava, the longest river in the Czech Republic, flows through the historical center of Prague?
  • Prague was the last major city in the world to give up using a pneumatic postal system, which had been installed in 1889. The system had 26 lines covering some 55 kilometers?
  • Founded by King Charles IV in 1348, Charles University in Prague is one of the oldest universities in the world and the oldest university in Central and Eastern Europe?
  • Jan Jansky (1873 – 1921), a famous Czech medical practitioner, was first to identify the four principal blood groups – A, B, 0, and the Rh factor?
  • Modern contact lenses were invented by the Czech chemist, Otto Wichterle?
  • Sugar cubes were invented when a sugar factory director’s wife near Prague was injured, while trying to cut some pieces of sugar. She strongly suggested finding an alternative for this tedious task?
  • The word ‘robot’ has Czech origin. It was introduced in 1920 by the Czech writer Karel Capek in his drama „R.U.R.“.
  • Prague was the first city in the post-communist countries in which a restaurant was awarded a Michelin star?
  • It was in Prague that Pluto was taken down a peg. The general assembly of the International Astronomical Union, which gathered Aug. 14–25, 2006 in the Czech capital, voted to redefine Pluto as a “dwarf planet”?
  • The Prague International Marathon, organised since 1995, is ranked as one of the most popular marathon runs in the world?
  • The Czech Republic’s homicide rate is 0.8, much lower than the OECD (Better life index) average of 4.1.?
  • 94% of 25-34 year-olds in the Czech Republic have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, also higher than the OECD average of 82%?

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CzechTourism webpage

Prague.eu – the official tourist portal of the city