She still intoxicates with freedom even the most "free" nation in the world - the Americans, she amazes with her beauty innate aesthetes - the Italians and the French. And Russians, even during a short tourist trip, manage to feel that calmness, that provinciality dear to their hearts, which is difficult to find in Russia today.
But if you stay here a little longer, you should open the heart of Czech culture - and you will remember with longing the harmony with the outside world that you learned in the Czech Republic. As TV presenter Dmitry Dibrov once said, this is the country where your soul itself opens up for a dialogue with God. You can just chat over a beer with friends about a variety of things, wander the streets, admire the beauty, or, conversely, do routine things like mowing the lawn - and this dialogue will go on by itself.
Over the centuries of occupation, when the Czechs were under the control of one or the other people, harmony and tranquility have become values in themselves. For three hundred years the country was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from 1938 to 1945 - part of the Third Reich, from 1948 to 1989 - under the control of the Land of the Soviets. There was often no point in fighting for independence. The Czechs could not do it physically: even today the population of the country is 10.5 million people, that is, Moscow alone. "What could 7 million Czechs do against 70 million Germans?" - I once heard from Joseph, my friend, when we talked about relations between Czechs and Germans, and, naturally, touched upon the Second World War. The Czech Republic could not resist the USSR. And in the post-war period, many Czechs looked with great hope at the social miracles that took place in Soviet Russia, and welcomed the new system.
The relationship between modern Czech character and history was explained to me by Mrs. Mzhebrakovska, who has been studying cross-cultural communication for many years and teaches foreigners to understand the Czech way of thinking. “When one nation confronts another, it has two paths,” she said. “One way is to fight to the death and die. The second is to obey, but survive. Czechs love life too much. "
This love helped Czechs preserve their culture and language. Under German rule, it was almost banned. And even after there was a surge of interest in folk history in the 19th century, the first schools in Czech appeared, and later the first national theater, German culture remained "mainstream" for a very long time.
But it seems to me that Czechs were like that before Austria-Hungary.
The place itself teaches the philosophical perception of the life of Czechs. It simply cannot be otherwise. After all, driving along country roads past fields, small hills, groves, and villages, admiring castles and natural beauties, resting in a sedate village "lord" (pub), you yourself begin to feel that this land is filled with some kind of magical poetics, also changes your perception of the world.
By chance, in my favorite restaurant near Charles Square, where perhaps the most delicious dumplings in Prague are prepared, I witnessed how this philosophy manifests itself in life. Familiar cook, waiter and lady chef discussed some problems at the next table: they received letters informing them of the need to pay some money to a certain government agency. There were few visitors, and my friends had time for a leisurely conversation. They were calm, a little thoughtful, but, apparently, the messages still saddened them. And then the waiter, a man of about 40, who had learned a lot in life himself, began to tell them how happy he was in the morning when he went to the window and saw people, trees, birds, that is, life. “We need to rejoice every day,” he said. "Why should I be happy?" - did not understand the lady. “How what? - the waiter was surprised. - You're alive, woke up in the morning! This is already a reason for joy! "
In my fifth month of living in the country, I even found a comparison that can describe the Czech Republic to those who have never been here, or stayed only in Prague, which differs from the rest of the country no less than Moscow from Russia. The Czech Republic is a real Hobbitania in the center of Europe. There are no big rivers, high mountains and endless expanses in the Czech Republic. There are not even those things that could interest the great warriors of our time - imperialists and transnational corporations, that is, oil, gold, gas, diamonds.
The riches of the Czech Republic are meadows, hills, groves and small rivers. And a stunning collection of architectural landmarks. This is one of the few places in Europe where so many historical buildings of various styles and eras have survived. Every city here is an object protected by UNESCO. All this is the result of the fact that the Czech Republic did not really feel either in the First or in the Second World Wars.
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Czech Republic is a beautiful country associated with the Middle Ages. This is the place of many interesting castles, gothic cathedrals. Karlovy Vary is a wonderful place where famous springs with healing properties are located. More and more tourists visit the country due to delicious cuisine and many varieties of pleasant beer.
About 9 million foreigners from all over the planet come here every year. This figure is comparable to the indicators of Tunisia and Egypt, and this despite the fact that the country is not washed by the seas, but excursion and medical tourism is developed in it. Let's talk about the funniest facts about the Czech Republic and its population.
The Czech Republic is the heart of Europe, the country covers an area of 79 thousand square meters. km., it's like the square of Leningrad. The length of the Czech Republic from west to east is 480 km, and from north to south - 260 km. The common borders are estimated at 1,880 km. Border countries with the Czech Republic:
The population of the Czech Republic is about 10, 5 million people. The capital of the Czech Republic is Prague, this is a city of a million, it is in it that the most interesting sights of the country are located. Goethe often compared the Czech Republic with the heart of Europe, as well as the “Rome of the North”, calling Prague the most valuable stone in the world crown. The country's tourism industry is gaining momentum, it is a real paradise for Russians as well. The Czech Republic is located closer than Greece and Turkey, which makes it even more attractive for Russian tourists.
Although there are acute problems in the Czech Republic: "obesity", alcoholism and tobacco smoking, nevertheless the citizens of this country have rather high indicators of life expectancy in the world. Men live on average to 74 years, and women to almost 82 years. This indicator is 33rd in the world, Russia is in 110th place. There is no coastline access to the sea. In the Czech Republic, there are few land suitable for arable land, only about 40 percent.
Undoubtedly, tourism is one of the important industries in the Czech Republic, influencing the economic situation in the country. During the year, Czechs earn about 100 billion Czech crowns from tourism, which is 5.5% of the country's GDP. Tourists are served by almost 170 thousand inhabitants of the Czech Republic. The largest number of tourists are residents of Germany, about 1.88 million people a year. Next on the list are Slovakia (645 thousand), Poland (543 thousand), USA (511 thousand), Great Britain (470 thousand). Russians occupy the 6th line of the rating with 406,000 tourists a year. Citizens of China, Korea and Japan willingly come here. So, by 2020, it is quite possible that Chinese characters will appear in stores and exchange offices.
How does the Czech Republic lure foreigners?
Firstly, there are many historical monuments from different times in the Czech Republic. Although the history of the country is much shorter than that of Greece or China, there are many monuments left here, many of them have survived to our times. Here you can encounter architecture of different styles and trends - interesting castles, ruins of palaces.
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