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Postcard from Prague - March 2007

A PRAGUE SPRING

Recently, Mr Mackay, one of our Modern Studies teachers, visited the beautiful city of Prague where he spoke to the students of SOS school about the Scottish Education System and life in Scotland in general.

He said, "I was made very welcome by both staff and pupils who were very eager to compare and contrast their education system with ours and who were desperately keen to further their English language skills."

Two students, Jan & Philip, showed Mr Mackay the sites of Prague.

The view overlooking Prague.


SOS School on the outskirts of Prague.


Mr Mackay enjoying the local cuisine in the company of SOS senior staff.

The memorial of the "Velvet Revolution" uprising in 1989 and the overthrow of the Communist regime.

A busy street in the centre of Prague.

 

Country (long form)
Czech Republic
Capital
Prague
Total Area
30,450.33 sq mi
78,866.00 sq km
Population
10,272,179 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
8,015,315
Languages
Czech
Literacy
99.9% total, N/A% male, N/A% female (1999 est.)
Religions
atheist 39.8%, Roman Catholic 39.2%, Protestant 4.6%, Orthodox 3%, other 13.4%
Life Expectancy
71.01 male, 78.22 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
parliamentary democracy
Currency
1 koruna (Kc) = 100 haleru
GDP (per capita)
$11,700 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
industry 32%, agriculture 5.6%, construction 8.7%, transport and communications 6.9%, services 46.8% (1997 est.)
Industry
fuels, ferrous metallurgy, machinery and equipment, coal, motor vehicles, glass, armaments
Agriculture
grains, potatoes, sugar beets, hops, fruit; pigs, cattle, poultry; forest products
Arable Land
41%
Exports
machinery and transport equipment 41%, other manufactured goods 40%, chemicals 8%, raw materials and fuel 7% (1998)
Imports
machinery and transport equipment 39%, other manufactured goods 21%, chemicals 12%, raw materials and fuels 10%, food 5% (1998)
Natural Resources
hard coal, soft coal, kaolin, clay, graphite, timber
Current Environmental Issues
air and water pollution in areas of northwest Bohemia and in northern Moravia around Ostrava present health risks; acid rain damaging forests
Telephones (main lines in use)
3,741,492 (1998)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
965,476 (1998)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
35 (1999)