CZECH REPUBLIc - congress information and traveler guide
Due to its location in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic has been a crossroads of cultures and business throughout history. Thanks to this fact it nowadays hosts countless places of interest may it be 12 UNESCO heritage sites, historic cities, spa towns, castles & chateaux, religious sites or natural parks.
The Czech Republic covers an area of over 78 000 square kilometers and has approx. 10,5 million inhabitants. It borders Germany, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Austria.
The Czech Republic is a two-chamber parliamentary democracy with a President as a head of the state. The Czech Republic is a member of i.e. the EU, NATO, UN, IMF and the World Bank Group. From January to June 2009 the Czech Republic held the Presidency of the EU. The Czech Republic is a member of the Schengen area, however, is not a member of the Euro zone. The local currency is Czech Crown (approx. 25 CZK/1 EUR; 18 CZK/1 USD; 29 CZK/1 GBP).
The modern history of the country started after the Velvet revolution in 1989 when the Communist regime fell after 40 years and the Czech Republic started the transition towards a democratic system and a free market economy.