The Czech Republic

Area: 78.867 km²

Population: 10.424.926

Density: 130/km²

Capital: Praga, 1.257.158

Government: Parliamentary republic

President: Miloš Zeman

Prime Minister: Bohuslav Sobotka

Foreign relations: Member of Council of Europe, NATO, OCDE, ONU, OSCE, EU

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

Official language: Czech

Religion: Atheists 59%, Catholics 27%, Protestants 4,3%

Ethnic groups: Czechs (Bohemians and Moravians) 68,6%, Slovaks 1,4%, Ukrainians 0,5%, Polishes 0,4%, Germans 0,3%, Russians 0,2%, Hungarians 0,1%, Others 26%

Main trade union: ČMKOS (Českomoravská Konfederace Odborových Svazů, Czech-Moravian Confederation of the Trade Unions)

Steps towards EU membership

January 17, 1996                             Membership application

March 31, 1998-Dec., 13 2002   Membership negociations

February 19, 2003                           The European Commission approves the application

April 14, 2003                                    The Council of Europe approves the membership

April 16, 2003                                    Signature of the Accession Treaty

June 13-14,  2003                             Approval of the Treaty by referendum

May 1, 2004                                        Membership

Dec. 23, 2007                                    Accession to the Schengen Area

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