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Czech Republic

Capital: PragueArea: 78,864 sq kmPopulation: 10.5 millionCurrency: Czech korunaExchange rate: €1/CZK25.195 (December 6)Earnings in the business economy (average gross annual earnings of full-time employees): €11,312 (2010)Employment rate: 59.1% (second quarter 2012)Unemployment rate: 6.7% (second quarter 2012)Inflation rate: 2.1% (2011)GDP per capita in PPS (purchasing power standard; EU27 average = 100): 80 (2011)Real GDP growth rate: 1.9% (2011)Real GDP growth rate: -1.3% (forecast for 2012)

Capital: Prague
Area: 78,864 sq km
Population: 10.5 million
Currency: Czech koruna
Exchange rate: €1/CZK25.195 (December 6)
Earnings in the business economy (average gross annual earnings of full-time employees): €11,312 (2010)
Employment rate: 59.1% (second quarter 2012)
Unemployment rate: 6.7% (second quarter 2012)
Inflation rate: 2.1% (2011)
GDP per capita in PPS (purchasing power standard; EU27 average = 100): 80 (2011)
Real GDP growth rate: 1.9% (2011)
Real GDP growth rate: -1.3% (forecast for 2012)

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