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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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Who will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?

Journalists living in countries where politicians (for now) do not send people to prison for their opinions, who only sigh in relief that they are lucky this story does not concern them, are deeply mistaken.

Protesters in front of the court building.

Daughter to father: I’m going to kill you

Children are often manipulated against their parents while authorities decide about divorces and custody.

Camping in a tree? Try it in Bratislava

A creaking wooden floor and the wind swaying the branches of trees around you. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to spend a night in a tree house?

The tree-house at Kačín

Bratislava’s main railway station is getting a face lift

The derelict station still has to wait for its complete rebuild though.

The main railway station in Bratislava.