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LC ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE CZECH REPUBLIC

AIESEC ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE EKONOMICKÁ FAKULTA, JIHOČESKÁ UNIVERZITA STUDENTSKÁ 12 370 05 ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE


CONTENTS 03| INTRODUCTION 04| CULTURE 05| ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE & CZECH CUSTOMS 06| CZECH CUSTOMS 07| CURRENCY 08| LANGUAGE 09| TRANSPORT 10| LC ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE 11| REMINDERS & CONTACT INFORMATION

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Introduction

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Facts about the Czech Republic The Czech Republic (short Czechia) is a country located in Central Europe. Czechia borderes with Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. History The Czech state, known as Bohemia, was formed in the late 9th century. In 1918 the land of Bohemia became a part of Czechoslovakia, which was a common state for Czechs and Slovaks. On 1st January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split intp two states, The Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The capital of the Czech Republic is Prague, known as a cultural centre of Europe. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Plzeň and Liberec. The Czech Republic is an industrial country and since 1999 is a NATO member and from 2004 a member of the European Union. Population The majority of the 10.5 million inhabitants of the Czech Republic are ethnically and linguistically Czech (95%). Other ethnic groups include Germans, Roma, Poles and Hungarians and Slovaks. Religion Most people in the Czech Republic are without a religion, they are ateists (39,8%). Other 39,2 % of population are Roman Catholic religion (39.2%). There is also small percentage of Protestants and Orthodox religious people. Climate and temperature The Czech Republic has a continental climate with relatively hot summers and cold and snowy winters. Czech winter lasts from December till March, czech spring lasts from March till May. Summer in the Czech Republic typically covers the period from June till August and Autumn(Fall) lasts from September till November. SPRING lowest highest 8°C/46°F 25°C/77°F

SUMMER AUTUMN lowest highest lowest highest 20°C/70°F 35°C/95°F 10°C/48°F 14°C-57°F

WINTER lowest highest -5°C/20°F 10°C/50°F


Culture

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České Budějovice

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České Budějovice is a statutory city in the south of the Czech Republic. It is the largest city in the South Bohemian Region as well as its political and commercial capital, the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of České Budějovice, the University of South Bohemia and the Academy of Sciences. It is located in the center of a valley of the Vltava River, at the confluence with the Malše. Budějovice has been long well known for the beer brewed there since the 13th century. Brewing remains the major industry. The largest brewery, founded in 1895, is "Pivovar Budějovický Budvar" (Budweiser Budvar Brewery) which has legal rights to market its beer under the "Budweiser" brand name in most of Europe. The old town includes buildings around the large town square, the old town hall with murals and bronze gargoyles, and the town tower "Černá věž" ("Black Tower"). The ruins of the home castle of the Czech national war hero Jan Žižka, Trocnov, are located about ten kilometres (6 miles) southeast of the city.

CZECH COSTUMS Sitting in pubs and drinking Czech beer such as Staropramen, Budvar and Gambrinus. Pointing at someone with their index finger is considered rude. We can speak Czech, younger people can speak English. Don‘t expect old to speak or understand English in general. When you have any kind of meeting, you are expected to be on time, When travelling by a publci transport, you should let older people to sit down even though you were sitting earlier. Main dish of the day is lunch (commonly served between 1 - 2 p.m.), composed usually of soup and main dish, dinner is usually smaller (6 - 7 p.m.)

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CZECH CUSTOMS

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MORE CZECH COSTUMS Pairs holding their hands and kissing on the streets, in restaurants and bars, it‘s ok, however, consider that no one is interested in that look :) It isn‘t allowed to drink alcohol on the streets, during nights u can meet a lot of drunk people. In the restaurant: when you order, you get a slip where waiter writes what you drank and ate – you cannot lose that card (or destroy it) otherwise you pay a big fee; a tip 10% is usually expected. Even though women emancipation is a strong topic here, any woman will be pleased if you behave gentle. People complain about politicians a lot and use very rough words - do not be surprised…if you understand them :) We are not usually used to hug or kiss when we meet, but we do it be-tween close friends; if it is more formal, we only shake our hands. Czech people like to have barbecues in the summer.

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Currency

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University of South Bohemia

Currency and exchange rates The Czech Republic‘s currency is the Koruna (Crown) and uses the identifier CZK. Exchange rates: 1 USD = 19.99 1 GBP = 30.55 1 EUR =25.73

Costs of living

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Language

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Transport

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In the city are 8 bus lines and 14 trolley bus lines with a total length of 246.5 kilometers. Fleet transport company comprises 53 modern trolleybuses and one historic buses and 93 buses + 1 coach. If you have not purchased a paper ticket for public transport, you can buy a sms ticket. For 30 minutes costs 25 crowns and 24 hours costs 70 crowns. The timetable of every tram, bus and even subway train is posted at every station, so one knows exactly at what time to expect their ride.

Railway stations

On the means of transport (tube, tram, bus) you get to hear the name of the current station and of the next. The only thing to remember here is just that “příští zastávka”(pzheeshtee zastavka) is the Czech term for “next station”.

If u will have any problems with transport or tickets, call to AIESECers and They‘ll help u ;)

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LC České Budějovice AIESEC ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE

AIESEC České Budějovice is the youngest local committee in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 2012 at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. The members are from faculties of Economy, Agriculture, Pedagogic, Philosophy and Faculty of Health and Social Studies. LC has 25 members and office u can find at Faculty of Economy in the 3rd floor. HOW CAN YOU GET TO OUR OFFICE? You can take trolley number 3 from the bus or train station to the station called VYSOKOŠKOLSKÉ KOLEJE. you can use a lot of number of trolley from the another places for

AIESEC České Budějovice Jihočeská univerzita Ekonomická fakulta, 3. patro Studentská 13 370 05 České Budějovice

CONTACT INFORMATIONS ON AIESECERS WHICH ARE HERE FOR U: Vojtěch Švejda (Vice President of Incoming Exchange) vojtech.svejda@aiesec.cz, mobil: +420 605 769 110 Dominika Krejčířová (Team Leader in Incoming Exchange) dominika.krejcirova@aiesec.cz, mobil: +420 776 080 891

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Reminders

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Important numbers 150 - Fire departement 155 - Emergency 158 - Police 112 - The European emergency number Remember to bring • Passport (with visa) • Money, credit cards, checks • Special Medicines • ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one • Warm clothes • Pocket money (About 500 EUR/12 500 CZK) • Special things from your country (national drink, food, clothes,...) • All necessary telephone numbers of AIESECers • Own LAPTOP!!!

Good mood is REQUIRED! :)

See you soon! :) AIESEC České Budějovice c

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