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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook – Czech Republic

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 23  November 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Czechia is a prosperous market economy that boasts one of the highest GDP growth rates and lowest unemployment levels in the EU, but its dependence on exports makes economic growth vulnerable to contractions in external demand. Czechia’s exports comprise some 80% of GDP and largely consist of automobiles, the country’s single largest industry.

Long-term challenges include dealing with a rapidly aging population, a shortage of skilled workers, a lagging education system, funding an unsustainable pension and health care system, and diversifying away from manufacturing and toward a more high-tech, services-based, knowledge economy

GDP - per capita (PPP): $35,500 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 2.8%

industry: 38%

services: 59.2% (2015 est.)

Unemployment rate: 2.9% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 9.7% (2015 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 3 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 2.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 4.07 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project – Czech Republic

[accessed 26 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ The Czech Republic: Drought And Covid-19

~ Healthcare In Czechia Finds Success

~ Personal Debt In The Czech Republic

~ 9 Facts About Sanitation In The Czech Republic

~ 5 Facts About Poverty In The Czech Republic

~ 10 Facts About Life Expectancy In The Czech Republic

~ Czechia Poverty Rate Remains Low

~ Causes Of Poverty In The Czech Republic

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 23  December 2020]

In 1993, the Czech Republic emerged from 40 years of centralized economic planning in the communist era (including the more balanced economic development of the 1960s) with a more prosperous and less debt-ridden economy than most other post-communist countries. It enjoys an extensive industrial sector strong in both heavy and precision engineering, self-sufficiency in a variety of agricultural crops as well as an exportable surplus of meat, extensive timber resources, and adequate coal and lignite to supply two-thirds of its total energy needs.

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