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some interesting Facts about THE CZECH REPUBLIC


The Czech Republic is a country located in Central Europe. It would fit inside France seven times.  






10,627,448 (July 2014 est.)


 Life expectancy at birth:


total population: 78.31 years 
male: 75.34 years 
female: 81.45 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate:


1.43 children born/woman (2014 est.)


Roman Catholic 10.4%

Protestant (includes Czech Brethren and Hussite) 1.1%

other and unspecified 54%

none 34.5% (2011 est.)


Ethnic Groups

Czech 64.3%

Moravian 5%

Slovak 1.4%

other 1.8%

unspecified 27.5% (2011 est.)



GDP - per capita (PPP):


$26,300 (2013 est.) 


total population: 99% 
male: 99% 
female: 99% (2011 est.)


School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)



total: 16 years 
male: 16 years 
female: 17 years (2011)





  • The official name of the country is Česká republika (Cheska Republika), translated as the Czech Republic.
  • Government.The Czech Republic is a multi-party parliamentary representative democratic republic. According to the Constitution of the Czech Republic, the President is the head of state while the Prime Minister is the head of government, exercising supreme executive power. The Legislature is bicameral, with the Chamber of Deputies (Poslanecká sněmovna) and the Senate (Senát).

  • History. The Celts populated this area around the 4th century BCE. The Celtic Boii tribe gave the country the name Boiohaemum (Bohemia). German tribes and then Slavs settled in the area. The kingdom of Bohemia reached its height of power and prestige during the reign of Charles IV (1346-1378). In the years during World War I cleared the way for the foundation of an independent state of Czechs and Slovaks, The Czechoslovak Republic.  On January 1, 1993, the Czechoslovak state was peacefully divided and the independent Czech and Slovak Republics were founded.   

  • Geography. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the northwest and west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. Bohemia, to the west, consists of a basin drained by the Elbe and Vltava rivers, surrounded by mostly low mountains. Moravia, the eastern part of the country, is also quite hilly.

  • Podyjí National Park is the smallest of four national parks. It is full of butterflies and orchids.

    Water from the Czech Republic flows to three different seas: the North SeaBaltic Sea and Black Sea.

  • Prague, the capital, is the largest city, with 1.3 million residents. It is the sixth most visited city in Europe.

  • The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia, and Czech Silesia.

  • The word Bohemian is not only a region of the Czech Republic, but also a word referring to the Romani (Gypsy) people, and a word to describe the poor artist of Paris in the 19th century. 
  • Sports. Sports have a long history in the Czech Republic. The most popular sports are soccer, ice hockey, volleyball, tennis and kickball (an original Czech sport similar to volley-ball in which the players kick the ball over a low net.)  

  • Spa towns are popular, such as Karlovy Vary,Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně are relaxing holiday destinations.
  • Jáchymov is a Radon Spa area. The mines in the area are where Marie Curie discovered the element radium, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The first radon spa in the world was founded here. In 1929, Dr Löwy of Prague established that 'mysterious emanations' in the mine led to a form of cancer. After the Communist party took control of Czechoslovakia in 1948, large prison camps were established in the area and prisoners were forced to mine uranium. The average life expectancy in Jáchymov at this period was 42 years.








Romani (gypsy) orphans have much greater difficulties finding adoptive families in the Czech Republic than non-Romani orphans do. Every year, dozens of Romani children from the Czech Republic are adopted by families abroad. Romani children have a harder time being adopted in the Czech Republic because of prejudice and because the system itself is behind the times.










2012 Adoptions:  0


Hague Accredited: yes


Available Children: Two thirds of children being placed for adoption are male. Applicants have not been restricted in stating the gender or health preference of the child they seek to adopt. Around 40 children are available for intercountry adoption on an annual basis.


Age of ChildrenIf adoptive applicants seek to adopt a child under three years of age, they can expect a two-year wait. Referrals of toddlers and school-age children are generally made in less than two years. 


Ethnicity of Children90% of the children waiting for adoption are of Romani origin.


TravelOnly one trip is required.  Stay is usually about 8-9 weeks.


Adopting more than one unrelated child at same time: The Czech Republic does not place two unrelated children at the same time. It is possible to apply for an additional adoption from the Czech Republic after your child is home for at least 2 years.


Other Notes: Referrals are not made on the basis of the date of one’s application to adopt, but rather on the assessment of the strength of the adoptive applicant as compared to the needs of the child. 




We strongly urge you to comply with the requirements established by the government of the country you are adopting from and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process and/or provide you with more specific guidelines.  


If your agency is unable to help you with this, or no longer has an active program, it is suggested that you enlist the assistance of another agency that is able to help you complete the post-placement reports.  If all else fails, filing the report directly with the embassy or Minister of Education of the country adopted from may be acceptable.


In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained by Karen's Adopiton Links for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports:

  1. Use a Licensed Social Worker to do the Post Placement Report 
  2. Translate report with a Certified Translator. 
  3. Get the Post Placement Report apostilled.
  4. Include 5 pictures
  5. Suggested Sample form 
  6. Send directly by DHL or FedEx to the Minister of Education in the country or region of adoption. 

click here for more Information on Post-Placement Reports in general 








Helpful Links


Resources below are presented for information purposes only. Unless noted specifically as a FRUA INC group, FRUA INC does not endorse, nor have any connection with the following.



Passports USA Intercountry Adoption: Czech Republic 

Czech Republic Adoptions (U.S. Department of State) Czech Republic Forum

Czech Republic Adoption Registry

Czech Republic (Wikipedia)

Czech Republic (CIA Factbook)

Czech Republic (Info Please)  

Czech Republic Adoptions (U.S. Department of State)

FRUA INC Facebook Page


Karen's Adoption Links

InterCountry Adoption Service Provider Search

International Adoptive Medical Clinics & Physicians

Child Welfare Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Hague Accreditation and Approval

Post Adoption (US Department of State)

Intercountry Adoption (US Department of State)

PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform)


 There may also be other online parent support groups, lists and forums related to adoption from this country on Yahoo GroupsFacebook, the EEACAdoptive FamilesAdoption Services Support Groups, and







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