Peace & Quiet
Environment Facts and Figures
Prague has: 10,000 hectares of green space 31km of rivers, 10 islands and 18 bridges 500,000 road vehicles 2,570km of road 130km of tram lines 43km of metro line with 43 stations
Prague lies on the River Vltava at 50° 5' north and 14° 25' east - the heart of Central Europe. The lowest point is 176m above sea level, the highest 396m. Prague is 292km from Vienna, 350km from Berlin, 1,037km from Paris and 1,377km from London. Climate
Prague has a mild climate with an average yearly temperature of 9°C. Summers are moderately warm, the hottest months being July and August, when the average temperature reaches 19°C. These are also the wettest months. In January and February, the two coldest months, temperatures hover around 0°C, and there are often sharp frosts. Population
Prague covers an area of 497sq km, about two-thirds that of New York, but its population is only 1,210,000, compared with New York City's 8 million. Fewer than 30,000 people (2.5 per cent) live in the historic core of the city; the overwhelming majority inhabit apartment blocks known as paneláks, on the outskirts. Approximately 95.5 per cent of the population is of Czech nationality. Religion
Although there are hundreds of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches in Prague - 'the city of a thousand spires' (actually 500) - the Czechs are not a deeply religious people. In a recent survey less than 20 per cent admitted to a belief in God. Tourism
A new air terminal was opened at Praha Ruzyně, in 1997, to cater for the increasing number of foreign tourists, currently running at approximately 10 million a year. In 1995 foreign exchange receipts from tourism increased by 27 per cent over the previous year, to total 1.7 billion pounds or about 5 per cent of the GDP.