Red buildings in Czech Republic.

Czech Republic

Czechoslovakia was formed in 1918 out of the former Austro-Hungarian imperial provinces of Bohemia, Moravia, parts of Silesia and sub-Carpathian Ruthenia. It became a satellite state of the U.S.S.R. in 1948, which it remained until overthrowing the Communist governement in 1989 during the peaceful "Velvet Revolution." 


Czechoslovakia split into two republics in 1993 -- the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Since the "velvet divorce" in January 1993, the Czech Republic has had a robust democratic tradition, a highly-developed economy, and a rich cultural heritage. It emerged from over 40 years of Communist rule in 1990, and was the first former Eastern Bloc state to acquire the status of a developed economy. It joined the European Union in 2004.

Government and Politics

CIA World Factbook: Czech Republic

Constitution of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic (English)
Official site of the Czech Republic, operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Czech Statistical Office

Czech Tourism.com
Official Travel Site of the Czech Republic

Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC

Government of the Czech Republic

Library of Congress Country Study: Czech Republic

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Prague Castle: President of the Czech Republic

Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations

Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union

Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

United States Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic

Education 

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Universities in the Czech Republic

National Library of the Czech Republic

Palacký University 
Palacký University, Olomouc was re-established by the Act of the Interim National Assembly in 1946, following the tradition of the old Olomouc university, which was established in 1573 and closed in 1860.

Foundations

Czech Association of Community Foundations

Heritage Foundation 2013 Index of Economic Freedom: Czech Republic

History and Culture

About.com: Dance and Music in Czech Republic

Czech Film Comission

My Czech Republic: Czech Film Industry

Wikipedia: Cinema_of_the_Czech_Republic

Wikipedia: Czech Republic

Wikipedia: List_of_Czechs

Human Rights

The Advocacy Project: A Day in the Life: Roma Women's Rights in the Czech Republic (Youtube video)

Amnesty International: Czech Republic

Gender Equality Creates Democracy: Overview of Gender Equality Issues in the Czech Republic

The Heinrich Böll Foundation

U.S. Department of State-- 2010 Human Rights Reports: Czech Republic

Language and Literature

Discover CZ: Contermporary Czech Literature

Czech Literature: A brief history of literature in the Czech Republic

Wikipedia: Czech_Language

News, Radio, TV

Live Stream TV and Radio from Czech Republic

Czech Media Sites

Radio Prague

Religion

Wikipedia: Religion_in_the_Czech_Republic

Czech Sociological Review: Religion and Secularisation in the Czech Republic

EuReSIS NET: European Studies on Religion and State Interaction-- State and Church in CZECH REPUBLIC

Travel and Tourism

Czech Republic Museums and galleries

My Czech Republic: Czech Food and Drink

My Czech Republic: Prague_Museums

The National Museum

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: Czech Republic

Wikipedia: Public_holidays_in_the_Czech_Republic