Morning News: Monday, December 5, 2022

  • Sales of Christmas and New Year’s Eve package tours are 20 percent lower than in 2019 so far, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing the Association of Travel Agencies of the Czech Republic.


  • Over the past seven days, 2 171 Ukrainian refugees received temporary protection visas in Czechia, which is 117 fewer than the previous week. Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Czech state has granted a total of 465,058 of these special visas


  • This year Prague saw one of its warmest autumns in the past 248 years, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported. Between the start of September and end of November, Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 11.5 degrees Celsius, among the eight percent warmest autumns since records began back in 1775.


  • The city of Prague launched its first regular trolleybus service in half a century on Saturday. The new line is running from Palmovka through Prosek and Letňany to Čakovice-Miškovice. It is the first trolleybus serving the district of Letňany since 1954.


  • While one in ten Czechs borrowed money for Christmas shopping last year, only three percent of people surveyed by the Czech Banking Association (CBA) and Ipsos are considering a loan this year. Most often, they want to borrow up to CZK 10,000.

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