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EU location CZE

the Czech Republic's location in Europe the European Union

The Czech Republic is a landlocked democratic country in Central Europe, and a part of the European Union and NATO. It is bordering Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Poland. Is one of two parts of former Czechoslovakia. Slovakia is the other part. The capital, Prague was the capital of Czechoslovakia as well.

CzechoslovakiaEdit

Czechoslovakia was one of a few democratic countries in Europe in the Interwar period. After the WW2, Czechoslovakia became a totalitarian communist dictatorship which re-gained independence in the late 1980’s in the Velvet Revolution. Czechoslovakia later split into 2 countries by mutual agreement on 1st January 1993. The Czech Republic like Slovakia is a democracy. It is also a member of the European Union and of NATO.

The Czech economy has recovered well from the debilitating effects of Communism. Economic growth averages about 6% per year. The Czech Republic is now considered a developed country. [1]

ReligionEdit

Czechrepublic

A map of the Czech Republic.

Very many, possibly most liberals have some religious faith and there are Conservative atheists. We're liberal Freethinkers on this website and we like getting together with others who agree with us.

The Czech Republic is one of the least religious nations on earth. The rational way of thinking that helped the Czech people develop their economy fast also affects their religious thinking. A 2001 census suggested that 59% of the Czech people were atheists, agnostics or other non-believers. Between a quarter and a third couldn’t see that Christianity is irrational. Of that quarter by far the majority were Roman Catholics but a handful were Protestants. In 2005 just under 20% of Czechs believed in God according to a Eurobarometer poll. If both polls were accurate that’s a significant drop in just a few years. About half the Czech respondents believe in some vague, “spirit or life force". (Many atheists also believe that impersonal forces determine the condition and development of the universe.) 30% of Czechs don’t believe in any spirit or life force. [2]

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  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic#Religion

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