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Resources for the Study of the Czech Language

Czech Republic - Just the Facts

 Image from "Heraldry of the World" .  Accessed 3/18/2015.


Central Europe, between Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria


Geographic coordinates:

49 45 N, 15 30 E



total: 78,867 sq km
country comparison to the world: 115
land: 77,247 sq km
water: 1,620 sq km


Area - comparative:

slightly smaller than South Carolina


Land boundaries:

total: 1,989 km
border countries: Austria 362 km, Germany 815 km, Poland 615 km,
Slovakia 197 km



temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters



Bohemia in the west consists of rolling plains, hills, and plateaus
surrounded by low mountains; Moravia in the east consists of very
hilly country


Elevation extremes:

lowest point: Elbe River 115 m
highest point: Snezka 1,602 m


Natural resources:

hard coal, soft coal, kaolin, clay, graphite, timber


Land use:

arable land: 38.82%
permanent crops: 3%
other: 58.18% (2005)


Irrigated land:

240 sq km (2003)


Total renewable water resources:

16 cu km (2005)


Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):

total: 1.91 cu km/yr (41%/57%/2%)
per capita: 187 cu m/yr (2002)


Natural hazards:



Environment - current issues:

air and water pollution in areas of northwest Bohemia and in northern
Moravia around Ostrava present health risks; acid rain damaging forests;
efforts to bring industry up to EU code should improve domestic pollution


Environment - international agreements:

party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-
Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-
Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-
Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change,
Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species,
Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea,
Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements


Geography - note:

landlocked; strategically located astride some of oldest and most
significant land routes in Europe; Moravian Gate is a traditional
military corridor between the North European Plain and the
Danube in central Europe

 Information from "CIA - The World Factbook"
Accessed 5/29/2011.

Intensive Language Programs

The American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) website has a page that describes intensive programs in Slavic and East European languages as well as in the languages of the Republics of the former Soviet Union. The listings include those programs offered in U.S. (and some Canadian) colleges and universities as well as in programs abroad. This is a free service provided by AATSEEL to such programs.

Each language has its own page, and programs are divided into the following categories: Summer Programs in the U.S., Summer Programs Abroad, and Semester/Year Programs Abroad. Information is added to this page as it is received, so check frequently for updates.

The website has a table which allows you to click on the language you are interested in, and it directs you to links to the program/school websites teaching the language.