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Czechs are loyal fans of ice hockey. Most of the citizens are familiar with many hockey players, but perhaps, the most famous and well-known one is Jaromír Jágr. He succeeded in the Czech local league and the National Hockey League (NHL) throughout his career.  Jágr’s passion for hockey started pretty early. When he was three years old, he showed considerable interest in skating. In one of his interviews, he admitted that he does 1,000 squats daily from the age of seven. When he turned 15, he already played in the highest level of competition in Czechoslovakia for HC Kladno. Two years later, Jágr became the youngest player in Czechoslovakia’s national team. Fun fact: 68 is the number he was wearingRead more.

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The Czech government has approved 250 million CZK in spending to develop their own COVID-19 vaccine.  Jan Blatný, Minister of Health, previously said the plan wasn’t worth pursuing in December, claiming that “The Ministry of Health sees no reason for further support.”  Now, against the opinions of some experts, Blatný has decided to give the project his support. According to Aktualne.cz, 40 million CZK will be spent on paying staff. 30-40 million CZK will be given to the State Institute for Public Health, 40-80 million CZK will go toward establishing a production site, 40-80 million CZK will be the “operating costs,” academic researchers will be entitled to 20 million CZK, and another 20 million CZK will be spent on institutionalRead more.

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A giant castle that imprisoned a queen and houses a dragon is a thing of fairytales, except in the Czech Republic, where castles, princes, and magical spirits are intertwined into our history. Located near Karlovy Vary, Loket Castle was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and was most likely made to serve as a border fortress. However, through the 13th to 14th centuries, the castle and its surrounding town received an upgrade into a royal city. The castle received renovations into the Gothic style it bears today. Additionally, many royal families began to stay at the castle and used it as an escape from danger. In the early 14th century, Queen Eliška Přemyslovna and her young son,Read more.