Czech Republic

Population: 10,410,786

Economy: One of the most developed economies in central Europe, with a strong tradition of industry and manufacturing. Unemployment is higher among the older population, but is generally low. Tourism is a vital and increasing economic sector.

Religion: A long and turbulent religious history. Believers suffered, especially under the Communist regime. Subsequent freedom sees a significant falling away and fading of religious influence in Czech society – although it has not been a particularly religious society for hundreds of years.