How does Czechia and Australia differ from each other and do they have anything in common at all?
Czech Republic: 78 865 km2
Australia: 7 692 024 km2
Czech Republic: 10.65 milion
Australia: 25.4 milion
Czech Republic: Prague (1.31 million inhabitants)
Australia: Canberra (400 thousand inhabitants)
Czech Republic: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Prague Astronomical Clock, Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Telč
Australia: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road
Czech Republic: The Czech Republic is a land-locked country. It is bordered by Slovakia to the east, Poland to the north, Austria to the south and Germany to the west.
Australia: Even though it has an enormous and extremely dry centre, Australia is an island state, girt by sea. Most of the population lives along south-eastern coastline.
Czech Republic: The Czech Republic is surrounded by mountains, which helped protect its inhabitants from invaders in the past. The highest mountain in the Czech Republic is Sněžka in the eastern section of the Krkonoš mountain range. Its peak is 1,603 metres above sea level.
Australia: The longest continuous mountain range in Australia is the Great Dividing Range, which separates the coastal areas from inland Australia and runs along the entire east coast of Australia from north to south. The Blue Mountains are part of the 3,500 km long range, named after the blue haze they are cloaked in. The highest mountain on the Australian mainland is Mt Kosciuszko, reaching 2,228 metres above sea level.
Czech Republic: For a relatively small country, the Czech Republic hosts a large variety of species. Unlike Australia, most of these are non-endemic. The most common animals you will come across are those that thrive in mixed European forests.
Australia: Thanks to over 40,000 years of continuous isolation from surrounding continents, Australia became home for many unique species. Some of the most famous are Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypi, Emus, Wombats and Tasmanian Devils. There are more Kangaroos in Australia than people.
Czech Republic: The Czech Republic is located in a temperate zone, where there is a much greater chance of catching a glimpse of a snow-covered landscape than in Australia. Besides the Australian Alps, whose northern part is called the Snowy Mountains, snow falls very rarely. One thing our two countries have in common, is that weather is very erratic ta the start of spring.
Australia: The seasons are the opposite to Europe. This means, that Christmas in Australia is celebrated during summer. Australia is spread across various climate zones, meaning that the climate can vary greatly from the tropical north, to the dry centre and temperate south-east.
Czech Republic: Most Czech wines are produced in the wine region in the south and south-east of Morava.
Australia: Australian wineries have proved themselves on the world market many a time. In Australia, there are more than 60 wine regions, at least one in every state. Most are located in the south, where there are milder temperatures. One of these is the Tasmanian winery of the well-known, Czech-born Josef Chromý.
Czech Republic: The most popular sports in the Czech Republic are soccer, ice hockey and tennis. Nohejbal was invented in the Czech Republic.
Australia: Australians enjoy following and playing cricket, rugby, tennis and field hockey. AFL (similar to Gaelic football) was invented in Australia.