In 2013, authorities in the Czech Republic seized 2,045 counterfeit korunas within the country, down from the 3,586 counterfeit Czech banknotes seized in 2012.
In addition to the fake koruna, Czech financial investigators removed 1,085 counterfeit money and banknotes from foreign countries in 2013.
Below is the number of counterfeit koruna and altered coins that were removed from circulation between 2008 and 2013, according to data released by the Czech National Bank.
Year: No. of counterfeits.
(How criminals make counterfeit money.)
Source: “Number of fake banknotes, coins falls to 3,130 in 2013,” Prague Daily Monitor, March 6, 2014.
The European Commission for Home Affairs released a study that found the European Union loses at least $162 Billion (€120 Billion) to corruption each year.
More than 75 percent of citizens in EU member states believe that corruption is widespread in their country. More than half also stated that they felt corruption was increasing in their country.
The top countries where citizens expected to pay bribes to officials were in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. In these countries, between 6 to 29 percent of people surveyed reported that they had either been asked for a bribe or was expected to pay a bribe within the last year. In many of the incidents, the bribes were prevalent in the healthcare industry. An example was previously reported in about the corruption in Romania’s healthcare industry.
The lowest rate of bribes were reported in the United Kingdom, where less than 1 percent reported that they either paid a bribe or were expected to.
In a survey of businesses, four out of 10 companies stated that corruption was an obstacle to doing business in the EU.
(More on the effects of corruption.)
Source: “Corruption across EU ‘breathtaking’ – EU Commission,” BBC News, February 3, 2014.
According to city officials, there are around 100 brothels operating in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. In addition to the brothels, there are around 1000 private apartments where prostitution occurs.
Previous reports found that the illegal prostitution industry in the Czech Republic generates $200 Million a year.
(See addition prostitution revenue by country.)
Source: CTK, “Prague wants to legalise prostitution,” Prague Daily Monitor, June 24, 2013.
The Office of the German Drug Czar reported that there were 2,556 identified crystal meth users in the country in 2012. The number of users was higher higher than the 1,693 crystal meth abusers identified in 2011. (See more facts about meth addiction.)
Criminal justice agencies in Germany seized over 75 kilograms of crystal meth in 2012, up from the 40 kilograms that was seized in 2011.
Officials state that most of the crystal meth use in German is focused inn border states with the Czech Republic, where the drug is produced.
In total, there were 19,559 illegal drug users in Germany in 2012, down from the 21,315 users in 2011.
(Cost of crystal meth per gram.)
Source: Associated Press, “German authorities report rise in crystal meth use in states bordering Czech Republic,” Montreal Gazette, April 25, 2013.
In 2009, police in the Czech Republic discovered 342 clandestine meth labs within the country. The number of labs discovered in 2009 was down from the 460 labs discovered in 2008.
In both years, the number of labs found in the Czech Republic was the highest number discovered in Europe.
(See meth prices from around the world.)
Source: Marc Herman, “Would “Breaking Bad’s” Czech scheme work?,” Salon, Septmebr 5, 2012.
According to a survey conducted by Transparency International Czech Republic, the typical bribe paid in the Czech Republic was between $248 to $497 (5,000 to 10,000 Czech Korunas). The majority of the locations where bribes were paid was at vehicle testing locations where car emissions are tested, health centers for better service, and traffic cops.
(More on the effects of corruption.)
Source: Czech News Agency, “Bribery most frequent in health care in ČR,” Prague Daily Monitor, June 6, 2012.
Along with the Czech Republic, Nordic countries have a high rate of addicts receiving drug treatment for use of amphetamines.
The Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland have between 57 percent of 82 percent of all drug treatment residents being addicted to amphetamines, according to the United Nations.
(More meth facts and statistics.)
Source: “World Drug Report 2011,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, June 2011, page 133.
According to the Union of the Czech Spirits Producers, one out of four bottles of alcohol sold in the country is counterfeit.
Source: Stephan Delbos, “One in four bottles of liquor are counterfeit,” Prague Post, April 28, 2010.