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Bilateral relations between the Czech Republic and New Zealand are in good shape.
Bohemians, Moravians and Slovaks first came to New Zealand through Australia and Tahiti in the 1860s. More recent migration followed the suppression of "The Prague Spring" in 1968. While the Czech community in New Zealand is small, it has featured a number of prominent individuals, notably the late Fred Turnovsky ONZ, OBE (1916-1994), a well-known Wellington businessman who was influential in the development of music in New Zealand. There is also a small community of New Zealanders in the Czech Republic, where a number of New Zealand soldiers who fell in World War Two are buried in Commonwealth War Graves.Between the Czech Republic and New Zealand there is a strong record of cooperation in multilateral areas. As small countries, we each work through international bodies to ensure our voices are heard.
Land Area: 78,866 sq km
Population: 10.5 million (2012)
Capital City: Prague (Praha)
Political system: Parliamentary Republic
National government: Centre-right coalition of the Civic Democrats, TOP09 and LIDEM parties
National legislature: Bicameral; Lower House Chamber of Deputies - 200 members; The Senate - 81 members
Last election: May 2010 (Chamber of Deputies) October 2014 (Senate)
Next election due: May 2014 (Chamber of Deputies), October 2014 (Senate), January 2018 (President)
Head of State :President Miloŝ Zeman (elected January 2013, inaugurated March 2013)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Petr Necas (since July 2010)
GDP: US$215.3 billion
Real GDP growth: 1.7%
Exports: US$138.5 billion
Main exports: Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, raw materials and fuels
Imports: US$133.2 billion
NZ Exports (FOB): NZ$ 8 million
Main Exports: Machinery, electrical machinery, wool, plastics
NZ Imports (CIF): NZ$58 million
Main Imports: paper, machinery, vehiclestop of page
The Safetravel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to the Czech Republic [external link].