Prague (Praha in Czech) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is bothone of the fourteen regions of the Czech Republic and the capital of the administrative region of Central Bohemia and the historical region of Bohemia. It straddles the Vltava(Moldau in German).
Prague is located in the heart of Central Europe. It was in the past capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Holy Roman Empire and Czechoslovakia (CSR, CSSR and finally CSFR). The city of a thousand miles towers and bell towers (which is still thearchitectural feature of the city) has miraculously escaped destruction during the Second World War and offers an architecture combining the pre-Romanesque, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Art Nouveau and Cubist . In 1968, the Prague Spring and the crushing of ”socialism with a human face” by the troops of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact have deeply marked the people of Prague and inspired the culture of the years1960-1980. Since 1992, the historic town center is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Prague is the fifth richest urban area in Europe in terms of GDP per capita PPA1behind the urban area of Hamburg, but in front of the Ile-de-France 2, growth wascontinued in recent years. In 2006, according to Eurostat, unemployment was 2.8% in the region of Prague3. The national economic context is rather favorable for the Czech Republic, with the Netherlands, the country where the poverty rate is the lowest in Europe: it is 10% of population4, against 16% average for the European Union. Pragueis one of the Alpha world cities - (Global Cities) from the ranking GaWC5 the University of Loughborough.