Czech census shows jump in Moravians – and Jedi Knights

edited January 1970 in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is increasingly rooted in regional identity, flushing toilets, out-of-wedlock births — and a belief in ‘the Force’<br /><br />The population of the Czech Republic is more mixed, solitary, secretive about religion, and more likely to proclaim some racial or regional affiliation than ever before. Those are some of the main results from the preliminary findings of the massive nationwide census of the Czech population and households carried out at the start of the year. The Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) unveiled the first results of its regular 10-year census on Thursday.<br /><br /><strong>Moravians on the increase</strong><br /><br />Many findings are far from surprising, for instance there is an ageing, more diverse population, with more people living alone in an increasing proportion of privately owned flats and houses. There are, however, some true surprises. One of these is the sharp rise in the number of people who prefers to describe themselves as Moravian when questioned about national identity. In 2001, just 380,474, or 3.8 percent of respondents, ticked the Moravian box for nationality. At the start of 2011, that total of Moravians had almost doubled, to 522,474 respondent, or 6.7 percent. The stronghold for such sentiment is in South Moravia, where almost a quarter million people proclaimed their Moravian identity out of a total population of just under 1.2 million.<br /><br /><img alt="image" src="http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/59027490.jpg"; /><br /><em>Moravians</em><br /><br />There was also a slight rise in those asserting their Roma identity, with 13,150 ticking the box; most respondents, however, combined Roma identity with another, such as Czech or Moravian, with only 5,199 opting for the stand-alone option. In the 2001 census, 11,746 gave Roma as their nationality. The latest results, however, give little help in putting a precise figure on the Roma population of the Czech Republic, which is estimated at anything between 200,000 and 500,000. The statistics office was not helped either by the massive refusal to answer this voluntary question, with 2.74 million census fillers refusing to give a reply. In 2001 the figure was only 173,000. Czechs make up the biggest national slice of the cake, with 6.73 million giving the response, followed by Moravians, with Slovaks in third place with 149,000. Foreigners, around half a million in total, have increased since 2001, with the numbers of Ukrainians up a staggering 471 percent (to 117,810), Slovaks increasing by 248 percent (to 84,380), and Russians by 368 percent (to 36,055).<br /><br /><strong><em>May the Force be with you</em></strong><br /><br />On the religious front, the overall picture after a 10-year delay does not seem to have radically changed. The Catholic Church still commands the biggest following with 1.08 million believers, followed by the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (at just under 52,000), and the Hussites (at 39,276). Around 700,000 people said they believed in something spiritual but could not identify it. While almost half the population, 4.8 million, shied away from answering the voluntary religious question, a surprising strong showing was given by those Czechs who described themselves as  Knights of the Jedi and believers in “the Force” as depicted in the Star Wars films. Overall, 15,070 Czechs identified themselves as Knights of the Jedi with the biggest proportion of adherents in the capital, Prague, with 3,977 followers or 0.31 percent of the population. The fewest “knights” were found in the central region of Vysočina, just 0.08 percent of the population. It is probably off most Star Wars intergalactic radars or galactic positioning systems.<br /><br /><img alt="image" src="http://www.elite-view.com/art/Movie_Poster/Science_Fiction_Movies/14901~Jedi-Knights-Montage-Posters.jpg"; /><br /><br />On the more mundane issues of life, marriage seems to be losing its appeal for Czechs with divorces surging (there is no breakdown on the divorce rate among Knights of the Jedi). The number of divorced men overal has increased by 37.7 percent over the last 10 years and the number of divorced women by 33.4 The fewest ‘knights’ were found in the central region of Vysočina, just 0.08 percent of the population.<br />percent. The number of married men is down 6.3 percent and married women down 7.1 percent. The regional divorce center of the country is Karlovy Vary with 11.9 percent of male respondents and 14.1 percent of women saying they were divorced. This compares with 7.3 percent and 8.5 percent in Vysočina.<br /><br />The number of flats or houses in private ownership has jumped by just over 150 percent  over the last decade to just over 1.0 million with property in collective ownership down by just over 21 percent  and rented property falling by just over 37 percent. The trend reflects the large sell off council-owned flats and property across the country. Other survey statistics showed 96.5 of properties now have a flushing toilet and 97.4 percent a bath.<br /><br />Wood fires<br /><br />As regards heating, natural gas is only making a slow advance, coal is on a clear retreat and wood burning is advancing, well, like a forest fire.  Natural gas has grabbed just 1.47 million Czechs as the main heating sources, compared with 1.4 million in 2001; coal use has dropped by 40 percent with around a third of a million users. Wood burning has climbed by 76 percent to almost 294,000 households.<br /><br />The statistics office is still plowing through the figures. It promises to give definitive census results in the third quarter of 2012 with a breakdown of basic results for local districts in the following quarter. The whole exercise should be wrapped up by the end of 2013 and start of 2014 with the results handed over then to the European Commission for its perusal.<br /><br /><em>Source : http://www.ceskapozice.cz/</em>

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  • Changes in 10 years (2001  ->  2011):<br /><br /><strong>Czechs</strong>  9 249 777  ->  6 732 104  :  decrease of this number is caused by 2,7 millions people who refused to answer to the question about nationality in the sense of ignoring of the census as a whole. It goes for every nationality in CZ, not just for Czech nationality.<br /><br /><strong>Moravians</strong>  380 474  ->  522 474  :  Moravian activists appealed on Moravians to write Moravian nationality into the census forms. They were successful more or less due to the increase of statistical Moravians, although there are far more Moravians in Czech rep. Who knows, maybe it's the beginning of Moravian revival.<br /><br /><strong>Silesians</strong>  10 878  ->  12 231  :  Numbers didn't change dramatically, though there is an increase.<br /><br /><strong>Slovaks</strong>  193 190  ->  149 140  :  The number of Slovaks still falls due to their  tendency to assimilation. A saying about Slovaks in Prague is true : As soon as a Slovak arrives in Prague, he starts mluvit (to speak in Czech) instead of hovoriť (to speak in Slovak). That means he spits upon his mother tongue.  :-[<br /><br /><strong>Poles</strong>  51 968  ->  39 269  :  caused probably by migration from/to Poland.<br /><br /><strong>Germans</strong>  39 106  ->  18 772  :  possibly the same as in the case of Poles.<br /><br /><strong>Gypsies</strong>  11 746  ->  5 199  :  HA HA HA !!! No way, there are faaar more Gypsies than they admit.<br /><br /><strong>Unknown</strong>  172 827  ->  2 742 669<br /><br />Jedi Knights followers  15 070  :  Czechs always were jokers  ;D<br /><br />Czech rep. is composed of 3 main regions : Čechy (Bohemia), Morava (Moravia) and Slezsko (Silesia).
  • This has been prophesied by the Mayans.  Great Moravia will soon emerge and plunge Europe and the world into war! <br /><br /><img alt="image" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Great_moravia_svatopluk.png/250px-Great_moravia_svatopluk.png"; /><br /><br />I for one welcome my Moravian overlords.  My ancestors come from the Eastern Frontier of Moravia, so I am ready to serve!  :D<br />
  • LOL, 15070 Jedi Knights! Czechs always had something wrong in their heads. ;D Such funny, unique and weird people they are. Swojscy. ;)
  • Czech Republic has more Jedi Knights than the Old Republic  :D
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    <br />Great Moravia will soon emerge and plunge Europe and the world into war! I for one welcome my Moravian overlords.  My ancestors come from the Eastern Frontier of Moravia, so I am ready to serve!  :D<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Oh... Do you also play Skyrim?  ;D<br /><br /><blockquote>Swojscy.</p></div></blockquote><br /><br />What is that, Wilko?  :)
  • @Svaty<;br /><br />"Swojscy" is really Polish word that is very difficult to translate into English. ;D It basically means "unique" or "they are themselves".<br />You know like word "swoje", well this is like adjective to describe people who are simply themselves. I think this is best I can do to explain. ;)
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    <br />@Svaty<;br /><br />"Swojscy" is really Polish word that is very difficult to translate into English. ;D It basically means "unique" or "they are themselves".<br />You know like word "swoje", well this is like adjective to describe people who are simply themselves. I think this is best I can do to explain. ;)<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Aha I got it! I should think first, then ask.. Swojscy = Svojskí  ;D
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    <br />Aha I got it! I should think first, then ask.. Swojscy = Svojskí  ;D<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Exactly! ;D "Swojski" we also use in same way to only describe one guy ("Swojska" for woman). How similar our languages are. ;)
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    on 1324039607:
    <br />Aha I got it! I should think first, then ask.. Swojscy = Svojskí  ;D<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Exactly! ;D "Swojski" we also use in same way to only describe one guy ("Swojska" for woman). How similar our languages are. ;)<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Yep, they are  :)  and even funny  :D
  • I knew the Jedi knights shall be successful :)<br /><br />Congrats to Moravians and Silesians, maybe they finally awake...
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    <br />I knew the Jedi knights shall be successful :)<br /><br />Congrats to Moravians and Silesians, maybe they finally awake...<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />It would help if they codify a literary Moravian language, but most of Czech linguists argue against it with asking, which dialect should become literary, since there are many Moravian dialects. But after all, every language has various dialects. They should definitely choose one and create literary Moravian as soon as possible.
  • Czechs aren't "atheist" but whenever they fill out a religion questionnaire there is no space for "One with the Force."<br /><br />
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    A saying about Slovaks in Prague is true : As soon as a Slovak arrives in Prague, he starts mluvit (to speak in Czech) instead of hovoriť (to speak in Slovak).</p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Interesting. In Polish it is "mówić" which is closer to the Czech, while the Slovak is closer to the Russian говорить (govorit).<br /><br />
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    That means he spits upon his mother tongue.  :-[</p></div></blockquote><br /><br />They join the dark side of the Force! ;)
  • Hehe i always liked Czech's. Well you all know why.<br /><br />Anway in last Yugoslavian census there were many Eskimo's in Bosnia & Hercegovina.
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    <br />Hehe i always liked Czech's. Well you all know why.<br /><br />Anway in last Yugoslavian census there were many Eskimo's in Bosnia & Hercegovina.<br /></p></div></blockquote><br /><br />Eskimos, Martian and the Jedi... The last "true" Yugoslavs.<br /><br />P.S. Martian is a self-made slang for Serbs in Croatia. After the 90's genocide, Serbs started calling themselves Martians when asked by the Croats about nationality. It is as "we were on a different planet".<br /><br />Marsijanac, Srbin
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