The Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is situated in Central Europe and borders four countries: Germany in the west, Poland in the northeast, Slovakia in the southeast and the southern border is shared with Austria. The Czech Republic is a parliamentary republic with representative democracy and ranks among developed countries with strong economy and high living standards. On May 1st, 2004 it became a member of the European Union. The Czech Republic counts among technologically advanced countries, which are grounded in the ability to produce goods with a high added value.