What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “Czech Republic”?
Often it is Czech brands that stick in people’s minds and they think of the Czech Republic as the country which gave the world Pilsner beer, Moser glass, Becherovka liquor, Skoda cars or Bata shoes, as well as a number of world-famous super models and hockey players.
But the Czechs have also given the world a number of inventions and innovations that are less well-known, although millions of people around the world use them every day and in their day and age they were truly revolutionary.
How many people today realize that the contact lenses they use every day are a Czech invention, or that the sugar cube they toss into their coffee cup was invented on the territory of present day Moravia back in 1843?
In a new series, Radio Prague International, will introduce the Czech inventions that changed the world.
PETROF: Europe’s largest maker of acoustic pianos
Czech piano manufacturer PETROF is the largest manufacturer of acoustic pianos in Europe is unquestionably one of Czechia’s best known brands.
Kofola: Communist Czechoslovakia's answer to Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is one of the world's most recognised brands, but if you have spent time in Czechia you will have noticed that the Czechs have their own alternative – Kofola.
GZ Media: Czech firm is world leader in vinyl record production
GZ Media produces vinyl records around the clock in order to meet huge demand. In fact the Czech company is the world’s biggest producer of vinyl.
Preciosa – Bohemia crystal glass products sold the world over
Hand-made Bohemia crystal-glass and glass jewelry have a centuries old tradition and are among the country's leading export articles.
Foma: A major player in the black and white photography market
Today, the Foma Bohemia is a leading manufacturer on the black and white photography market, as well as producing equipment for medical and forensics professionals.
Prim watches: Czechoslovak classics now undergoing revival
Prim watches, which started to be produced more than 70 years ago, are one of the most famous Czech trademarks.