Cover Osteuropa 9/2006

In Osteuropa 9/2006

Disturbed for a Long Time
Environment, Economics and Society in the Brown Coal District of North Bohemia

Werner Hennings

Deutsche Fassung


In the North Bohemian brown coal district, the people’s quality of life has clearly improved since 1989. Air and water are cleaner; life expectancy has increased. On the other hand, unemployment, especially among the young and those over 50, has risen sharply in the past decade and a half. In terms of ecology, the residual pollution of heavy industry has yet to be overcome. The mining of brown coal continues, and the spread of suburbia is taking up more and more space. Uncontrolled settlement is forcing environmentally hazardous mobility.

(Osteuropa 9/2006, pp. 99–108)