Geografie 2000, 105, 155-165

Geographical Aspects of Industrial Transformation in the Czech Republic

Václav Toušek1, Milan Vančura2, Milan Viturka3

1Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czechia
2Pedagogical fakulty, Jihočeská University, Jeronýmova 16, České Budějovice, Czechia
3Faculty of Economy and Administration, Masaryk University, Lipová 41a, Brno, Czechia

The share of industrial production on GNP has been decreasing over the 1990s in the Czech Republic and, in the same time, a branch restructuring took place. The industrial transformation is accompanied by a decline of labour force and an increase of unemployment. Better situation has been observed in the regions with an inflow of foreign capital. The article deals with the significant role of direct foreign investments for the regional development. The analysis of investment localization is linked with the theory of development polarization.