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Jan Fischer

Assumed office 
8 May 2009
President Václav Klaus
Preceded by Mirek Topolánek (ODS)

In office
8 May 2009 – 30 June 2009
Preceded by Mirek Topolánek
Succeeded by Fredrik Reinfeldt (SWE)

President of the Czech Statistical Office
Assumed office 
24 April 2003
Preceded by Marie Bohatá

Born 2 January 1951 (1951-01-02) (age 59)
Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Political party Independent
Other political
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (1980–1989)
Spouse(s) Dana Fischerová
Alma mater University of Economics, Prague
Religion Judaism

Jan Fischer (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈfɪʃɛr]; born 2 January 1951) is the Prime Minister of the caretaker government of Czech Republic since 8 May 2009. A lifelong statistician, he was previously the president of the Czech Statistical Office since April 2003.[1]




Personal life and education

Jan Fischer was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. His father, a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences specializing in mathematical and statistical applications in genetics, selective growing and medicine,[1] was a Jewish Holocaust survivor.[2][3] His mother was also a statistician.

Fischer graduated from the University of Economics, Prague in 1974 in statistics and econometrics. He completed postgraduate studies there in 1985, earning his Candidate of Sciences degree in economic statistics. He was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia from 1980 till the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989.

Jan Fischer is married for the second time to his former secretary and has 3 children. His eldest son Jakub (*1978) is an Associate Professor of statistics and vice-dean at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics, Prague.


Immediately after graduation, Fischer joined the Federal Statistical Office. In 1990 he became its vice-chairman and held this position until the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, becoming the first vice-president of the newly established Czech Statistical Office. Since the beginning of the 1990s he led the team tallying the elections in the Czech Republic results. He appeared to be groomed to replace the long-time president Edvard Outrata who retired in August 1999; however the Social-Democratic government brought in an outsider Marie Bohatá from the academia. She fired Fischer in September 2000, whereupon he became Production Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres Factum. In 2001 he participated in a International Monetary Fund mission exploring possibilities of establishing a statistical bureau in East Timor. Since March 2002 he was a chief of research institutes at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics, Prague. After Bohatá resigned due to a scandal with a huge error in foreign trade bilance, Fischer was appointed president of the Czech Statistical Office on 24 April 2003.

He is a member of the Czech Statistical Society, the International Statistical Institute, the Scientific Council and Board of Trustees and a Scientific Board of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem.

Prime Minister

After the vote of no confidence of Mirek Topolánek's right-center government in March 2009, in the middle of Czech Presidency of the European Union, Fischer was proposed to be the Prime Minister in April.[4] His government, nominated by both the Czech major parties (Topolánek's Civic Democratic Party and Czech Social Democratic Party) was inaugurated on 8 May 2009 on the understanding that the early election would be in October; however unexpected development in the Constitutional Court and House of Deputies postponed them to May 2010. Fischer decided to remain in the government, where he proved very popular, until then although the parties offered him a post in the European Commission.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mirek Topolánek
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
President of the European Council
May–June 2009
Succeeded by
Fredrik Reinfeldt


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