Pros and Cons of Living in Czechia
Last updated on Nov 27, 2021
Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Czech Rep.
What do expats in Czechia appreciate most about the local culture?
"Once you have friends, they are wonderful friends. The food is not so healthy but delicious, the beer is the best. Magical architecture, beautiful countryside, Prague has excellent, inexpensive public transportation," added another person living in Prague.
"There ARE some manners I like. People willing hop up to give somebody older their seat on the bus/train. People offer the help with directions a lot. There are no standards with dress, everyone wears what they want to wear! Its great. There is no corporate standard..levels within society. Most people like to relax and enjoy life..with a beer," explained one expat living in Prague.
What do expats find most challenging?
"I think it's a leftover from the communist era, the mistrust, the retaliation for a slight you didn't even know you committed, no one will make a decision in the Visa office. It's necessary to work through your job or an attorney. My friend got rejected because he did not "have a purpose". He's retired and was told point blank, after many months, that he could not be here just because he wanted to. I left because of him. He's older and I've helped him for years, but we are not related. He was not a birth father, but a true father when I was growing up," said another person in Prague.
"The language, and mannerisms of czech people. Street signs!! Terrible..You have to approach crossings slowly as there are no traffic lights..very rarely. Smoking everywhere..indoors/outdoors..young teenagers..you name it," remarked another expat in Prague.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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