Last updated on Jul 16, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Olomouc, Czech Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Olomouc?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Olomouc, they said:
"Olomouc is the sixth largest city in the Czech Republic, known for its historical charm, beautiful architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. The official language is Czech, but English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. However, learning some basic Czech phrases can be helpful for everyday interactions. The currency used in Olomouc is the Czech koruna (CZK), not the Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's always good to have some cash on hand for smaller establishments or markets. The cost of living in Olomouc is relatively low compared to other European cities, making it an attractive place for expats. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including trams and buses, making it easy to get around. Olomouc has a temperate continental climate, with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is known for its high-quality education system, with several universities and international schools available for expat families. Healthcare in Olomouc is of a high standard, with both public and private healthcare facilities available. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The city is generally safe, but like any other city, it's advisable to take standard precautions, especially at night or in less crowded areas. Olomouc has a rich cultural and social scene, with numerous festivals, concerts, and events taking place throughout the year. The city is also known for its culinary scene, with a variety of restaurants offering both local and international cuisine. Renting an apartment in Olomouc is straightforward, with many online platforms available to find suitable accommodation. Finally, it's important to note that the Czech Republic, including Olomouc, is a member of the European Union, so EU citizens can move and work freely in the country. Non-EU citizens will need to secure the appropriate visa or work permit," said one expat in Olomouc.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Olomouc?
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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- What do expats in Olomouc appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
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- How are healthcare services in Olomouc?
- What are medical services in Olomouc like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Olomouc?
- What are emergency services like in Olomouc?
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- Are common prescription medications available in Olomouc?
- How are local medical facilities in Olomouc?
- As a foreigner living in Olomouc, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
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