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Zlin, Czechia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Zlin, Czech Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Zlin?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Zlin, they said:

"Zlin is a city in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, known for its rich history and industrial heritage. The official language is Czech, but English is also widely spoken, especially by younger generations and in the business sector. The cost of living in Zlin 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 buses and trams, making it easy to get around. Zlin is known for its high quality of education, with several universities and schools offering a wide range of programs. The city has a continental climate, with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Zlin offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities, including museums, theaters, parks, and sports facilities. The city is also known for its architecture, particularly the functionalist buildings designed by the famous Czech architect Le Corbusier. Healthcare in Zlin is of a high standard, with several hospitals and clinics available for both emergency and routine care. The city is safe and has a low crime rate, but like any other place, it's advisable to take standard precautions. Czech cuisine is hearty and diverse, with dishes like goulash, dumplings, and trdelnik being popular. Zlin is in the Central European Time Zone, and the currency used is the Czech koruna. The city is also home to the famous Bata Shoes company, and the Bata Shoe Museum is a popular tourist attraction. Renting property in Zlin is straightforward, with a range of options available from apartments to family homes. It's important to note that while Czech people are generally friendly and welcoming, they can also be quite reserved and private. Finally, it's worth noting that Zlin is a great base for exploring the rest of the Czech Republic, with excellent transport links to other major cities," wrote one member in Zlin.

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Betsy Burlingame 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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