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Good day gentlemen,
Please find here a detailed presentation of the Czech Republic.
I hope it will be useful to you, and that it will convince you of the value of this country which is, in my opinion, quite underrated and only seldom discussed in this forum.
My name is Clem / Klemah_CZ_G2. I have been living in Czechia since April of 2019.
The aim of this post is to present the country and help you relocate there if needed. It is inspired by Olivier_G2’s great presentation of the Bulgarian section, which you can find here.
I highly encourage you to write a similar topic if you have been living in another country for a while now.
Most of the topics we will discuss here also apply to Slovakia, with which the Czech Republic shares a lot (whether it be culture, history, language, etc). They are however very different when it comes to religion.
Let’s start by looking at some pictures of the capital, Prague.
The famous bridges on the Vltava:
The old town square (staroměstské náměstí), which is probably the most touristic place in Central Europe (or at least used to be, when planes still existed):
One of my favorite places, the peace square (náměstí Míru):
In red: touristic zone - Prague castle west of the river, the historic city center east.
In blue: the place to be - Vinohrady. One of the nicest places in the city, with a lot of social events.
In green: Smíchov, Vyšehrad, Karlovo náměstí. A great place to live in, even if it would be just to go for walks alongside the river. This is where I currently live.
In orange: Karlín and Žižkov. Those districts are relatively hipster. If that’s your thing, go there.
Public transport in Prague: it is among the best in Europe, and by far better than France. There are three lines of metro and buses, but most of the transport is done using tramways (26 tram lines). Most of the tram stops are active 24/7.
The airport is linked by bus to the metro line A, allowing you to access the city center without difficulty.
To get a description of the main districts of Prague, you can visit this link.
In this section, we will not talk about the advantages of Slavic countries in general. Other people have already described those advantages in great detail and you most probably know what they are.
Instead, we will talk about the differences between the Czech Republic and the other Slavic countries. I hope this will help you understand why many have chosen this destination.
There are many. I did not choose this country at random. Here is a long list of such advantages:
Lowest unemployment rate in Europe: 2,9% before covid. It is very easy to find work.
Good English level, at least for the young folks.
- You speak English = you will find work.
It is the richest country in Eastern Europe (in terms of GDP per capita).
- If you are an employee and would like to keep being an employee (for reasons that concern you), you will receive good salaries in Prague.
- For instance: 2500-3000€ per month is clearly achievable for a junior IT engineer.
- The rents remain frankly affordable: you can expect 600-800 € per month for a 60m² in the best area of the city.
Good social security. The hospitals are reliable and one can trust Czech medicine. So far, my experience with Czech doctors has been much better than my experience with French doctors. English-speaking doctors, or even French-speaking, are not that difficult to find.
Cosmopolitism… between Eastern Europeans. Czech universities are among the best in the Slavic world, so you will find everyone and everything in Prague, notably:
- Russians, Belarussians, Ukrainians.
- Less frequently: Slovenes, Croatians, Serbians, Poles.
- Many Vietnamese - this is due to an agreement between communist Czechoslovakia and Vietnam a while ago.
Great public transport, comfortable, clean, available 24/7.
The architecture is glorious.
- You will not find humongous, disgusting towers in the center here. You will have to go far into the suburbs to see them.
- Prague is the city with the most statues in the world, which will please people with high attention to detail.
- While it is colder than France, the climate in the Czech Republic is more than reasonable. You can expect 5°C less than France during most of the year.
- No -20°C here.
Owning / carrying a weapon is much easier here than in other Eastern European countries.
- More details here.
- However, you need to speak Czech (which can seem reasonable to obtain the right of walking around the streets with a gun).
- This is deep into Czech culture - they make their own firearms, and have been doing so for many centuries.
- One Czech out of twenty owns a firearm.
- This also applies to Slovakia.
While you think you are learning only one language, you actually are learning two: Czech and Slovak are very similar languages.
- By learning Czech, you also get rid of the language barrier for Slovakia.
- Most Slovaks understand and speak Czech.
The country is in the center of Europe.
- Ideal for road trips.
They hate communism with a might that’s difficult to even conceive.
- Just saying that you are a communist is enough to be completely ostracised from society.
With Slovakia, the Czech Republic is among the most anti-muslim countries:
They also do not really love interracial relationships (to say the least):
If you like smaller cities, if you do not want to stay in a big city your whole life, or simply if you’d like to be a local tourist and visit the smaller cities of the country, you will be spoiled for choice. Proof in pictures:
- The country uses the Czech crown (Kč or CZK) and not the euro.
- As of early 2021, 1€ = 26Kč.
Most Czechs hate Russia (because of their past: the memories of the USSR and the year 1968 still haunt them. During this year, the armies of the Warsaw Pact suppressed a Czechoslovak revolt in blood).
- Speaking Russian or saying good things about Russia in public can give a bad impression if not done intelligently.
- The relationship with Slovakia. The dissolution of Czechoslovakia took place peacefully, and there is a strong sense of brotherhood between the two nations. You will meet a lot of Slovaks in Prague and in the east of the country, especially in Brno.
- Some Czech cities contain large populations from other Eastern European countries:
- Brno: Slovaks
- Ostrava: Poles
- Karlovy Vary: Russians (do not ask me why)
- There is a diifference in mentality between the Czechs from Prague (born in Prague) and the Czechs of the countryside (a large part of the Prague population).
- The people of Prague are more “tolerant” - for instance, they can have African friends (while remaining racist, they will never sleep with them), they vote against the president in place and are not bothered by our LGBT friends. Having said that, they hate islam and religion in general.
- Czechs in other cities (85% of the country’s population and a large part of Prague itself) are downright racist, like Russians. Women are even more feminine.
- Mass atheism. Along with Estonia, the Czech Republic is the most atheistic country in the world.
- Criticizing islam here is normal. There are three mosques in the whole country, whereas there are 2500 in France.
- The few muslims you will encounter (maybe one per month, but probably less) are mostly of Kazakh or Bosnian origin.
- A small article to show you Czech hospitality towards them: Czech Muslims face mockery, mosque desecration and death threats
- On the article, you will see something written on the wall of the mosque. It means “do not bring islam to the Czech Republic, or else we will kill you”. I wonder what Merkel, Macron and Biden think of this.
- Criticizing islam here is normal. There are three mosques in the whole country, whereas there are 2500 in France.
Czech men often are not very ambitious and are content with the minimum a man needs.
- Positive consequence: Czech women are thirsty! Thirsty for ambitious men who actually want to live and not only be satisfied with a corgi, netflix and some beer. This makes them easier to seduce.
- Negative consequence: It is difficult to find men similar to us among the Czechs. With that said, there are so many foreigners in Prague (European foreigners, do not worry) that you will be able to find true friends there.
- Just as in other Slavic countries, alcoolism is a big problem. However, here, it is neither vodka, nor wine, but rather beer that the people like the most.
- Well, actually, when it comes to beer, Czechs are #1 in the world. The average Czech drinks 160 liters of beer per year, putting the country before Germany and Belgium.
- Despite this, they do know how to appreciate good wine.
- The Czech Republic is dominated economically by Germany.
- Being an employee here often means working for a German company. They are much more efficient than French companies, which is something to appreciate.
- Speaking German is a big plus on the market.
Well, this is the part where I need to be honest - just like every other country in the world, it is not perfect.
- Taxes are higher than in more Eastern countries, such as Russia and Bulgaria.
- Around 21-24%.
- This is very low compared to France, but it should be noted.
- Despite of these slightly higher taxes, you will, in general, earn more money in Czechia as an employee than in countries more to the East (with the exception of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg that can often pay a lot).
- People do not speak Russian here.
- Russian can be used to learn Czech, as both languages look similar.
- Paperwork. It sucks. Just like almost everywhere.
- It is better to delegate this. Send me a message if you need to find someone who can do that.
Czechs are at the center of Europe, are principally Slavs, but also have some Germanic and Nordic blood. They have light hair, bright eyes, and are on average quite tall. Czech women are among the tallest in Europe, are on average quite thin and know how to dress well. You will see many skirts in the summer.
Czechs love French people. We are very lucky, because we are still seen as romantic, and that gives a noticeable advantage when it comes to seduction.
It is not difficult to find yourself a girl in Czechia, especially if you are French and white (required pleonasm in 2021). They are feminine, not feminist.
To seduce them, this is what helps:
- Ambition. Czech men are not ambition at all, so it is easy to stand out from them.
- Money. A salary above 3000€ / month puts you way above most other people, but even 1500€ is enough to not look like a clown.
- With that said, it is important for most Czech women to date someone who earns more than they do. This is called hypergamy.
- Be tall (I am 172cm tall, lol). Although it does help a lot, it is not mandatory. It has never been a problem for me here.
- Social intelligence, social status, etc.
The Czech Republic, along with Hungary, is the country in Europe with the most pornstars. This is not without cause.
Czechs are very open sexually, and it is not rare to be able to bring them to your place on the first date. The majority of the population being atheistic, common taboos on sex, usually imposed by religion, do not really exist. The Czech language is particularly rich on the topic of sex.
Sorry, nothing new here.
It is like everywhere. If you are very handsome, it works. Otherwise, go meet people in real life.
Well, at least, the girls you will find are white and are not feminist.
You will meet many women coming from countries located more to the east, notably Russians, Slovaks, Belorussians, Ukrainians, among others. They usually come here to study, as Prague has excellent universities, especially when compared to the rest of the Slavic world. What often ends up happening is that they stay here after their studies.
In my case, I have had more experience with women from those countries than with Czech women themselves.
The Czech language is, like Russian and other Slavic languages, a difficult language. Unless you spend ten hours on it per day like an absolute madman, it will take you years to learn it. With that said, Czech lessons are easy to find and the teachers are very feminine women, making the whole process much nicer.
Czech uses the Latin alphabet, to which accents are added to mark pronunciation. Each letter is pronounced as it is written, and since there are more than 26 possible sounds, West Slavic languages have added accents. For example, “s” will be pronounced as in Englsih, “s”, and “š” will be pronounced “sh”, as in “shallot”.
→ When you know how to pronounce Czech, you know how to pronounce all the Slavic languages of Central Europe and the Balkans.
In contrast to these languages, Eastern Slavic languages use the cyrillic alphabet, which contains more letters in order to describe all the possible sounds. The Polish language is an exception and has its own logic.
Here is a text in Czech, so you can see how it looks like:
Anebo velcí mužové? Jan Hus? Nikdo z tam těch lidí nečetl ani řádku z jeho knih. Jediné, čemu byli s to svorněrozumět, byly plameny, sláva plamenův nichž uhořel jako kacíř na hranici, sláva popele, v který se proměnil. takže podstata češství, říká si Sabina, je pro ně právě jen popel, nic víc. Ty lidi spojuje jen jejich porážka a výčitky, které adresují jeden druhému.
This is an extract from one of the most well-known and talented authors in Czech history, Milan Kundera, who actually fled communism and moved to France at some point in his life.
Don’t you think that it is ironic? Frenchmen are moving to the Czech Republic now to flee French communism, when Czechs have moved to France to flee Czechoslovak communism just fifty years ago.
We eat a lot of pork! I hope you like it, because there is going to be a lot. Czechs also love everything that is fried - fried pork and chicken cutlets, fried mushrooms, fried cheese…
I mean, there are even restaurants that ONLY do fried pork / chicken cutlets:
Some Czech specialties:
Important question: does the prime minster whip his wife’s ass with a two-meter-long stick on Easter so she becomes more fertile?
Hmm… That is a weird question, but the answer is yes.
Czechia and Slovakia have this absolutely glorious tradition of running after women and whipping their asses with a colored stick, the pomlázka, on the day of Easter. Apparently, this makes them more fertile. It is hilarious.
She will be a very fertile young woman. Glorious.
The video of the prime minister running after his wife with the two-meter-long stick: click me!.
Does the Czech president come to a press conference with a fake Kalashnikov, whose magazine is a liquor bottle, and on which it is written ‘for journalists’?
Why do you even ask?
The Czech Republic is a fantastic country, and I think we do not talk about it often enough. Not only does she possess the advantages of Eastern countries, but on top of that, she also keeps some of the pros of the West.
Czechs might seem cold at first, but when you get to know them, you discover nice, smart and funny people. Czech women are real women, the kind we cannot see in the Western world anymore. People speak English and it is easy to integrate into the Prague community.
I hope this presentation has at least convinced you to come visit Prague - I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
See you next time,