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Quality of life

Quality of life

Wonderful castles and chateaux, world famous spas, unspoiled countryside, historical cities – all of this is the Czech Republic.

Since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the Czech Republic has become a highly popular destination. Tens of thousands of foreigners have happily settled here, enjoying the country’s combination of a high standard of living and low costs. 

Although in most respects life in the Czech Republic has rapidly approached western standards of living, the cost of living remains substantially lower than in Western Europe. Prague and many other cities are famous for their architectural heritage, museums, theaters, cinemas, galleries and cafés. An overwhelming choice of cultural events is on offer, embracing all types of music and an outstanding theatrical tradition. A number of foreign cultural centers, ranging from the British Council to the Goethe-Institut, also offer a wide range of events and services.

Enjoy the Czech Republic 


Ranked the sixth safest destination out of 163 countries in the world


12 historical sites on the UNESCO Heritage List


Over 200 castles, chateaux and monuments


More than 40 protected historical towns


33 spas


104 golf courses


4 national parks and 26 protected landscape areas (nearly 16% of the country's total area)


12 mountain ranges higher than 1,000 meters


40,782 km of walking trails


Over 44,000 km of cycling trails


Over 480 km of ski slopes


Over 3,540 km of cross-country ski trails


Over 1,800 km of equestrian trails

The annual InterNations/Expat Insider survey, “the largest expat survey worldwide,” is a quality-of-life ranking that reveals what expats have to say about the living standards in their home away from home. In 2017, the Czech Republic moved up two spots in the index, from no. 7 to no. 5 (out of 65 countries), surpassing Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada.

The Czech Republic was praised for its good health care for children and high-quality and affordable education. It scored highly in leisure options (18th), health and wellbeing (17h), safety and security (16th) and in travel and transport (4th).

InterNations/Expat Insider survey (Quality of life index), 2017

Rank Country
1 Portugal
2 Taiwan
3 Spain
4 Singapore
5 Czech Republic
... ...
28 Hungary
31 Poland
Source: Expat Insider, 2018

In 2018 the Institute of Economics and Peace ranked the Czech Republic seventh on its list of the most peaceful countries in the world. According to another survey published by HSBC Expat Explorer, the Czech Republic is the twelfth most popular destination among people working abroad.

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