You may have already visited Prague and are wondering if the city might be a future home. Or you’re eyeballing that job offer and wondering if you should really make that big move. Maybe you already live in Prague and are still unsure if you should stick around.
But beyond the beautiful architecture and scenery, the historic landmarks and tourist crowds, and the ever-flowing beer, the Czech capital has a lot to offer the budding professional – especially in 2018.
Here are 8 great reasons why you should consider pursuing a career – and a life – in Prague:
1. Unemployment is Historically Low
Unemployment in the Czech Republic is currently the lowest across the EU. It’s been that way for the past two years, and shows no sign of letting up. With an influx of western corporations flocking to the Czech Republic to take advantage of a skilled workforce, there are currently hundreds of thousands of jobs on the market – and not enough people to fill them.
The low unemployment and high number of available positions, of course, increases your chances of landing the perfect job. Discover your new career by browsing 1000s of the latest vacancies at the Expats.cz Job Server.
2. And Prague Salaries are on the Rise
Late last year, the average Czech salary exceeded 30,000 CZK for the first time; last month, the average salary in Prague passed 40,000 CZK. Both numbers represent huge surges over the past decade-plus, as the Czech Republic has managed to avoid some of the economic pitfalls suffered in other European countries.
Find out the average salaries in your sector at our handy 2018 Prague Salary Guide.
3. …But Consumer Goods are Still (Relatively) Inexpensive
Despite the Czech economy rapidly ascending to the ranks of some of its western neighbors, living in Prague can still be inexpensive – if you’re a little thrifty.
In fact, consumer goods in the Czech Republic were just recently found to be among the least expensive in Europe.
4. The Czech Quality of Life is High
The Czech Republic is routinely ranked among the best places to live in Quality of Life indexes and similar surveys, which seem to come out every month to reiterate what its citizens already know: Czech life is good.
Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum recently ranked the Czech Republic #15 in its Quality of Life index, ahead of the USA, UK, France, and other countries. Last month, the Boston Consulting Group ranked the Czech Republic ahead of Italy, Portugal, and many of its other European neighbors in their quality of life assessment.
5. And Family Comes First
Surveying expats on what they like best about living in the Czech Republic, work-life balance typically came up among the top responses.
Employees aren’t often asked to work the excessive hours major corporations in the UK or USA might expect, and the focus on what matters most is even reflected in the country’s laws: maternity leave in the Czech Republic – which can last up to three years – is often cited as the most progressive in the world.
6. Location, Location, Location
The Czech Republic is located smack-dab in the heart of Europe – and that’s Central Europe, not Eastern, despite lingering Cold War-era memories. Prague is located further west than Vienna, in fact, making it an ideal European base for those who love to travel, be it by plane, train, or automobile.
And despite being a landlocked country, flights from Prague throughout Europe can be incredibly cheap – making spur-of-the-moment holidays to seaside locations in Italy and Croatia an affordable reality.
7. The Nature
The Czech countryside is famed for its rolling hills and extensive forests featuring some of Europe’s most renowned hiking paths. But Prague is pretty green, too – – so green, in fact, that the city was recently named the world’s greenest urban space.
Expansive parks like Stromovka and Divoká Šárka have made Prague the world’s largest city with the highest density of green spaces, and given its citizens numerous options for experiencing nature without leaving the metropolis.
8. Peace of Mind
While rates of petty crime can be high in larger cities, the Czech Republic is routinely recognized as one of the safest countries in the world.
In the latest 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI), the Czech Republic was rated the 7th-safest country in the world, trailing only Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, Denmark, and Canada.
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