Czech Information

czech-republic-location czech informationWorking abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in the Czech Republic requires more than just the obvious Czech Republic CV writing and translation, it requires thorough preparation. You will face problems that probably did not even come to your mind when you made a decision to get an overseas employment.

Do not take too lightly the influence a job in the Czech Republic can have on the effect of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, strange job application procedures, unfamiliar job candidate selection criteria and out of the ordinary management culture.

art_warning Czech InformationMost visits to the Czech Republic are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Telephone country code: 420

Internet country code: .cz

Annual vacation: Majority of Czechs take annual vacations during school holidays. During July and August, many businesses close for holidays.

  • Summer holidays - between 1 July and August 31
  • Autumn holidays - between 27 October and 2 November
  • Christmas holidays - between 22 December and 4 January of next year
  • Winter holidays - between 23 February and 1 March
  • Easter holidays - between 6 April and 19 April

Public Holidays:

  • 1 Jan - New Year's Day
  • 13 Apr - Easter Monday
  • 1 May - May Day
  • 8 May - Liberation Day
  • 5 Jul - Day of the Apostles St Cyril and St Methodius
  • 6 Jul - Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus
  • 28 Sep - Czech Statehood Day
  • 28 Oct - Independence Day
  • 17 Nov - Freedom and Democracy Day
  • 24-26 Dec - Christmas

Business Hours:

  • Offices - Mon to Fri usually 08:00 - 17:00 with one hour or so for lunch
  • Banks - Mon to Sat 08:00 - 16:30. Some banks close early on Fridays
  • Stores - Mon to Sat 09:00 - 18:00

Background: Following the First World War, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar years, the new country's leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Sudeten Germans and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians). After World War II, a truncated Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize Communist party rule and create "socialism with a human face." Anti-Soviet demonstrations the following year ushered in a period of harsh repression. With the collapse of Soviet authority in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom through a peaceful "Velvet Revolution." On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Now a member of NATO, the Czech Republic has moved toward integration in world markets, a development that poses both opportunities and risks. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.

Capital: Prague

Climate: temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

Ethnic groups: Czech 90.4%, Moravian 3.7%, Slovak 1.9%, other 4% (2001 census)

Languages: Czech 94.9%, Slovak 2%, other 2.3% (2001 census)

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We hope that your Czech job search has been successful and you will get your Czech visa too. So, if your Czech cover letter and Czech CV are ready, you may email them to your future employers and start preparing for Czech job interview.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

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