Cost of living in the Czech Republic, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at April 2020. What is it like to live in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic is in Central Europe, between Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria.
The climate is temperate with cool summers and cold, cloudy, humid winters.
The official language is Czech. It belongs to the Western Slavonic group of languages. Learning a few basic words will be appreciated. Many young people speak English, while German is also widely spoken. Most people can speak Russian, but will refuse to do so.
The main religion is Christianity.
The economy of the Czech Republic is developed and industrialized. It is one of the most stable and prosperous of the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe.
In the Czech Republic, business is conducted relatively formally, albeit at a general slower pace compared to the west. It is advisable to address associates formally unless someone has invited you to use their first name. Expatriate dress code tends to be conservative. Most international business is conducted in English, however German can be useful. The safety risk for expatriates in Czech Republic is low. Risks include petty crime such as pickpocketing and car theft, particularly in Prague. Other risks include harassment by conservative groups, particularly of people belonging to visible ethnic and religious minority groups.
The currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna (CZK). ATMs, and the use of debit and credit cards is generally acceptable.
The standard of healthcare in Czech Republic is reasonable, however costs of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high.
The population is 10.6 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.7% for the Czech Republic as at February 2020.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Czech Republic is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 15%.
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Cost Of Living
What is the cost of living in Czech Republic?
The cost of living for expatriates in Czech Republic as at April 2020 is low in comparison to other places in the world. We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Czech Republic is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$560. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$6.59, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$0.87, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.52 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$5.54. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$920. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$68, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$76, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$91 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$35. 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$156. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$19, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.14 per minute. 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$22800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$14,916 for Primary School, and USD$16,598 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2275. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$730, and USD$627 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$520. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.73, 1 kg oranges USD$1.90, 1 head lettuce USD$1.24, 1 kg potatos USD$1.01, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$7.80, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$10.75, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.34, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.26, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.03, and 1.5 L water USD$0.72. 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$560. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$46, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,402. 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2350. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,741 in a central location, and USD$1,698 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$500. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$9.73, while an international newspaper is USD$2.99. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$245. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$20, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$98. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$360. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$9.97, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$44 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$620. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.51, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.60, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$7.20, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$33.24. 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$660. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.38, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$19,136. How does the cost of living in Czech Republic compare?
Czech Republic is -30.2% cheaper than USA for groceries, -16.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 40.7% more expensive for transport costs than India.
What is the quality of life / hardship in Czech Republic?
Czech Republic is ranked as a some hardship location.The hardship premium for Czech Republic for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (the Czech Republic) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.
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