TELL US: What's it like living in a Czech village as a foreigner?

Tell us the pros and cons of where you live, and any advice you’d like to share with people looking to leave Prague for life in the Czech countryside.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 15.03.2024 20:56:00 (updated on 15.03.2024) Reading time: 1 minute

A recent report revealed a population surge in smaller Czech municipalities, especially in those with less than 3,000 residents. However, these areas often lack crucial services, leading to school and transport overcrowding – some struggle to manage rapid growth and seek state aid for infrastructure adjustments.

Conversely, certain areas aim to attract new residents through housing initiatives and home repair incentives. Depopulation remains challenging, highlighting the necessity of quality jobs and modern amenities. Urbanization is slightly declining, with Prague and some Central Bohemian areas growing, largely due to proximity to major cities.

One of the biggest attractions of moving to the outskirts of Prague is the affordable real estate prices and the opportunity to purchase more living space. Areas such as Říčany, Řevnice, and Černošice, and the lesser-known localities of Unhošť or Vysoký Újezd – destinations that can easily be reached from the center of Prague but offer natural beauty and cultural life – are also gaining popularity.

However, challenges exist for internationals living in villages: the language barrier is more crucial, the lack of shops and services such as doctors and dentists impacts physical and mental health, and connections to larger communities of expats in bigger cities can be tougher to come by.

We'd like to hear from our readers living outside the capital in villages and smaller cities. Tell us the pros and cons of where you live and any advice you’d like to share with people looking to leave Prague for life in the Czech countryside.

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