As the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, Prague offers a historically-rich setting against an incredible background, making it a popular destination for expats. The City of a Hundred Spires is known for its mesmerising beauty and cultural offerings.

Prague is home to approximately 1.3 million inhabitants, of whom a significant proportion are foreigners – the majority being Ukrainian, Slovakian and Russian. The city is a blend of old and modern, reflected in the architecture, culture and the city's distinctive Bohemian flair.

Living in Prague as an expat

The city serves as the headquarters for many international companies, and Prague's service industry plays a vital role in the economy. The most common sectors for expats to work in include financial services, education, information technology, trade and hospitality. The job market is competitive, and Prague boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe.

Accommodation is varied in Prague, and expats will have sundry options to suit their needs, lifestyle and budget. The transport system is also well developed, and expats will have no problem getting around the city. What's more, should expats want to explore more of Europe, it's easy to hop over to neighbouring countries like Germany and Austria.

Often referred to as the 'cultural centre of Europe', Prague boasts a lifestyle like no other, with many famous attractions that expats can visit and events and festivals they can attend. Beer-lovers will be spoilt for choice in Prague, as beer-drinking is taken very seriously, and the social scene is lively.

Cost of living in Prague

Although Prague can be considered to have a relatively low cost of living, prices are on the rise and are catching up to other European countries. Accommodation, in particular, is becoming as expensive as the rest of Europe, which is largely driven by an influx of foreigners looking to call Prague home. That said, expats will find groceries and transport far cheaper in the Czech capital than elsewhere in Europe. 

Expat families and children 

Prague offers a high standard of education in public, private and international schools in the city. Just as state healthcare is free in Prague, so is public schooling. That said, the language of instruction at these schools is Czech and many expats therefore opt to send their children to international or bilingual private schools. There is a wide range of these schools in Prague, but they are hugely expensive and expats therefore need to consider the costs involved when choosing a school for their children. 

Climate in Prague 

Prague has a moderately continental climate, with cold winters and relatively warm summers. Expats will discover the colder months to be harsh at times, with temperatures often below freezing. As the city warms up, however, expats will be able to spend plenty of time outdoors at one of the city's many parks. 

Expats who make an effort to learn the language will find the locals to be welcoming and helpful. It will also come in handy in most areas of life in the city. With so much on offer, those looking to move to Prague are sure to enjoy their stay in this unique and historical city.

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