Exploring Czech Republic Culture

The Czech Republic is renowned for its support of writers, artists, and the bohemian lifestyle. Outside of the historic capital of Prague is a countryside filled with farms, forests, villages and castles. The beautiful mountain ranges, rivers, vineyards, and farmlands coupled with cities and fairytale villages make for a unique intercultural experience of self-discovery.

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Czech People and Community

Family in Czech Republic

In Czech Republic culture, families are warm, friendly, and welcoming. They rarely have more than two children and it’s common for extended family members to live together, especially grandparents. In small towns, people live in apartment blocks but enjoy visiting their country cottages during the weekend. It is increasingly common to live in a small house with a garden outside the city and to go to the city just for work, study, or special afternoon activities.

The model of a Czech traditional family (where the father was the sole person responsible for the family’s income and the mother took care of the children and household) has changed a lot in recent years. Both parents take part in important decisions, if possible they also ask the opinion of their children.

Language and Communication Styles

Train Station in Prague

The official language of the Czech Republic is Czech, one of the Slavonic languages. Many people are quite proficient in English, Slovak, Polish, German, or Russian.

Food in the Czech Republic

Czech Traditional Meal  - Dumplings with Souce and Beef.

Czech people enjoy their cuisine, which is a mix of German, Hungarian, and Polish influences. Dumplings, meat, potatoes, and rice are very popular. Most dishes are topped with a thick sauce and vegetables or sauerkraut. Caraway seeds, bacon, and lots of salt are common flavorings. While meat is a big part of the Czech diet, vegetarianism is also widely accepted.

Typical Czech dishes are rather heavy and include Baked pork and cabbage (knedlo-vepřo-zelo), Czech pancakes (Lívance), Cream sauce and cranberries (Svíčková s brusinkami), which is a tasty piece of beef covered in a delicious cream sauce, garnished with cranberries and served with bread dumplings.

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