Learn more about the country in the Expat Arrivals Czech Republic Guide and read more Expat Experiences in the Czech Republic.
Q: Where are you originally from?
Q: Where are you living now?
Q: How long have you lived in the Czech Republic?
Q: Did you move with a spouse/children?
Q: Why did you move; what do you do?
Q: What do you enjoy most about Kolin, how’s the quality of life?
Q: Any negatives? What do you miss most about home?
Q: Is the Kolin safe? Are there any areas expats should avoid?
Q: How would you rate the public transport in the Czech Republic? What are the different options? Do you need to own a car?
Q: How would you rate the healthcare in the Czech Republic?
About living in the Czech Republic
Q: Which are the best places/suburbs to live in as an expat?
Q: How do you rate the standard of housing in the city?
Q: What’s the cost of living compared to home? What is cheap or expensive in particular?
When we were new here, I mainly mixed with other expats because it was easier. With the help of the International Women’s Association in Prague, I was able to meet and make friends with other women who are also mothers and whom I can share similar experiences with. But after being here for awhile, I have now widened my friends circle to include locals whom I have met at my son’s school and at the playground.
Q: Was it easy meeting people and making friends?
About working in the Czech Republic
Q: Did you have a problem getting a work visa/permit for the Czech Republic?
Q: What’s the economic climate like in the Czech Republic, is there plenty of work?
Q: Did a relocation company help you with your move?
Family and children
Q: Did your spouse or partner have problems adjusting to their new home?
Q: Did your children settle in easily?
Q: What are the schools like, any particular suggestions?
Q: Is there any other advice you would like to offer new expat arrivals?
~Interviewed January 2013