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The Just Student Jobs Country guide for gap year travel in Europe - Czech Republic


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Czech Republic

Population : 10,272,179

Literacy rate : 99.9%

Life expectancy at birth : male –71.01 yrs, female –78.22 yrs.

Infant mortality rate : 5.63 deaths/1,000 live births

Population growth rate : -0.08%

GDP growth rate : -0.5%

GDP per capita : £7,800

Unemployment : 9%

Inflation : 2.5%

TI index: 4.3

Climate : temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

Time : GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 during the European/continental summertime).

Electricity : Generally 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most major hotels have standard international 2-pin razor plugs.

Websites : The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is at http://www.czech.cz/

Useful information on a range of Czech destinations, including remote countryside spots and historical sights, as well as comprehensive accommodation listings can be found at http://www.travelinczech.com/

The country is slowly recovering from an economic crisis, but still doesn’t seem to have got the hang of capitalism quite yet. Things are expected to look up in 2006, but only if the government can learn to stop regulating the private sector as in days of yore.

This is a pleasant place to live with warm friendly people and surpassingly good beer. Many people want to work and stay here.

Living in the Czech Republic should not present many problems; the cost of living is low and Prague has good, cheap public transport with even an underground system. The only negative aspect will probably be accommodation, but then private sector employers will help.

Prague is rich in history – a wonderful place. Don’t miss the Old Town Hall clock, built in the 15t h century. This part of Europe is rich in history – King Wencelas set up his first mint here in the 13 th century and the best beer in Europe was exported from Plzen (Pilsen) for many years giving rise to the appellation ‘Pilsener’.

Entry requirements

A work permit is essential. It will take your employer about 2½ months to get it. You could apply for work and residency permits after checking out the job situation, but it will take the same amount of time, during which you will be unemployed.

Vaccinations

Nothing special indicated; check with your doctor.

Tax and Insurance

UK nationals have access to hospital and other medical treatment. Get health insurance anyway. Tax runs at 25 to 30%.

Getting Around

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Gap Year Programmes

Click here to find gap year programmes and placements in the Czech Republic

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