In 2016, the Global Peace Index ranked the Czech Republic as the sixth safest place to live on earth due to the low crime rate and lack of domestic and international conflict.
Roles are clearly defined, with men typically taking on the traditional role of breadwinner and practical tasks, while women are expected to prioritise childcare over work.This is surreptitiously supported by the state with generous maternity benefits (up to four years maternity leave per child).In smaller towns and villages it is still relatively rare among the older generation, but popular with the younger generations through compulsory teaching in schools and its pop culture influence.Czech domestic culture revolves around the family and this takes precedence over social life.Universities and colleges close their dormitories at weekends so students can return to their families rather than stay on campus.
Particularly in small towns and villages, Czechs prize practical skills above ‘soft skills’ with trades passed down the generations.
The formal form of address is also used to show respect.
For example, a prospective daughter-in-law will formally address her future parents-in-law until after the wedding when the convention is dropped.
Since the fall of communism and the influx of multi-national corporations, the work culture in the main cities of the Czech Republic has gradually shifted in line with western style culture.
Initial business meetings are formal affairs with standard business dress worn and business cards exchanged.
The climate is temperate and typical for Central Europe, with warm dry summers and cold winters.