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Guest post – Life in Brno, Czech Republic

Today we have the pleasure to talk a bit more about how it is to live in Brno, Czech Republic. We asked one of our candidates living there to help us with some useful information. She told us her story of how she ended up in Brno and what are the specialties of the city. Saara was hired by our client in Brno this spring and started her new job in the beginning of March. However, she has a longer history from living abroad and who better to interview about life in Czech Republic than her?

Saara has lived in Brno since autumn 2017, but already lived there in 2015 for the first time. She went there for some months as an Erasmus exchange student. She really loved her exchange time there and applied for a chance to continue her studies and finish her master’s there too. Saara tells us that Brno is a nice old city from the middle ages with great transport connections to a lot of cities in Central Europe. There is always lots to do and things to see, so there are activities to choose from for every weekend. She says that Czech people are very similar to Finns, but in her opinion they have even better English skills among the young people. She has enjoyed her time in Brno very much.

When asked about the specialties and personal features of the city she listed a lot of things starting with a huge variety of wine, beer and food events, small breweries and wineries, continuing with all the cultural locations e.g. castles and mansions surrounded by incredible routes to hike around, sometimes connected with a wine cellar or similar. There are good opportunities to go biking or hiking. The weather is usually good, it rarely rains and the sun shines almost every day even through the winter.

Work life in Czech Republic seems to be very similar to the one in Finland, but she said that the job she got through Nordic Jobs Worldwide is her first real job there and she doesn’t have a lot of experience of the work culture yet. However, she hasn’t noticed any huge differences.

Sometimes our candidates are worried about how they will survive with the salary provided in the new location, so that is why we wanted to ask Saara if she had some comments on how one can manage with the local salary and what kind of life you can lead there. First of all, she says, people with special language skills get paid more than the locals, which already helps a bit. According to her the biggest cost compared to all others is the housing cost which has been rising in the last few years. A normal room in a shared flat in the city center can be something from 5000-10000 Czech Koruna (~200-400e) and studio apartments are more expensive in relation. Other costs however are lower than in the Nordics, especially eating out in a restaurant is a lot cheaper, public transportation is cheap and works really well, food in stores is cheap and services such as the hair dresser, spas etc. are also very affordable. If you want to know more, she urges people to check online and Google for more information if interested in knowing things in more detail.

In addition to the worry about how the money will last, a lot of candidates are wondering about other challenges one might face when moving to Czech Republic, so we asked Saara to share her experiences. The thing she mentioned was the challenge of not knowing the local language in the beginning and handling some every day situations was a bit difficult, but these situations were solved by calling a Czech speaking friend to help explain what she wanted, and after taking a few language courses, it started getting easier.

To end with a positive note, Saara shared her thoughts on what is the absolute best things about living in Brno. She mentioned all the trips around Brno and the events during weekends; the markets, wine, beer and food events etc. Additionally, going to Austria for skiing and climbing in the Alps with only a short and cheap train trip is another amazing thing. Lastly, there are plenty of expats in Brno working and studying, so it has been easy to integrate to the city.

Hopefully this gave you some idea about life in this central European country. Currently we have a few positions available for a couple of different languages, so why not check them out?

Talk to you soon and a very big thank you to Saara for her helpful tips!

Nina Filpus - Marketing Manager
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