Customs in Czech Republic

The majority of the population in the Czech Republic speaks Czech. The remainder speaks Slovak, German, Hungarian, Romanian and Polish.

The currency used in Czech Republic is the Koruna (CZK) - Kc

Family is of high importance to the Czechs, they hold their family members as number one priority.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socializing

Greeting should be a quick, firm handshake with full eye contact. No matter the situation or your location, when greeting someone and upon your departure, it is customary to say "Dobrý den / Dobrý vecer" (Good Day/ Good Evening) and "Na shledanou" (goodbye). The Czechs are a very polite and reserved people; they are rarely on a first-name basis with others who are not family members or long time friends.

If you are invited to a Czech household for dinner, it is polite to bring the hostess chocolates or flowers (in an odd number of stems, excluding 13) and the host a bottle of wine. If you are giving flowers, do not bring lilies.

When entering the home, immediately remove your shoes.

Table manners are formal. Wait to be seated and do not begin eating until the hostess does. The first time seconds are offered, refuse; accept upon the insistence of the hostess. Toast the dinner with "Na zradvi!" which translates "To your health".

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is accepted and appreciated in the Czech Republic.

• 10% of your check (or more, if the service was exceptional) is a good tip to leave your server. Tip using cash, as it is considered rude to put the tip on a credit card.
• Taxi drivers - up to 10% or round up the total charge
• Bellhops and porters, a 20-40 CZK tip should be satisfactory.

Customs and Etiquette in Business

Men should wear dark suits with white shirts and conservative ties. Women should wear business suits or conservative dresses with a modest amount of jewelry.

Czechs keep a very rigid schedule; therefore it is of the utmost importance to be prompt. The beginning of the first meeting, you will be engaged in small talk and introductions before business is discussed. Meetings are long and patience should be exercised, as this is how they conduct business.

Business cards are exchanged without formal ritual.


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