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After a lengthy process of discussion whether to make the Czech language exam for foreigners coming to the country and applying for a residence permit or citizenship stricter, the Ministry of Education decided to increase the necessary Czech language level from A1 to A2. Expats coming to the Czech Republic for a long time will therefore need to have a higher knowledge of the Czech language. Expats coming from non-EU countries will have to pass this exam if they want to apply for a permanent residence permit or Czech citizenship. The residence permit brings many advantages to its owners, such as social benefits or the suffrage and other rights equivalent to the rights of Czech citizens. However, it will beRead more.

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Like every other country, the Czech Republic has certain cultural aspects considered traditional and local. The truth is: many of these misconceptions are irrelevant to the culture of Czechs, mostly being brought up by foreigners and even occasional tour guides. Trdelník Oh, we all heard this one! Shops that sell trdelníks can be found all over Prague – fun airy buns with tasty fillings quickly earned their fame among the foreigners. Trdelník is often being presented as a Czech national pastry, especially popular during Christmas time. Unfortunately, that’s all a lie – this delightful dessert originates in Slovakia. Its production started in Skalica, and has a long tradition: the word ‘trdelník’ comes from the other word ‘trdlo,’ which means ‘aRead more.

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Google published its annual “Year in Search”, revealing the top global Google searches by country. To highlight the most significant events and say goodbye to 2020, we collected the top searches in some of the neighboring Central European countries: in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Slovakia. Czech Republic Coronavirus – the most obvious search trend this year among Czechs was the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic. The interest in novel coronavirus peaked between 8th-21st March in the Czech Republic when the search interest was valued at 100. US election – Czechs were surprisingly interested in the US election, which took place on November 3rd and ended with the victory of the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Similarly, the most searchedRead more.