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Social Life in the Czech Republic

Behavior

The Czechs are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).

Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above others or boasting is viewed negatively.

As a visitor to the Czech Republic, just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Czech Republic Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart.

Dress

The traditional dress in Czech Republic is call kroj (kroje is plural), which is rooted in historic Europe and has slight variations from region to region. For the women, this dress consisted of white shirts, a usually sleeve-less vest, a long skirt, an apron, perhaps a belt, and a cloth to cover the head. The particular designs and styles from region to region varied, but white and black seem to be found on all of them to some degree. For the men, white shirts, vests, and pants were the norm.

Today this traditional clothing is uncommon, but can sometimes be found during special events or in folk museums. More common today is modern western-styled clothing, which can vary just as it does throughout Europe and the world.

As a visitor to Czech Republic there are few to no true dress restrictions. Just dress for the occasion as business settings and churches require more formal and conservative dress, while sightseeing or hiking in the mountains has few restrictions, as shorts are commonly accepted, as are short-sleeved shirts. However, sunbathing naked or women sunbathing topless is only permitted in certain places so always be sure to know where this is allowed before doing so.

This page was last updated: November, 2013