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Czech Republic, Prague. Cost of living.

Today I'll outline amazing country Czech Republic. Namely, I'll writing about Prague.

Quote: Prague is like a vertical Venice steps everywhere.
Author: Anonymous

So lets start.

Currency:
At first i'd like to reminder current index for eur/czk and usd/czk
1 USD = 15.5159038 CZK
1 EUR = 24.7307991 CZK

[http://google.com]

Tax:
Individuals who are permanently resident in the Czech Republic (as determined by their circumstances) or are usually domiciled here (i.e. spend more than 183 days per annum in the Czech Republic) are considered to be tax resident in the Czech Republic and are liable to Czech tax on their world-wide income. If the individuals are present for less than 183 days, then they are liable to tax only on their Czech-source income. These rules apply to Czech as well as foreigners.

Everybody working in the Czech Republic is liable to Czech social and health insurance payments. It is only in the case of short-term secondments that non-Czech nationals may be exempt from contributions to the Czech system. The employer is obliged to deduct tax advances under a payroll deduction scheme and at the end of the fiscal year, any differences between the amount due and amount advanced would be settled the following tax year. It is possible following the end of the tax year to claim tax relief for certain payments such as mortgage interest and life insurance (if the individual’s Czech income exceeds 90% of his/her world-wide income). If the employee received any additional income exceeding CZK 6,000 (except exempt income or, for example, dividends), then he would be obliged to file an income tax return.

The czech income tax rate for individual's income in 2008 is flat, a 15% rate. In 2007 tax on the income of individuals was payable at rates of 12% - 32%.
Mandatory social and health insurance payments are: Employee- 12.5%.
[http://www.worldwide-tax.com/czech/czech_tax.asp]

Well, common tax will be 27,5%

Useful links:
  • CzechInvest, the inward investment agency: www.czechinvest.cz
  • Ministry of Finance: www.mfcr.cz
  • Ministry of Interior Affairs:www.mvcr.cz
  • Czech National Bank:www.cnb.cz
  • Czech Trade:www.czechtrade.cz
  • Ministry of Industry and Trade:www.mpo.cz
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairswww.mpsv.cz
Average salary:
Sr. Software Engineer - 40000 USD
Software Engineer - 25000 USD
[http://www.payscale.com/research/CZ/Country=Czech_Republic/Salary]
Property to rent:
Area: 62m
Size:2+kk
Furnished: yes
Transport: metro, tram, bus
Price: 14000 CZK (892 USD)
[http://www.expats.cz]


Transport:
One-way Ticket - 14.00
CZK
Transfer Ticket - 20.00 CZK
24-hour Pass - 80.00 CZK
Monthly Pass - 460.00 CZK (30 USD)
Annual Pass - 4,150.00 CZK
Taxi (airport to center) - 400.00 CZK
Taxi (within center) - 150.00
CZK
[http://www.dpp.cz]
Food cost:
Milk (1 liter) - 16.00
CZK
Loaf of Fresh Bread - 24.00 CZK
French Baguette 19.00 CZK
Eggs (10) - 24.00 CZK
Cheese (100g) - 20.00 CZK
Water (1.5 liter bottle) - 12.00 CZK
Bottle of Czech Wine - 80.00 CZK
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) - 12.00 CZK
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) - 30.00 CZK
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) - 60.00 CZK
Pack of Cigarettes - Czech Brand - 40.00 CZK
[http://www.expats.cz]
Other:
UTILITIES, ETC. (Monthly)
Basic (Gas, Electricity, etc.) - 2,500.00 CZK
Phone (Land Line) - 500.00
CZK
Mobile Phone - 700.00 CZK
Internet (512 kbps ADSL) - 600.00 CZK
[http://www.expats.cz]
So to sum it up:
I've calculated that live in Prague will monthly cost you 25000-30000CZK (1600-1900 USD).
Let do a small calculation here. If average salary is 40000-45000 CZK (2500-2900 USD) then your income after paying tax will be 30000-33000 CZK (1900-2200 USD) and finally, after all expenditures you will have 5000 CZK (300 USD).
Well, to be honest, it's not good situation but if you receive 60000-70000 CZK then you will be live without complain.

What I'm trying to say, your life is in your hands.
Good luck and hope for the best.


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7 comments:

Anonymous

2 June 2011 at 18:25

Maan, average salary in CZ is 25 000 gross czk/month and most people don't have even that. If you get over 40000 you can consider yourself really lucky. If 60000, veeery lucky :)

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Ashly Pena

10 July 2016 at 09:55

Play the lottery...no one is stupid enough to give u that money.

Deschutes Maple

29 April 2017 at 17:58

I live in Prague, and have lived here for 6 years. The average salary quoted here is way too high, very inaccurate. Average salary in Prague is more like 30,000 czk. Often much lower for even government office workers who can earn as little as 18,000czk. Civil engineers earn 20,000czk! The author's cost of living analysis is all wrong too: 18,000czk is more accurate. The one good thing about Prague is cost of living is a bit lower than the rip-off cities like London, Paris, etc. Can live cheaply here. City can be a bit boring though, Praguers have the legendary "cold snouts"/studený čumák in Czech.

Deschutes Maple

29 April 2017 at 18:01

studený čumák is the Czech equivalent of the English idiom 'cold fish' personality type.

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