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SIC is proud to introduce Central Bohemia Region context and be the reference point for our growing global community and those who would like to invest in R&D and work in the research centers located in our region.

Our Welcome Office services are targeted towards faculty or staff, professors, visiting researchers, post docs, and doctoral candidates coming to Central Bohemia from abroad. SIC is here to support you and connect you to the right sources. Also, for foreign investors, Central Bohemia has the best opportunities for you.

SIC can assist you and your family in administrative affairs and answer any questions concerning everyday life in Central Bohemia.

We cooperate closely with other organisations offices, such as, local authorities, partner institutions and local networks to bring the most relevant information for you, that you will find it in the next sections.

 

Introduction to Central Bohemia

  • economic conditions
  • living conditions
  • housing characteristics
  • way of life
  • social security

Central Bohemia Region

Central Bohemia Region is one of the 14 administrative unit of the Czech Republic, which was established in July 1, 1960 according to the Act no. 36/1960, “On the territorial division of the state”, and since January 1, 2000 is an autonomous local government, same year when the first elections were held. In comparison with other regions it does not have its regional office seat located in its own territory but in the capital city of Prague (which has the status of independent region).

Central Bohemia Region is the largest region in the country with an area of 10,929 (2017) square kilometers that makes up almost 14% of Czech Republic and is also the most populous in the country with a total of 1.3 million inhabitants (the most populated district of the region is the Praha-East district (171,914 inhabitants). Population of the region is increasing mainly due to suburbanization – migration from other regions and from Prague to districts surrounding the capital, constituting to some extent the metropolitan background of the capital city.

Central Bohemia it’s made up of 1,144 municipalities spread among its 12 districts: Benešov, Beroun, Kladno, Kolín, Kutna Hora, Melník, Mlada Boleslav, Nymburk, Prague-East, Prague-West, Přibram and Rakovník. The five largest cities in the region include Kladno, Mladá Boleslav, Příbram, Kolín and Kutná Hora. The highest number of municipalities is concentrated in the Mladá Boleslav Dictrict and in the Příbram District (120 municipalities each), while the lowest number of municipalities is in the Mělník District (69). The population density is the highest in the Praha-West district, the Praha-East district, and the Kladno district (over 200 inhabitants per km2). All these districts have strong socio-economic ties with Prague and they constitute to some extent the metropolitan background of the Capital City (CSU, 2017).

Demographic development of the region started to distinctively change in the second half of the 1990s, mainly thanks to construction of satellite settlements in the environs of Prague. The population has been constantly increasing and it is mainly internal migration, which contributes to the population increase. A big amount of especially young people moved into the region setting up their families there due to the good location of the region. Thanks to that, the natural decrease has gradually dropped and starting in 2006 more children are born in the region than there are deaths. The region was the youngest in the Czech Republic as for its average age of the population, which was 41 years in 2016. Nevertheless, a nationwide trend of the population ageing affected the region and from 2015 persons aged 65+ years started to prevail in their number over children aged up to 14 years.

 


Number of inhabitants in Central Bohemian Region 2000-2016

 

Source: ČSÚ (2017)

 

Population estimate in Central Bohemian Region 2013-2051

Source: ČSÚ (2014)

 

Age structure in Central Bohemian Region in 2016

Source: ČSÚ (2017)

 

The location of Central Bohemia Region and the close ties with the capital city of Prague significantly affects its economic characteristics. The regional office of Central Bohemia Region is seating in Prague and there is a strong interdependence between the two regions in commerce, industry and research. From the economic point of view, both regions are interrelated. Most important sectors of influence: healthcare, food, social, education, recreation and transportation.

Economic conditions

The economic performance of the Central Bohemian Region ranks among the best in the long term when compared with the other regions of the Czech Republic. It has the second highest share (11.6%) in the GDP in the regional comparison (right after Prague). The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role in the regional economy (39.4% in comparison with 23% in Germany and 19% in Austria) driven by automotive industry, engineering and food. The companies operating in this field account for almost 40% of the economic output and create more than 30% of jobs. However, the region has had a very rapid development of modern research activities in a number of fields from biotechnology, optics, photonics and nuclear technology; through advanced materials; to humanity fields like psychiatry and mental health-care.

GDP in regions in the Czech Republic 2015

 

GDP in NUTS 2 regions 2015

According to Eurostat, among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in February 2017 were recorded in the Czech Republic (3.4 %), Germany (3.9 %) and Malta (4.1 %). The highest rates were observed in Greece (23.1 % in December (2016) and Spain (18.0 %). The unemployment in the region is lower than the national average for a long-term. As at 31 December 2016, the share of the unemployed persons in the Region was 3.1%.

 

Unemployment rate in the Czech Republic 2008-2016

 

Unemployment rate in selected areas 2005-2016

 

Share of manufacturing industry of total GVA

In addition, agriculture benefits from excellent natural conditions in the northeastern part of the region, the region excels mainly in plant production – cultivation of wheat, barley, sugar beet, potatoes, the suburban parts of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. It also develops energy crops, especially oilseed rape.

The region is significantly involved in the global economy by means of foreign trade – predominantly to the West European markets (main trade partner is Germany). Central Bohemia is the region with the second highest export performance in the country, from this perspective, it is necessary to point out that the automotive industry contributes to the high export dependency (products from the automotive value chain account for almost 50% of export).

The influx of foreign direct investments (FDI) in relative terms (per capita) is the second highest (after Prague). An important trend is a growing intensity of FDI influx to the region thanks to ‘localization factors’ and excellent transport connections. It clearly ranks among the most successful regions, together with Prague.

 

Foreign direct investment in Central Bohemian Region 1998-2016

 

Living conditions

The gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in the Region in 2016 was 91.7% of the average level of the GDP per capita of the Czech Republic, which ranked the Region 4th within all the regions of the country. It is markedly influenced by the strategically favourable location of the region.

According to Czech Statistical Office (CSU) Central Bohemian income households is the second highest among the regions, higher than the national average and second highest after household in Prague.

Annual average net income per capita of households in 2016

 

 
Housing Characteristics

The level of housing is one of the basic indicators of living standards. More than half of households in the region (52.6%) lived in their own house, namely due to the fact that there is a higher proportion of dwellings in family houses than in most other regions.

In Central Bohemia, housing surface area are above national average. In 2015, the average living space per person in Central Bohemia was approximately 34.3 square meters, 0.7 square meters above than in the whole country. Most households have 3 rooms (34.6%) and a total area of 60-80 m2 (29.3%). In 2016, housing utilities amount a monthly average of 5,311 (196 EUR approx.), which represented 15% of net income of the entire household. This was 2.7 percentage points less than the national average (17.7%).

The highest item of expenditure on housing utilities was electricity charges, these charges were a monthly average of CZK 1,764 (66 EUR) represented a third of the expenditure for housing and the county is highest. Other monthly fees associated with housing have generally been below one thousand crowns and generally have lower than the national average.

2016

CZK

EUR

Housing costs, total
(per month per household)

5,306

204

 

 

 

rent

943

36

electricity

1,743

67

gas (from a gas grid)

831

32

heat and hot water

591

23

water supply and sewerage collection

457

18

solid and liquid fuels

433

17

other utilities

309

12

Housing costs as percentage of net income

15.0

Source: Statistical Yearbook Central Bohemia, CSU, 2017

Cost of living in Central Bohemia
Rent

As anywhere, rental costs vary depending on the area, location and quality of the accommodation. Often there are differences between rents for similar flats in the same location, for this reason looking around will pay off.

In cities like Dolni Brezany (where two of the most important research institutes are located) the rents start at about 10,000 CZK (1+1/1+kk). When you agree to rent a flat or house, is common that you will have to pay 1 to 2 month’s rent in agency fees (if you decided to use their services) plus the deposit.

Type of housing

There are different types of advertisement for housing, this is an overview:

1 + 1 One-bedroom flat. The other room would usually be a kitchen.

1 + kk One-bedroom flat. KK stands for a miniature kitchen

1 + 0 This term may be used as synonym for 1 + kk. However, most of the time it describes one room only.

2 + 1 (3 + 1, 4 + 1, …) This is a flat with two rooms and a kitchen (or three or four rooms respectively). A bathroom included.

Panelaks:  block apartments, type of building built between 1950-1990. The condition of their interior may vary greatly.

Houses: Houses to rent are more likely to be found outside of Prague. They tend to have very thick concrete walls and small rooms, rather than fewer larger ones.

If you would like to know more about the housing in Czech Republic, you can find it in this information brochure for foreigners prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic (www.cizinci.cz)

You can visit the different cities in Central Bohemia and get a feel for the location of an individual property.

As for cost of living, in this website you can find an estimate of the cost of living in some of the cities in Central Bohemia, such as Kladno, Nymburk and Mlada Boleslav and you can compare them with Prague.

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https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Kladno-Czech-Republic?displayCurrency=EUR

Way of life

Central Bohemia is considered the natural centre of the Czech Republic with many attractions to make it the perfect getaway weekend or holiday. There are many important and historically valuable sights and several Protected Landscape Regions. The biggest concentration of historical buildings and monuments is in the town of Kutná Hora (Cathedral of St Barbara, Italian Court, Hrádek – Czech Museum of Silver and medieval silver mine, Ossuary and Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and St. John the Baptist), which was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

There are 34 urban conservation zones in the region and 29 national cultural monuments. The most famous castles are Karlštejn and Točník in Beroun area, Křivoklát in Rakovník area, Český Šternberk in Benešov area, and Kokořín in Mělník area. The most interesting castle ruins are Žebrák in Beroun area and Okoř in the Praha-západ District. The most important chateaux are Konopiště in Benešov area, Žleby and Kačina in Kutná Hora area, Loučeň in Nymburk area, Lány in Rakovník area, castles Mělník and Nelahozeves in Mělník area. One of the most important places of pilgrimage in Bohemia is Svatá Hora in the town of Příbram.

Among the most frequently visited museums in the Region are: ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav, Mining Museum in Příbram, and Czech Museum of Silver in Kutná Hora; among monuments it is Lidice Memorial near the town of Kladno.

The most valuable natural area of the region is the Křivoklátsko protected landscape area, which is one of biosphere reserves of UNESCO; among other important areas are Český kras (the Bohemian Karst) protected landscape area, Český ráj (the Bohemian Paradise), Blaník and Kokořínsko (the area of a Czech well-known poet Karel Hynek Mácha). As at 1 January 2016, a new protected landscape area of Brdy was established on the territory of an abolished military training area. The territory of the former military training area was re-allocated to adjacent municipalities of the Central Bohemia Region and the Pilsen Region; thus, the total area of Central Boemia decreased by 87.9 km2 less compared to the status as at the end of the year 2015 (11,015 square kilometers).

Social security

The Czech social security system is built on three pillars. The first pillar is compulsory social insurance, which covers sickness benefits, unemployment benefits and pension insurance. The second pillar is state social support, covering the cost of subsistence and other basic personal needs of children and families. The third pillar is the social assistance provided to people in need.

Health insurance is compulsory for anyone who resides permanently or is working for an employer located in the Czech Republic. You can find more information about social security in Czech Republic here.

  • Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)
  • Research centers and career opportunities
  • Information on grant programs
R&D and innovation in the region

In terms of R&D activities, Central Bohemia is among the leading regions of the Czech Republic. This position has been so far based primarily on business activities in the R&D, which is mainly in contrast to the capital city of Prague, where the academic sphere is the key component of the R&D activities. Central Bohemian Region is basically the only one among the Czech regions approaching the often by the EU of 2% expenditures (business-funded) on R&D in the GDP. Together with Prague, it represents a core of knowledge activities in the Czech Republic.

In terms of the volume of institutional support for R&D, Central Bohemia is placed third among all the regions after Prague and South Moravian Region. Also in terms of the volume of specific grants, Central Bohemia was third after Prague and South Moravian Region.

Other growing potential sectors making an entrance in innovation are pharmaceutical and optic production followed up the importance of research infrastructures, such as BIOCEV, ELI Beamlines and Hilase.

Foreign nationals engaged in research activities in the different research centers and laboratories in the region represent more than 20 countries. Creating a circulation of knowledge and a transformation toward a global community.

 

Relevant data in Science and Research:

 

R&D personnel total in Prague and Central Bohemia
Full-time equivalent (FTE)
CR, Region Total
2012 2013 2014 2015

2016

Czech Republic

60,329

61,976

64,443

66,433

65,783

Prague

21,810

23,243

23,203

23,445

22,046

Central Bohemia

5,549

5,698

5,698

6,213

6,881

Source: Statistical Yearbook Central Bohemia, CSU, 2016

 

 

Researchers in Prague and Central Bohemia
CR, Region Total
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Czech Republic

33,217

34,271

36,040

38,081

37,388

Prague

12,540

13,637

13,580

13,854

13,483

Central Bohemia

3,102

3,073

3,041

3,504

3,205

Source: Statistical Yearbook Central Bohemia, CSU, 2016

 

 

Patent activity in Central Bohemia

2016

Patent applications, total

92

submitted by private enterprises

60

Patents granted, total

48

to private enterprises

40

Patents valid as at 31 December,
total

253

of private enterprises

211

Source: Statistical Yearbook Central Bohemia, CSU, 2016

 

 

Patent applications submitted by domestic applicants in Central Bohemian Region 2010- 2015

Source: ČSÚ (2015, 2016)

 

Number of patent applications in regions of the Czech Republic 2011-2015

Source: ČSÚ (2016)

 

Expenditure of R&D in 2015

 

Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)
What is RIS3?

It is designed as a ‘living document’, which is regularly completed and up-dated based on issues arising from its practical application within the EU Regional and Cohesion Policy. It represents in a compact form some main delivery instruments that could be used to implement smart specialisation strategies.

In the case of the Czech Republic, such a strategic document is the National RIS3 Strategy. In each region, regional RIS3 strategies are implemented that take into account the specificities of the local innovation ecosystem and economic specialization and redefine the priority areas set at national level.

Central Bohemian Region RIS3 Strategy

It represents a long-term plan to increase the competitiveness of the Central Bohemian Region based on innovation and the use of research capacities for economic growth. The purpose of the RIS3 Strategy of the Central Bohemian Region is to create suitable conditions and environment for the development of entrepreneurship based on innovation and high added value. Specific interventions and projects in key areas of change will be targeted to this end.

Key areas of change and priority areas of RIS3

The updated RIS3 Strategy of the Central Bohemian Region (February 2018) considered megatrends in social and technological changes and with the participation of partners from the private, research and public sphere. Four basic areas of change were identified:

•    Key Area of Change A: People for Innovation

•    Key Area of Change B: Competitive and Innovative Businesses

•    Key area of change C: Quality public research and its contribution to regional development

•    Key Area of Change D: Innovation in Public Space

A list of planned strategic interventions, including other information, will be the subject of the RIS3 Action Plan, which will be prepared for a two-year period, the next one 2019-2020 period.

Council for Competitiveness of Central Bohemian Region

It’s an advisory body to the Council of Central Bohemia Region in support of innovative entrepreneurship, science and research in the Central Bohemian region. Among the members of the Council for Competitiveness are important representatives from innovative companies, important academic bodies operating in the region, regional government and support organizations active in the field of innovation in the Central Bohemian Region.

S3 Platform

At European level, the S3 platform was established in 2011 following the Communication “Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020”, its role is to provide information, methodologies, expertise and advice to national and regional policy makers, as well as promote mutual learning, trans-national co-operation and contribute to academic debates around the concept of smart specialization: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/s3-guide

Central Bohemia Region is part of the S3 platform since 2016: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/CZ02/tags/CZ02?rel=1

 

Research centers and career opportunities

The Central Bohemian Region has an extensive network of research organisations and centres specialised in various fields that are significant partners of companies in their research, development, and innovation activities.

 

Research centres in Central Bohemian Region in 2017

Interactive portal: research organizations

This interactive map contains information about selected entities that are an important part of the innovative ecosystem in Central Bohemia. Includes a profile of research and academic institutions in the Central Bohemian Region and Prague, as well as selected largest companies (according to employment) in important branches of the Central Bohemian economy.

https://s-ic.shinyapps.io/MapPortal/

Useful information

Information on financial instruments

From national institutions and from the European Union, please visit: http://www.czech-research.com/rd-funding/

Research mobility assistance

EURAXESS portal contains practical advices concerning information on job and funding opportunities, as well as, information on how to plan and organize your move to different countries in Europe.

https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/

 

STAR CLUSTER

At the Czechinvest 9th annual contest (2017) “Cities for business”, Central Bohemia was recently awarded within a new category as the most “Attractive region for investment”, for the joint project of Dolní Břežany, Hodkovice and Vestec and STAR CLUSTER (Advanced Science and Technology Region). This award evaluated the access to quality education in primary schools, business infrastructure and business support.

 

These are the research within the science & research cluster:

BIOCEV

A joint project of six institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Institute of Molecular Genetics, Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of Microbiology, Institute of Physiology, Institute of Experimental Medicine, and Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry) and two faculties of Charles University in Prague (Faculty of Science and 1st Faculty of Medicine). The project’s goal is to establish European Centre of Excellence in biomedicine and biotechnology. http://www.biocev.eu/en/about/

Job and career opportunities: http://www.biocev.eu/en/category/job-opportunities/

ELI Beamlines

With initial funding from the European Union and local governments, the Extreme Light Infrastructure ELI will be a multi-sited Research Infrastructure for the investigation and applications of laser matter interaction at more than 6 orders of magnitude higher intensities than today’s state of the art. https://www.eli-beams.eu/

Job and career opportunities: https://www.eli-beams.eu/en/about/careers/

Hilase

The main goal of the HiLASE project is to develop laser technologies having breakthrough technical parameters. In general, those lasers will be significantly more powerful and efficient, more compact, more stable and more easily maintained than the currently available technology. http://www.hilase.cz/en/

Job and career opportunities: http://www.hilase.cz/en/carrer/

 

Information for planning and preparation your move to Central Bohemia

Before your arrival


Residency in Czech Republic

The department within the Ministry of the Interior responsible for residency in the country is the Foreign Police (Služba cizinecké policie). The work here is related to issuing short-term visas for up to 90 days, registration of new migrants coming to the country, check on residency permits (e.g. at work, on the street), and penalties of non-compliance with the conditions for residency in the country.

For EU citizens:
Citizens of the EU have the same legal status as residents. However, it is necessary to report a change of your address within 30 days with the Foreign Police, other changes have to be reported within 3 days after their occurrence. Always keep deadlines.

Foreigners` Residence Unit Prague and Central Bohemia Region

If you work in the Czech Republic only, you will become Czech resident for taxation purposes. However, it is fundamental to determine where you will be making social security and health insurance payments.

Regarding health travel insurance, is not compulsory but recommended, between period of arrival and the commencing date of your employment.

For Non-EU citizens:
All application process needs to be done in Czech Embassy abroad. For research employment there are two types of visas:

•    Blue Card (long-term residence – longer than 3 months – permit for the purpose of scientific research). LINK: http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/eu-blue-cards.aspx?q=Y2hudW09Mg==   

•    Employee Card (long-term residence – longer than 3 months – and employment). With regard to professional qualifications, an employee card is intended for all types of employment regardless of the level of required professional qualifications. LINK: http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/employee-card-682810.aspx

Recognition of diplomas

Academic recognition is characterized by a detailed comparison of curricula, resulting in a decision on whether the education acquired abroad is equivalent to the education provided in the Czech Republic.

Recognition of foreign higher education is decided, in principle by public universities according to § 89 and § 90 of Act no. 111/1998 Coll., Universities Act. But is the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports the one who issues the certificate of recognition of education only if: a) the diploma was obtained in a state with which there is an agreement on recognition of equivalence of documents (or recognition of education) and b) if the university runs a study program similar in content and is therefore competent to decide on recognition.

If it is a military area, the recognition is decided according to § 95 para. 9 of the Law on Higher Education Ministry of Defense; in the security services, then decides on the recognition of the Ministry of Interior.

Some of the documents required are:

•    Letter of termination of the last degree
•    Apostille diploma (by the country of origin of attained degree)
•    Time load sheet, including practice and theory hours

For more information for the recognition of foreign education and qualifications in the Czech Republic: English Brochure from Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. (LINK: http://www.msmt.cz/eu-and-international-affairs/uznavani-kvalifikaci?lang=2)

 

After your arrival


For EU citizens:

•    register your stay at the Foreign Police Inspectorate within 30 calendar days
    o    Foreigners` Residence Unit Prague and Central Bohemia Region
•    open a bank account if your stay is long-term
•    Obtain a Social Security number from the Municipal Social Security Administration (Městská správa sociálního zabezpečení, MSSZ). A personal visit is necessary.

For Non-EU citizens:

For long-term stay
•    register your stay and have biometric data taken at the Foreign Police within 3 working days
    o    Foreigners` Residence Unit Prague and Central Bohemia Region
•    Obtain a Social Security number from the Municipal Social Security Administration (Městská správa sociálního zabezpečení, MSSZ). A personal visit is necessary.
•    Open a bank account
•    Pick up long-term stay permit card at the Foreign Police

Taxes

The Czech acronym for VAT is DPH. The following VAT rates apply:
•    21% standard VAT rate applies to most products and services
•    15% reduced VAT rate applies only to specific products and services
•    10% on books and medicines

Income tax
•    personal income tax rate is 15%

Corporate taxes
•    The standard corporate tax rate for a Czech resident company is 19%

Atlas of Innovation Environment – Profile of the Innovation Ecosystem of the Central Bohemian Region

Central Bohemian Region has a strategically convenient location in the heart of Europe and is one of the most developed regions compared to other regions in Central and Eastern countries. It has long been one of the most economically developed regions in the Czech Republic.

The Central Bohemian Region is also a place with a rapid development of mod­ern research activities in a number of fields, from biotechnology, optics, photonics and nuclear technology; through advanced mate­rials, engineering and the automotive industry; to humanity fields like psychiatry and mental health-care.

Find out all the possibilities that Central Bohemia has to offer:

Investment opportunities in R&D – Atlas of Innovation

Setting up a business

Foreign legal entities are allowed to conduct trade activities, including the acquisition of real estate, under the same conditions and to the same extent as Czech entrepreneurs. They may become founders or co-founders of a company, or may join an existing Czech company.

Find more information here

Visa support for investors and technology companies

CzechInvest’s AfterCare Department offers visa support for investors. In particular, the department provides consulting focused on the visa process in the Czech Republic and addresses the specific needs of investors throughout the process. Find more information here.

In addition, the Welcome Package project is an accelerated procedure for provision of residence permits for newly established technology companies with a domestic investor (i.e. start-ups). The purpose of the project is to achieve time savings within the migration process of employees and statutory representatives. Find more information here.

Corporate tax

Corporate income tax is levied on income from the worldwide operations of Czech tax residents and on Czech-source income of Czech tax non-residents. Find more information here

Useful contacts

Find a list of institutions that can provide assistance or further information for investors: here

 

Sources:
+420 246 083 190  |  info@s-ic.cz