There are lots of stereotypes about the Czechs which are known all around the world. So the only thing you should do to make sure if these stereotypes are true or not is to visit Czech Republic. So here are some of the most famous ones.
- Do not cut a Czech in line. If you see a queue forming in Czech Republic, get on it because there’s something you really want waiting at the end of it. But don’t even think to cut a Czech in line. During Communism common items you might see every day were not readily found in shops so queuing up for stuff on sale is something taken very seriously.
- Beer is cheaper than water. This stereotype is really true as a small battle as sparkling water costs in average 35kc at most places while half a liter of beer still averages at 30kc.
- Poppy seeds are legal. It is true as poppy seeds are legal in Czech Republic and is used in baking. The use of poppy seeds is banned in some countries due to the opium alkaloid content that can cause false positives in drug tests.
- Knight Templars around town. It is true and you really can see them around. Medieval reenactment here is a sport and people go around on public transport with full length swords and other weapons and then go train in some public park.
- The Czechs are depressed. The stereotype is not true. Some people have the idea that the only way a person can be happy is if they wear a perpetual smile on their face. The Czechs are little different as they are pragmatic people and don’t like to exert themselves unnecessarily. So you shouldn’t make any assumptions based only on facial expressions.
- The Czechs hate ripped jeans. That’s true. The Czech people do love wearing jeans everywhere from office to fancy parties, but any holes which are acceptable in them are a result of wearing them out. So ripping jeans out to look cool is totally unacceptable.