Welcome to Hradec Králové Region!
Hradec Králové Region (Czech: Královéhradecký kraj, pronounced [ˈkraːlovɛːˌɦradɛtskiː ˈkraj] is an administrative unit (Czech: kraj) of the Czech Republic located in the north-eastern part of the historical region of Bohemia. It is named after its capital Hradec Králové that is located just 100 km from the capital city of Prague.
Due to the fact that in 1866 there was the decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War in which the Kingdom of Prussia defeated the Austrian Empire, we are talking about Hradec Kralove as of the places where Europe was devided.
Our region is divided into 5 districts:Hradec Králové, Jičín, Náchod, Rychnov nad Kněžnou and Trutnov.
The Hradec Králové Region has approx. 554 thousand inhabitants, which is 5.3 % of the total CR´s population. The Hradec Králové district is the most populated district, the less populated district is the Jičín District. With its 116 inhabitants per square kilometre the Region is below the national average (132 inhabitants per sq km). The population density differs by districts; the highest is in the Hradec Králové district (181 inhabitants per sq km) and the lowest in the Rychnov nad Kněžnou district (81 inhabitants per sq km).
The region ranks second (following the Capital City of Prague, 15.6 %) in the share of population aged 65+ (15.3 %). An average age of males and females is also above the national average
Our region has the area of 4 759 km2 and accounts for 6% of the total area of the Czech Republic.
There are Krkonoše (the Giant Mountains) and Orlické hory (the Eagle Mountains) in the north and northeast passing to fertile Polabská nížina (the Elbe lowland). Both mountain ranges are separated by Broumovský výběžek which used to be a flat basin between two mountain ranges. The nature created there large rock towns – the Teplice Rocks and the Adršpach Rocks, Broumov Hills, Křížový vrch (Cross Hill) and Ostaš. This area belongs to the most abundant water reservoirs of the best quality in the Czech Republic. An important part of the territory comprises of the Krkonoše foothills and Orlické hory. Main watercourses are the Elbe with its tributaries Orlice and Metuje. The highest point of both the region and the Czech Republic is Mount Sněžka (1,602 m above sea level) in Krkonoše. The lowest point is the surface of the River Labe where it leaves the territory of the Hradec Králové District (202 m above sea level).
The Hradec Králové region is an agricultural and industrial region with well developed tourism. The industry is concentrated in big towns, intensive agriculture in the Elbe lowland (Polabí). The biggest concentration of tourism in the Czech Republic is in the Krkonoše mountain. Two thirds of the area of the Krkonoše National Park lie in the region’s territory and the most valuable localities of the Park can be found in the region’s territory. The following belong to the protected landscape areas: Broumovsko, Orlické hory, and Český ráj.
Cultural specifics of the Czech Republic
Although the Czech Republic belongs to one of the youngest states in the world as the republic came into existence in 1993 after splitting with Slovakia, it is one of the richest country when we are talking about the culture.
Czech Republic culture has held true through centuries of change.
When traveling through the Czech Republic, you can find a lot of castles and chateaues that were built long time ago. They open their doors in early spring and close for the winter in late autumn. Czech families like to visit castles during the weekends or holidays.
Czechs love to attend the theatre and opera. Summer festivals are also very common and are held in many cities in the whole Czech Republic.
When talking about sport, Czechs are mad about football (soccer) and ice hockey. The national teams for both sports are well respected worldwide and always have a huge following locally. Each sport also has popular domestic leagues.
One of the most popular sport is skying. Both – downhill and as well cross country skying. Many families spends their holidays in the mountains during Christmass and spring holiday.
During the summer time very popular is kayaking.
The national pastime of the Czech Republic is mushrooming. It is very common to meet in the forrest people with full of wicker baskets and rubber boots in the autumn.
Despite the many churches in the country, the majority of people don’t attend church. Non-believers are the majority after a long bout of communism.
Accommodation in Hradec Králové
In Hradec Králové is offered a variety of short and long term accommodations: small apartments – studios, one bedroom flats, apartments for two and more up to fivebedroom flat, rooms in shared apartment. Or there are as well possibilities to rent a house if you plan to settle down in Hradec Králové with your family.
The costs will depend on the location and quality of the accommodation.
One of the most favourite places for accommodation for foreigners in Hradec Králové is Boromeum where you can order additional services such a cleaing or breakfast. The house is situated in the very center of the old town.
There is as well several hotels and pensions in the city where is possible to have an accommodation and to get better price for long term stay.
When looking for an accommodation, you can use Real Estate Angency or some private companies that take care of foreigners.
The state borders of the Czech Republic, which are internal borders within the Schengen area, can be crossed at any point without a border check on persons, irrespective of their nationality. Border checks are performed only at external Schengen borders, i.e. at international airports in the Czech Republic on flights originating in or ending in countries outside of the Schengen area. Within Schengen area can travel without any restrictions citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.
A third-country national is a citizen of a state that is not member of the EU nor a citizen of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. All those need a visa before entering the Czech Republic. Visa can be obtained at every Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Labor law principles
It is allowed to work in the Czech Republic with the work permission only.
Citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland or their family members do not need an employment permit, Employee Card or Blue Card to be employed on the territory of the Czech Republic. These nationals have the same legal status as citizens of the Czech Republic, as the country is a member of the European Union.
Foreigners from third countries (except some special categories of employees, such as holders of long-term residency permits, students etc.) need one of the following:
Labour code in the Czech Republic regulates the legal relations arising in connection with the performance of dependent work between employees and their employers, labour relations of collective nature and other aspect related to employment.
The fundamental principles of labour relations are especially legal protection of employee status, satisfactory and safe working conditions for performance of work, fair remuneration and equal treatment of employees and prohibition of their discrimination.
Czech law knows three types of contracts between the employer and the employee. Every type has its own specifications and the rules. It is illegal to work for the company without having a contract. There are two types of regular employment contracts in the Czech Republic – Employment Contract for a definite period and Employment Contract for an indefinite period.
In regular Czech employment contracts, the probationary period, with the maximum of 3 consecutive months for regular employees and up to 6 consecutive months for managers, may be concluded.
The length of standard weekly working hours shall be 40 hours per week. The basic statutory period of paid leave is 4 weeks regarding the labour law. There are many companies that are giving extra week.
Facilities in the region for foreigners
In the Czech Republic, pre-school facilities cater to children aged 3 to 6. Compulsory education goes from the age of 6 to 15. Secondary schools cater to young people from 16 to 19.
The school year runs from 1 September until 30 June. Except for the pre-school level, the Czech educational system is overwhelmingly public and free of charge. Schools that offer teaching solely in a language other than Czech will be private, and hence charge fees.
In Hradec Králové there is possibility to place kids at the kinder garden with bilingual teaching
Both Universities in Hradec Králové (Univerzita Hradec Králové and Karlova Univerzita Hradec Králové) are well-known, internationally recognized public universities with a broad selection of study programs in English.
In Hradec Králové is held every year already for several decades the Regions International Theatre Festival. The last week in June is full of concerts, theaters and workshops.
Klicpera theatre in Hradec Králové is well respected professional theatre with long tradition. Their plans are to have “English friendly” perfomances in the future.
Dancing theatre of Honza Pokusil (Taneční divadlo Honzy Pokusila) is able to give lessons not in English only, but in Spanish as well.
Philharmony of Hradec Králové is well respected not in the Czech Republic only, but worldwide as well as they are regularly performing in many important concert halls worldwide.
Galery of Modert Art has its seat at Velké náměstí. The collections represent a development of modern Czech art from late 19th to early 20th century until today. As of 2008, Gallery of Modern Art (commonly abbreviated as GMU) has a collection of modern art as well as a collection of other works, including former Vladimír Preclík Gallery.
Museum of Eastern Bohemia was built in the beginning of 20th century by one of the best architects Jan Kotěra. This unique building was declared in 1995 a national cultural monument. In the museum can be found permanent collections (archeological and historical). During the year the museum organises many different exhibitions.
1866 War Museum is situated in Chlum where the greatest battle took place.
Petrof Museum is dedicated to the company´s founder, Mr. Antonín Petrof. Pianos are made in Hradec Králové by Petrof family since 1864. In the museum you can find instruments that represent a cross-section of what the company has produced within more than 150 years.
Petrof Gallery has at the moment the biggest concert hall in our region where they organize not concerts only but various events.
University hospital in Hradec Králové belongs to one of the best in the Czech Republic. Beside that many private ambulance has their services in English.
More information about our region can be found at Tourist information center in Hradec Králové.
Czech law requires anyone staying in the country to have health insurance, but not everyone qualifies to receive coverage from the state. A new amendment to the Foreigner’s Act took effect on August 2, 2021, requiring foreigners with long-term residence in the Czech Republic to buy a health insurance contract with the commercial branch of Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna (VZP), officially known as Pojišťovna VZP (PZVP), for five years. Commercial health insurance is a private contract between the insured person (the foreigner) and the insurance company. It is available to foreigners staying in the Czech Republic (or those applying for residence) who are not included in the public health insurance system. Foreigners staying in the Czech Republic based on a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit with the purpose of business are not included in the public health insurance system and must buy commercial comprehensive (also called “contractual”) health insurance from PVZP. That includes:
Every person who has working contract with the employer is covered with health insurance.
People working on a freelance basis and have permanent residence then they need to arrange contractual insurance individually with a public health insurance provider.
Czech science has always had a very strong voice in the world. The Czech Republic has achieved international renown in areas ranging from Egyptology to high-tech fields such as non-woven nanofibers. There are currently 9 centers of excellence and more than 40 regional research centers. Those centers were built or medernised thanks to the Operational Programme
“Research and development for Innovations” during 2007 – 2013.
The success can be seen in the new treatments for cancer and hematological and urological diseases, the development of new construction technologies. Strong focus of the Czech Republic on science and innovation can be demonstrated on conrete current projects such as operation of the most powerful laser in the world, capacitors for Mars rovers, nanotechnological coatings to improve air quality.
Moreover, the new Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2019-2030 was recently announced by the Czech government. With its new strategy titled Czech Republic: The Country for the Future, the Czech Republic aims to become an innovation leader in Europe.
Czech Academy of sciences (CAS) was established as the Czech successor of the former Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. The Academy employs over 8 000 employees. Half of them are reserchers with university degrees. The Academy has 54 public research institutions.
The Czech Science Foundation (also known as the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, GA CR) was established in 1993 as the main independent public organisation with the aim to support basic research in the Czech Republic and promote international collaboration of researchers and research teams on the bilateral and multilateral levels.
The Council for Research, Development and Innovation of the Hradec Králové Region (RVVI) is coordinating, advisory and initiative body of the regional government in the field of research, development and innovation since 2007.
Both universities in Hradec Králové (Univerzita Karlova, Univerzita Hradec Králové) offer many posibilities of research projects including elaboration of diploma theses in chemical, biological, science, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacognosy and botanics and social and clinical pharmacy. They have their programmes taught in English. Faculty of Medicine together with the First Faculty of Medicine in Prague was one of the first from Czech medical faculties in the Czech Republic who join the Erasmus programme in 1997. Under this programme study in Hradec Králové many students.
The regional annex to the National RIS3 Strategy for the Hradec Králové Region
It is the thematic conceptual document for science, research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The regional annex the National RIS3 Strategy for the Hradec Králové Region is a thematic conceptual document of the Hradec Králové Region for science, research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship. This strategy was approved by the Hradec Králové Regional Assembly in 2014, and in 2018 it was first updated, approved on June 18, 2018 by the Hradec Králové Regional Assembly Resolution no. ZK/14/1020/2018. The document defines 6 progressive fields / domains that are strong in the region, and defines the vision: four key areas of change and related objectives and types of activities. The implementation of the strategy is ensured by Action Plans evaluated on an annual basis and supervised by the Council for Research, Development and Innovation of the Hradec Králové Region. With the existence of the Regional RIS3 Strategy and its regular updating, the Hradec Králové Region fulfills the preliminary requirements of the European Union for drawing European funds in the area of research and innovation.