The Czechs in a Nutshell


English language

5 stars (1 review)

Why do Czech men love sandals and white socks, and why do Czech women practice extramarital sex with greater gusto than women in most other European countries? Did you know that Czech Euroscepticism has its roots in 1620? That Czech society is in reality an undercover matriarchy? Or that some Czechs have names like Hippopotamus, Don't Eat Bread and even Pepa From Hong Kong? When is it crucial not to do as you are told, and should you be happy when somebody gives you a painting of a rhombus? In this manual, foreigners will find light answers to these and many other weighty questions about the Czechs and their fascinating society. It is written by a foreigner who after years in the country has discovered that many things and people are not what they seem at first glance.

1 edition

Read it if you are remotely related to the Czech Republic

5 stars

If you're looking for a light-hearted and humorous take on Czech culture, then Terje B. Englund's The Czechs in a Nutshell is the book for you. Englund, a Norwegian journalist who has lived in the Czech Republic for many years, pokes fun at many of the quirks and customs of his adopted countrymen in a way that is both affectionate and good-natured.

While some stereotypes Englund perpetuates may be familiar to those who have already visited the Czech Republic, others are more original, and all of them are presented in a way that is sure to make readers laugh. In addition to providing plenty of amusement, The Czechs in a Nutshell also offers a glimpse into the day-to-day reality of life in the Czech Republic, making it an enjoyable and informative read for anyone interested in the country.