Also known as The Czech Republic, Czechia is a landlocked country in Central Europe and home to around 10.6 million people. More than a tenth of the population, 1.3 million people, live in the capital city of Prague.
Living standards have improved in recent year, but still vary according to regions. Roughly 26% of the nation’s inhabitants live in rural communities, while 74% live in urban centres. Children and young people living in urban areas have better access to schooling, healthcare, and training.
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Czech Republic since 1970.
Young people are more likely to experience unemployment in Czechia with the youth unemployment rate twice the national average at around 7%.
In addition, around 7% of young people are not in education, employment or training.
Young people who are out of work or training have decreased well-being and greater social isolation. They also lack opportunities to gain and improve their skills.
Almost 10% of the population lives in income poverty,
However, Czech households with children are more likely to experience poverty, meaning that children are disproportionately affected. Social deprivation caused by living in poverty has long-term consequences for the physical and psychological health of children. It also affects their development and educational outcomes.
Housing in Czechia is the least affordable in Europe. Due to a lack of social housing for low-income families, at least 1.5 million people live in inadequate housing conditions, of which 250,000 are children.
Inadequate housing means some children struggle to maintain their education, while others are at risk of homelessness. This often leads to children living in institutions, where they lack the child-focused care they need.