People living outside of the Czech Republic usually tend to think that Prague and the Czech Republic are synonyms and they often forget (or are completely uninformed) that there are other interesting and worthy to visit cities within the country. There has always been some kind of unofficial competition between the two biggest Czech cities – Prague and Brno, as the second largest city has a lot to offer also not only to the tourists but also to the expats who have decided to relocate in the country, but it has always been pushed into the background.
However, Brno has started the new year with some incredible achievements and world fame. Recently, travel and statistics sites have put Brno in Europe’s top 20. Apparently, 2016 already feels like a very good year for Brno. Brno beats Prague in quality of life According to the newest Quality of Life Index 2016, prepared by the travel and statistics site Numbeo, Brno was ranked #46 worldwide for the quality of life and surpasses the capital Prague which came in at #58.
Brno came in at number 46, while it was 18th in Europe and second in Eastern Europe, beaten by Gdańsk, Poland. The parameters of the survey include purchasing power, safety, healthcare, consumer prices, property-to-income ratio, traffic commute time, pollution and climate.
Brno scored high results is safety, health care, and climate. It was moderate in purchasing power, property-to-income ratio and pollution. It scored low in traffic commute time and very low in consumer prices. The city has recently been developing as a high-tech center with technical universities and EU-supported programs attracting young people. The city and its surroundings are home to many tech startup companies as well as branches of tech multinationals. Good job, Brno! Brno holds #27 as a place to visit this year according to the New York Times! Annually, the worldwide famous newspaper The New York Times prepares a chart with 52 “must see places” around the world for the year. This year Brno takes #27 as a place that must be visited! The authors start their article about Brno with the following sentence “Unexpected cuisine and nightlife in an architectural mecca.” They praise the city for its supreme food and drinks places and for the great nightlife. Finally, Brno becomes a popular tourist destination and gain popularity worldwide!
Brno surpasses Prague in office development
In 2016 Brno will have completed more new office space than Prague for the first time. A total of five new office buildings with an area of 51,550 square meters will be completed in the city. This will be the highest increment since 2007 and Brno will also outpace Prague in terms of new supply for the first time ever.
It seems that 2016 is the year of Brno’s successes!
Author: Nadya Dyakova, PR intern of Foreigners.cz Brno