88% of Czechs don’t want Muslims as relatives

Only 12 percent of Czechs would accept Muslims as their relatives, which is the second lowest number across Europe after Armenia, a series of surveys conducted by Pew Research Center show. The vast majority of the respondents in the Czech Republic also said it is important for citizens to speak their language.

The organization compared older data from the West, and North European countries with more recent East European data and the difference is striking. For example, while in Spain almost three-quarters of citizens wouldn’t mind having a Muslim in the family, in Poland it’s just 33 percent and in Ukraine 25 percent.

The result from the Czech Republic stands out even if compared with other Visegrad countries. The Czechs lead the charts with only 12 percent in favor, while for example in Slovakia 47 percent would welcome a Muslim in a family. When it comes to views about Jewish people, most people across Europe wouldn’t mind having them as relatives. Czechs are divided though, with 49 percent who would mind a Jewish person in the family.

The research also focused on the role of religion and whether it is important to their national identity. According to the results, 78 percent of people agreed that you don’t have to be a Christian to be a ‘true Czech’. Only 7 percent of Czechs said that Christianity has an important role in their life and 29 percent of them responded that they believe in God.

In Central and Eastern Europe, it also matters if a person was born in the country to share the national identity. It matters for most of the Romanians, Bulgarians, Hungarians and 78 percent of Czechs.