Czechs are richer than Italians and happier than Brits

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For the first time in history, the Czech Republic is richer than Italy and Spain. It follows from 2020 data from the International Monetary Fund, processed for the FX Street server by Lukáš Kovanda, chief economist of the government’s National Economic Council.

Czechs are also happier than the French and the British.

According to data presented by FX Street, the net income of the average Czech, including children and pensioners, increased by more than 600 percent since 1989 from less than 2,000 korunas (€78.20) to more than 15,000 korunas (€587) in 2018.

The change is mainly due to the transition from a planned to a market economy after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. The first half of the 1990s was crucial, characterized by privatization, restitution, foreign owner input, and economic liberalization in general.

The past 30 years represent the most successful period in Czech history from an economic point of view. The evidence of that is the rise of the country in the Fraser Institute World Economic Freedom Index from 101st to 20th place since 1990. However, FX Street also draws attention to the pay inequality that increased after 1989, when a new elite of the wealthiest Czechs emerged.

Furthermore, Czechia is the second most innovative economy of the former Eastern bloc after Estonia, according to the global innovation index.

The assessment reflects the standard of living of households, the economic performance of the country, and the societal redistribution of wealth. However, Czechia is only gradually getting closer to the most advanced economies so far. The Germans are still in the lead.

In the “satisfaction ranking”, the Czechs placed 16th, surpassing, for example, Belgians, the British, the French, and Italians. The Slovaks placed 22nd. The first three places belong to Finns, Icelanders, and Danes.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has already responded to the report.

“Congratulations and many thanks to all our citizens,” he wrote on Twitter.

Title image: A Czech fan waits for the beginning of the group A match between Turkey and Czech Republic in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, June 15, 2008, at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships in Austria and Switzerland. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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