Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic welcome Lunar New Year Festival 2018 (Photo: VNA)

The number of Czech people with goodwill toward the Vietnamese community is 37%, much higher than the previous survey, and the highest result since 2013.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Czech people sympathetic with other groups are: Slovakia, 80%; Poland, 50%; Greece, 38%; Israel, 30%; Germany, 34%; Hungary, 30%; Bulgaria, 25%; Russia, 25%; China and Ukraine, 21%; and Serbia, 20%.

According to the latest statistics released by the Czech Statistical Office, as of the end of 2016, there were 493,400 foreigners including 110,000 Ukrainians, 107,251 Slovaks and 58,025 Vietnamese people living in the nation.

Since 2013, the Czech Government has officially recognized the Vietnamese community as an ethnic minority. According to Czech President Milos Zeman, the integration process of Vietnamese people into Czech society is very successful. Czech people highly appreciate the value of hard work ​​of the Vietnamese citizens living there, as well as Vietnamese food.

“Vietnamese people in the Czech Republic are an example and inspiration for us. That is to respect the elderly, respect tradition, parents and families in general. Vietnamese parents always pay attention to their children’s studies. It is evident that many young Vietnamese in the Czech Republic today are successful entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers or economists,” stressed President Milos Zeman./.