Business Opportunity

Czech Republic and Slovakia became EU members in 2004. Both economies have experienced strong growth in the past few years, a trend that is set to continue. The communications and information technology sector has benefited with expenditure increasing from 2.2 bil. € in 2003 to 2.9 bil. € in 2005 in the Czech Republic and from 0.6 bil € to 0.9 bil. € in Slovakia according to statistics published by Eurostat.

Lack of Language Knowledge

Czechs and to a lesser extent Slovaks lag behind other European nations in embracing foreign languages. According to the Eurobarometer survey from February 2006, only 24% Czechs and 32% Slovaks older than 15 years are able to have a conversation in English (compare to 59% in Belgium or 86% in Denmark). Availability of a localized version thus means a substantial competitive advantage since the majority of users will not be able to use English software to its full potential.

Legal Requirements

The Consumer Protection Acts (Act. No. 634/1992) in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia state:

Sellers shall duly inform consumers about the properties of products to be sold, the nature of services to be provided, the manner of use and maintenance of particular products, any risks related to the improper use or maintenance thereof, and about any risks concerning services that are to be provided. If necessary due to the nature of a product, the manner of its use, and the period of its use, the seller shall ensure that the relevant information is contained in enclosed operating instructions and that such information is comprehensible.

If the information § 9, 10, 13 a 19 is provided in writing, it must be in the Czech (Slovak) language.

Slovak legislation goes even further in the Act No. 270/1995 on State Language of the Slovak Republic:

Public organs and organizations established by them are obligated to use the [Slovak] language in all information systems.

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