I love to play tennis, rollerblade, travel, read, sew, cook, music, especially jazz and movies. I currently live in the Czech Republic however I am from California.

Low unemployment and a low cost of living make the Czech Republic one of the top 25 most ‘happy’ nations.

Sex education is compulsory in the Czech Republic and begins at the age of seven covering a comprehensive curriculum that includes contraception, reproduction, STDs and pregnancy.

Compare these kinds of attitudes to somewhere like Romania whose communist decline coincides with the Czech Republic and the differences are very marked.

More recent studies conducted in 2013 by The Pew Research Center in their Global Attitudes Project revealed that the Czech Republic is the most morally accepting country in the world.

There has been some debate over the last decade with the government further extending the role played by schools in this area.

A new 70-page teachers guide introduced in 2010 proved controversial when it allowed more scope for schools to choose the depth and reach of their sex-ed programmes including homosexuality and sex crimes.

This freedom from religious dogma has influenced social and cultural attitudes towards sex and the Czechs have a healthy relationship with physical intimacy and sexual activity.

Though the data is now over twenty years old, it does show a surprising contrast in beliefs and opinions in a relatively new post-soviet era.

The origins of the phrase ‘Bohemian’ when referring to something as spirited, artistic and nomadic are actually from an area within the Czech Republic known as Bohemia.

It is therefore no surprise to learn than the Czechs are generally akin to this ideal of non-conformist, slightly eccentric and alternative lifestyle.

Right wing groups and conservative groups have challenged the decision to include sexual orientation with the head of the Association for Protection of Parental Rights (VORP) believing that homosexuality is a ‘deviation’ that can be ‘cured’.