Czech Culture & Adaptation

Becoming one of the “family”

November 26, 2010
public domain image of a tax form with the blank to fill in a rodne cislo

My quest for a Czech birth number, “rodné číslo”

Years ago, I remember one of my students proudly pulling an identification card from his wallet. He proffered the card to me and pointed to a string of numbers, “If you are Czech, this number is your life.” It took me longer than it should have to realize that the rodné číslo (birth number) my student was pointing out was similar to the social security number that I received in the US.

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