Ceska Sporitelna expat center and personalized banking services

Ceska Sporitelna bank
Ceska Sporitelna, established in 1825 and headquartered in Prague, is the largest private bank in Czech Republic with nearly 5 million customers. The bank was the first savings bank in the country, but it became a subsidiary of Erste Group in 2000 when it sold 52.07% of its share to the financial conglomerate for 530 million euros. The Erste Group bought up bigger portions of the bank over time to raise its ownership stake in the institution to the current 99%.

Ceska Sporitelna's business involves finance, insurance, asset management, private banking, expat banking and corporate banking. Ceska provides services to retail clients, SMEs, municipalities, corporations, as well as services in the financial markets. In addition, the bank also runs mortgage, commercial, and development centers. Ceska Sporitelna also supports charitable causes touching on education, science, culture, healthcare, sports, and the environment.

The bank has a broad ATM network consisting of more than 1,200 ATMs in its domestic Czech market. It also has a strong international presence, thanks in part to its association with the multinational banking corporation, Erste Group. Among its most popular international banking products is its Expat Center, which caters to expats in their preferred language which offers a suite of personalized banking services.

1. Do they provide online banking?

2. Do they have an English website?
Yes. Also english speaking staff.

3. What's the required minimum amount to open a checking account?
A minimum deposit of CZK 1,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency terms has to be made within 2 weeks after account opening. A checking account can be opened in CZK, EUR, USD, CHF, GBP, CAD, DKK, JPY, and SEK.

4. What's the required minimum to open a savings account?
A minimum deposit of CZK 1,000, USD 300, EUR 300, GBP 600, CAD 1,500, CHF 1,400, DKK 7,500, SEK 9,200, or JPY 124,000 as per account denomination to be made within 3 to 9 days depending on the savings contract term. Additionally, CZK accounts qualify for deposit bonuses.

5. Which countries do they operate in?
Czech, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Herzegovina, and Bosnia.

6. Do they issue debit cards?

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