Czechia: Czech Republic leaders approve plan to change country's name
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Czechia: Czech Republic leaders approve plan to change country's name
Quote:Foreign Ministry says a one-word name is more practical and flexible for various uses - but not everyone is happy with the decision

Czechia will soon be synonymous with the Czech Republic.

Unlike most European countries, the Czech Republic has lacked a one-word version of its name in foreign languages.

Now, the country is set to use the name Czechia in English, Tschechien in German or Tchequie in French, translations of ‘Cesko’ in Czech.

The Foreign Ministry said a one-word name is more practical and flexible for various uses.

Neighbouring Slovakia is officially the Slovak Republic. Similarly, Russia is used for the Russian Federation.

Czech leaders, including president Milos Zeman, prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, speakers of both chambers of Parliament and the foreign and defence ministers met Thursday and endorsed the new name.

In a statement, they said “it is recommended to use a one-word name in foreign languages if it is not necessary to use the formal name of the country”.

They mentioned sports events and marketing as an example.

To make it official, the Foreign Ministry will ask the United Nations to include the option in its databases.

Not everyone is happy with the name choice. Some critics say it could be confused with the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Others say it does not properly represent two parts of the country historically known as Moravia and Silesia, only the Czech part, known as Bohemia.

The Independent

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Thank God for that. I've been doing it for years anyway, as have many other people I know.

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Quote:Others say it does not properly represent two parts of the country historically known as Moravia and Silesia, only the Czech part, known as Bohemia.

The name Czechia represents only Bohemia? How logical.

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For Germans it has always been and will always be the Tschechei.

Of course all these variants leave out Moravia and Silesia and set Bohemia as pars pro toto, which is kinda gay.


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They are begging to be reunited if they're using Czech Republic and Slovak Republic as the official one-name version of their country names. ;)
2016 Apr 16 19:40
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Check slow wacks!


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