11:24 May. 3, 2016
Officials say an alternative one-word name for the country is much more practical
On May 2, Czech Republic's leaders adopted a shortened name for the country - Czechia.
Previously, it was allowed to use only the Czech Republic as the country's official name, reports AP.
Unlike most European countries, until the present day the Czech Republic had no shortened version of its name. Now, the country can be called 'Czechia' in English, 'Tschechien' in German, and 'Tchequie' in French, which is translation from the Czech language - Česko, writes Deutsche Welle.
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The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted the country's short name is more practical and convenient to use. The ministry reported that in the nearest future the country will ask the United Nations to introduce its new shortened name to to the relevant U.N. database.
The Czech Republic emerged after Czechoslovakia split into two sovereign states in 1993. Many of the country's largest exporters, like the Pilsner Urquell brand, use only one word for labelling products - Czech (instead of the Czech Republic). Not everybody is happy with this initiative: some find the name 'Czechia' bad-sounding and also believe that it can be confused with Chechnya in English writing.