: Reuters: Czech Republic says you can call us Czechia

16:33 Jul. 3, 2016

Reuters: Czech Republic says you can call us Czechia

Prague, Czechia. (AP Photo)

Not all citizens approve of the name change

Czechia has become the official English alternative name for the Czech Republic, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, allowing users to save space on name tags and product labels.

A spokeswoman said the ministry had notified the United Nations that Czechia, as well as versions of the name in French, German, Russian, Arabic and Chinese, may be used instead of the full political name.

This marks an end to more than two decades of hesitation on finding a single word name for the western part of the former Czechoslovakia, a federation of Czechia and Slovakia that broke up peacefully in 1993.

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