A one word country name, Czechia back in the running

Bohemia (westernmost area) within Czechoslovak...

Bohemia (westernmost area) within Czechoslovakia between 1928–38 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With many languages spoken it is often difficult to have the same name when two or more words are used to indicate a region or country.

In several parts of Europe (a.o. Belgium) in the previous century spoke about Czechia and Czechoslovakia. Now the old name Czechia may come back in use.

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

Czech leaders, including President Milos Zeman, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, speakers of both chambers of Parliament and the foreign and defense ministers met on Thursday the 14th of April and endorsed the new name “Cesko” or Czechia.

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.

Moravia (green and red) in relation to the cur...

Moravia (green and red) in relation to the current regions of the Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those against that name say it doesn’t properly represent two parts of the country historically known as Moravia and Silesia, only the Czech part, known as Bohemia.

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


English: Map of the Czech republic showing the...

Map of the Czech republic showing the borders of its historical lands and the borders of the current administrative regions (kraje). Česky: Mapa České republiky s vyznačenými hranicemi krajů a historických zemí. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Find also to read:

People of Czechia, Turn Back! It’s Not Too Late


About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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