Czech Republic to Rebrand as Czechia
The Czech Republic, long mistaken for its predecessor, Czechoslovakia, its neighbor and former partner, Slovakia, or even a region in Russia, Chechnya, may adopt a new name, Czechia, in a move to address a long-standing identity crisis.
The name, according to a website dedicated to the addition of the new vowels, was in use as early as 1634 and is derived from Latin.
The country’s leaders asked the United Nations Thursday to record the name change in its database of geographical names.
Other names that were considered were Bohemia, perhaps the best known region in the country, and Czechlands, and Czech minus “Republic.”
“It’s not good when a country does not have any clearly defined symbols, or cannot say clearly what its name is, said Czechia’s foreign minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, in announcing the plan Thursday. “It would be good to set the record straight once and for all. We owe this to ourselves and to the world.”
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