Czech Republic aims to be called Czechia in English

The Czech Republic wishes to be known as Czechia in English and plans to have its entry in the official list of country names at the United Nations adjusted to that end, the minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, said on Tuesday. Mr. Zaorálek said he expected the formal move would be made once backing was received for it at a regular meeting of senior state officials on Thursday. President Miloš Zeman already uses the name Czechia. While the one-word Czech name Česko caught on despite some initial resistance there have been debates surrounding the use of Czechia for many years.

Author: Ian Willoughby