Czechia has become the official English alternative name for the Czech Republic, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
A joint statement released by President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the speakers of both Houses of Parliament, declares that “it is recommended to use a one-word-name (Czechia) in foreign languages unless it is necessary to use the official name of the country – the Czech Republic”.
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.
While in the Czech language it was common to use the word “Česko” as country’s alternative name – European languages have used “Czech Republic” as one and only official name.
Czechia is based on a Latin name for the country used in 17th and 18th-century texts.