Czechia registered at UN as shortened name for Czech Republic

11-07-2016

The Czech Republic has registered the name Czechia in English, with other versions in the world’s main languages, as the country’s shortened title with the United Nations. The move was agreed by the government at the start of May in spite of opposition from some ministers that it would mean extra expense, in part rewriting and rebranding existing promotional material. The foreign ministry has led the call for an agreed shortened name for the Czech Republic arguing that the current official name is long winded and has given rise to a series of different unofficial short versions. Organisations will be able to choose whether to use the long or shortened versions but the ministry hopes to see Czechia taking off for sports and cultural events.