The Czech Republic Wants A Nickname Like Other European Countries
The Czech Republic might shorten its name. The country's president supports the idea, but others say the change will create confusion.By Melissa Prax | April 15, 2016
Some lawmakers in the Czech Republic think the country's name is too long, so they're suggesting shortening it to Czechia.
At least, informally. The country's full name will stay the Czech Republic, but Czechia is an easier word to put on exports, products and sports teams. Some of those brands are currently using the word "Czech," which isn't grammatically correct.
The country's foreign minister argued, "in Europe, every country or almost every country, has a shortened geographical title."