Category: Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a charming country in Central Europe, with immense historical heritage and many cultural events. The capital is Prague, an unmissable tourist destination. After the First World War, Czechs and Slovaks, related to the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, came together to form Czechoslovakia. During the period between the two great wars, the new country was often concerned with meeting the demands of ethnic minorities within the republic, especially the Sudeten Germans and the Ukrainians. After World War II, Czechoslovakia was within the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1968, an invasion of Warsaw Pact troops ended efforts by Czechoslovakian leaders for greater freedom. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom. On 1 January 1993, the old country was divided into two: the Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) and Slovakia. In May 2016, the Czech Republic’s mission at the UN reported that it also started to use the short version of the country’s name: Czechia (English) and Czech (Spanish). The name Tchéquia appears in the Portuguese version of the official Czech tourism website. There are 10.6 million residents (2016).