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Erika Owen
April 15, 2016

Don't fret: You can still call it the Czech Republic if you really, really want to. But the Czech government asks that you use "Czechia" instead. The name switch was a move to hopefully make it easier for "companies and sports teams, among others, to represent the country internationally (and, possibly, for fans to tweet about it)," according to a write-up on Atlas Obscura

While the name switch may be news to most, the idea of adopting a one-word moniker is decades in the making, ever since Czechoslovakia officially dissolved. This nickname may not seem like such a big deal to some, but just look at what it did to France, otherwise known as the French Republic. Consider yourself prepped for your next session of country name trivia.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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