Europe

Czech Republic to use Czechia as one-word version of name

A sign with the word "Czechia" is printed on a t-shirt displayed in a store in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Feeling as a handicap that unlike most European countries the Czech Republic lacks a one-word version of its name in foreign languages, the country is set to use the name of Czechia in English. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

A sign with the word "Czechia" is printed on a t-shirt displayed in a store in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Feeling as a handicap that unlike most European countries the Czech Republic lacks a one-word version of its name in foreign languages, the country is set to use the name of Czechia in English. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

Czechia will soon be synonymous with the Czech Republic.

Unlike most European countries, the Czech Republic has lacked a one-word version of its name in foreign languages. Now, the country is set to use the name Czechia in English, Tschechien in German or Tchequie in French.

The Foreign Ministry says a one-word name is more practical and flexible for various uses.

Neighboring Slovakia is officially the Slovak Republic. Similarly, Russia is used for the Russian Federation.

Czech leaders are meeting later Thursday and expected to endorse the new name.

To make it official, the Foreign Ministry will ask the United Nations to include the option in its databases.

Not everyone is happy with the name choice. Some critics say it could be confused with Chechnya.