It's true. It was in the news on April 15th (Washington Post) but most news sites didn't report it.
My (Rob) dad was a big buff about Geography and he would quiz my younger brother and I at the dinner table as kids. So, whenever a country changes it's name, I take note.
There are other things I've taken note as when it comes to geographical names since I write about tropical cyclones around the world. One thing is the controversy over the name for the "Sea of Japan." Many people in South Korea have been trying to get the body of water renamed "the Korean Sea" but to date it remains the "Sea of Japan." - Rob
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Here's the article about the the coming name Change for the Czech Republic
as the Washington Post reported it:
Politicians in the Czech Republic are trying to put decades of debate to an end by announcing a new name for the country: Czechia.
In a meeting with reporters this past week, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said he supported the move, suggesting that foreigners often mangled his country’s name when he met them abroad. “It is not good if a country does not have clearly defined symbols or if it even does not clearly say what its name is,” Zaoralek said, according to the Czech News Agency.
Although Czechia has the backing of the president, prime minister and heads of parliament, it still has to win cabinet approval and be registered with the United Nations. Once that is all done, Czechia will officially become the conventional short-form name for the country, while the Czech Republic will remain the conventional long-form name.