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Česká Republika

Political Status: Independent Czechoslovak Republic proclaimed in 1918; People's Republic of Czechoslovakia established June 9, 1948; redesignated Czechoslovak Socialist Republic on July 11, 1960; renamed Czech and Slovak Federative Republic on April 21, 1990; present Czech Republic proclaimed upon separation of the constituent components of the federation on January 1, 1993.

Area: 30,450 sq. mi. (78,864 sq. km.).

Population: 10,962,832 (2012E—UN); 10,177,300 (2012E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): PRAGUE (1,165,000), Brno (368,000), Ostrava (312,000), Plzeň (163,000).

Official Language: Czech.

Monetary Unit: Koruna (official rate October 3, 2011: 18.73 koruny = $1US).

President: Václav KLAUS (Independent); elected by the parliament in the third round of balloting on February 28, 2003, and sworn in for a five-year term on March 7 to replace Václav HAVEL (nominated by ruling coalition headed by the ...

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