CZECH REPUBLIC (Reuters) – Czech Republic will introduce a new national language to improve the communication between the country’s two largest linguistic groups, a state-run news agency reported on Thursday, a move aimed at tackling linguistic stereotypes that have long hindered the country from achieving international recognition.
The state-controlled news agency, TVC, said the government planned to make Czech the national language of the Czech Republic in 2019.
The announcement comes as the Czech government is looking to the United States for assistance in combating the spread of flu and pandemic-like infections.
The country has a total population of more than 200 million, a fifth of whom are minorities, according to data from the Czech Central Statistics Office.
The news agency said the new language would be the official national language.
The Czech Republic is also one of the countries hardest hit by the flu, which has killed more than 15,000 people in the past two months.
The number of flu cases in the Czech capital, Prague, has been rising for more than a year and the Czech health ministry has said the number of confirmed cases has risen to about 2,500 from 2,000 in March.
The government is currently considering the creation of a Czech Language Council, and a new law will require citizens to demonstrate a certain amount of fluency in Czech.
It is hoped that the new national-language law will make the language easier to learn, TVCC reported.