Check out these facts about the Czech Republic

  1. The following is a high-level historical overview of The Czech Republic.
  2. Following World War I, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia.
  3. Between World War I & World War II, Czechoslovakia’s leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Sudeten Germans and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians).
  4. After World War II, a truncated Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet sphere of influence.
  5. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the Czechoslovakia’s leaders to liberalize Communist party rule and create "socialism with a human face."
  6. Anti-Soviet demonstrations in 1969 ushered in a period of harsh repression.
  7. With the collapse of Soviet authority in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom through a peaceful "Velvet Revolution."
  8. On 1 January 1993, the Czechoslovakia underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  9. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.