Czech Republic Petr Macek, Lenka Lacinová, and Eva Polášková
Background Information The Czech Republic is located in the Central European region. The Czech language belongs to the family of Slavic languages, but the Czech culture and lifestyle are deeply rooted in Western European culture. The Czech Republic was founded in January 1993 as a result of the peaceful split of the former Czechoslovakia into two independent states (the Czech Republic and Slovakia). The Czech Republic joined the European Union (EU) in May 2004.