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Territories of Use

Czech has about 10 million speakers in the Czech Republic, or Czechia, and about 200,000 speakers in other countries, mostly emigrants and children of emigrants who left the country in sizable migrations around World War I, World War II, and the years 1948 and 1968. Many Czech speakers can be found especially in Austria (mostly in Vienna), Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Croatia (mostly in the Daruvar area), in Western Romania (in Banat), in Australia, and Canada. Several tens of thousands of Czechs have continued to live in the Slovak Republic after the split of Czechoslovakia at the end of 1992. However, the largest group of Czech speakers outside the Czech Republic lives in the United States, in cities like New York, Chicago or Cleveland and in a number of rural communities in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska. According to the US Census, more than 90,000 Czech speakers lived in the United States in 1990.

Karel Kučera, ©2001

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