Welcome to the website of the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic to Arkansas.
Recent Czech History
November 1989 brought an end to communism and Czechoslovakia returned to a liberal democracy through the peaceful “Velvet Revolution”. Václav Havel, former dissident, was elected president during the country’s first democratic elections in January 1990.
On January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two independent countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Czech Republic is a pluralist, multi-party parliamentary representative democracy with the Prime Minister as head of government. The Parliament is bicameral, with the Chamber of Deputies or Lower House and the Senate or Upper House. The head of state is the President.
The current President of the Czech Republic is Miloš Zeman and the current Prime Minister is Bohuslav Sobotka.
The Czech Republic joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1995, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1999, and the European Union (EU) in 2004. The population of the Czech Republic is estimated at 10.5 million.