Czech beer, football players, Prague, Skoda cars - that's what most people think of when they hear about the Czech Republic or Slovakia. As country manager for these two countries and since this is my first post on the MyHeritage blog, I would just like to say hello and briefly introduce these two nations.
When people ask me where I come from and I reply "from the Czech Republic", it's always amusing to see how confused they are. Often they just reply "ah, Czechoslovakia." It has been 15 years since Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into two countries, but obviously there are still a lot of people who do not know about it.
Some nations might be offended by such ignorance, but we don't generally find it important. Our countries still have the best mutual relations so what to worry about? Even the former Czech prime minister suggested to use the label 'Czechoslovakia' as a marketing tactic, because it would help us being more recognizable in the world business.
There are 12 millions of Czechs around the world (of which 1.6 million live abroad) and 7 million Slovaks (of which 2 million are abroad). Although we speak two separately recognized languages, Czechs and Slovaks can understand each others' languages. Despite this fact, users from those countries will be happy to know we have translated MyHeritage into both Czech and Slovakian!
There are exactly 72518 Czech and 18812 Slovak users on MyHeritage today. That unfortunately does not get us into the top MyHeritage user country for Europe, nor in the world, but considering the number of inhabitants in these two countries, it's a pretty good ratio!