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1. Prague (Praha) = Hlavní město Praha (capital)
2. Central Bohemia (capital Prague) = Středočeský kraj
3. South Bohemia (Ceske Budejovice = Budweis) = Budějovický kraj
4. Pilsen region (Plzeň = Pilsen) = Plzeňský kraj
5. Carlsbad region (Karlovy Vary = Carlsbad) = Karlovarský kraj
6. Usti region (Usti nad Labem) = Ústecký kraj
7. Liberec region (Liberec) = Liberecký kraj
8. Hradec region (Hradec Kralove) = Královéhradecký kraj
9. Pardubice region (Pardubice) = Pardubický kraj
10. Jihlava region (Jihlava) = Jihlavský kraj
11. Brno region (Brno) = Brněnský kraj
12. Zlin region (Zlin = formerly Gottwaldov) = Zlínský kraj
13. Olomouc region (Olomouc) = Olomoucký kraj
14. Ostrava region (Ostrava) = Ostravský kraj
Jan Zrzavy, 23 Oct 1997
Some further changes are also possible. As the regional names are mentioned in the constitutional law, all changes must be approved by the Parliament of the Czech Republic. It is probable that the first-round changes will be completed in April 2001.
To my best knowledge, no regional Coat of Arms and flag exist so far. In most
regions, accepting the symbols is processed (at least in Central Bohemian
Region, South Bohemian Region, Karlovy Vary Region, Liberec Region, South
Moravian Region). All Coat of Armss should be quartered shields including Coat of Arms(s)
of the historical lands (Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia), Coat of Arms of the regional
capital (or some of its element), and some newly formed "regional symbols"
(surprisingly, some important mountains are often mentioned). The flags
will probably be also quartered, perhaps pure BOAs. We'll see ...
Jan Zrzavy, 1 Apr 2001
Four Krajs are going to change their names. We are only waiting for the president's signature on the Constitutional law about it. So Ostravský kraj will be MORAVSKOSLEZSKÝ (MORAVIAN-SILESIAN), Jihlavský kraj will be KRAJ VYSOČINA ("Higland" - ČESKOMORAVSKÁ VYSOČINA is the name of the Bohemian - Moravian border mountain), Brněnský kraj and Budějovický kraj will return to old names JIHOMORAVSKÝ KRAJ (SOUTH MORAVIAN) and JIHOČESKÝ KRAJ (SOUTH - BOHEMIAN).
And on 13 April the newspaper Mladá fronta DNES wrote, that Karlovarský kraj has finished the work on its Symbols - the Coat of arms will be (following the recommendation of the Heraldic Subcommittee of the Parliament) a quartered shied of the French shape. In this case it would be the quarterly Gules and Azure,. first a Bohemian Lion, second a Fountain Or with a Spring Argent (not heraldical Fountain, which is a ball barry wavy, but the real one!), third Miner tools Argent over in base two crossed Branches Or (of unknown tree) and fourth the Arms of Karlovy Vary.
The description of the ceremonial flag (prapor) and of the flag for
daily use (vlajka) is a bit unclear. After mentioned recommendation it
should be the field which repeats the fieldsof the shield and it should
be a rectangle (Banner of Arms with ratio 2:3). But this article speaks
about colours of the field AND THE COA IN THE CENTER OF THE FIELD (so the
"prapor") and about these colours in diagonal order (per saltire?) for
the "vlajka".These symbols are still only proposal, since they are not
approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament Chairman.
Aleš Křížan, 17 Apr 2001
The President has recently signed the law and the changes of names of
the four Czech regions are definitely approved:
Former Budejovice Region (Budejovicky kraj) is the South Bohemian Region (Jihocesky kraj);
Former Brno Region (Brnensky kraj) is the South Moravian Region (Jihomoravsky kraj);
Former Ostrava Region (Ostravsky kraj) is the Moravian-Silesian Region (Moravskoslezsky kraj);
Former Jihlava Region (Jihlavsky kraj) is the Region of the Highlands (Kraj Vysočina).
The flags will be approved, like the municipal flags, by the heraldic-vexillological
subcommitee of the House of Representatives and officially signed by its
chairman (Vaclav Klaus at present). AFAIK, the symbols of the Karlovy Vary
Region are already accepted by the regional legislature, symbols of the
South Bohemia, Liberec Region, Moravia-Silesia, and Pardubice Region are
near to be accepting.
All regional flags will be banner-of arms, derived from the quartered COAs' shields. All will include the arms of historical lands (Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, or sometimes two of them), some symbol of the regional capital, plus some purely regional symbols.
Jan Zrzavy, 25 May 2001
It seems that at least two regional flags are accepted (Karlovy Vary
Region and Liberec Region). Moreover, the Moravia-Silesia Region is close
to finish the symbol-making activity: the first quarter of the COA/flag
will include the Silesian eagle, the second Moravian eagle, the third Ostrava
horse, the fourth remains open to additional proposals.
Also the symbols of the South Bohemia should be known in near future - June 15 is a deadline for sending the proposals.
Jan Zrzavy, 27 May 2001