The majority of Czechs consider Czechia a part of Central Europe with close relation to the Western world. They call their country with poetic hyperbole a“heart of Europe” and they have a substantial reason for it because Czech lands were always in strategic geographic position in Europe and therefore (unfortunately) a subject of interest and interference of powers with tragical consequences for the Czech nation. Czechs do not like to be included in Eastern Europe, which is the relict of communist times separation behind the iron curtain from the view of western countries. I can say, many expats from western countries living here in Czechia feel it some bridge between Western and Eastern Europe.
- Eastern Europe is poorer than western.
- We don’t have enough money for retired people, for mothers, for single mothers, for disabled, for treating chronic ill, for foster care.
- Europe have long and bitter history with Muslims. We have always fought them in order to survive. They were cruel-even for medieval norm.
- We did realized, Islamic immigrants brings many problems. They truly aren’t tolerant as everybody wants us to believe.
- We aren’t feeling to be responsible for current crize. We spoke against “humanitary bombing” and destabilization of not-democratic, but working regimes. Even ordinary people here were aware these actions will hand these countries ower to terrorists and Europe will be swarmed by refugees we aren’t able to deal with, because Europe’s economy isn’t in good condition.
- We don’t know why to take care for illegal immigrants.They are breaking law! They are criminals.
- EU failed to protect its borders.
- Czechs dislike EU. Our country joined it despite citizens didn’t want to. EU is endangering our independence and self-sufficiency. When our agriculture produce more milk than is allowed it must be disposed of. More corn than allowed-it must be burned… Traditional Czech products had to be re-named because somebody who even don’t know our language said, their names are misleading. Low quality, cheep food is imported in to Czech what does great damage to our agriculture. Besides, good quality stuff is now hard to get. The country of provenience also.
- The ones who have all the power in EU are German, France and England. Smaller, poorer countries are just their dust bins and servants who are supposed to dance as they whistle. Refugees are the last thing we need here. We are barely able to keep ourselves above the surface.
If you asked more specifically about the Czechs’ “most favorite foreign nations”, there have been lots of surveys, such as this CVVM survey in 2017:
Slovakia won (and almost universally wins, they’re our brothers so it’s just a proxy to loving ourselves – and Czechia wins if it is allowed to compete) ahead of Austria (which is always at the medal spots) and France. I think that most other surveys place countries like Denmark and Switzerland higher than France. Many other medium-sized Central and Western European countries end up near the top. For some time, Germany is no longer near the very top, for numerous reasons starting with their asylum policies.
So Germany ends up in the better half, like the U.S. and e.g. Poland – which we unfortunately love less than Poles love us. Russia along with Ukraine, Israel etc. are in the lower part of the middle, despite our being one of the greatest allies of Israel. And after places like India, China, Latin America etc., the bottom is generally occupied by Islamic nations, with countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria near the rock bottom. (Well, for our being great allies of Israel, it’s probably enough that we love Israel much more than we love Palestine which is perhaps unusual in Europe! Just to be sure, the answers are surely non-uniform, Israel’s mediocre score is an average of some great Czech Israel fans and Czech anti-Semites, among others.)
This criterion isn’t quite the same as “admiration”. We don’t quite “admire” Slovaks. But that’s one problem. If someone is worthy admiration, many Czechs tend to be jealous. So I think that Czechs prefer and like nations that they don’t have to admire too much. 😉
If you could get results about pure admiration with jealousy removed, I think that some usual successful countries would win, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Japan etc.
It is NOT Polish. The digraph “cz” comes from the old Czech orthography, which was taken over by Latin and from Latin by English (Czech, Czechia) to express pronunciation of /t͡ʃ/ (IPA key). In Czech “cz” was used until the beginning of 19th century, since the standardization of modern orthography has been substituted by the consonant “č” (however it was introduced already at the break of 14th and 15th century), usually denoting the voiceless postalveolar affricate consonant [t͡ʃ] like the English “ch” in the word chocolate. In Polish the “cz” digraph is still used, therefore, that etymological mistake about Polish origin survives.
P.S. It is necessary to mention that English Wikipedia wrongly says (and rejects correction /!!/), that “cz” in English came from Polish at the end of 18th century (without any source), which is a nonsense, because in Latin “cz” is documented already in 16th century (e.g. “Czechia” from 1569 in the Latin preface to the “Musica” of Jan Blahoslav) and this digraph in various forms (adjectives, nationality, name of the country) is very frequent in Latin texts in Baroque period. In addition, the first recorded use of a similar (however not correct) name is in English in the word “Czechians” by Peter Heylyn in 1625 in his “Mikrokosmos: A little description of the great world. Augmented and reuised.” (the second edition) on page 298, explicitly referencing Czech sources, including Jan Dubravius: . This clearly shows that the word “Czech” does not come from Polish in the 19th century, which is a myth.