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January 3, 2011 4:19 am  #31


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

In Albanian, Republic of Albania is Republika e Shqipërisë.
The name for Albania depends on the dialect, and can be any of Shqipëri, Shqipëria, Shqipnia, Shqypnia
which accounts for the different versions of the name on Albanian stamps over the years! 

 

January 3, 2011 4:21 am  #32


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

In Finnish Finland is Suomi 

 

January 3, 2011 3:06 pm  #33


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

Sorry - one more: New Zealand in Maori is Aotearoa

 

January 7, 2011 7:13 pm  #34


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

again: Belarus in German is "Weißrussland", which would literally mean "White Russia" 

 

January 8, 2011 2:49 am  #35


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

Crusader wrote:

again: Belarus in German is "Weißrussland", which would literally mean "White Russia" 

Which, of course, is exactly what Belarus means

 

January 9, 2011 12:35 pm  #36


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

The Czech call Austria "Rakousko" 
The Hungarians call Poland "Lengyelország"   


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January 9, 2011 12:49 pm  #37


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

Meiriongwril wrote:

In Albanian, Republic of Albania is Republika e Shqipërisë.
The name for Albania depends on the dialect, and can be any of Shqipëri, Shqipëria, Shqipnia, Shqypnia
which accounts for the different versions of the name on Albanian stamps over the years! 

Albanians call their own Country "The Land of the Eagle". The name Albania instead derives from Latin, meaning the sunrise (because it was/is at east from Italy). More precisely, the word "Alb-" meant "White". Thus, albumen=the white part (of the egg), Album=white book (to be filled with photos) and even Alps (in the most ancient time "Albes") had the idea of "white" because of the snow, almost unknown by ancient Romans before arriving there.

Albania is not the only example of a Country known better with a Latin name instead of the local one. More examples are just Greece (Hellas, in local), Georgia (Sakhartvelo, in local) or Armenia (Hayastan, in local).

Almost funny the question of Hungary. Hungarians call their own Country Magyarország (deriving from an ancient root "man" meaning "mankind"), while Hungary derives from the ancient barbarians Huns, that some were thinking to be the ancestors of Hungarians.


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September 7, 2013 11:11 pm  #38


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

In spanish:
Greece=Grecia
Egypt=Egipto
Netherlands=Paises Bajos / also know as Holanda
Greenland=Groenlandia
Poland=Polonia
Germany=Alemania
Sweden=Suecia
Austria=Austria http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Australia=Australia http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Norway=Noruega
Denmark=Dinamarca
Finland=Finlandia
Estonia=Estonia http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Latvia=Letonia
Lithuania=Lituania
Russia=Rusia
Czech republic=Republica Checa
Romania=Rumania
France=Francia
Hungary=Hungria

Very similar to Portugues

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April 20, 2014 8:40 am  #39


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

in czech language
Cote d' Ivore - Pobřeží Slonoviny
Spain- Španělsko
Germany- Německo
Sweden- Švédsko
South Africa- Jižní Afrika
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May 20, 2014 7:59 am  #40


Re: Unusual names of Countries in different languages

Crusader, Belarus in Swedish is Vitryssland (White Russia), just like in German. But it makes sense, because the ancient word for Russia is "rus" and "byeli" in Russian means white. So Belarus = White Rus.

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