Countries by Former Name

Name the countries that were formerly referred to by these names.
Countries might not have been independent when they were known by the old name
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Last updated: June 8, 2019
First submittedJune 8, 2019
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Old Name
Current Name
Siam
Thailand
Burma
Myanmar
Dutch East Indies
Indonesia
Bohemia
Czech Republic
Formosa
Taiwan
Persia
Iran
Zaire
D.R. Congo
Northern Rhodesia
Zambia
Southern Rhodesia
Zimbabwe
Ceylon
Sri Lanka
Old Name
Current Name
Abyssinia
Ethiopia
British Honduras
Belize
Dutch Guiana
Suriname
Gold Coast
Ghana
New Holland
Australia
Swaziland
Eswatini
Macedonia
North Macedonia
Nyasaland
Malawi
New Hebrides
Vanuatu
East Pakistan
Bangladesh
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Level 59
Jun 8, 2019
Great Quiz! Interesting idea, love it!
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
This was originally a quiz called "places that changed names". I decided to separate it into two, one for countries and one for cities.

I mention this only because the originally quiz was from 2010. Many users have created similar quizzes over the years and I don't want to be accused of stealing their idea.

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Level 68
Aug 6, 2019
What is the link for places that changed names?
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Level 70
Aug 6, 2019
Here's a quiz I created several years ago which includes many other examples, Old names - which modern country?.
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Level 72
Jun 8, 2019
I got Bohemia, but I thought it was considered part of Czechia along with Moravia and Silesia rather than being a name for the country itself
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2019
Yeah
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Level 82
Jun 8, 2019
Easy when you think of the tulips, canals and windmills of Sydney
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Level 70
Jun 9, 2019
Never been to Sydney, so this was a total surprise.
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Level 65
Jun 9, 2019
Well considering we don't have tulips, canals or windmills, I think it'd be a surprise to most sydneysiders
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Level 81
Jun 14, 2019
Wooden shoes are fashionable in the Outback.
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Level 77
Dec 11, 2019
I just remember that Holland = Netherlands, and what animal doesn't the Netherlands have? Yep, elephants. And where do elephants live? You guessed it, South Africa. And South Africa starts with an "S", and what famous city starts with "S"? Sydney. And where is Sydney? Voila! Australia.
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Level 67
Jun 9, 2019
Nice quiz :)
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Level 70
Jun 9, 2019
I am a little sad not to find Upper Volta on here. That's how it was still called when I started learning countries and capitals. And with its capital, Upper Volta was quite memorable indeed.
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Level 39
Jun 9, 2019
Great quiz! How about Tanganyika?
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Level 49
Oct 16, 2019
Tanzania is a combination of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
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Level 47
Jun 10, 2019
Nice quiz
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Level 63
Jun 18, 2019
It's funny when places are called "New ...". I imagine they either didn't like the old/regular place or they loved it so much they honored the new place by naming it almost the same.
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Level 71
Jul 17, 2019
Benin used to be know as Dahomey Burkina Faso was Upper Volta Nigeria was Sokoto Vietnam was Dai Nam Cambodia was Kampuchea North/South Korea was Joseon In case you would want to add these so you have a more complete quiz
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Level 56
Aug 7, 2019
No
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Level 59
Aug 6, 2019
In the caveat: "Countries might not be been independent..." should be "might not have been"
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Level ∞
Aug 6, 2019
Ok
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2019
Could we get a much harder version. I got them all hardly thinking
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Level 70
Aug 7, 2019
Randomly guessing small African countries eventually got me the only country that I didn’t recognize! I did also need a few guesses to get New Hebrides, but remembering that France colonized it helped a bit.
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Level 31
Aug 23, 2019
I'm surprised *anybody* got Tuvalu... Welp, learn something new everyday
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Level 77
Dec 11, 2019
Not sure if it was the result of my coin collecting or what, but I knew it was one of the Oceania countries, so I just started running through them. Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu..*DING!*

I don't think I've ever heard that Australia was formerly known as New Holland, though.