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Countries in their Native Language

Given their native name, can you guess the English names of these countries?
  • Using one official languages of that country, not necessarily the most-spoken one
  • Native names have been converted to the Roman alphabet
  • Answer must correspond to highlighted box
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Oct 21, 2016
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For this quiz, the answer must correspond to the yellow box. You can move the yellow box by clicking the cell you want to move to, or by using the arrow or tab keys.

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Native
English
Deutschland
Hellas
Éire
España
Polska
Nederland 
Hrvatska
Schweiz
Native
English
Ísland
Italia
Al-Jazā'ir
Österreich
Kampuchea
Kypros
Česká Republika
Miṣr
Native
English
Ityop'ia
Suomi
Magyarország
Nihon
Mongol Uls
Aotearoa
Norge
Civitas Vaticana
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level 20
Sep 5, 2012
What a great idea for a quiz! Pretty tough!
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level 68
Apr 2, 2015
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level 70
Apr 2, 2015
Not really. That's a completely different quiz, one about recognizing the spatial/visual patterns commonly made by symbols of languages you probably can't read, rather than this one, which is about either a) recognizing the actual names of the countries or b) recognizing common phonetic patterns of languages you probably don't speak. Totally different things.
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level 70
Apr 2, 2015
Though, having taken both, I share your opinion that yours is tougher.
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level 62
Sep 17, 2012
Great quiz, but not that difficult. Got 22/24.
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level 70
Apr 2, 2015
I got 24/24
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level 58
Mar 13, 2017
Me too. In the second attempt!
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level 27
Sep 17, 2012
I love languages so great quiz! I got 24 :)
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level 37
Sep 17, 2012
Got all 24 with 1 minute left. Very hard quiz!!!
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level 68
Sep 17, 2012
Hmm, added this ones myself Aug. 6, slightly different, but yet very much the same. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/15906/simple-country-names
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level 59
Sep 17, 2012
D: You have stolen my quiz idea!
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/25526/countries-by-official-name-1
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/25526/countries-by-official-name-2
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/25526/countries-by-official-name-3
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level 68
Sep 17, 2012
Seriously, I thought I checked if there wasn't some similar quiz around, and I couldn't find anything when typing 'countries' in the search box. When you type 'official' in the search box though... Anyway, great minds think alike (and fools never differ)
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level ∞
Sep 17, 2012
Agreed that great minds make alike. I made this quiz several months ago.
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level 39
Sep 4, 2016
I live in NZ and Maori Is NOT our official language it's our second
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level 44
Jan 28, 2017
Yeah, I was about to say that I respectfully disagree. Kiwis speak English and Maori is not the official language.
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level 5
Mar 13, 2017
Maori, along with English, is an official language. Guys our national anthem is sung in Maori before English, come on you should know that.
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level 36
Mar 13, 2017
I made one very similar on November 28, 2015; here it is: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/81707/countries-in-their-original-language
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level 29
Sep 17, 2012
Woah, I made a quiz that's exactly the same as this a month and a half ago. If I had known this one existed I wouldn't have made it :( Seriously I don't remember seeing it in the tags!
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level 28
Sep 17, 2012
How did we English speakers get Finland from Suomi, or Egypt from Misr?
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level 2
Sep 18, 2012
We probably named the areas long before we actually spoke to the natives. I'm guessing the name Finland was made up to describe a part of Russia (like Siberia) but then it became its own country and we kept calling it that cos it's easier for us.
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level 52
Apr 2, 2015
Suomi was called Finland long before it was part of Russia (Finland was part of Russia for approx. 100 years 1800-1900). For the 600 years before that Finland was part of Sweden. Finland is the swedish name for Suomi.
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level 36
Mar 13, 2017
I agree with Tallukka, and also the people who lived (and still live) in the area modern day Helsinki is, were called Finns, which is where the name Finland came from.
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level 70
Jan 10, 2013
The origins of the name Egypt are older than the name Misr. Misr is the Arabic name for Egypt. When Arabs conquered and colonized Egypt, all but obliterating the native culture, Arabic became the official language, and Misr the official name. The English name Egypt comes from the old French name Egypte. William the Conquerer brought the French language to England. France in turn was conquered and became part of the Roman Empire, and got their name for Egypt from the Latin Aegyptus. Of course the Romans borrowed the word like so many other things from the Greeks, whose name for Egypt was Aigyptos. One theory is that the Greek name came from the Egyptian name for Memphis "Hikuptah" which in turn was a corruption from early Egyptian "Hwt ka Ptah" or "home of the soul." Another theory is that Aigyptos was a compound of Aigaiou Huptios (below the Aegean). The Arabic word comes from the Hebrew name for Egypt Mitzrayim, meaning "two straits," referring to upper and lower Egypt.
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level 59
Feb 11, 2013
Kalbahamut, that's one of the best comments I've read in a while.
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level 22
Dec 19, 2013
But Egyptians still call it Misr. Right? At least the Egyptians I know do. :)
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level 70
Apr 2, 2015
wordgirl: well, yes, of course they do now. Contemporary Egyptians speak Arabic. Prior to the Arab invasion of 640 A.D. most people in Egypt spoke Greek and/or Coptic, the latter being derivative of the language spoken in Egypt for thousands of years. Nobody speaks Coptic anymore except some members of the Christian Egyptian church.
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level 57
Jan 14, 2016
it's still called mitzrayim in israel today.
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level 70
Jan 28, 2017
Arabic and Hebrew are both Semitic languages. There are a lot of similarities.
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level 66
Mar 12, 2017
It's called Mısır in Turkish. And funny side not we called corn "mısır" in Turkish. So we have a similar situation in Turkish for Egypt-Corn like we have in English Turkey-turkey(bird). But I don't know why the country and the grain have the same name. I checked Turkish etymological dictionary and It seems They don't really know too.
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level 70
Mar 13, 2017
The reasons why the bird and the country share a name is well known, I think. I read about it before. Interesting story. Don't know about the grain, but almost certainly the name for the country made it's way into Turkish via Arabic, like many other words following the Ottoman conquest of the Middle East and North Africa.
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level 56
Mar 13, 2017
The grain connection (assuming it's related at all, which isn't guaranteed) is probably because Egypt was a breadbasket for thousands of years - notably Rome imported tons of its grain from Egypt.
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level 36
Mar 13, 2017
I don't think that's correct Corrode, Corn comes from the Americas, specifically Mexico, there must be some other explanation.
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level 70
Mar 13, 2017
I was thinking the same thing as Corrode, actually. Corn in British English just means the seeds of a plant and it can commonly refer to wheat, which was grown in abundance in Egypt, which was in antiquity a vital food source for the Roman Empire as C pointed out. The corn you are thinking of is known as Indian Corn or Maize outside of the USA (and maybe Canada?).
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level 70
Mar 13, 2017
even in Mexico they call it maíz
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level 40
Sep 5, 2014
I got Egypt from the song Misirlou, the opening theme in Pulp Fiction Here is its history and lyrics in many languages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misirlou
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level 46
Jan 28, 2017
Along the same lines I used to wonder how Germans would say Deutschland, English say Germany, Spanish say Aleman, and Italians say Tedesco (okay, at least the language). I was quite lucky that the first German I ever asked - game designer Dirk Henn - knew the answer in great detail.
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level 34
Sep 20, 2012
The name Egypt is derived from "Aigyptos", the Ancient Greek name for the region. This was borrowed from Egyptian "Hikuptah", an ancient name for the city of Memphis. The name Finland has its roots in the 13th century and is likely a Swedish name for its neighbour. Swedish and Finnish are fairly dissimilar languages (Swedish being Germanic and Finnish being Finno-Urgic) so this is probably why the names are so different.
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level 19
Mar 10, 2014
And the Finnish call Sweden Ruotsi which refers to the Rus people. Russia is named after them too :)
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level 13
Sep 20, 2012
can netherlands be netherland???? is it possible?
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level 50
Sep 20, 2012
Not really as it's a collection of the Netherlands. You don't call USA the United State of America do you?
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level 70
Apr 2, 2015
Lowlands, lowland, what's the difference really? Not the same thing as a collection of distinct states.
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level 31
May 31, 2015
Kalbahamut, the Netherlands is a collection of distinct states, provinces, or whatever. Holland is the largest of these, I'm sure you've heard of it.
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level 70
Oct 2, 2016
All of which could still collectively be referred to as "the lowland" and it would make grammatical sense.
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level 40
Feb 17, 2017
Actually, the name "De Nederlanden" (the lowlands) originated when Belgium and Luxembourg were part of the Netherlands. Once they became separate entities, the dutch renamed their country, "Nederland" (singular). English speakers are the ones who still insist on referring to it in the plural, the Netherlands.
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level 45
Oct 3, 2012
Can't believe I didn't get Iceland. That should have been a no-brainer. :)
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level 22
Dec 19, 2013
Ha! I kept reading it like "island," so when the translation popped up, I smacked my forehead. :p
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level 19
Mar 10, 2014
Ís is iclenadic for ice :)
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level 68
Mar 13, 2017
One sentence, 5 words, 4 of them the same (ish). Cracking effort.
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level 22
Apr 3, 2013
You should also add Georgia - Sakartvelo, Armenia - Hayastan and Lithuania - Lietuva
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level 46
Jun 9, 2015
Wales- Cymru.
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level 72
Mar 13, 2017
Lithuania is interesting. From the spelling I would have assumed it is Latvia. What is the name for Latvia?
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level 56
Mar 13, 2017
Latvia gains a j (Latvija) but is otherwise unchanged.
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level 58
Apr 14, 2013
Few interesting suggestions: Crna Gora - Montenegro, Zhōngguó - China, Bharat - India, Myanmar - Burma and so on :-)
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level 48
Jun 25, 2013
cool quiz
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level 7
Sep 11, 2013
I 20 out of 24. I've got to disagree about New Zealand though. It is "New Zealand" in their native language.
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level 12
Jan 26, 2014
Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand, and is widely used. New Zealand is just an adaptation of the Dutch Nova Zeelandia.
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level 65
Mar 13, 2017
Maori is an official language of NZ.
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level 15
Sep 13, 2013
23/24... I Missed Egypt!
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level 27
Nov 28, 2013
'Finland' is derived form Old English 'Finnas', corresponding to Old Norse 'Finnre'. (Equivalent to modern day 'Finn', a person from Finland.)
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level 57
Apr 3, 2015
That is one theory among many, but there are others. Nobody knows the origins of the word 'Finland' for certain - or for the word 'Suomi' for that matter.
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level 16
Mar 31, 2014
Something seems to have gone wrong with this quiz. I had several correct answers, e.g. Norway, Japan, Iceland, Hungary and Vatican city and more rejected. I tried reloading the quiz, but that didn't help.
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2014
On some quizzes, the answer has to correspond to the yellow box, which can be moved with the arrow keys, clicking a cell, or by hitting Tab / Shift Tab.
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level 41
Apr 25, 2014
Why new zeeland was not accepted this time?
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level 18
Apr 2, 2015
New Zealand is the correct spelling. I think Zeeland is in the Netherlands
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level 59
May 2, 2014
If it wasn't for Olympic hockey I never would have known Finland.
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level 12
May 3, 2014
surprised I knew quite a lot of these
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level 67
Jun 10, 2014
Cool quiz, 24/24.
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level 45
Oct 4, 2014
If you want a harder quiz then try my one http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/56111/places-in-their-native-celtic-languages
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level 65
Dec 7, 2014
100% with 2:16 left!
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level 55
Apr 2, 2015
Got all of them except Egypt!
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level 45
Apr 2, 2015
24/24, 2:19 left :)
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level 33
Apr 2, 2015
Finland and Hungary were really difficult. I guessed many.
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level 56
Apr 25, 2015
Mad at myself for missing Japan, 'cause I knew it.
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level 29
Jul 5, 2015
Hellas is Greece in Ancient Greek. In Modern Greek it is called Ellada.
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level 45
Mar 9, 2016
Got all except Algeria (and Egypt was a lucky guess).
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level 58
Apr 24, 2016
Way too European centric.
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level 45
Jul 4, 2016
De Nederlandes? That means the Netherlands not just Netherland
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level 67
Oct 4, 2016
Czech Republic should be just Česko in native language https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Cesko
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level 68
Oct 8, 2016
Wonderful quiz! Liked it very much. Thank you
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level 41
Jan 28, 2017
I like this because it helps me learn the countries in other languages. Fun quiz!
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level 51
Jan 28, 2017
loved this quiz
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level 34
Mar 13, 2017
Pretty easy, I would add Crna Gora, Sakartvelo, Hayastan, Zhongguo and Bharat.
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level 61
Mar 13, 2017
Great quiz, I missed Egypt.
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level 30
Mar 13, 2017
Didn't know New Zealand
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level 55
Apr 23, 2017
Aotearoa is Maori for "Land of the long white cloud", and yep, it's pretty cloudy here in New Zealand.
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level 34
Mar 13, 2017
Try my first Jetpunk quiz, I think it's pretty fun if you like movies. And who doesn't? :) http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/212585/guess-the-name-surname-in-a-movie-title
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level 46
Mar 13, 2017
got all 1:03 left
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level 47
Mar 13, 2017
That is great - you must be really smart.
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level 78
Mar 13, 2017
Was thinking for a moment that the Vatican was wrong - and then realised you used Latin instead of Italian. Good call!
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level 63
Mar 15, 2017
On all Egypt's postage stamps for instance, the word Misr does not appear it is Egypt all the way apart from the Arabic.
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level 38
Mar 16, 2017
I studied stuff like this a while back, Hungary was by far the hardest to remember, but i still got 24/24 in first try. I thought that it was somewhat common knowledge that Misr was Egypt in arabic.
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level 43
Mar 17, 2017
I have just created a quiz with all the countries in their native language
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