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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
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Last updated: July 23, 2019
First submittedJune 19, 2012
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Native
English
Deutschland
Germany
Hellas
Greece
Éire
Ireland
España
Spain
Polska
Poland
Nederland 
Netherlands
Hrvatska
Croatia
Schweiz
Switzerland
Native
English
Ísland
Iceland
Italia
Italy
Al-Jazā'ir
Algeria
Österreich
Austria
Kampuchea
Cambodia
Kypros
Cyprus
Česká Republika
Czech Republic
Miṣr
Egypt
Native
English
Ityop'ia
Ethiopia
Suomi
Finland
Magyarország
Hungary
Nihon
Japan
Mongol Uls
Mongolia
Aotearoa
New Zealand
Norge
Norway
Civitas Vaticana
Vatican City
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level 21
Sep 5, 2012
What a great idea for a quiz! Pretty tough!
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level 72
Apr 2, 2015
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level 77
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 77
Apr 2, 2015
Though, having taken both, I share your opinion that yours is tougher.
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
if you were into stamp collecting, the native names would be more memorable
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level 61
Sep 17, 2012
Great quiz, but not that difficult. Got 22/24.
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level 77
Apr 2, 2015
I got 24/24
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level 63
Mar 13, 2017
Me too. In the second attempt!
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level 69
Feb 22, 2018
25 out of 24--Extra credit for my good looks.
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level 77
Oct 13, 2019
I wasn't aware extra points were available but I probably lost any claim to them at least 4 or 5 years ago.
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level 27
Sep 17, 2012
I love languages so great quiz! I got 24 :)
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level 36
Sep 17, 2012
Got all 24 with 1 minute left. Very hard quiz!!!
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level 73
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 66
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 73
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 40
Sep 4, 2016
I live in NZ and Maori Is NOT our official language it's our second
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level 46
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 28
Oct 16, 2019
Good on the quiz master - I think you will find that New Zealand has three official languages - English, Maori (from 1987) and NZ sign language. English just happens to be the most commonly used. Haere rā (farewell in Maori)
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level 72
Oct 16, 2019
Maori is an official language of New Zealand, and that is common knowledge in New Zealand as well. RedZombieAngel and jennywren21 must be the only two Kiwis who live here and don't know that.
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level 43
Oct 25, 2019
Actually, just a quick interesting fact, but English isn't technically an official language in New Zealand. It's certainly the de facto language, but this meant it never required legislation to make the language official. This isn't only New Zealand, most countries have never put the de facto language into legislation, because it simply never needed to be made law. The term 'official' language really only applies to non-de facto languages that have been added later. As of 2018, Clayton Mitchell has proposed a 'English an Official Language of New Zealand Bill', but this is in the process of becoming law.
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level 39
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 14
Sep 20, 2012
can netherlands be netherland???? is it possible?
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level 52
Oct 3, 2012
Can't believe I didn't get Iceland. That should have been a no-brainer. :)
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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 45
Jun 9, 2015
Wales- Cymru.
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level 76
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 59
Mar 13, 2017
Latvia gains a j (Latvija) but is otherwise unchanged.
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level 63
Jan 13, 2019
the georgia and armenia look too difficult. But lithuania latvia and wales ;) might be an idea. For instance instead of the way too similar italy. I dont get how people could get that one wrong
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level 39
Oct 16, 2019
If you were going by how easy they were you would have to get rid of Croatia, Egypt, New Zealand and Japan, it's not exactly about how easy it is.
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level 65
Apr 14, 2013
Few interesting suggestions: Crna Gora - Montenegro, Zhōngguó - China, Bharat - India, Myanmar - Burma and so on :-)
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
Crna Gora - Montenegro - black mountain....easy if you hail from that part of the world
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level 57
Jun 25, 2013
cool quiz
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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 66
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 56
Apr 2, 2015
Got all of them except Egypt!
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
that is a sneaky one... i remember it from pub trivia games
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level 62
Apr 2, 2015
24/24, 2:19 left :)
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level 37
Apr 2, 2015
Finland and Hungary were really difficult. I guessed many.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
Mad at myself for missing Japan, 'cause I knew it.
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level 35
Jul 5, 2015
Hellas is Greece in Ancient Greek. In Modern Greek it is called Ellada.
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level 47
Mar 9, 2016
Got all except Algeria (and Egypt was a lucky guess).
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level 60
Apr 24, 2016
Way too European centric.
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level 55
Jul 4, 2016
De Nederlandes? That means the Netherlands not just Netherland
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level 38
Sep 6, 2018
In Dutch the word for the country is Nederland (singular). Nederlanders (plural) means PEOPLE from Nederland.
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level 74
Oct 4, 2016
Czech Republic should be just Česko in native language https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Cesko
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level 71
Oct 8, 2016
Wonderful quiz! Liked it very much. Thank you
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level 42
Jan 28, 2017
I like this because it helps me learn the countries in other languages. Fun quiz!
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level 60
Jan 28, 2017
loved this quiz
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level 66
Mar 13, 2017
Pretty easy, I would add Crna Gora, Sakartvelo, Hayastan, Zhongguo and Bharat.
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level 65
Mar 13, 2017
Great quiz, I missed Egypt.
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level 32
Mar 13, 2017
Didn't know New Zealand
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level 62
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 63
Jan 13, 2019
Nice extra info :) Hope I remember it!
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level 41
Oct 17, 2019
because aotearoa is not maori for new zealand, Maori dont actually have a name for New Zealand even early European settlers (especially the british) didn't use new Zealand until the late 19th century. It would be more correct to either use the regional Names (Tamaki Makarau etc) or Te Ika-a-Māui (fish of Maui - north island)Te Waipounamu (waka of Maui) or Niu Tireni (Maori translation of new zealand) Aotearoa is a more colloqual term the gained priminance in the mid 20th century as the new zealand govt began recognising Maori rights and encourage the use of and protection of Maori languages and dilects. Aotearoa initially was, according to some historians, only used in relation to the north island prior to the early 20th century Even most Maori and Pakeha dont use the term, save for politicians some activist groups and tourist industries.
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level 66
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 57
Mar 13, 2017
got all 1:03 left
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level 46
Mar 13, 2017
That is great - you must be really smart.
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level 84
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 67
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 39
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 63
Jan 13, 2019
not that hard when you see the words. But other way around it is nearly impossible
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level 47
Mar 17, 2017
I have just created a quiz with all the countries in their native language
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level 32
Apr 17, 2018
I'm surprised more people didnt sound out Al-Jazā'ir. Al-Ja-za-ir
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level 67
May 29, 2018
I tried, but my brain kept leaping to Al Jazeera.
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
i know... embarrassing after you hit give up...!!!!
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level 63
Jan 13, 2019
still doesnt sound anything like algeria in my mind. And i am usually good at spotting resemblances. I guess it depends what country you are from for that spelling to sound something like that. (and indeed it made me think of aljazeera)
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level 47
May 29, 2018
21/24, missed New Zealand, Austria, and Finland.
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level 63
Jan 13, 2019
Nice quiz! missed the lowest 4. Happened to remember the hungary one looked something like that. With an m and a y haha. Most I knew, some were obvious eventhough I had never heard about them, like mongolia. And some you might no see immediately but get as soon as you pronounce them, like ethiopia and kampuchea.
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level 66
Oct 16, 2019
I’m now convinced that Aotearoa somehow is the name for both New Zealand and Eritrea.
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level 59
Oct 16, 2019
"Native names have been converted to the Roman alphabet". Language could be more accurate in this caveat, saying "transliterated into Roman alphabet" or simply "romanized".
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level 47
Oct 16, 2019
Please tell me I’m not the only that tried Netherlands for Hellas.
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level 45
Oct 18, 2019
Probably since Holland in Dutch is also Holland (and it's actually a region of the Netherlands not the whole country). Greece is also known as the Hellenic Republic.
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level 38
Oct 17, 2019
Wow this is the first time I've realized Algeria comes directly from Arabic 0_0
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level 52
Oct 17, 2019
I keep seeing Hrv and thinking it must be the Ukraine... and I just can't get that out of my head.
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level 45
Oct 18, 2019
Czech people call their country Česko
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level 53
Oct 25, 2019
My high school physics teacher once made a test question that featured the planet "Zhongguo", I expected that one to be on here too ;D