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
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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 75
Apr 2, 2015
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Level 83
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 83
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 83
Apr 2, 2015
I got 24/24
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2017
Me too. In the second attempt!
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2018
25 out of 24--Extra credit for my good looks.
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Level 83
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 43
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 68
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 57
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 38
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 75
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 69
Feb 20, 2021
The quiz doesn't mention official languages, it is about native languages. English most certainly isn't native to New Zealand!
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Level 35
Nov 24, 2021
To Karvey (since I couldn't directly reply to you), actually most countries 'do' mention their official languages in their constitutions, except for several countries like some major English-speaking countries. Their is no official languages designated in countries like the US, UK, Australia and NZ. But countries like France, Spain, Italy, etc. have their own designation of official languages in their constitutions.
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Level 37
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 67
Apr 3, 2020
d and not th ;) But yea people apparently thought mongol couldn't possibly be mongolia, so who knows what goes on in their minds :)
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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 68
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 63
Jun 25, 2013
cool quiz
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Level 65
May 2, 2014
If it wasn't for Olympic hockey I never would have known Finland.
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Level 57
Apr 3, 2020
ikr, the jerseys have a big fat SUOMI on the front lol
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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 55
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 65
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 53
Apr 25, 2015
Mad at myself for missing Japan, 'cause I knew it.
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Level 36
Jul 5, 2015
Hellas is Greece in Ancient Greek. In Modern Greek it is called Ellada.
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Level 49
Nov 24, 2021
Exactly. I almost didn't get it because in Modern Greek "Ελλαδα" (Ellada) is Greece.
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Level 47
Mar 9, 2016
Got all except Algeria (and Egypt was a lucky guess).
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Level 65
Apr 24, 2016
Way too European centric.
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Level 68
Jul 4, 2016
De Nederlandes? That means the Netherlands not just Netherland
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Level 37
Sep 6, 2018
In Dutch the word for the country is Nederland (singular). Nederlanders (plural) means PEOPLE from Nederland.
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Level 79
Oct 4, 2016
Czech Republic should be just Česko in native language

https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Cesko

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Level 82
Oct 8, 2016
Wonderful quiz! Liked it very much. Thank you
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Level 44
Jan 28, 2017
I like this because it helps me learn the countries in other languages. Fun quiz!
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Level 64
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 27
Nov 24, 2021
You know what, Armenia and Georgia should be included. I write it China as Chonggou for some reason
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Level 71
Mar 13, 2017
Great quiz, I missed Egypt.
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Level 33
Mar 13, 2017
Didn't know New Zealand
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Level 66
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 67
Jan 13, 2019
Nice extra info :) Hope I remember it!
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Level 54
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 60
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 86
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 71
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 44
Apr 23, 2020
In Indonesia, we call it Mesir.
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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 67
Jan 13, 2019
not that hard when you see the words. But other way around it is nearly impossible
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Level 57
Mar 17, 2017
I have just created a quiz with all the countries in their native language
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Level 33
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 48
May 29, 2018
21/24, missed New Zealand, Austria, and Finland.
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Level 67
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 65
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 53
Oct 16, 2019
Please tell me I’m not the only that tried Netherlands for Hellas.
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Level 53
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 67
Apr 4, 2020
Why would hellas make you think of the netherlands?? There is no similarity whatsoever. It made me think of helenic, but already knew greece was the answer.
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2020
low iq
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Level 56
Oct 17, 2019
Wow this is the first time I've realized Algeria comes directly from Arabic 0_0
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Level 59
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 53
Oct 18, 2019
Czech people call their country Česko
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Level 65
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
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Level 69
Apr 9, 2020
Add Peru, that's tricky. In Peru they call it 'Perú'.
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Level 83
Aug 23, 2020
Not El Perú?
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Level 69
Feb 20, 2021
Actually, revisiting this I think it could be an interesting addition. In Quechua (probably what would be used as the native language) it's Piruw.
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Level 24
Mar 5, 2021
only 47% of people get hrvatska
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Level 56
Jun 1, 2021
Took me a few tries but not too difficult to come up with
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Level 56
Jun 1, 2021
Missed Egypt and New Zealand
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Level 49
Oct 14, 2021
Got Egypt!
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Level 62
Nov 24, 2021
pretty eurocentric
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Level 30
Nov 24, 2021
Nowadays, Greece in greek is "Elláda", not Hellas
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Level 49
Nov 24, 2021
EXACTLY! Ελλάδα!
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Level 49
Nov 24, 2021
It should be changed, or the answer should be "Ancient Greece".
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Level 31
Nov 24, 2021
What about Shqipëri for Albania?
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Level 21
Nov 24, 2021
kinda sad that aotearoa isnt well known as nz
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Level 46
Nov 24, 2021
I'm shocked that so many people didn't know that Aotearoa is New Zealand in Maori