Former Names of Countries

You will be given a country, and will have to give the former name of that country
Some countries (1 is a region) are not the exact borders, but mostly within the same area
Quiz by KatnissGeography
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Last updated: August 12, 2021
First submittedJanuary 21, 2021
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Average score81.8%
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Country Name
Former Name
Ethiopia
Abyssinia
Thailand
Siam
D.R. Congo
Zaire
Zimbabwe
Southern Rhodesia
Myanmar
Burma
Iran
Persia
Country Name
Former Name
Sri Lanka
Ceylon
Zambia
Northern Rhodesia
Iraq
Mesopotamia
Czech Republic and Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Eswatini
Swaziland
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Level 52
Mar 2, 2021
If you like this quiz please nominate it! I would really appreciate it. If there are any of your quizzes that you would like me to take please link them and I definitely will!
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Level 34
Jan 22, 2021
You should do Eswatini and Swaziland as well but it is good :)
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Level 52
Jan 22, 2021
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll do that
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Level 58
Jan 27, 2021
Cool Quiz! Nominated!
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Level 52
Jan 27, 2021
Thank you so much.
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Level 51
Feb 10, 2021
Neat quiz! Couldn’t figure out how to spell Abyssinia and just forgot about Mesopotamia. Five stars!
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Level 52
Feb 10, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 52
Feb 10, 2021
It's OK I didn't even know Abyssinia was a thing until I started researching for this quiz lol 😂
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Level 48
Feb 16, 2021
Great quiz!! Nominated!!
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Level 52
Feb 16, 2021
Thank You!!!
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Level 54
Feb 19, 2021
Great Quiz!

Nominated and 5 Stars!

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Level 52
Feb 19, 2021
thank you so much!!
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Level 48
Apr 17, 2021
100 takes! Congrats!
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Level 52
Apr 17, 2021
Thanks so much!
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Level 54
Apr 17, 2021
Congrats on your first quiz with 100 takes!! 🎉 🎊
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Level 52
Apr 17, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 58
Apr 17, 2021
100 takes congrats!
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Level 52
Apr 17, 2021
Thank You!
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2021
Should accept Rhodesia for Zimbabwe ;)
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Level 52
Apr 19, 2021
I will put that as an answer!
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Level 53
Apr 19, 2021
Mesopotamia was a good one
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Level 52
Apr 19, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 17
Jun 12, 2021
Nice quiz!
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Level 54
Jul 19, 2021
Congrats on spotlight!!!
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Level 52
Jul 19, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 65
Jul 26, 2021
Suggestions:

* Upper Volta --> Burkina Faso

* British Honduras --> Belize

* Gilbert Islands --> Kiribati

* Bechuanaland --> Botswana

* Trucial States --> UAE

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Level 83
Jul 26, 2021
There was never a country called Mesopotamia. It's a region. Which Iraq doesn't really line up with perfectly anyway. This would sort of be like saying the former name of Russia is Siberia.. or the former name of Turkey is Asia Minor... or the former name of Algeria is the Sahara Desert...
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Level 52
Aug 12, 2021
See Caveat
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Level 72
Jul 26, 2021
I agree with the Mesopotamia remark, can't really go 1:1 with Iraq here. There were some good suggestions above, one I would add is Dahomey, a former name of Benin. Other than that, good quiz :)
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Level 58
Jul 26, 2021
Congrats for 2,000 takes and also for the spotlight! You deserve it :)
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Level 52
Aug 12, 2021
tysm! You were a big part of me reaching 2,000. Thx for taking my quizzes!
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Level 63
Jul 26, 2021
Could add Formosa for Taiwan
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Level 83
Jul 26, 2021
Nyasaland -> Malawi
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Level 51
Aug 12, 2021
Formosa: Taiwan

French Indo-China: Vietnam,Cambodia,Laos

Southwest Africa: Namibia

Basutoland: Lesotho

Bechuanaland: Botswana

Nyasaland: Malawi

Malagasy Rep: Madagascar

Dahomey: Benin

French Togoland: Togo

Gold Coast: Ghana

Upper Volta: Burkina Faso

Gilbert Islands: Kiribati

New Hebrides: Vanuatu

Ellice Islands: Tuvalu

British Guiana: Guyana

Dutch Guiana: Suriname

British Honduras: Belize

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Level 48
Aug 22, 2021
Well done on the spotlight🤗
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Level 53
Sep 23, 2021
Great quiz, I like the difficulty level! About the spotlight I’ve nominated your quiz and there are two quizzes that I like more than my others:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1306568/geographical-groups-of-three-3

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1306568/geographical-shapes

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Level 58
Nov 17, 2021
Congrats on your first quiz with 1,000 takes, Katniss! You deserve it :)
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Level 52
Nov 17, 2021
OMG thx so much! I didn't even notice. I swear I looked at it like yesterday and it was 950
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Level 44
Dec 31, 2021
Great quiz, also well done on more than 1000 plays :)!