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Countries with Names Starting with "The"

What countries usually start with the definite article "the"? For example, I am going to go to the (country)."
Not including countries with shorter names (The People's Republic of China=China)
Not including outdated names like the Ukraine, the Sudan, or the Ivory Coast
Officially, "The" appears at the beginning of only two of these (capitalized)
Quiz by interopia
Last updated: December 15, 2018
First submittedNovember 25, 2016
Times taken170
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North America
The Bahamas
the Dominican Republic
the United States
the Netherlands
the United Kingdom
the Central African Republic
the Comoros
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Gambia
the Republic of the Congo
the Seychelles
the Maldives
the Philippines
the United Arab Emirates
the Marshall Islands
the Solomon Islands
level 44
Nov 25, 2016
If I'm honest, only 2 of these truly have 'the' in their name. The others aren't commonly used with the word 'the'.
level 37
Nov 25, 2016
level 78
Nov 25, 2016
Maybe "the" is not in their official name, but for all of these countries you can say "Let's visit the ______" and it would sound wrong if you left out the "the". Possibly exception is Gambia, but even it's Wikipedia page is titled "The Gambia".
level 78
Jan 28, 2017
Interesting aside, I heard that Gambia added the "The" to distinguish itself from Zambia.
level 51
Jan 28, 2017
What about The Vatican City?
level 78
Jan 28, 2017
Interesting. We do say "The Vatican" but not really "The Vatican City".
level 51
Jan 28, 2017
So, it isn't mention in the quiz, because it's officially called "Vatican City" without "the". Did I get this right? But we sometimes call it "the Vatican".
level 78
Feb 18, 2017
I would agree with that.
level 78
May 17, 2017
Quiz reset to remove the Czech Republic, which now goes by Czechia.
level 53
Dec 22, 2019
What about El Salvador? It's ont of the only ones that people almost always use the "the" part when saying, although it is in spanish.
level 78
Dec 22, 2019
I love it.