You might already know what your own country’s name means, but many other nations also have very interesting stories behind their names. Here is a very interesting map for those who want to learn a bit more about the different countries around the world.
There are 193 countries recognized by the United Nations and honestly here at Flytrippers we want to visit all of them at least once, because each and every one of them has something unique. And that’s precisely why we try to spot low prices to as many different destinations as we can on our cheap flight deals page.
Many travel enthusiasts will at least recognize the name of each one of these 193 countries, even the most obscure ones (like Brunei, in the news recently for bad reasons, we’ll soon share a post about our interesting trip there) however it’s very unlikely that anyone knows what the literal translation of these names is.
That’s why I find this map really cool. The Australian website Compare Credit Cards used multiple sources to put together all the country name translations on one very interesting map.
It’s not perfect: many disagree with some of the interpretations (the sources are at the end of the post)…
But in all cases, it’s a great way to learn interesting factoids quickly by glancing at one informative map. You can therefore easily become more knowledgeable about the countries you’ve visited… or those you dream of visiting soon.
The map was really popular when we posted this last year, so we’re sharing it again for you new readers… and because it was also updated.
So here is the literal meaning of every country’s name continent by continent and then the complete (and full-sized) map!
The Complete Map
This is a very interesting map to learn a little bit more about what each country’s name actually means.
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Cover photo: the map (photo credit: Compare Credit Cards Australia)
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Posted April 5th, 2018; updated May 12th, 2019