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This amazing map shows the meanings of country names

Ever wondered the meaning behind the names of different countries? Well, wonder no more.

Australian website Credit Card Compare has made a world map with the literal translation of country names. Based on sources such as The World Fact Book and Oxford Dictionaries, the map teaches us about each country’s history, as well as shows us how these places were seen by their earliest settlers.

“Learning the etymology – the origin of words – of countries around the world offers us fascinating insight into the origins of some of our favorite travel destinations and the people who first lived there,” the company wrote.

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A lot of countries are simply named after the original inhabitants or the location. For instance, Thailand means ‘Land of the Tai People,’ while Australia translates to ‘Southern Land’. Some country names, meanwhile, are based on observations, like Panama, which means ‘Place of Abundant Fish’.

Other names are quite humorous. For example, Nauru translates to ‘I Go to the Beach’, Spain means ‘Land of Many Rabbits’, and Finland simply meaning ‘Land’.

What does your country’s name translate to?

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Via Kottke

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