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17 Countries That Have Changed Their Names

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The Netherlands
> Former name: Holland
> Year changed: 2020

Holland is officially yesterday’s name for this part of the Low Country in Western Europe. In January 2020, the Dutch government announced that the nation will henceforth always be referred to as The Netherlands, its official name. The change is part of a national rebranding effort to more efficiently manage tourism. “Holland” actually refers to two Dutch provinces, and Dutch officials believe the official name change represents the entire nation better.

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> Former name: Turkey
> Year changed: 2022

Turkey is the latest nation to change its name, now calling itself Türkiye (pronounced approximately“tur-key-yay”). President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that the new name “ represents and expresses the culture, civilization, and values of the Turkish nation in the best way.” The country’s officials also said the name change was made because they are tired of being associated with the bird that is the symbol of the North American Thanksgiving holiday. They are also presumably aware of the English slang meaning of the word – loser or dud.

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