11 Countries That Changed Their Name


The process of modifying a country’s name isn’t simple, much less economical. But despite it all, various parts of the world have dared to do it.

UNIQ found 11 countries that changed their names and we’ll tell you the story behind their resolutions.

Due to land divisions, wars, changes in government, independence, or simply to facilitate pronunciation abroad, some countries have decided to change their name. In some cases, they did it many years ago, and we know these countries by their current name. But others did it very recently, and we still find it challenging to call them by their new name.

Remember to read all the way through to the last country’s story — you’ll find a bonus that explains how much it costs to make this modification.

10. Ceylon changed to Sri Lanka

Ancient Ceylon, modern-day Sri Lanka, changed its name that was given by the Portuguese when they discovered it in 1505. It later became part of the British Empire and gained its independence in 1948. However, it was years later that the island’s government decided to make the change. In 2011, all references to Ceylon, from official bodies to companies that still carried the old name, were removed.

Sigiriya rock – famous Sri Lankan tourist landmark, Sri Lanka