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This Map of the World Depicts the Names of Countries in Their Own Languages

I came across something very cool today.  Someone made a map of the world, using the language of each individual country to depict it on the map.

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The creator has his creation on a website he calls Endonym Map–referring to a very specific term.

From the website:

An endonym is the name for a place, site or location in the language of the people who live there. These names may be officially designated by the local government or they may simply be widely used.

This map depicts endonyms of the countries of the world in their official or national languages. In cases where a country has more than one national or official language, the language that is most widely used by the local population is shown.

On the site, you can drag around the map and zoom into specific locations.  (You can also purchase a high quality version of the map for display).

I’ve learned some pretty interesting things from the map.  For example, I didn’t know that Norway and Denmark both refer to themselves as kingdoms in their official names.  And the Island of Iceland ends up being Ísland in its native language.

I came across this website through the Twitter feed Neatorama, which lived up to its name in this case.

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4 comments

  1. Um.. Ireland is Eire.

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