Top 10 Countries with the Weirdest Names

The Top Ten
1 Djibouti Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Somaliland in the south, Ethiopia in the southwest, Eritrea in the north, and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the east. Across the Gulf of Aden is Yemen. The country has a total area of 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi).

When I was six, I could not even pronounce it.

I'm coming for you, thick Djibouti.

Did Djibouti get thick or nah?

That is one thick Djibouti.

2 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a country in the Transcaucasian region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is a part of the Caucasus region, and is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia and Turkey to the west, and Iran to the south. Baku is the capital and largest city.

I first heard about this country from the game Splinter Cell.

Learned about this country from Geography Now.

I wonder who came up with that name...

That is a good name for a country.

3 Niger Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is a unitary state bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin and Burkina Faso to the southwest, Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. It covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), making it the second-largest landlocked country in West Africa, after Chad. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara. Its predominantly Muslim population of about 22 million live mostly in clusters in the further south and west of the country. The capital Niamey is located in Niger's southwest corner.

Ha, this country is the name of my pet. He picks cotton for me.

This is the weirdest name ever and the grossest.

It's like you just copied the name of Nigeria.

It is pronounced like niz-air, not the word I know you're laughing about.

4 Chad Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in northern Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest (at Lake Chad), and Niger to the west. It has a population of 16 million, of which 1.6 million live in the capital and largest city N'djamena.

When I was a little kid, I thought the name was so funny. I mean, here we have all these countries with names that sound a lot more thought-out, like the United States of America, China, Russia, India, Pakistan (you know what I mean, right?). And then you have just Chad.

Chad is a pretty weird name for a country. It's literally a name. Imagine calling your son named Chad in Chad.

Its name is after Giga Chad, so yeah, it's weird.

It's my uncle's name.

5 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers.

Interesting African name. Corrupt country that kicked out all its white people

Chose this country for a country project in geography.

It's fun to say, though. Zimbabwe.

It's fun to say.

6 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in West Africa, bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. The capital and largest city is Ouagadougou. The country is known for its rich cultural heritage, which includes a vibrant music scene and traditional crafts. It has a primarily agrarian economy, with agriculture providing employment for a large portion of the population.

I think this country's name is just so bloody weird.

Sounds like an African first and last name. Its also sadly very poor

Just a weird name.

7 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia. more.

At first, I couldn't pronounce this name because of the Y's and the Z. It wasn't until months later that I could pronounce the name correctly, and that's just because someone told me.

So weird and hard to pronounce the first time you see it.

Interesting name and spelling. What do they do here, kidnap women and horses?

Reminds me of Superman.

8 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island country and city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bordering the Strait of Malacca to the west, the Singapore Strait to the south, the South China Sea to the east and the Straits of Johor to the north. The country's territory is composed of one main island, 63 satellite islands and islets, and one outlying islet, the combined area of which has increased by 25% since the country's independence as a result of extensive land reclamation projects. It has the third highest population density in the more.

The name makes me think of blocked, oily pores (on your skin). So uncomfortable...

Wow, this is so true, and I love all these comments so much that I am about to cry, mate. FAIR DINKUM.

It's bloody amazing, mate. You gotta love it, bloody hell.

It sounds like someone is singing about pores.

9 Uganda

U gotta be kidding me. this country has a cool flag, but its super corrupt. Rwanda is better

Yes, I know the way.

10 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. The country is encircled by seas on three sides with the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles, which together form the Turkish Straits, divide Thrace and Anatolia and separate Europe and Asia. more.

I got confused once because my friend was talking about turkey in Turkey.

Saying the word turkey makes me hungry, not gonna lie.

Why the hell would you name your country after food?

If you eat a Turkey citizen, is it still cannibalism?

The Contenders
11 Nicaragua Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus.

It's like it is copying Niger.

12 Belarus Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, formerly known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.

Sounds a bit like a walrus.

13 Lesotho Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa. It is by far the largest of the world's three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country, with Vatican City and San Marino being the other two. Additionally, it is the only such state outside the Italian peninsula, and the only one that is not a microstate. Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) and has a population of about 2 million. Its capital and largest city is Maseru. The official languages are Sesotho and English. more.

I've never heard of this country.

14 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are located in Pakistan.

I love the flag, though! The country's great, but the name's weird.

Very nice country.

15 Tajikistan Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia with an estimated 8 million people in 2013, and an area of 143,100 km2 (55,300 sq mi) and an estimated population of 9,537,645 people. Its capital and largest city is Dushanbe. It is bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north and China to the east. The traditional homelands of the Tajik people include present-day Tajikistan as well as parts of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

I cannot even pronounce it.

16 Qatar Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

This is the weirdest because of the English language. It should be Qatar in English, but in this, there's no I after the Q...

I thought this would be number one.

17 Swaziland Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and formerly named Swaziland (officially renamed in 2018), is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and South Africa to its north, west, south, and southeast. At no more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west, Eswatini is one of the smallest countries in Africa; despite this, its climate and topography are diverse, ranging from a cool and mountainous highveld to a hot and dry lowveld.

Weird name (especially since it doesn't exist anymore).

18 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in northern Central Asia, with a sliver of its territory west of the Ural River extending into Eastern Europe.

It has so many silent letters, I think.

Borat made it funnier.

How do you pronounce it?

It's fun to say!

19 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). more.
20 Oman Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Oh man, I don't even know.

The joke, oh man, the one made in there was so funny, but I have a better one. Oh man, dude, that stinks.

21 Mali Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi). The population of Mali is 19.1 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017. Its capital and largest city is Bamako. The sovereign state of Mali consists of 8 regions and its borders on the north reach deeper into the middle of the Sahara Desert. The southern part in the Sudanian savanna is where the majority of inhabitants live and the Niger and Senegal rivers pass through. The economy centres on agriculture and mining. The country is the third largest producer of gold on more.

Sounds just like Molly, as in Molly Quinn.

I don't know. I just wanted to.

22 Bahrain

It sounds like Ebenezer Scrooge was forced to give charity because of rain or something. Like "Bah! Rain..."

Honey, you mean Bob Saget!

23 Uruguay Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in South America. It shares borders with Argentina to its west and southwest and Brazil to its north and northeast; while bordering the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is part of the Southern Cone region of South America. Uruguay covers an area of approximately 181,034 square kilometers (69,898 sq mi) and has a population of an estimated 3.51 million, of whom 2 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo.

First, because it sounds like you're gay.

24 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages.
25 Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.

If you are Hungary, grab a Turkey and bake it in Greece!

I am hungry for turkey.

I am so hungry!

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