Countries as Named in Their Own Languages


Countries are called by different names depending on who’s doing the calling. Is it The United States of America or Les États-Unis? Deutschland or Germany? A country’s own name for itself is called an endonym, and at endonymmap.com you can find a map of the world’s endonyms. The map at the site allows you to zoom in and explore more fully, but here are a few interesting close ups:

Here you can see how in local languages, country names can be quite different from their English versions. Finland is Suomen Tasavalta (Republic of Finland), Hungary is Magyarország, Greenland, in the native language West Greenlandic, is Kalaallit Nunaat.

In Sango, the primary language of the Central African Republic, the country is called Ködörösêse Tî Bêafrîka. Country names are given in the country’s primary writing system. On the map of Africa you can see Arabic and Ethiopic script.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands in Marshallese is Aolepān Aorōkin Majeļ. The Independent State of Papua New Guinea in Tok Pisin, an English-based creole, is Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini.

Of course, there are many potentially contentious issues involved in deciding what should be considered a country’s official name (or sometimes whether it should be considered an independent country at all) and primary language. The creator of Endonym Map explains the criteria used in the project, and addresses many potential objections here.

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. We spotted this one in a MapPorn discussion over on Reddit.

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If you can't figure all of these out on the map above, here's the complete list and a larger image of each state's selection.

Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State

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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

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