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Old 09-28-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: PriBaltica!
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So is "balt" (or something close) the Latvian word for "white"?
Latvian word for "white" is "balts" and basically the Latvian word for Belarus("Baltkrievija") means White Russia.
Oh, and nimpchimsky, don't confuse Baltic languages with Slavic ones.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Latvian word for "white" is "balts" and basically the Latvian word for Belarus("Baltkrievija") means White Russia.
Oh, and nimpchimsky, don't confuse Baltic languages with Slavic ones.
Speaking of confusing, the Baltic Sea is referred to as "Baltijos jura/Baltijas jura" in Lithuanian and Latvian, respectively, whereas the corresponding Russian translation of "White Sea" (Beloe more) refers to an inlet of the Arctic Ocean up by Arkhangel'sk.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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In the Czech Republic and Slovakia both terms Maďarsko (similar to Hungarian Magyarország) and Uhorsko (similar to German Ungarn) are used, the first one to describe the actual country and second one for the historical part of the Austrian empire ruled by Hungarians.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Polish
Italy = Włochy (as opposed to Italia, Italy, Italie, etc.)
Wlochy is also a district of Warsaw. Interesting.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: PriBaltica!
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Speaking of confusing, the Baltic Sea is referred to as "Baltijos jura/Baltijas jura" in Lithuanian and Latvian, respectively, whereas the corresponding Russian translation of "White Sea" (Beloe more) refers to an inlet of the Arctic Ocean up by Arkhangel'sk.
There is "White Sea"(Beloe more) and "Baltic Sea"(Baltijskoje more). No confusion here.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Sorry if this has been done before, but I'm a bit of a language geek so I find this stuff interesting.

What are some country names in other languages, i.e. languages other than that of the country itself, that differ significantly from the country name that is used in most other languages?

Finnish
Russia = Venäjä
Sweden = Ruotsi
Estonia = Viro
Germany = Saksa

Any others?
Of course:

USA: Yhdysvallat
UK: Yhdistynyt Kuningaskunta
Netherlands: Alankomaat
Belarus: Valko-Venäjä
New Zealand: Uusi-Seelanti
Austria: Itävalta
...and my personal favourite:
Entinen Jugoslavian Tasavalta Makedonia
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Ecosse is French for Scotland, I like that.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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Japanese:

Japan = Nihon or Nippon
China = Chyuugoku
South Korea = Kankoku
North Korea = Kita-chousen
USA = America
UK = Igirisu
Netherlands = Ouranda
Germany = Doitsu
Italy = Itaria
Mexico = Mekishiko

Most countries are the same as English, only with the Japanese accent.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Ecosse is French for Scotland, I like that.
... and Wales, of course, is Pays de Galles, the last word of which is not dissimilar from the English word "Wales" but very different from what Welsh-speakers themselves call their country, which is Cymru.

And speaking of Welsh:

England = Lloegr
Scotland = Yr Alban
Ireland = Iwerddon
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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Of course:

USA: Yhdysvallat
UK: Yhdistynyt Kuningaskunta
Netherlands: Alankomaat
Belarus: Valko-Venäjä
New Zealand: Uusi-Seelanti
Austria: Itävalta
...and my personal favourite:
Entinen Jugoslavian Tasavalta Makedonia
It's actually the only one I was able to figure out at all
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