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How Do Countries Are Name?

The naming of countries depends on four factors:

geographic location, ethnicity, tribe or kingdom, geographic features of the region,

and prominent personalities that played a significant role in shaping a country and trying to defend the country.

10 Countries With Shortest Names In The World

1. Chad

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Located nearly exactly in the center of Africa, placing it in both the northern and eastern hemispheres. Also referred to as the Republic of Chad, this landlocked African nation is surrounded by (clockwise) Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger. Chad is the 20th-largest country in the world (21st if one counts Greenland as its own country) and the 5th-largest country in Africa.

Chad's geography is a mix of sandy deserts to the north and greener savannahs to the south. Exotic wildlife such as elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, and more all call the country home—however, the poaching of elephants (for their ivory tusks) is a significant problem in the country. Chad is an underdeveloped country and the 9th-poorest country in the world according to the United Nations' Human Development Index.

2. Cuba

This Latin American island country is located in the Caribbean sea, just east of Mexico and south of the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas. Known for its music, food, culture, and lush natural beauty, Cuba is a popular tourist destination. In fact, tourism is by far the largest contributor to Cuba's economy, though exports of sugar, tobacco, coffee, and skilled labor are also significant. Despite its beauty, life in Cuba is hard for many. The country is ruled by an authoritative regime that holds single-party elections, outlaws political opposition, heavily censors media and the press, and scores poorly on most measures of personal or political freedom.

READ MORE: 7 fascinating facts about Cuba you should partially know in hand!

3. Fiji

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Photo diversion dive

Fiji, country and archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. It surrounds the Koro Sea about 1,300 miles (2,100 km) north of Auckland, New Zealand.

The archipelago consists of some 300 islands and 540 islets scattered over about 1,000,000 square miles (3,000,000 square km). Of the 300 islands, about 100 are inhabited. The capital, Suva, is on the southeast coast of the largest island, Viti Levu (“Great Fiji”).

4. Iran

Iran (pronounced ee-RAHN), formerly known as Persia, is situated at the crossroads of Central Asia, South Asia, and the Arab states of the Middle East. Much of Iran is cut off from the outside world by a beautiful but often lonely landscape. High, rugged mountains create a barrier with Iran's neighbors in the west, and the eastern region is covered by a barren, salty desert.

In Iran's north, a narrow, fertile strip borders the Caspian Sea, and in the south, lowlands rim the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Most people in Iran live along the edges of a high plateau that runs through the middle of the country.

5. Iraq

Iraq means fertile. It is no coincidence that the name of today's Iraq is linked to the Fertile Crescent as well. In Arabic, Iraq means 'deep-rooted, well-watered, fertile'. But unfortunately, today Iraq is facing extreme drought and water scarcity due to climate change.

Iraq is home to the world's oldest civilisation: You probably remember this from school. Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilisation, was largely located in what is now Iraq, located between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Mesopotamia was home to the first farmers, as it was part of the so-called Fertile Crescent.

6. Laos

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Photo Indochina Voyages

No ocean, but thousands of islands

Laos may be landlocked – or ‘landlinked’, if you prefer – but that doesn’t mean a beach holiday is completely off the cards. If you head to Si Phan Don (literally “4,000 islands”) in Southern Laos, you’ll find serene sandy shores – and adventure – aplenty.

Laos and Thailand speak the same language

If you speak some Thai, then you also speak some Lao.

The Thai and Lao languages are very closely related, so much so that Laos speakers can understand Thai and vice-versa. Only a little more than 50% of the Lao population can speak Lao, however – in more rural areas, people mainly speak their ethnic language.

They also eat the same foods

Like Thai food like som tam (papaya salad), larb and kao niaw (sticky rice)?

Then actually, you like Lao food, since these northeastern Thai (Isan) restaurants are in fact traditionally Laos dishes, given a Thai twist.

READ MORE: How to Celebrate Lunar New Year Virtually in China, Vietnam, South Korea and Laos

7. Mali

The landlocked country named the Republic of Mali is the world’s 24th-largest country.

Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, comparable in size to the nation of South Africa and almost twice the size of the U.S. state of Texas.

Over 67% Of Malians Are Below Age 25

Mali has one of the youngest populations in the world, with 67% of its population below 25 years of age in 2017. The country has a population of about 18 million and a median age of 15.9 years. The Malian population is predominantly rural and roughly 10% are nomadic. In 2007, over 48% of Malians were less than 12 years old and 49% were between 15 and 64 years of age. The country had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, with a rate of about 106 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007.

8. Oman

Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world, with the current ruling dynasty dating back to 1749. In fact, Oman’s capital was once moved to Africa: Stone Town, on the island of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania. The then sultan, Said bin Sultan, liked the outpost so much he relocated the capital from Muscat to Zanzibar in 1832.

9. Peru

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Photo general overview of Peru

Peru holds the world records for the maximum number of birds sighted in one place and the greatest number seen in a single day!

Peru ranks as second in the world for hosting the most bird species (over 1,800) and over 50% of the migrating birds in the Americas fly over Peru at some point each year. This world record was recorded in the Reserva Nacional de Tambopata and Parque Nacional del Manú, in the Amazon.

10. Togo

Togo is a country in West Africa.

The official name of the country is the Togolese Republic.

It is bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.

The official language is French.

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Togo was estimated to be 7,599,721 people.

It is the 123rd largest country in the world in terms of land area with 56,785 square kilometers (21,925 square miles).

Shortest Geographical Place Names

There are at least 26 locations in the world that only have a single letter for its name.

There are seven different villages in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway with the name Å, which means “river” in the Scandinavian languages.

The name stems from Old Norse á which means “(small) river”.

Locations with the short place names:

A, a district in Kami-Amakusa city, Kumamoto, Japan

Å, a village in Meldal municipality, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

Å, a village in Åfjord municipality, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

Å, a village in Ibestad municipality, Troms, Norway

Å, a village in Lavangen municipality, Troms, Norway

Å, a village in Tranøy municipality, Troms, Norway

Å, a place in Funen, Denmark.

Å, a village in Norrköping municipality, Östergötland, Sweden

Ά, an eco-hippie community in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

B, a village in central Ohio, United States

D, a river in Oregon, United States

E, a mountain in Hokkaidō, Japan

E, a river in the Highlands of Scotland

I, a town in Shandong Sheng, Dongshan county of Fujian province, China

Ì, Scottish Gaelic name for island of Iona, Scotland (also called Ì Chaluim Chille)

Ô, a castle near Mortrée, France

O, a river in Devon, England

O, a river in Toyama, Japan

Ö, a village in Sweden. Ö is Swedish for “island”.

Ø, a hill in Jutland, Denmark. Ø is Danish for “island”.

U, a place in Panama

U, a settlement on Pohnpei in the Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia

Ú, a place in Madagascar

Y, a settlement in Alaska, United States

Y, a commune in the department of Somme, France.

Y, a river on the north of Russia.

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