UN agrees to change Turkey’s official name to ‘Türkiye’

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Turkey will henceforth be officially known as 'Turkeys' at the United Nations, after agreeing to Ankara's formal request.

  • This is a part of a rebranding campaign launched by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2021. 

  • Why does Turkey want to change its name?

  • Turkish President Erdoan argued that instead of matching the name of a bird (Turkey), it better represented the country if it was called Turkiye.

  • According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, the meaning of turkey is fool or loser.

  • Erdoan said that Turkiye best represents the culture, civilization and values of the people of this country and it also best expresses them.

  • The country's government was not happy with the Google search results for the word 'Turkey'.

  • Some of these results included the large bird that is served for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals in North America.

  • Countries that changed its name in the past

  • The Netherlands was changed from Holland in 2020.

  • Macedonia changed its name to North Macedonia due to a political dispute with Greece.

  • Swaziland, a landlocked country in Southern Africa changed to Eswatini in 2018.

  • Iran used to be called Persia, Siam is now called Thailand, and Rhodesia was changed to Zimbabwe.

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