10 Letter Countries

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Do you know where country names come from? Most countries in the world are named after one of four things: an important person with some influence over the country or its history, a directional description of the country, a feature of the country’s land, or a tribe or ethnic group.

For example, Kazahkstan is derived from “Khazakh,” which comes from the ancient Turkic word “qaz” and means “to wander,” describing the nomadic life of the early Kazakhs people.

Another example is El Salvador’s name. El Salvador is the only country in the Americas with ten letters and is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. “El Salvador” means the “The Savior” in Spanish, named by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado.

Luxembourg received its name from Lucilinburhuc Castle, which translated to “Little Fortress.” The name was first mentioned in 963 CE, when Count Siegfried of Ardennes purchased the castle. “Luxembourg” is the anglicized version of “Lucilinburhuc.”

There are 18 countries with 10 letter names. Of the 18, 10 are in Asia, four are in Africa, three are in Europe, and 1 is in North America. These countries are:

Some of these countries have official names, such as the Republic of Madagascar, making their names 20 letters instead of 10. Another example is Luxembourg, which is officially known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, making its name 22 letters.

10 Letter Countries

Country 2022 Population
Bangladesh171,186,372
South Korea51,815,810
Uzbekistan34,627,652
Mozambique32,969,518
Madagascar29,611,714
North Korea26,069,416
Kazakhstan19,397,998
South Sudan10,913,164
Azerbaijan10,358,074
Tajikistan9,952,787
Kyrgyzstan6,630,623
El Salvador6,336,392
New Zealand5,185,288
Mauritania4,736,139
Luxembourg647,599
Saint Lucia179,857
Seychelles107,118

10 Letter Countries

Number of Letters Number of Countries Countries
411Chad, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Mali, Niue, Oman, Peru, Togo
522Benin, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Niger, Sudan, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Qatar, Syria, Yemen, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Italy, Malta, Spain
632Angola, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, France, Gambia, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Malawi, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Panama, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Zambia
742Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burundi, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Lebanon, Lesotho, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rio Muni, Romania, Romania, Senegal, Somalia, Tokelau, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vietnam
827Anguilla, Barbados, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Cameroon, Djibouti, Dominica, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Honduras, Hong Kong, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Zimbabwe
913Argentina, Australia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mauritius, Nicaragua, San Marino, Singapore, Venezuela
1017Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, New Zealand, North Korea, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, South Korea, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
1110Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cook Islands, Netherlands, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Vatican City
125United States, Great Britain, New Caledonia, French Guiana, Turkmenistan
134Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, American Samoa, Norfolk Island

10 Letter Countries