How European Countries got their Names


Ever wondered where your country’s name originated, or perhaps your favorite holiday destination?

From Albania to Vatican City and everything in between, this infographic reveals the origins of European country names.

For example, Belgium is named after the Belgae, tribes who lived between the Rivers Rhine and Loire in Roman times.  And Norway’s name means “The Way North” or “The Northern Way” from the old Norse Norrevegr, a reference to one of the routes taken by the Vikings.

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The origin of European country names

Infographic: How European countries got their names.