Turkey is the latest to join the list of countries that have changed their names throughout history for various reasons.
The United Nations has officially recognised Turkey renaming itself Türkiye after a request from Ankara advocating for the new name. The UN implemented the change immediately after receiving the request.
The move is part of a rebranding campaign launched late last year by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards an identity that “best represents and expresses the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish nation.”
Most Turks already know their country as Türkiye. However, the anglicised form Turkey is widely used, even within the country.
The rebranding is also part of measures taken to disassociate the country’s name from that of a bird. Turkey, a large bird native to North America — famous for being served at Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that his country would be sending a letter to other international organizations requesting the use of “Türkiye” in the international arena.
The name change combines the English version of the name with its Turkish-language name, pronounced similarly but with a “yay” at the end.
Most recently, the Czech Republic got a new name and has seen a slow adoption of “Czechia” while the Netherlands also dropped the name Holland. In honour of its 50th anniversary, Swaziland changed its name to become Eswatini and Macedonia since 2019, is formally known as North Macedonia.
Turkey recently also announced a price hike in its citizenship by investment program that came into effect in June this year. The minimum real estate investment amount was raised from 250,000 USD to 400,000 USD. Other requirements for applying remain essentially the same.
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