What Countries Call Themselves

Most of our maps and encyclopedias list the English names for the countries of the world. Here are a few of the names countries have for themselves.

Belgium Belgique
Germany Deutschland
Greece Hellas (Ancient); Ellas
Greenland Kalatdlit-Nunat
Israel Yisrael
Japan Nippon
The Netherlands Nederland
Poland Polska
Spain España
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