The names of at least 33 countries are made up of seven letters. These countries can be found in almost all the continents of the world except for Antarctica and Australia. Ten of the countries are in Africa and at least thirteen are in Europe. The rest of the countries are in Asia and America. Although some of the countries are in the same continents, their names are of diverse origin and only relate to the history of the particular country. Here are some of the countries with seven-letter names.
Albania is not only a seven-letter country but also one of the few countries that start with the first letter of the alphabet. It is officially known as the Republic of Albania and located in Southeast Europe. The name “Albania” may have originated from the Illyrian tribe of Albani and may have been a continuation of the the name of a medieval settlement known as Albanon. Today, the Albanians refer to their country as “Shqiperi” meaning “Land of the Eagles” or “Shqiperia” meaning “Children of the Eagles.”
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, commonly known as Algeria, is located in Northwest Africa. It is one of the few countries whose capitals share almost a similar name to the country. Interestingly, Algiers, which is the capital of Algeria, also has seven letters. The country derives its name from its capital which derives its name from an Arabic word "al-Jazā'ir," meaning “The Islands.”
Armenia is a Caucasian country located in the region of Eurasia. Its largest and capital city, Yerevan, also has seven letters. The country’s original name was “Հայք (Hayk’).” However, the name is rarely used today. The name Armenia is derived from the Armenian people.
The Kingdom of Belgium is located in Western Europe and bordered by Germany, Netherlands, France, and Luxembourg. The country derived its name from an ancient Roman Province known as Gallia Belgica. The province was located in the north of Gaul and was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Germanic and Celtic people. Coincidentally, Brussels, Belgium’s capital, is also a seven-letter word.
Jamaica is an island country located in the Caribbean Sea. The island country was initially inhabited by the Taino and Arawaks before coming under the Spanish rule. The Taino people called the island “Xaymaca” which is an Arawakan word for “Land of Wood and Water.” Jamaicans often refer to their country as “Rock.”
Officially known as the Lebanese Republic, Lebanon derives its name from Mount Lebanon. The mountain derived its name from a Phoenician root “ibn” which means “white” as a result of the white snow-capped peak. The name Lebanon as an administrative unit was introduced during the Ottoman reforms of 1861.
Other Countries with Seven Letters
Apart from the six countries highlighted above, other countries that have seven letters in their names include Andorra, Austria, Bahamas, Burundi, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Granada, Hungary, Iceland, Morocco, Ireland, Moldova, Lesotho, Namibia, and Nigeria. These names have unique origin are part of the respective countries’ rich history.