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Countries That Start With A

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, and Azerbaijan are all countries whose names begin with A.

There are 11 countries with names that begin with A. A is the most popular letter for country names to begin with. Interestingly, all country names that start in A also end in A, with the exception of Azerbaijan.

Which Countries Start With A?

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a South Asian country inhabited by about 34,656,032 people as of 2016. It is the world's 40th largest country with a total area of 252,072 square miles. The capital city of Afghanistan is Kabul. The word "Afghanistan" comes from the term "Afghan" which originated sometime in the 3rd century. The suffix of "-stan" is commonly used in countries as it is Persian for "place". Afghanistan is sometimes written as Afghanestan.

Albania

Albania is a country in southeastern Europe in the Balkan region. The capital city of the Republic of Albania is Tirana. The country occupies an area of 11,100 square miles. The name Albania comes from the Latin language, and was used to describe the Albanoi people. In Albanian, Albania is called Shqipëria.

Algeria

Algeria is Africa's largest country with a total area 919,595 square miles. It is also the tenth largest country in the world. Its capital is Algiers, and as of 2016, the population estimate for the country was 40.4 million. In the Berber language, Algeria is called Dzayer. In French, it is Algérie. The country of Algeria is named after the city of Algiers, which itself comes from the Arabic word for "islands".

Andorra

The principality of Andorra lies between France and Spain. The capital city of the nation is Andorra de la Vella. It has a total area of 180.55 square miles, and as of 2009, its population was estimated at 84,082. It is unknown exactly where the name Andorra comes from.

Angola

The capital city of the Republic of Angola is Luanda. The nation is found in the southern region of Africa. It has an area of 481,400 square miles, making it the 23rd largest country in the world. Angola is home to approximately 18.498 million people. In the Umbundu, Kimbundu, and Kikongo languages, Angola is called Ngola. the name Angola itself is from the Kimbundu language, as it was derived from the Kimbundu name for king.

Antigua and Barbuda

The island state of Antigua and Barbuda lies in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital, St. John, is the largest port and city on Antigua Island. The country covers 170 square miles of area in total, and it is estimated to be inhabited by around 81,799 people. Its official language is English. The island of Antigua got its name from a church found in Spain. The name Barbuda comes from an indigenous word meaning "island of herons".

Argentina

The Argentine Republic is South America's second largest country with 1,073,500 square miles of area. Its capital city is Buenos Aires. According to a census held in the nation in 2014, Argentina has a population of around 42,669,500 people. The name Argentina is derived from the Latin word for silver.

Armenia

The Republic of Armenia sits on the Armenia Highlands in the Western part of Asia. The capital city of Armenia is Yerevan. It is also the largest city in the nation. Armenia occupies 11,484 square miles of area, and it has approximately 2,924,816 inhabitants. In the Armenian language, Armenia is called Hayastan. The origins of the name are unknown.

Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia is located in the southern hemisphere of the globe. Mainland Australia is a continent by itself. Together with its constituent islands, the nation covers an area of 2,969,907 square miles. Canberra is the country's capital while Sydney is its largest city. The population estimate of Australia as of 2018 is 24,803,900. The name Australia comes from the Latin word for "southern".

Austria

The Republic of Austria is a Central European state inhabited by about 8,794,267 people. The country covers 32,386 square miles of area. The capital city of Austria is Vienna, and the official language of Austrians is German. In German, Austria's name is Österreich, which means "eastern realm".

Azerbaijan

The Republic of Azerbaijan is a transcontinental country, lying in both Asia and Europe. The capital city of Azerbaijan is Baku. The total area covered by the nation is 33,400 square miles, and it is inhabited by an estimated 9,165,000 people. The name Azerbaijan comes from the term meaning "protected by the holy fire".

Doesn't Aruba Start With A?

Some sources also include Aruba, a tiny island nation in the Caribbean Sea, just eighteen miles north of Venezuela's coast. However, although the island also starts with the letter "a", it is not a sovereign state as it is a constituent country the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Countries that Start with the Letter A

Countries That Start With The Letter A
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan

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