How well do you know the former names of places?

Many countries and cities don’t have the same names they began with, but how confident are you with their previous monikers? Let’s find out…

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An easier one to kick things off with. Istanbul, once capital of the Ottoman empire, was known by what name?

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Another simple one. Still the name of the tea it produces, what was Sri Lanka once known as?

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Now you’ve eased yourself in, let’s step it up. What was Belize’s former name?

4

Guangzhou used to be known by a name which lends itself to a popular strand of Chinese cuisine. Which one?

5

The Gold Coast was a name given by the British to a part of Africa. What’s it known as today?

6

Which country changed its name from Abyssinia in the 1940s?

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If you were living in Monkchester during the Anglo-Saxon period, where would you be today?

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Staying in the UK, the Zimbabwean capital of Harare once shared its name with which former cathedral city?

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Plenty of Indian cities have had name changes. What is Madras known as today?

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If we were going on holiday to the Trucial States in the first half of the 20th century, where would we be going?

11

Edinburgh once shared its name with a New Zealand city. Which one?

12

Alice Springs in Australia was formerly known by which male name?

13

Christiania was once a Scandinavian capital. Today, it’s known as what?

14

Persia is a name that conjures up images of ancient Arabia. What’s it called today?

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Nyasaland is now which modern-day African country?

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The Hervey Islands were renamed in 1823. But to what?