Bright Side found 11 countries that changed their names and we’ll tell you the story behind their resolutions. Remember to read all the way through to the last country’s story — you’ll find a bonus that explains how much it costs to make this modification.
In 1937, with the intention of removing all ties to the United Kingdom (with whom the country had a fierce war for 2 years), the Irish Free State became Ireland, or Éire, in the local Irish language.
And then you have the citizens who are used to calling their country by a certain name and have to become familiar with writing it and saying it in another. These changes don’t happen overnight, and although many will still wonder if they were even necessary at all, they will usually end up embracing them.