More on country names - May 16, 2005
Cormac writes to note the differences in the country names
mentioned in the Post yesterday:
Holland or the Netherlands - different things, Holland is a subset
of the Netherlands.
America or the United States - different things, America is a continent,
two continents in fact.
Britain or the United Kingdom - different things, Britain is a subset
of the United Kingdom.
Switzerland or Helvetia - different languages, English and Latin.
Germany or Deutschland - different languages, English and German.
Sweden or Sverige - different languages, English and Swedish.
Japan or Nippon - different languages, English and Japanese.
proposed as Thailand's 'second name' - Bangkok Post,
May 13, 2005
...He said many countries have two or more names, such as Holland
or the Netherlands; America or the United States; Britain or the
United Kingdom; Switzerland or Helvetia, Germany or Deutschland,
Sweden or Sverige, and Japan or Nippon.
The campaign was aimed at reminding Thais of the auspicious name
of Siam, which was granted by King Rama IV and means an ancient
country of people of all races and religions.
Siam was renamed Thailand in 1939 on the order of former prime minister
Field Marshal Plaek Piboonsongkhram who wanted this country to appear
modern to the world, despite many objections to the change at the