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Here's Why Austria And Australia Have Such Similar Names

Here's Why Austria And Australia Have Such Similar Names

How do two countries in two different hemispheres have such similar names? The name Austria is a latinization of the original old German word, "Österreich," which translates to "eastern realm" (east of Germany). Australia is a ways away from Germany, so what gives? Dive deeper into the origins of these two countries' names in the following video.

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Why Do Austria And Australia Sound Alike?

One name has German roots, while the other comes from a Greek god. Hmm...

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Our Planet Has No Official Name

It has many names, most of which derive from the Latin "terra."

Why Are Some Flags Similar?

You've probably noticed several nordic crosses on European flags.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Many European nations adopted a tricolor flag after France displayed theirs following the French Revolution. 00:56

  2. The very first American flag had a Union Jack in the upper left corner instead of stars. 02:15

  3. The Ottomans decorated their banners with a crescent design for centuries. 04:29

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