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...

Why Are Some Flags Similar?

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

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

Written by Curiosity Staff December 30, 2016

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