One of the distinctions that the UK holds is that it is the country with the longest name in the world.
The UK’s formal name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which comes in at a total of 56 characters.
That’s a whopping 10 characters longer than the second longest country name in the world – the Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati.
Here is a table listing the five countries with the longest names in the world.
|1||The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||56|
|2||Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati||46|
|3||Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe||45|
|4||The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia||41|
|5||The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea||41|
Longest Country name in Europe
Yes, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the country in Europe with the longest name as well.
This nation encompasses four constituent countries, namely England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom has a rich history and is known for its cultural diversity, iconic landmarks, and influential contributions to various fields such as literature, music, and science. With a population of over 66 million people, the United Kingdom has a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system of governance.
The second longest country name in Europe is the Federal Republic of Germany, with 33 characters in its formal name. It’s closely followed by the Principality of Lichtenstein (29 characters), the Kingdom of the Netherlands (27 characters), the Republic of North Macedonia (25 characters) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (22).
Bosnia and Herzegovina is the longest country name in Europe that doesn’t include the form of government (eg, Kingdom, Federal Republic, Principality or Confederation.)
As you can see from the table, there are quite a few countries in Europe with long names.
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||56|
|Federal Republic of Germany||33|
|Principality of Liechtenstein||29|
|Kingdom of the Netherlands||27|
|Republic of North Macedonia||25|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||22|
|Republic of San Marino||20|
|Principality of Monaco||20|
|Kingdom of Belgium||19|
|Republic of Lithuania||19|
|Principality of Andorra||19|
|Republic of Azerbaijan||19|
|Kingdom of Sweden||18|
|Kingdom of Norway||18|
|Republic of Slovenia||18|
|Republic of Bulgaria||18|
|Republic of Armenia||18|
|Republic of Georgia||18|
|Republic of Albania||18|
|Kingdom of Spain||17|
|Republic of Belarus||17|
|Republic of Ireland||17|
|Republic of Croatia||17|
|Republic of Estonia||17|
|Republic of Hungary||17|
|Republic of Austria||17|
|Republic of Finland||17|
|Republic of Iceland||17|
|Republic of Moldova||17|
|Republic of Cyprus||17|
|Republic of Poland||17|
|Republic of Latvia||16|
|Republic of Turkey||16|
|Republic of Serbia||16|
|Vatican City State||16|
|Republic of Italy||16|
Longest Town Name in the World
The United Kingdom also has the distinction of being home to the town with the longest name in the world. That town is, as many people will already know:
The town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is located in Wales, on the island of Anglesey and has a population of just over 3,000 people. Some people might argue that it is actually the village in the world with the longest name.
For practical reasons, its name is often shortened to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll or even Llainfair.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch translated into English means: The Llan of Saint Mary in a hollow of white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”.
Shortest country name
The countries with the shortest names (not messing about with abbreviations) all have four letters in their name. There are quite a lot of four letter country names in the world too. Currently, the list of shortest country names in the world is:
If you count abbreviations, you could argue that the United Kingdom (UK) has the shortest country name in the world as well as the longest. But that’s a bit of a stretch, and one it would share with many, many other countries.