Why are English speakers calling Turkey Türkiye?


I mean I really don’t have any problems with saying it like this, just don’t understand the need. We don’t call Germany Deutschland or Japan Nihon, so why are people saying Türkiye?

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Where? Never seen that


Because Türkiye is asking people to

It’s basically an exercise in trying to rebrand the country. It’s what it’s mostly called internally and they’re trying to get everybody else to use the same name. The official line is that it reflects their culture and history and blah blah blah

But it’s really just a marketing exercise. They’ve mainly done it with official bodies like the UN, EU parliament, etc and because of that it’s gaining some traction elsewhere

The reason why we don’t call Germany Deutschland or Japan Nihon is because they’ve never tried to ask us to do so.

This is why:

> Following an official letter submitted to the United Nations by the Republic of Türkiye, the country’s name has been officially changed to Türkiye at the UN.

> UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that a letter had been received on June 1 from the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu addressed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, requesting the use of “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” for all affairs.

> The spokesman said the country name change became effective from the moment the letter was received.




Because Turks made a fuss about about it and insisted their country be called so. It’s a pretty recent thing, just last few years, but if a country wants to change what it’s called, then generally they get to do that and why wouldn’t rest of the world listen to how they want to be named? They are hardly the only ones to ever change their name, happens more often than you might think. [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/country-names/country-name-changes-in-hmg-use-1919-to-2020](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/country-names/country-name-changes-in-hmg-use-1919-to-2020)