Turkish authorities have decided to rebrand the country’s image in the world, and Turkish television TRT has announced why.
Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement saying the country’s internationally recognized name was being changed from “Turkey” to “Turkey”, the television explained.
“The word ‘Turkey’ represents and expresses the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish nation in the best possible way,” the statement said.
Changing the name of the country is not as rare as it is thought, world media report.
National rebranding can happen for a variety of reasons, to rise above the cliché, to present itself in a more positive image or even because of politics.
TRT cites examples of the Netherlands, which changed its name to the Netherlands or Macedonia, which recently became Northern Macedonia due to a dispute with Greece. In 1935, Iran changed its name to Persia.
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In Turkish, the country is called “Turkey”. The country accepted the name after gaining independence from Western powers in 1923, which temporarily occupied it.
Throughout history, Europeans have called it the Ottoman State, and then came to know it under many variations of the word “Turkey.” The name that remained the most was in Latin “Turquia”, and the most present was “Turkey”.
The vast majority of people in Turkey believe that naming a country according to its local variation makes sense and is in line with the country’s goals of determining how others should identify it.