A mosque in Istanbul, Turkey; the nation wants to be known as Türkiye, pronounced tur-key-YAY. Photo: AFP
A mosque in Istanbul, Turkey; the nation wants to be known as Türkiye, pronounced tur-key-YAY. Photo: AFP
Türkiye

No more Turkey: nation changes name to Türkiye at UN in rebranding effort

  • Move seen as part of bid to dissociate name from bird and also from associated negative connotations such as a ‘stupid or silly person’
  • Turkish Foreign Minister has sent UN a letter formally requesting the change; in 1923 country called itself ‘Türkiye’ after gaining independence

A mosque in Istanbul, Turkey; the nation wants to be known as Türkiye, pronounced tur-key-YAY. Photo: AFP
A mosque in Istanbul, Turkey; the nation wants to be known as Türkiye, pronounced tur-key-YAY. Photo: AFP
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