Names of Countries in French
This lesson is about the names of the world countries in French language. The lesson contains five lists, one for every continent : Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia and Oceania. The countries are listed in alphabetic order, so you can easily find any country you want.
Which world country are you from in French ?
For asking for an country or where somebody lives, you can use this examples:
- Où Habites-tu? = Where do you live?
- Dans quel pays habites-tu? = In which country do you live?
- J'habite en Espagne. = I live in Spain.
- Combien d’habitants il y-a-t-il en Croatie? = How many inhabitants are there in Croatia?
- La Croatie compte 4 millions d'habitants. = Croatia has 4 milion inhabitants.
European countries in French
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnie-Herzégovine|
|Czech Republic||République tchèque|
Some of the European countries are spelled the same way in English and in French such as, France, Monaco, Portugal, Ukraine and Vatican.
Asian Countries in French
|East Timor||Timor Oriental|
|North Korea||Corée du nord|
|Saudi Arabia||Arabie saoudite|
|South Korea||Corée du sud|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka|
|United Arab Emirates||Émirats arabes unis|
The countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka are spelled the same way in both languages, but for Yemen and Turkmenistan in French the only difference is that they have an accent aigu (é).
American countries in French
|Antigua and Barbuda||Antigua-et-Barbuda|
|Costa Rica||Costa Rica|
|Dominican Republic||République dominicaine|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Saint-Christophe-et-Niévès|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Saint-Vincent-et-les-Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Trinité-et-Tobago|
Some countries of Nord and South America are spelled the same way in both languages such as Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela, and for Haiti the only difference is that in French it has the trema sing (ï).
African countries in French
|Burina Faso||Burkina Faso|
|Central African Republic||République centrafricaine|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||République démocratique du congo|
|Republic of the Congo||République du congo|
|Cote d'Ivoire||Côte d’ivoire|
|Equatorial Guinea||Guinée équatoriale|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Sao Tomé-et-Principe|
|Sierra Leone||Sierra Leone|
|South Africa||Afrique du sud|
|South Sudan||Soudan du sud|
Regarding the African continent many countires are spelled the same way in English and in French, such as: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Togo andZimbabwe. Only exceptions are Benin and Senegal, both countires having an accent aigu on 'e'.
Countries of Oceania in French
|Papua New Guinea||Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée|
Regarding the countries of Oceania the only ones which don't have the same spelling are Australia, Fiji, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau and Papua New Guinea.
The last remaining continent, but not less important is Antarctica, in French spelled Antarctique.
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