The African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name because the King is tired of people getting it confused with Switzerland!
King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch.
“Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland.
Many African countries trying to get independence “reverted to their ancient, native names,” he said. “We no longer shall be called Swaziland from today forward. These countries reverted to their ancient names before they were colonized. So from now on the country will officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini,” the king added.
The kingdom will be known by its historic name of eSwatini. The king has used that name in the past at openings of Parliament and other events. Some Swiss have responded with relief as the countries often are confused on online forms. It is not immediately clear how much it will cost the landlocked African country to make the name change.
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