Place Names Starting with Z

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ZABALA (Settlement) Basque
From Basque zabal meaning "large, wide". This is the name of a district within the city of Bilbao in Spain.
ZAIRE (River & Country) Portuguese, English
Older name of the Congo River, said to be derived via Portuguese from Kikongo nzadi o nzere meaning "river swallowing rivers". This was also the former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
ZAIRË (River & Country) French
French form of ZAIRE.
ZHONGGUO (Country) Chinese
Means "middle kingdom", from Chinese (zhōng) meaning "middle" and (guó) meaning "country, state". This is the Chinese name for China. The name originally referred to China's central regions, as opposed to the territory on the fringes.
ZWEDEN (Country) Dutch, Medieval Dutch
Dutch form of SWEDEN.