Which country was formerly named Zaire?

Congo
Angola
Namibia
Zimbabwe
In 1971 the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko changed the name of Republic of Congo to Republic of Zaire. His goal was to replace all the post-­colo­nial names (the capital Leopoldville was changed to Kishasa). However, changing the name of Congo to Zaire was curious, given that the name Congo, which referred both to the river Congo and to the ancient Kongo Empire, was fun­da­men­tal­ly "au­then­tic" to pre-­colo­nial African roots, while Zaire is in fact a Por­tuguese cor­rup­tion of another African word, Nzere ("river”). In 1997 the name was changed back to Republic of Congo.

Answers distribution

Congo
Angola
Namibia
Zimbabwe
answers
flagLithuania
90%
0%
0%
10%
10
flagSwitzerland
80%
0%
10%
10%
10
flagCanada
78%
10%
0%
10%
19
flagRussia
69%
15%
0%
15%
13
flagGermany
66%
5%
8%
19%
56
flagthe United Kingdom
63%
6%
11%
18%
131
flagGreece
62%
12%
6%
18%
16
flagAustria
60%
0%
10%
30%
10
flagItaly
57%
11%
11%
19%
26
flagPoland
53%
9%
14%
22%
4067
flagRepublic of Ireland
53%
7%
7%
30%
13
flagthe United States
48%
13%
12%
23%
86
flagUnknown
39%
13%
18%
27%
369
flagthe Netherlands
35%
5%
11%
41%
17

Gender

men45%
women50%
Congo
45%
50%
Angola
11%
13%
Namibia
18%
19%
Zimbabwe
24%
17%

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Welches Land wurde Zaire genannt?
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Quel pays a été nommé Zaïre?
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Welk land werd genoemd Zaïre?
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Quale paese è stato nominato Zaire?
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¿Qué país fue nombrado Zaire?
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Qual país foi nomeado Zaire?
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Which country was formerly named Zaire?
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