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.

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Congo
Angola
Namibia
Zimbabwe
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flagGermany
73%
3%
6%
16%
30
flagthe United Kingdom
67%
5%
8%
18%
87
flagGreece
60%
13%
6%
20%
15
flagPoland
52%
9%
14%
22%
2971
flagItaly
52%
15%
15%
15%
19
flagthe United States
50%
12%
18%
18%
54
flagRepublic of Ireland
50%
8%
8%
33%
12
flagUnknown
38%
13%
18%
29%
324

Gender

men43%
women49%
Congo
43%
49%
Angola
11%
13%
Namibia
18%
18%
Zimbabwe
26%
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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