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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Angola
Namibia
Zimbabwe
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flagGermany
85%
0%
0%
14%
14
flagthe United Kingdom
68%
2%
11%
17%
35
flagPoland
62%
6%
11%
19%
759
flagthe United States
57%
4%
23%
14%
21
flagUnknown
55%
14%
7%
22%
27

Gender

men73%
women52%
Congo
73%
52%
Angola
6%
14%
Namibia
9%
15%
Zimbabwe
11%
18%

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