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Countries, Adjective Forms, and Nationalities (#10), by Dennis Oliver

 

The adjective forms for countries and the names for citizens of countries
are often confusing in English. This happens for two reasons. First, there
is no easy way to change a country's name to its adjective form because
several different endings are used for this purpose. Second, the words
for nationalities are often the same as the adjective forms, but not always.

Here is more information on names of countries, their adjective forms,
and the words used for their citizens.

 

Countries, Adjective Forms,
and Nationalities (#10)

 country
 

 adjective
 

nationality
         
Namibia   Namibian   Namibian
         
Nauru   Nauruan   Nauruan
         
Nepal   Nepalese   Nepalese
         
Netherlands   Dutch   Dutchman (men),
Dutchwoman (women)
         
New Zealand   New Zealand   New Zealander
         
Nicaragua   Nicaraguan   Nicaraguan
         
Niger*   Nigerien*   Nigerien*
         
Nigeria*   Nigerian*   Nigerian*
         
Norway   Norwegian   Norwegian

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Special Note:

Note that two African countries, above, have very similar names:
Niger and Nigeria. In addition, note that the adjective and nationality
forms for these countries are also very similar (
Nigerien for Niger
and
Nigerian for Nigeria).

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