1. Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu (New Zealand)

It may seem like a long jumble of random letters to you and me, but Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu is actually the Māori name for a hill in North Island, New Zealand. 

At 85 letters, it has been listed in the Guiness World Records as the longest official place name in the world.

Image via dancetraveldance.blog.cz

Image via dancetraveldance.blog.cz

 

2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, ( village in Wales, Britain)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (a.k.a. Llanfair PG) is a village situated on the island of Anglesey in Wales, Britain. The name earned its place in the Guiness Book of Records for being the place with the longest place name in Europe.

Image via Wikimeda Commons

Image via Wikimeda Commons

 

3. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, ( lake in Massachusetts, US)

Containing 45 letters, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is often cited as the longest place name in the United States. It also known as a slightly shorter version, Lake Chaubunagungamaug.

Image via ggpht.com

Image via ggpht.com

 

4. This is going to blow your mind. The official name for Bangkok is actually – wait for it - Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit

 

With a whooping 176 letters (!!!), Bangkok’s full ceremonial name came into use during the reign of King Mongkut Its full ceremonial name, which came into use during the reign of King Mongkut in the mid-19th century.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

 

5. Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, a farm in the North West province of South Africa

The name Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein follows a format typical of Afrikaans place names in South Africa, meaning “The spring where two buffaloes were killed with a single shot” in Afrikaans. 

 

Image via bizzorg.com

Image via bizzorg.com

6. Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä, a bog region in Lapland, Finland

35 letters long, Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä is the longest place name in Finland and the 2nd longest in Europe. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

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