When editing my profile and changing the location field, I have accidentally bumped into "Swaziland" still being listed as a country - although the official name as far as I can recall has been recently changed to "Eswatini" or something similar .

BTW, that triggered another check by me - and indeed the former name Czech Republic was indeed changed to Czechia on the same list ..

  • You're correct, this is a bug, but not on Stack Exchange side, but rather on Google side which didn't update their Maps service which SE is using. I assume SE can contact Google via better channels than us though, so it's good you found and reported it. :) Dec 31 '18 at 10:28
  • @ShadowWizard thanks, and regarding your edit, I defiantly was browsing that page and not editing my location :-) I am not from that country - it was totally accidental :-) Dec 31 '18 at 10:31
  • Well, the only way to trigger the auto fill is by going to Edit mode of the profile, that's what I mean, not that you were actually going to save it. :) Dec 31 '18 at 10:32
  • @ShadowWizard in fact, a second check shows that eSwatini is also listed.. so now there are two names for the same place ? Dec 31 '18 at 10:36
  • Heh, that's weird. So maybe they left the old name there on purpose, for those unaware the name changed? Still, something only Google can tell. If only Google had a meta site... ;) Dec 31 '18 at 10:38
  • @ShadowWizard ..yep.if only . I would also settle for a simple customer service.. anyhow TODA. Dec 31 '18 at 10:44
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    I'd guess the old name is still there so stuff dosen't break on what's probably a simple list
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Dec 31 '18 at 14:22

While I hear you...I'm not sure what we should do (if anything) here. It's a Google maps decision and they support both. For example, "eSwatini" is in the list as well, and Google aliases it to Swaziland.

I guess, look at it from the point of view: what if "Swaziland" just went missing? What if all traces of the old name disappeared? That'd be pretty confusing too.

Since you can choose either and elect to update your location to the new name if you wish, I'm going to tag this as . I think it's behaving in the only way that's going to suit everyone...and honestly, even if it didn't, there's not much we can do here short of re-creating Google's map and geolocation service.

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