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As far as I am aware no other countried are used an article before them, but people usually refer to Ukraine as "The Ukraine".


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    Lots of other countries use (or used) an article, including The Lebanon, The Congo, The Gambia, The Sudan, The Yemen... – Andrew Leach Sep 20 '17 at 15:31
  • @AndrewLeach - Never heard 'the Lebanon' or 'the Yemen', but I would add 'the UK', 'the United Arab Emirates', and 'the US' to your list, along with 'the USSR' when it existed - and that's just off the top of my head. – Jeff Zeitlin Sep 20 '17 at 15:40
  • I deliberately excluded countries which include some sort of adjective, or where a noun like "Republic" can be distinguished with The. My list is simply those which take the definite article with just a name. Relevant blog post – Andrew Leach Sep 20 '17 at 15:44

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