Say it right: Netherlands
荷兰改用新版国家徽标
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BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2020-01-13
The Dutch want their country’s name said correctly. XINHUA
导读:近日,一则“荷兰改名”的消息引发国内媒体热议,不少中文媒体引用美国媒体报道称,荷兰将更名为尼德兰。事实上,荷兰并不是改名,而是将采用新的国家徽标。

Which country is famous for tulips and windmills? Most call it the Netherlands while others call it Holland. It’s confusing sometimes.
哪个国家以郁金香和风车闻名于世?大多数人(在英文中)称之为Netherlands(尼德兰),还有一些人叫它Holland(荷兰)。这有时令人感到莫名其妙。

We won’t be confused anymore. In December, the country’s government announced that it would stop using Holland as its nickname, reported US News.
我们将不再为此感到困惑了。据《美国新闻》报道,去年12月,该国政府宣布停止使用Holland作为昵称。

According to the Guardian, Holland only makes up two of the country’s 12 provinces: North-Holland, where Amsterdam is located; and South-Holland, the home of Rotterdam and The Hague. The nickname, however, is often used to describe the entire country.
据《卫报》报道,“Holland”一词仅指该国12个省中的两个省,即阿姆斯特丹所在的“北荷兰省”,以及鹿特丹和海牙所在的“南荷兰省”。但这个昵称常常被用来指代整个国家。

In order to change this situation, ministries and universities in the country can only use its official name, the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
为了改变这一现状,该国的政府部门及高校只能使用“the Kingdom of the Netherlands”(中文译名:荷兰王国)这一官方名字。

According to China Daily, this measure is part of a plan to draw tourists to other parts of the country as some cities are battling “overtourism”.
据《中国日报》报道,这一举措是引流游客到该国其他地方的计划的一部分,因为一些城市正面临“过度旅游”这一难题。

In the past, instead of the Netherlands, Holland was written in the country’s logo for tourism marketing. Many foreign tourists only visit the two provinces in Holland.
过去,该国在宣传旅游业时采用了内有Holland字样的徽标,而非Netherlands。许多国外游客只会游览两个荷兰省。

“It is a little strange to promote only a small part of the Netherlands abroad, that is, only Holland,” a spokesperson for the foreign ministry told the Spanish international news agency EFE.
“只将国家的一部分(指Holland)向海外推广是有些奇怪。”荷兰外交部一位发言人在接受西班牙通讯社埃菲社采访时如此表示。

So the government is making a new logo, one that combines the initials NL with an orange tulip, the country’s national flower.
因此,该国政府推出了一版新徽标,将首字母缩写NL字样以及国花橙色郁金香的造型结合了起来。

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Ji Yuan)
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Tulips  郁金香
   
Windmills  风车
Ministries  政府部门
   
Initials  首字母