Dzalbania

I wonder if anyone reading this can answer a random question. Why is “dz” the two-letter abbreviation for Albania?

Alternatively, can anyone think of a Google search that would quickly answer this? I had a few shots at it but can only find lists of them. It’s one of those things that just seems to be ungooglable.

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  1. WadeM August 31st, 2006 9:44 pm

    It’s Algeria not Albania ;)

    The two letter country code DZ is derived from Dzayer, the local name for Algeria.

    All hail wiki :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.dz

    –Wade

  2. Shishberg September 1st, 2006 6:56 am

    See… somehow, after coming across this earlier in the day, I spent a while at Wikipedia trying to find the answer myself, checked again a few times to make sure I got the country right, then posted this… and managed to write Albania. With a link to a page that says it’s Algeria.

    Sigh.

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