69+ Country Names And Nationalities In Italian

Are you curious to know how to say the country names and nationalities in Italian? If this is the case, you have arrived in the right place. One of the most important Italian lessons is learning about the Italian names for countries and nationalities.

When meeting new friends, you’ll want to tell them where you are from, and they might tell you where they have been or if they originate from other countries. A well-stocked vocabulary can come in handy in those situations because as you might not know, many languages have different names for countries you’re familiar with!

Countries And Nationalities In Italian – Grammar Basics

In Italian, the countries and nationalities can be feminine and masculine names. In addition, for the nationalities in Italian, there is a singular form and a plural form. Therefore, if you want to indicate a person’s nationality, you must use adjectives.

Although you might have Italian friends, they could have parents coming from different countries, and they can refer to the mother or the father, so you should be prepared to understand if they are talking about a male or a female.

In most cases, many countries and continents in Italian are in the singular and feminine form. For example:

  • L’America – America
  • L’asia – Asia
  • L’Italia – Italy
  • La Francia – France

But, there are also exceptions and countries that are in the singular form and masculine, such as:

  • Il Marocco – Morocco
  • Il Giappone – Japan
  • Gli Stati Uniti – The USA

In Italian, when you speak about a country, you have to place an article in front of the country’s name, and the country’s first letter is to be capitalized.

Adjectives Used To Describe Nationalities In Italian

Country Names And Nationalities In Italian

When you learn Italian, the most challenging part is to place the gender correctly when you use adjectives.

The general rule of thumb is the following:

  1. The masculine adjective ends with “-o”
  2. The feminine adjective ends with “-a”
  3. The masculine and plural adjective ends with “-i”
  4. The feminine and plural adjective ends with “-e”
  5. The adjectives finishing with “-e,” both masculine and feminine, have the ending “-i” in the plural

Remember that there are always exceptions and adjectives that do not follow the general rules.

For example:

  • Uno Spagnolo – Spanish (masculine/singular)
  • Una Marocchina – Moroccan (feminine/singular)
  • Un Cinese – Chinese (masculine/singular)
  • Degli Svedesi – Swedish people (masculine/plural)
  • Un Portoghese – Portuguese (masculine/singular)
  • Un Russo – Russian (masculine/singular)
  • Una Olandese – Dutch (feminine/singular)
  • Un Canadese – Canadian (masculine/singular)
  • Un Brasiliano – A Brazilian (masculine/singular)
  • Un Tedesco – A German (masculine/singular)
  • Un Giapponese – A Japanese (masculine/singular)
  • Un Italiano – Italian (masculine/singular)

Most Common Country Names And Nationalities In Italian

nationalities in Italian

While it is impossible to list all the countries, it is possible to list the most commonly used words related to countries and nationalities.

Here in this table, you can find the most common countries and nationalities in Italian:

Italian EnglishNationality (m.sg/f.sg.)Nationality (m.pl./f.pl)
La RussiaRussiaRusso/RussaRussi/Russe
Il CanadaCanadaCanadese/CanadeseCanadesi/Canadesi
La Cina ChinaCinese/CineseCinesi/Cinesi
Gli Stati Uniti d’AmericaUnited States of AmericaStatunitense/StatunitenseStatunitensi/Statunitensi
Il Brasile BrazilBrasiliano/Brasiliana Brasiliani/Brasiliane
La GroelandiaGreenlandiaGroelandese/GroelandeseGroelandesi/Groelandesi
L’Arabia SauditaSaudi ArabiaSaudita/SauditaSauditi/Saudite
Il MessicoMexicoMessicano/MessicanaMessicani/Messicane
Il SudanSudanSudanese/SudaneseSudanesi/Sudanesi
La LibiaLibyaLibanese/LibaneseLibanesi/Libanesi
La MongoliaMongoliaMongolo/MongolaMongoli/Mongole
Il PerùPeruPeruviano/PeruvianaPeruviani/Peruviane
Il SudafricaSouth AfricaSudafricano/SudafricanaSudafricani/Sudafricane
La ColombiaColombiaColombiano/ColombianaColombiani/Colombiane
La BoliviaBoliviaBoliviano/BolivianaBoliviani/Boliviane
La NigeriaNigeriaNigeriano/NIgerianaNigeriani/Nigeriane
Il VenezuelaVenezuelaVenezuelano/VenezuelanaVenezuelani/Venezuelane
La GermaniaGermanyTedesco/TedescaTedeschi/Tedesche
ll GiapponeJapanGiapponese/GiapponeseGiapponesi/Giapponesi
La SpagnaSpainSpagnolo/SpagnolaSpagnoli/Spagnole
La Grecia GreeceGreco/GrecheGreci/Greche
La MaltaMaltaMaletese/MalteseMaltesi/Maltesi
La TurchiaTurkeyTurco/TurcaTurchi/Turche
Il CileChileCileno/CilenaCileni/Cilene
Il PakistanPakistanPakistano/PakistanaPakistani/Pakistane
La FranciaFranceFrancese/FranceseFrancesi/Francesi
Il PortogalloPortugalPortoghese/PortoghesePortoghesi/Portoghesi
La SveziaSwedenSvedese/SvedeseSvedesi/Svedesi
La NorvegiaNorwayNorvegese/NorvegeseNorvegesi/Norvegesi
La DanimarcaDenmarkDanese/DaneseDanesi/Danesi
Il MaroccoMoroccoMarocchino/MarocchinaMaricchini/Marocchine
La FinlandiaFinlandFinlandese/FinlandeseFinlandesi/Finlandesi
Il VietnamVietnamVietnamita/ VietnamitaVietnamiti/Vietnamiti
La PoloniaPolandPolacco/PolaccaPolacchi/Polacche
La Nuova ZelandaNew ZealandNeozelandese/NeozelandeseNeozelandesi /Neozelandesi
La Costa D’AvorioThe Ivory CoastIvoriano/IvorianaIvoriani/Ivoriane
La MalesiaMalaysiaMalese/MaleseMalesi/Malesi
La Gran BretagnaLa Gran BretagnaBritannico/BritannicaBritannici/Britanniche
La TunisiaTunisiaTunisino/TunisinaTunisini/Tunisine
Il Nord CoreaNorth KoreaNordcoreano/NordcoreanaNordcoreani/Nordcoreane
La LiberiaLiberiaLiberiano/LiberianaLIberiani/Liberiane
La BulgariaBulgariaBulgaro/BulgaraBulgari/Bulgare
Il CubaCubaCubano/CubanaCubani/Cubane
La SerbiaSerbiaSerbo/SerbaSerbi /Serbe
Il LussemburgoLuxembourgLussemburghese/LussemburgheseLussemburghesi/Lussemburghesi
Il San MarinoSan MarinoSammarinese/SammarineseSammarinesi/Sammarinesi
Il CiproCyprusCipriota/CipriotaCiprioti/Cirpioti
Il BelgioBelgiumBelga/BelgaBelghi/Belghe
Il TaiwanTaiwanTaiwanese/TaiwaneseTaiwanesi/Taiwanesi
La SvizzeraSwitzerlandSvizzero/SvizzeraSvizzeri/Svizzere

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