Life is short, so why waste time on long place names? Today we’re introducing our favorite locations around the world that have names no longer than two letters. These places consider three letters unnecessary, and we have to agree that short is sweet when it comes to place names.
10. Lo, Belgium
Our low-down on Lo? Belgium is mostly below sea-level, so Lo is definitely low lying. A quiet, traditional country town with a population of less than 2,000, we think Lo looks like a wonderful place for lying low and taking life easy.
9. Of, Turkey
Although it is an important historical village on Turkey’s beautiful Black sea coast, nobody seems to know why Of is called Of, or even how it is pronounced. Which confuses us. How many ways to pronounce two letters can there be? Of, ov, uf, oof… Oufff! We give up.
8. Ai, Ohio, US
Ai is officially a ghost town, but a few residents keep the general store alive despite being surrounded by decaying prairie homesteads. Turns out that Ai is Hebrew for “heap of ruins.” Hmmm, bad name choice guys? Maybe they can turn this around by using capital letters like on the sign: AI – the future town inhabited by intelligent robots!
7. No, Denmark
Google ‘No, Denmark.’ Go on, try it. Did you find No? No?!! Don’t worry, we didn’t either. Seems No just said No when it came to having a town website. Take a stroll around No, and you’ll see No church and No station. What a negative place! Come on No – say Yes!
6. Oô, France
Oô la la! Check out the sign that looks like it’s winking! Welcome to Oô, France, a commune in the French Pyrenees. No, it’s not THAT kind of a commune, that’s just what they call township areas in France. We always suspected the French of being secret hippies.
5. Ii, Finland
Is this a pair of skis stuck nose down in a drift, warning skiers of perilous slope conditions ahead? A road that leads into infinity? Two pieces of spaghetti having a conference? Nope, it’s the entry sign for the town of Ii, Finland. Two I’s, pronounced ‘Ijo.’ Yo Ii, wassup?!
4. Ö, Sweden
We thought this sign was a cute little surprised animal emoji. Ö is actually Swedish for island and that’s exactly what this place is. Maybe it’s a surprisingly cute little island?
3. D, Oregon, US
Who made this number three in our list? 3.D. Get it?! D, Oregon is not a town, but a river. Gaining a twofer in the “shortest” category, the D river is almost the shortest river in the world, flowing just 440 feet (120 feet at extreme high tides) into the Pacific Ocean. It won its unusual name in a contest back in 1940, when the town it flowed through was called Delake. So, it was D river that flowed through Delake. D’uh.
2. Y, France
Why call your town Llanfairpwllgwyngyll when Y works just as well? Think of all those extra seconds the inhabitants can spend saying something else, or relaxing with a nice glass of red wine. The French have always been a very practical people when it comes to more time for fun. We guess it’s all those communes they live in.
1. Å, Norway
This Å – which literally means creek in Norwegian – is both first and last. It may be number one in our top ten shortest place names in the world, but Å is also the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet, which goes from A to Å. The pretty fishing village of Å is also literally the end of the road, with European highway E10 running south down the Lofoten archipelago and dead ending in Å.