Thursday, December 30, 2010

Travel Trivia: Nickname of Countries

So, i am feeling very smart today and i decided to compile a list of countries and their nicknames. These nicknames are common to some and others are names used by the locals or outsiders. Here we go...

Albania
Land of the Eagles
Australia
          Aussie or God’s Country
Belarus
White Rus
Brazil
Pindorama
Burkina Faso
  Land of the upright men
Cameroon
                    The Armpit of Africa or Hinge of Africa
Canada
                The Great white North or 51st state
Chad
  The dead heart of Africa
China
 The Sleeping Giant
Colombia
                Locombia – Country of the crazy
Costa Rica
               Switzerland of Central America
Egypt
      The cradle of Civilization
Finland
            Land of a Thousand Lakes
France
 L’Hexagone
Guyana
   Land of Many Waters
Hungary
 Land of the Huns
Iceland
      Land of the Midnight Sun
India
      The Jewel in the Crown
Indonesia
     Emerald of the Equator
Ireland
 The Emerald Isle
Israel
  Holy Land
Italy
The Boot
Japan
   Land of the Rising Sun
Kenya
God's Place
Lebanon
                The Pearl of the Mediterranean
Lesotho
     The Kingdom in the Sky
Mongolia
   Land of the Blue Sky
Netherlands
 Holland
New Zealand
 God’s own Country
Nigeria
         Giant of Africa or Trigger
Philippines
 Gateway to Asia
Russia
  Mother Russia
Rwanda
   Land of a Thousand Hills
Saint Kitts and Nevis
  Sugar City
Saint Lucia
 Helen of the West
Singapore
The Fine Country
Slovenia
                The country on the sunny side of the Alps
South Africa
  Rainbow Nation
Spain
  The Bulls Skin
Sri Lanka
 Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Sweden
 Svea
Switzerland
                Land of Chocolate and cuckoo clocks
Thailand
  The Land of Smiles
United Kingdom
  Blighty
United States
The States or Land of the Brave
Uruguay
South America’s Switzerland
               

You don't see your country or a country you know, tell us the country and the nickname in your comment.
               

9 comments:

  1. Nice compilation Blimey!
    Columbia's nickname is true to the country....it is really a Loco country and Iceland's nickname is kind of metaphoric in a way.....lol

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  2. Thanks! I thought Colombia's nickname was interesting as well. I thought Switzerland would have a different nickname though. Something to the effect of money and expensive living. Oh well, just my thoguht

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  3. hey we're the pearl of the orient
    not gateway of asia
    i think u got gateway from the treaty between asia america gateway

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  4. Philippines is referred to as the Pearl of the Orient. Not a gateway. Don't mistaken Hongkong to be the Pearl

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  5. Land of the Morning Calm for South Korea

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  6. Hi,

    Myanmar is called The Golden Land / The Land of Golden Pagodas

    The Golden Land--called because of its rich natural resources, including gold, timber, and agricultural products
    [Some traditions also said that the myth kingdom "Suvannabhumi" meaning "The Golden Land", called by ancient Indian traders, was actually the ancient Mon Kingdom (now a state in Myanmar).]

    The Land of Golden Pagodas--called because of its numerous pagodas around the country. You may want to tour around and amaze the worshipful and historic pagodas like Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon), Chauktatgyi Paya (Yangon), Kyaiktiyo Paya (Mawlamyaing), Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (Bago), Shwezigone Pagoda (Bagan-Nyaung U), and other tourist-attraction places in Myanmar. But do not fail to visit to Bagan, the main Buddhist concentration area, which is the ancient capital city of the First Myanmar Empire, if you ever visit to Myanmar.

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  7. Australia is The Land Down Under

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  8. Philippines is the Pearl of the Orient.

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  9. can I made any corrections and additions?

    Iceland is The land of Ice and fire
    Philippines- the pearl of the orient
    lebanon- the switzerland of the middle east

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