If you only had three words to describe what sets the country you’re from apart from the others, what would you say? While each country and certain regions within them all have a unique culture, there are some easy identifiers for every place on the map.
On Reddit, people shared the things that their countries are best known for, leaving others to guess their homelands.
Pizza And The Mafia
There are so many other things—Rome, pasta dishes, Michelangelo—that Italy is known for, but pizza and the mafia definitely are two of the most identifiable. Now I’m craving a big bowl of Parmigiano.
Drinking Tea And Eating Crumpets
Oh, the Brits—they’ve probably had the most global impact culturally through all their exploration during the height of their empire, but somehow the things that make us think of them most are a beverage and biscuit—and that’s the tea, sis.
Souvlaki And Blue-And-White Buildings
The home of one of the best known ancient civilizations, Greece has much to offer, from its historical significance, beautiful and diverse islands, and its tasty cuisine options, including souvlaki.
Anime, Cherry Blossoms, And Sushi
Japan has an incredibly vibrant culture, and it has amazing infrastructure that wows tourists from all over the world. Between its advanced technology, delicious cuisine, innovative artistic styles, and gorgeous landscapes, Japan really is a place to remember.
Volcanos And Hot Springs
It might be a small country, but Iceland still has a lot to offer. Its diverse terrain, including beaches, volcanoes, fjords, and hot springs, makes the island seem almost like a mystical land.
Beer, Sausages, And Starting World Wars
Germany’s history has been rocky, to say the least, but the country itself is stunning. Tourists get to deep-dive into all the nation offers, including their many domestic beers, traditional sausages, and, of course, schnitzel.
Couscous, Desert, And Casablanca
Located on the northwestern edge of Africa, Morocco is known for its delicious foods, vibrant fabrics and textiles, and the fact it contains a segment of the Sahara Desert. In addition, Morocco is home to the world’s first university.
Parties, Naptime, And Tapas
Spain really is known for its locals’ ability to party (many clubs and bars don’t open until 1 a.m.!), their nationwide midday siesta time when stores and services close, and their traditional “tapas” meals of multiple small dishes meant to be shared amongst table members.
Van Gogh, Bicycles, “Coffee Shops”
The Netherlands has much more going on than just their most famous painter and their special baked goods: the country also contains stunning tulip fields, artisanal cheese, windmills, and a complex history—including the Anne Frank House.
Spiders, Snakes, And Kangaroos
G’day, mate! The land down under can sometimes seem like a mystical place with its barely inhabited central areas, its wide array of unique animals—emus, kangaroos, and koalas—and its many deadly species of snakes and spiders roaming the terrain.
Chocolate, Mountains, And Watches
We have no neutral feelings about this country: between the beauty of the Alps and lakes that span the country, the craftsmanship of their watches and other items created domestically, and their ability to make a delicious bar of chocolate, Switzerland seems like it’s borderline perfect.
Romania has some beautiful, fairy-tale forests, the largest gothic church in the world, and a gorgeous, colorful cemetery, but what we all know the country best for is Dracula—both the fictional vampire and the historical figure he was based upon.
Beavers, Maple Syrup, And Saying “Sorry”
Sometimes I genuinely wonder if Canada is real. Between all the polar bears, beavers, poutine, funny accents, moose, and the overwhelming politeness of its citizens, it kind of seems like a myth.
Beaches, Amazon, Crime, Soccer, And A Very Big Statue
Christ the Redeemer stands over Rio de Janeiro, but Brazil has been revered for many reasons, including its impressive national soccer team. The largest country in South America, Brazil includes beaches, parts of the Andes, and a large portion of the Amazon rainforest.
Vodka And Dolls That Contain More Dolls
While many fear the chilly climate across this country—I shiver to think of Siberia—Russia, as the largest country in the world, has a lot more to offer than just snow and vodka. The intricate architecture draws tourists to St. Petersburg, alongside its rich history (some of it recent), and unique culture.
Spices And Yoga
India has been known for its spices for centuries, enticing explorers and traders from all over the world. The country has an astoundingly diverse geography, with terrains including jungle, mountains, agricultural plains, and beaches. The vibrant culture of music, religious traditions, and colorful celebrations makes it a notable destination for many.
Lego, Fairytales, And Greenland
Home of famed fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark is also home to a population that drinks the most coffee per capita, prioritizes a sense of coziness, and is considered the “happiest citizens in the world,” which makes sense: only a happy person would invent Lego.
Mozart And The Sound Of Music
The hills are alive with the sound of music—or at least, the sound of Mozart’s compositions. Austria features picturesque rolling hills, the Alps, and a wide array of historic castles you can visit.
Fashion And Baguettes
Oui, oui! France is known for containing Paris, the city of love, the most famous fashion week in the world, berets, and good wine and cheese. The gorgeous architecture and historical culture are something to admire.
Obesity, Firearms, Hollywood, And Walmart
The United States of America is one of the most recognizable countries due to its political and economic impact on a global scale. While America has lots of positive recognizable aspects—New York, Hollywood, wealth, innovation—there’s nothing quite like being able to laugh about your other qualities too.