20 False Myths People Are Tired Of Hearing About Their Countries

Published 3 years ago

I think it’s safe to say that every country in the world has at least one myth surrounding them that’s wholeheartedly believed by foreigners despite being completely wrong. And it’s about time to clear some of those myths up.

A little while ago, a user of the r/AskReddit subreddit asked users to share some common myths about their countries that are absolutely false yet are still believed by many, and received numerous answers that range from pretty funny to absolutely ridiculous. From vampires in Romania to the infamous “Shrimp on the barbie”, check out a collection of common false myths about countries around the globe in the gallery below!

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Romania. Many people believe we have vampires, but in my 700 years of living here, I haven’t even seen one.

I asked my mates back in the castle and they also haven’t seen any, and they’ve been around for longer than I.


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People think British people are either stiff Upper lip public schoolboys or cockney brick layers/football hooligans. There’s a whole world of people in between! Some of us don’t even like football. One of my friends DOESNT EVEN DRINK TEA! Not sure why she’s my friend to be honest.


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We aren’t all overweight people wearing Old Navy American flag t-shirts and khaki shorts. Only, like, 60% of us.


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That Japan is incredibly efficient and futuristic. Major LOL. So futuristic here that I can’t even pay my bills online, and if I want to set up an auto paying bill I have to request a form by mail, fill it out, and then take it to the bank in person. Not to mention I have to send in all my monthly reports by fax.


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That the Irish are the biggest drunks in the world, completely false and mean as we’re only the second biggest drinker in the world but we hope to get first place next year


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Scotland: We’re all ginger alcoholics who hate the English and run amongst the hills in our ‘skirts’ screaming “FREEDOM”


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Australian here. Glad u asked. Everyone thinks it’s as dangerous as f**k, that spiders, drop bears, snakes, feral cats and dogs will rip ya f**king heart out every time you step out the door. The truth is that unless you act like a halfwit, poke said snake/spider with ya finger then you’ll be fine. Battle echidna, dervish spiders, saltwater crocodiles and drop bears don’t live in suburbia; you need to go into the bush to even see a lizard which usually promptly f**ks off the moment a stone footed oompah loompa waddles past.


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Not exactly myth but decent amount of ppl still think that Czechoslovakia still exists. We split apart in 1993… We are Czech Republic, not Czechoslovakia anymore.


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When I started dating my now wife (who is from Oklahoma), she informed me that her friends and family were convinced that Canadians didnt have ice or toilet paper. They wanted her to ask me about it apparently because they were confused by that. I had never laughed so hard. I mean.. its Canada.. we are ice 70% of the year basically.


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Kenyans are all long-distance runners, live in huts, speak no English, and have pet wild animals. Ugh.

So here goes: The long-distance guys are mainly from one community/ tribe called the Kalenjin that’s about 15% of the population. Next, Kenya is still a developing nation with a lot of poverty, but there’s a lot of modern architecture. Next, the country is rated 18 out of 100 on the English Proficiency Index. And lastly: you can apply for a special (and rarely-granted) permit for your bobcat named Babou, but keeping wildlife is not at all common. And the Kenya Wildlife Service will conduct regular visits to ensure Babou isn’t being kept in Meowschwitz-like conditions.


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Oh so much, according to popular opinion I should be a weed smoking, clog wearing tulip farmer living in a windmill. Can you guess where I am from yet?


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Nigeria. that everyone here is into scamming people


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Sweden is a socialist paradise.

It’s neither socialist, nor a paradise (though it is a nice country to live in except for the weather).


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All Germans have some secret knowledge of the Second / World War II they would love to share. I always found that interesting when I lived in London and esp English people 40+ would ask me of some first-hand experience of the War (keep in mind that not even my parents were born at that time) ?!?! Fact we know the same as you do from History classes etc.


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Germany: We don’t have humor and live to work


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That we say “shrimp on the barbie”, it was an ad campaign to appeal to Americans, it was the most successful tourism campaign still to this day, but literally no one in Australia says that


No Italian aren’t all short, black haired, fat, mobsters that wear wine-stained tank tops and coppolas. We are loud tho

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People generally assume that when you’re from Belgium, you are French-speaking.

While a big part of the country is Francophone, the majority population is Flemish (Dutch-speaking).

I blame this on mostly 3 factors:

People mainly visiting Brussels (which is bilingual, but has a Francophone majority)

Americans mostly having been stationed in the French speaking part in WWII

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That Africa is a country.

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Woo. Singaporean here.

No, we’re not part of China. We’re not even in the same region. Yes, the population is 60% ethnically Chinese, but that doesn’t make us part of China any more than it makes the USA part of Britain. As a matter of fact, there’s a problem of racism against mainlander Chinese, since locals tend not to see them as “true” Singaporeans. This is exacerbated by the fact that lots of mainlander Chinese are pretty pro-China (human rights violations and all), while the local Chinese don’t like China and the CCP very much. We’re closer culturally to Taiwan.

It is not illegal to be naked inside your own home. You can be starkers while bathing or fucking if you like. You just cannot use “I am in my own home” as a defense against streaking or showing everyone your rude bits. 90% of the population live in government apartments and we don’t need pervs flashing their dongs through their windows. Incidentally, this law came about because pervs were flashing their dongs through their windows. Singapore used to have a big flasher problem back in the 80s – times were weird.

It is not illegal to chew gum, only to import/sell it or bring it onto the trains. This is because dickheads used to literally gum up the train doors and make everyone late for work. The government put up with it for a few months and then said fuck it, no more gum for everyone, this is why we can’t have nice things.

The government doesn’t fine people for every little offence anymore. They used to, but enforcement has become lenient in the last two decades. Sadly, this means there’s a ton of litter where the streets used to be pristine. Still, you might not want to litter or spit right in front of a police officer.

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