The misconceptions about countries around the world are as diverse as their culture.

A few weeks ago, Reddit user u/orionve posted a question to the platform, asking "What is a common myth about your country that is 100% false but many people still believe?"

The comments — of which there are nearly 40K — quickly proved that even though we live in the age of cheap flights and when information is more available than ever, people still have very wild and very wrong ideas about places across the globe.

Here are some of them.

#1

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Linda Cowley, auntriarch
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1 month ago

You could try looking in a mirr- oh right...

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#2

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

Who are the biggest drinkers?

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#3

Common-False-Country-Myths 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.

farlos75 , Roberto Catarinicchia Report

Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Then you need to "learn 'em to talk proper". There are even people who don't pronounce the 'r' in bath. And I'm one of the one's that doesn't drink tea.

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#4

Common-False-Country-Myths 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.

Cletus_Spooge_pants , Joey Csunyo Report

Confused Flamingo
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1 month ago

LMAOO

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#5

Common-False-Country-Myths 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.

Ryoukugan , Jezael Melgoza Report

HelpdeskFrog
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1 month ago

I will admit I did not expect that...

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#6

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 month ago

That only describes the loudest of us.

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#7

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

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
1 month ago

OK I'm Scottish and I know that one of those three characteristics is true. Guess which?

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#8

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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GoodWolf
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1 month ago

I'd love to be a weed-smoking, clog wearing tulip farmer!

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#9

Common-False-Country-Myths 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.

kwnet , wikipedia Report

Lori Reese
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1 month ago

Meowschwitz. OMG I'm still cracking up.

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#10

Common-False-Country-Myths 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.

foodwithnoob , Radek Kozák Report

alwaysMispelled
Community Member
1 month ago

Czech Republic and Slovaki

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#11

Common-False-Country-Myths Nigeria. that everyone here is into scamming people

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this some kind of scam?

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#12

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Commander OwO
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, now I get it! Thank you for educating me!

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#13

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Iampazuzu
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1 month ago

But what about the tp?

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#14

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I felt bad when I realised Tintin was Belgian, not French, I'd just assumed! Although upon reading Tintin Au Congo, even though yes it was written a while back, made me feel less fond of Tintin

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#15

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Albert
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't mention the War!

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#16

Common-False-Country-Myths 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

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kasa alex
Community Member
1 month ago

The first time I heard that was when I was in New York and some people wanted me to say it and I had no idea what they were talking about (I'm Aussie)

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#17

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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Anna McHugh
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1 month ago

I know MANY quiet Italians. Unless you get them talking about their one hobbyhorse. Then, my God...

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#18

Common-False-Country-Myths Germany: We don't have humor and live to work

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Thorsten M. Weisner
Community Member
1 month ago

Das war nicht lustig! Geh zurück zur Arbeit! :D :D :D Nur Spaß!

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#19

That Africa is a country.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not a common myth but rather rare misinformation. People with a basic level of education don't think it's a country.

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#20

Common-False-Country-Myths I live in South Africa.

Many people still believe we have wild animals roaming around and people living in huts etc

That does happen in certain parts of Africa but i live in the suburbs of Cape Town, we have better internet than some first world countries.

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kasa alex
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1 month ago

Probably better internet than most of Australia

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#21

Common-False-Country-Myths The myth is that everyone here is always drunk on vodka and people all ride bears, play on balalaikas and dance the kazachok and that we're either drunk or mad.

While there IS a problem with alcoholism, a lot of people don't drink, especially not vodka.

Funnily enough, bears do appear, but VERY rarely. And the people that ride bears or have them as pets? They're considered unusual by other Russians.

Balalaika is dead I know one person that plays it and thats it

We dance the kazachok only ironically at this point lol

We're not always mad. We're. Just people. With emotions :|

But, ushankas ARE great and warm, so people do wear them - not ALL of them though Also we're not all superpeople

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Another myth, probably inspired by Hollywood, is that it's always cold. We have normal hot summers same as in Europe.

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#22

Common-False-Country-Myths 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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Kesam
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1 month ago (edited)

I guess it can appear like a socialist paradise when comparing it to the US.

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#23

Common-False-Country-Myths That Brazil is a huge tropical jungle in which people speak Spanish.

Brazil actually has several major cities and different environments. São Paulo for instance is a huge sprawling metropolis with as many inhabitants as New York and Los Angeles combined. In some southern areas of the country it actually snows.

And we were a Portuguese colony, so we speak Portuguese.

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FloC
Community Member
1 month ago

And thanks to Bolsonaro soon there will be no tropical jungle anymore. :(

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#24

Common-False-Country-Myths I'm American but I lived in Egypt for a while. It's incredible that more than one American who wasn't a child asked me if I lived in a pyramid..

BP_Oil_Chill , Jeremy Bishop Report

Confused Flamingo
Community Member
1 month ago

I-

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#25

Common-False-Country-Myths If someone says "isn't Ireland part of the UK tho" one more time...

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Soon it won't be part of the DUK either - the Dis-United Kingdom. :(

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#26

All of our country is just weed and red districts. Yes we have these things.. but the Netherlands has lots of culture!

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to go there almost every summer as a kid, we would stay with my mothers best friend in Amsterdam. Awesome place, very friendly, lots of cheese on the tourist tours. Also Efteling, loved that place.

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#27

I feel like Russia is commonly hated especially lately (not that there are no reasons for that huh).

I have a strong feeling that people simultaneously think that Russia is a dangerous shithole and that we all here love and support Putin and his government. Both of those things are not true.

Well, some parts of Russia are poor and I myself have friends from different places who have only 10-15k roubles monthly to spend ($150-200).

At the same time, even though I am pretty privileged being born and raised in Moscow in an upper middle class family, have a flat that I don’t need to pay rent/loan for (my husband’s family got it for free during the USSR period); my very first job ever pays me enough money to spend on anything I want except for big purchases like a new iPhone or a car; I have a degree (not for free but for reasonable money ($2500 a year)); and last year our free healthcare literally saved my life (yeah I know, taxes, I pay them, nbd).

Small quality of life things we have: I haven’t used any cash in years, everything can be paid via Apple/Google/Samsung Pay, even in the smallest shops. Our delivery services are on point, I can order any groceries I want via an app and they will deliver them in 7-15 minutes. Moscow is covered in carsharing cars and, even though we don’t have our own car, we don’t need it because parking prices are high and carsharing cars are literally on every corner here.

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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

I think what struck me most about Russia is that it was like watching a video from the '80s. It seemed like the fashions and hair and styles and images were all really dated. Also, I felt really sorry for people in the high rise blocks of flats that are now experiencing 90+ degree temperatures every single summer, but there are no air conditioners.

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#28

Common-False-Country-Myths Iceland was not named as part of some conspiracy to keep folks away from a good thing. The name comes from the fact that early settlers arrived during summer and then suffered horrible losses of livestock and people once winter hit and icebergs were seen filling the fjords. It was more of a warning than anything, that this place sucked. Greenland on the other hand was probably named as such to make it sound more hospitable

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GaeFrog
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1 month ago

I will be confronting my previous teachers about this.

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#29

Common-False-Country-Myths I’ve never seen a mime in Paris

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denzoren
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe they're all trapped in boxes and can't get out.

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#30

Common-False-Country-Myths That we are all are tech scammers and like eating cow dung

guess which country

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Nika
Community Member
1 month ago

Whatever I write now will sound prejudicial, but my guess is India?

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