Things that people say about your country

@Porcospino (18385)
Denmark
December 20, 2012 4:36am CST
When you tell people where you are from, which thoughts do they express about your country? I especially think about the people who have never visited your country in person and build their thoughts on things that they have read or heard? Do the things that they say surprice you? Do they say things which are wrong? The first thing that people say when they hear that I am from Denmark: "It is a very cold country, isn't?" and it true that it is cold compared to many other countries. I often wish we had a tropical climate, but it definately not the case Sometimes people have some funny comments about my country. "Oh yes, I know Denmark it is a city in Sweden" or "Denmark? Yes, I visited the Netherlands last year" An American I once talked to said: "Yes, I know Denmark, it is very close to Cape Town, isn't?"
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@franseman (516)
• Philippines
20 Dec 12
In Australia they 'knew' Holland. Yeah right! The capital city of Copenhagen. D'OHH! If I don't know anything about some country I just say so. But without visiting America I have my own ideas about the country thanks to several Americans I met. Am not going say anything about it except I don't feel like wanting to go there.
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
20 Dec 12
I'm in Australia; I really do know Holland with its capital city of Amsterdam and I have a cousin who lives in Den Haag.
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
20 Dec 12
I agree, if we don't know anything about a country it is better to admit that. I laughed at some of the things which people said about my country. A lot of people seem to think that Denmark and Holland is one country instead of two separate countries. I once to talked to an Italian woman who said: "I want to visit all of the countries in Scandinavia both Sweden, Norway...and Holland" and she wouldn't believe me when I told her that Holland wasn't a part of Scandinavia.
• Philippines
21 Dec 12
They do??? OMG! Heard Australian customs is not easy as well. And I'm planning to go to Australia next year!
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
20 Dec 12
Depends....some have good comments. But it seems that the crisis has affected that too. Now many people have bad things to say about Greece. I don't pay attention to words of course, words are just...words.
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
20 Dec 12
Yes, I can imagine that the crisis has affected the way that some people think about your country. Personally I think about history, island hopping and a great climate when I hear about your country. I am a little sad that I didn't have the chance to visit Athens when I was in Greece so I want to visit Athens next time. I would also love to go island hopping and maybe visit some of the less wellknown islands. I am jealous of your climate because it is really cold in my country.
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
20 Dec 12
There are equally wonderful sites to see all over Greece.
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
21 Dec 12
I have only seen a small part of your country so far, but I want to visit other parts of the Greece in the future.
@franseman (516)
• Philippines
20 Dec 12
For Sishy7 Here's a nice one!!!! About being mistaken!!! LOL http://www.joke-archives.com/ponder/australia.html
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
21 Dec 12
Thanks for that! I knew the 'kangaroos' question would be on top of the list...
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
21 Dec 12
Oh, I like the last one too... So many different 'versions' of English I can find here; sometimes I'd go "is that English?" when I hear someone is talking in his/her really heavy accent.
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
20 Dec 12
"That's where kangaroos are from, isn't it?" ... or something along that line anyways...
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
20 Dec 12
Here in my country people would probably mention the operahouse in Sydney first of all when they hear about Australia. We had an exchange student from Australia some years ago and she got really tired of the comments about the operahouse after a while, but I guess many Danes are really proud of the Danish architect Do you ever hear wrong things or things about Australia that foreigners have misunderstood?
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
21 Dec 12
Yes, I'd imagine that would be the focus there given the connection with the Danish architect... As I'm typing now there is a painting of the opera house that my son did for his art class right in front of me... Oh, and your prince is married to one of us too, right? They make such beautiful couple with gorgeous children; they are just lovely, aren't they? You should really read the link franseman put below for foreigners misunderstanding about Australia. Mostly came from Americans and nothing from Danes, but it's still funny...
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• Jacksonville, Florida
20 Dec 12
Most people think that Americans are rich snotty people! Not all of us are like that and most definitely not everyone here are rich. I am FAR from rich but that is what some people think about Americans... I am not snotty at all. Lol. I cannot change what people think, I just live to where people know I am different and not the way they think all Americans are.
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
28 Dec 12
The Americans that I know (immigrants in my country) are neither rich not snotty and I don't share that opinion about Americans, but I guess that some people build their opinion on things that they imagine or things they have heard and not personal meetings with Americans. Some people have similar ideas about my country, and they think that we are all very rich. That is not true. There are rich people here, but a lot of people aren't rich. Some people live in big houses, but there are also people who live in the streets and they don't have any money at all.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
20 Dec 12
Yes there are many funny people. They have no geographical knowledge. In Indian Subcontinent there are seven countries. These are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal,Bhutan, SriLanka and Maldives. But many Europeans and Americans think these all States belong to India. Sometimes I enjoy funny comments about my country.
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
28 Dec 12
I am surpriced to hear that some people think that all those countries belong to India. Geographically those countries are in the same part of the world, but they are all individual countries. It is a bit like the people who think that Denmark is a part of Sweden instead of an individual country. It is always quite funny to hear that kind of comments. Some people think that Scandinavia consists of Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands and I also laugh about those comments, and I don't know where they got that impression from.
• Philippines
20 Dec 12
Personally, I am aware of my country’s and my countrymen’s image in the world. I don’t deny some of them and as much as possible try to correct. I mean, I do have my own stereotypes about other countries and I don’t expect some other people to know something about my country right of the bat. But if they do ask, I am willing to provide information. This way, I also learn from them and try to correct my own stereotypes. I am not bothered about other people’s perception of me and my country but I am more concerned on the perception of my countrymen in my own country. If we intend to give a more positive image, I believe it should start from the inside. Speaking of stereotypes, I know that some Americans are very patriotic and sometimes they miss out on the other countries/people unless they are in the news. I often saw videos where Americans can’t name a country or even a state in their own continent. I know that this is a small majority as Americans can be as cunning when they want to be.
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
28 Dec 12
I like the things you wrote about providing information and learning from other people. I think that it is always interesting to meet people from other places, we can learn from them and we have the chance to correct the stereotypes that we have about people from those places. Sometimes if we don't know anyone from a certain place we have our impression of the place based on things that we have seen or heard and when we meet people from that place we suddenly discover that our thoughts were different from the truth. That is one of the reasons why it is great thing to meet people from other countries and we can learn a lot from them.
@jricky1 (6808)
• China
20 Dec 12
People can really think about that my country is old but very attractive for them. There are many years history and also a lot modern things to know.Something are just so amazing and we still even get many things to see.I hope people can get to know more and therefore love it.Life is beautiful.
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
22 Dec 12
I have never been to China, but I want to visit country in the future. It is one of the countries that you can't visit without a visa, and that requires more planning and money for the visa as well, but I am still very interested in visiting your country. Your country is so large compared to mine and imagine that there are a lot of interesting or beautiful places to visit. I would like to travel around for a while and visit many different places, but first I need the money for the trip.
@ARIES1973 (9541)
• Legaspi, Philippines
20 Dec 12
If I would tell people that I came from the Philippines, perhaps they would not have an impression about the place but of a person. Perhaps, they would first think of the Filipino Champ, Manny Pacquaio. Well, I am not so sure about it because I haven't talk to anybody from the outside the country. Have a nice day!
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
20 Dec 12
Someone mentioned his name in a discussion that I read here on Mylot, but aside from that I don't really know much about him. The first thing that I think about when I hear about your country is the many islands that you have. I only know the names of a few of them like Cebu, Bohol and Palawan and then I have heard a bit about your capital. I also listened to a singer from the Philippines that someone from Mylot recommended, but I don't remember her name. In the future I want to visit your country, but it is not going to happen in the near future, because I have no money at the moment.
@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
21 Dec 12
Well, when I mention that I'm from Indonesia, some people say it's a beautiful country. Some others say they love Indonesian people as they're friendly. For those who knows that Bali IS in Indonesia, they usually say, "Indonesia? Ah...I love Bali." But I used to have a friend who worked in a hotel and she said that she has ever met a foreigner who ask how far is Indonesia from Bali. My friend said that she couldn't stop laughing.
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@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
21 Dec 12
Our country is tropical so most of the time they say it as too hot in our country.
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@urbandekay (18312)
21 Dec 12
"Yes, I know Denmark, it is very close to Cape Town, isn't?" In England we hear some right old nonsense "I understand in England you do not have taps that mix the hot and cold water" "So is it true that if two English men meet they cannot speak if they have not been introduced" "UK is a more violent place than South Africa" all the best, urban
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
21 Dec 12
I think to many people from other countries, they regard China as a mysterious place and a country with many delicious food. Here people prefer spend more than in other places of the world in cooking and preparing dishes. As the country is soon big that people in different areas own different tastes and dishes change a lot from north to south. At the same time, Chinese usually owns a different value to people in other parts of the world. So it is quite hard for other people know the culture and the country well.
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