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Country Nicknames

Can you name the countries that are sometimes known by these nicknames?
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Last updated: January 20, 2020
First submittedJuly 29, 2012
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Nickname
Country
The Land of the Rising Sun
Japan
The Emerald Isle
Ireland
Oz
Australia
The Land of the Free
United States
The Hexagon
France
The Great White North
Canada
India's Teardrop
Sri Lanka
'Nam
Vietnam
The Land of Smiles
Thailand
The Gift of the Nile
Egypt
Rainbow Nation
South Africa
The Land of the Magyars
Hungary
Nickname
Country
The Bread Basket of Europe
Ukraine
Helvetia
Switzerland
The Middle Kingdom
China
The Graveyard of Empires
Afghanistan
The Boot
Italy
The Hermit Kingdom
North Korea
Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand
Land of the Incas
Peru
The Emerald of the Equator
Indonesia
The Holy Land
Israel
Holland
Netherlands
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level 14
Oct 29, 2012
isnt it that the land of the free is thailand?
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level 34
Oct 31, 2012
Then end of the national anthem of the USA goes "the land of the free, and the home of the brave."
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level 78
Jan 3, 2018
I love Thailand but it's not exactly a free country. Maybe when they're not under military rule and it's legal to criticize the obscenely wealthy king without going to jail for it...
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level 29
Oct 29, 2012
How about Mexico-America's Beard?
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level 64
Jul 24, 2019
US = Mexico’s sombrero
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level 76
Jan 21, 2020
Then there's an obvious one for Florida if they ever secede.
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level 61
Jan 22, 2020
In a few years, Southern Florida will be so flooded that it will be the circumcised version of that.
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level 44
Oct 30, 2012
At the moment, New Zealand is also Middle Earth. Yay for Kiwi tourism!
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level 66
Oct 31, 2012
Isn't it "the land of a thousand smiles"?
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level 78
May 22, 2015
I've seen simply Land of Smiles before on tourist literature.
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level 65
May 22, 2015
I prefer Canada's pants for the USA.
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level 76
Dec 6, 2015
I always laugh too much at these comments because in the UK pants is used for underwear, not trousers.
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level 24
May 23, 2015
Would 'the gold coast' be one?
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level 57
Jan 3, 2018
Gold Coast isn't a nickname though, it's just the former (colonial) name for Ghana.
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level 21
May 26, 2015
An easy one would be "USA" for United States! Nobody would get that one! :`D
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level 8
Oct 20, 2015
the best quiz ever very nice :)
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level 58
Sep 7, 2016
Hi my name is 'nam, viet nam.
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level 58
Oct 25, 2016
Why the hell is France called the Hexagon when (not specifically) its 5 sides, like a Pentagon?
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level 57
Jan 3, 2018
Because it looks a little like a hexagon. You can even use a hexagon as a guide for drawing a rough outline of the country. Plenty of examples on google of the country shown with a hexagon on it. L'Hexagone is often used in French journalism to refer to France.
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level 75
Jan 22, 2020
It does look a lot more like a (regular) pentagon than a (regular) hexagon to me. But I guess the hexagon thing comes from dividing the southern side of the "pentagon" between the border with Spain and the Mediterranean coast.
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level 63
Jan 6, 2017
The Friendly Islands - Tonga.
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level 53
Nov 18, 2019
Who calls France the hexagon?
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level ∞
Jan 20, 2020
Tons of people, mostly in France.
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level 75
Jan 20, 2020
Can confirm. It's also why there's an hexagon on 1 and 2 euro coins from France. (The six sides being the Channel-the Atlantic-the Pyrenees-the Mediterranean-the Alps and Rhine-the Belgian border)
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
I didn't know that about my neighbor.
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level 68
Jan 20, 2020
I don't get 'The Emerald of the Equator' for Indonesia......... I could understand 'The Opal of the Equator' as it is a string of islands that differ greatly in people, physical appearance, size etc. etc.
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level 83
Jan 21, 2020
'The Emerald Isle' is a nickname for the island, not the country.
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level 43
Jan 21, 2020
Holland isn't really a nickname, it's more of a mistake by foreigners than a nickname. It's like calling Belgium Flanders, or the UK England.
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level 75
Jan 21, 2020
It's not at all just foreigners:
www.holland.com - "Your official guide for visiting the Netherlands."
The government plans to change this soon however.
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level 72
Jan 25, 2020
Wouldn't call it a mistake in this day and age. More of a convenience.
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level 57
Jan 21, 2020
I can assure you no-one in Vietnam ever calls it 'Nam.