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    Albania – mostly rat-faced, but occasionally Bollywood-looking people who usually smell bad.

    Austria - Mozart, my grandmother.

    Belgium – Belgium.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Muslim Slavs who ironically are more "Nordish" than the Christian Serbs.

    Bulgaria - a weird Slavic-Turkic-Gypsy mix, women with so much hair under their arms they could fly...

    Croatia - Westernized Serbs, Dubrovnik.

    Denmark - Hamlet, Vikings, blondes.

    England - Empire, royalty.

    Estonia - cold weather, a distant relative of mine who is part-Estonian.

    Finland – Vodka, reindeer, Lapps.

    France – art, impressive wigs, Laplace and Galois.

    Germany - the heart and soul of Europe. Medieval culture, art, science and philosophy.

    Greece - ancient Greece, pita bread.

    Hungary - Elizabeth Bathory.

    Iceland - ice and fire i.e. glaciers and volcanoes, Celts and Vikings.

    Ireland – the color green, St. Patrick's Day, pretty gals with freckles.

    Italy - Renaissance art, pizza, the mob.

    Liechtenstein - light stone.

    Latvia - Latvia.

    Lithuania - Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth.

    Luxembourg - the color yellow, I don't know why.

    The Netherlands - Vincent van Gogh.

    Macedonia - see Bulgaria.

    Malta - a Mediterranean island.

    Moldova - huh???

    Montenegro - mountain Negroes.

    Norway – fjords, amazing scenery.

    Poland - Catholicism, soft diminutive features.

    Portugal - exotic people, soccer.

    Romania – backwardness, Dracula.

    Russia - vodka, occasional East-Nordids, Tatars, Cold War, James Bond.

    Scotland - an awesome accent, kilts.

    Serbia - dark-pigmented Poles.

    Slovakia - Elizabeth Bathory.

    Slovenia - Slovenia.

    Spain – bulls, soccer, Antonio Banderas.

    Sweden - beautiful people, Vikings, blond hair.

    Switzerland - mountains, precision, cheese.

    Ukraine - Kievian Rus, Tatars, Cossacks.

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    Just for fun, I added a few recognised sovereign states that were misssing from the list.

    Albania - Kosovo, Islam and radical followers, third world scum who are European in name only.

    Andorra – The Catalan language, great quality of life, the Pyrenees, tax haven.

    Armenia – Armenian Apostolic Church, Armenian Genocide, wine, ancient churches, large mountains, the first nation to adopt Christianity.

    Austria - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hallstatt, accordions, beer, Adolf Hitler, classical music, Austrian folk music.

    Azerbaijan – Islam, Turkic people, the pollution of Baku, Zoroastrianism.

    Belarus – Cold weather, Stalinist architecture, Alexander Lukashenko, totalitarianism, ushankas, brutal police.

    Belgium- Chocolate, Brussels, Flemish nationalists, Belgian waffles.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina – Beautiful countryside, Bosniaks, landmines, war-torn buildings.

    Bulgaria – Ancient cities, the Bulgarian orthodox church, Bulgars, conflict with Macedonia.

    Croatia – Pro-Germanic Slavs, issues with Serbia, Dalmatia, Josip Broz Tito.

    Cyprus – Hot weather, beaches, Orthodox churches, traditional villages, a nation shared by Turks and Greeks.

    Czech Republic – Prague, medieval buildings, Czech folk music, acid rain, castles.

    Denmark – Vikings, Saxo Grammaticus, Norse mythology, Gefjon, colorful architecture, gloomy weather, the vowel ř.

    England – Castles, London and its monuments, tea, gloomy weather, the Victorian age, green countryside, Anglo-Saxons, kings and queens, Canterbury Tales.

    Estonia – Cold weather, troublesome Russian immigrants, the midnight sun, Kuressaare castle.

    Finland – Cold weather, forests, folk and melodic death metal, The Kalevala, the god Ukko, Northern Lights, Swedish and Russian minority.

    France – Fine art, Charles Baudelaire, French folk music, Napoleon Bonaparte, Paris and its monuments, wine.

    Georgia – Ancient churches and pagan temples, dumplings, Georgian Orthodoxy, Russo-Georgian tensions, large mountains, wine, The Knight in the Panther's Skin, majestic countryside, hospitable people.

    Germany – Third Reich, Bavarian folk music, Adolf Hitler, Oktoberfest, Lederhosen, castles, beer, Teutonic knights, Otto von Bismarck, the Kingdom of Prussia, Prussian army.

    Greece- Athens, philosophers, pillars, wine, ancient statues, pagan temples , the Olympians, Greek tragedies, chitons, mountains, Sparta, Greek Orthodoxy, Trojan War, epic poetry, hot and dry weather, wise men with large beards.

    Hungary – Fur coats, Elizabeth Báthory, Budapest, Gypsies, spa resorts, the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Iceland- Vikings, folk customs, Asatru, Norse mythology, Snorri Sturluson, snow, Icelandic sagas, pagan ruins, geysers, elves, majestic countryside.

    Ireland – Green countryside, rolling hills, leprechauns, Guinness Brewery, I.R.A , Irish folk music, pagan ruins, the Tuatha Dé Danann, Lebor Gabála Érenn, the Irish Sea, Saint Patrick.

    Italy – Pizza, pasta, Rome, Roman and Etruscan mythology, wine, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Renaissance, Florence, Pinocchio, medieval towns, opera, marionettes, fine art.

    Kazakhstan – Borat, cold weather, communist architecture, yurts.

    Latvia- Cold weather, countryside, the band Skyforger, Latvian thunder cross, Baltic mythology, Dievturība.

    Liechtenstein –Snow-caped mountains, ski resorts, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, tax haven, majestic countryside, Vaduz Castle, Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein.

    Lithuania- Cold weather, forests, the Hill of Crosses, Romuva, Grūtas Park.

    Luxembourg – A trilingual nation, Roman Catholicism, Old City of Luxembourg, Fort Thüngen, Luxembourg Castle.

    Macedonia – Beaches, conflicts with Greece and Bulgaria, Alexander the Great.

    Malta – Roman Catholicism, the Knights of Malta, domes, cathedrals, beaches, Megalithic Temples, Valletta, Mediterranean climate, saints.

    Moldova – Poverty, wine, unrest, folk customs, Transnistria, homogeneity, farms.

    Monaco – Casinos, James Bond, surveillance cameras, Monaco Grand Prix, beaches.

    Montenegro – Beaches, mountains, war, Montenegrin Orthodoxy, Biogradska Gora.

    The Netherlands - Amsterdam, Geert Wilders, drugs, prostitution, museums, Heidevolk, hedonism, troublesome Muslim immigrants.

    Norway- Vikings, cold weather, fjords, traditional villages, black metal, stave churches, Norse mythology, glaciers, snow-covered forests, trolls, Edvard Grieg, northern lights.

    Poland – Radical Roman Catholicism, Warsaw, World War II, internet users typing in bad English, troublesome Polacks who immigrate to other nations, an annoying language, a thorn on the side of Western Europe.

    Portugal – Beaches, Lisbon, The Portuguese Empire, the Castelo de Săo Jorge, Lisbon Cathedral, Fernando Pessoa.

    Romania- Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula, Transylvania, Wallachia, Nicolae Ceaușescu, communist architecture, the Carpathian Mountains, tense relations with Hungary.

    Russia – Classical music, ballet, communism, onion-shaped domes, Russian Orthodox Church, Red Army Choir, corrupt police with machine guns, Soviet Union, beautiful women, ushankas, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, rich literature, pole-shaped pagan idols, Siberia, Rodnovery, the Varangians.

    San Marino – Europe’s hidden gem, mountains, the Guard of the Rock.

    Scotland- Kilts, Highlands, pagan ruins, bagpipes, Scotch whisky, Nessie, rolling hills, cloudy weather, green countryside.

    Serbia – Serbo-Albanian conflict, war-torn buildings, Serbian Orthodox Church, Orthodox bishops with large beards, Slobodan Milošević, surnames that end with –ić, the uprising against the Ottoman Empire, Serbian folk dancing.

    Slovakia – Hostel, castles, Dragonheart, the “ugly half” of Czechoslovakia, rolling green hills, folk customs, Kroje, traditional villages, Slovak folk dances.

    Slovenia – Castles, Yugoslavia, communism, the most Mediterranean of the Slavic people, forests (which cover over 50% of Slovenia’s land), the nation that is often mistaken for Slovakia.

    Spain – Hidalgos, knights, bull fighting, castles, Don Quixote, the windmills of La Mancha, Spanish Inquisition, colonists, Flamenco dancing, the many ethnic groups (Aragonese, Galicians, Basques, Catalans, Andalusian, Asturians, etc.).

    Sweden – Vikings, melodic death metal, snow-covered forests, cold weather, midnight sun, ski resorts, Swedish meatballs, blonde hair and blue eyes, the letter ĺ, Visby, Stockholm, Swedish flag, socialism.

    Switzerland – Tax haven, Swiss flag, cuckoo clocks, ski resorts, Alps, neutrality, Frankenstein, Swiss banks, Zurich, Geneva, a nation with four official languages.

    Ukraine - , Ushankas, onion-shaped domes, Nokturnal Mortum, snow, cold weather, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Holodomor, Rodnovery, Kievan Rus, Chernobyl, Soviet architecture.

    Turkey – Troublesome Turks who immigrate to other nations illegally, Ottoman Empire, large mustaches, Antioch, Constantinople.

    Vatican City – Popes, Roman Catholicism, nuns, Sistine Chapel, saints, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, Swiss guards, large crosses, Christian military orders (Knights Templar, Hospitallers, etc.), Crusades.
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    What Comes to Mind when You Think of These Nations?

    Afghanistan

    Armenia

    Azerbaijan

    Bahrain

    Bangladesh

    Bhutan

    Brunei

    Burma (Myanmar)

    Cambodia

    China

    Georgia

    Hong Kong

    India

    Indonesia

    Iran

    Iraq

    Israel

    Japan

    Jordan

    Kazakhstan

    Korea, North

    Korea, South

    Kuwait

    Kyrgyzstan

    Laos

    Lebanon

    Malaysia

    Maldives

    Mongolia

    Myanmar

    Nepal

    Oman

    Pakistan

    Philippines

    Qatar

    Russia

    Saudi Arabia

    Singapore

    Sri Lanka

    Syria

    Taiwan

    Tajikistan

    Thailand

    Turkey

    Turkmenistan

    United Arab Emirates

    Uzbekistan

    Vietnam

    Yemen

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