Every country is known for something. Sometimes those things are good, and sometimes those things are bad. Today, we’re going to be concerning ourselves with the latter. Whether it’s a butter shortage in Norway or an actual war against emus in Australia, these are 25 Countries With Something To Be Ashamed Of.
The Norwegian Butter Crisis of 2011 – it ran out of butter.
Most of Scandinavia and the German speaking world
Forced sterilization of people with mental illnesses and gypsies from the 1930’s to the 1970’s
The Emu War – The Australian military lost a war against emus. Two of them in fact. (just Google Emu War)
Domestic violence statistics are pretty high. And also, the national bird can’t fly.
It’s princes keep asking foreigners for money.
Around the turn of the 20th century, it was the 7th wealthiest country on Earth. After 100 years of poor management and dictatorships, it is only now entering the developed world again.
Do we even need to go into this?
The Daily Mail. In spite of supporting Hitler right up until the eve of the war in 1939, this is still somehow Britain’s most popular tabloid.
The invention of fascism.
Tourists. The government even had to release training material teaching tourists how to act when abroad.
Justin Bieber. Seriously though, residential schools. These were basically created to force the assimilation of native children into Canadian culture.
Losing to Germany in the World Cup
“The Stolen Generation,” when aborigine children were forcibly removed from their homes
The Imperial System. It fought a war to get rid of the British but still uses the king’s foot as a basis of measurement. Also, other things…
The Kardashians (yes, it’s a joke)
Bullfights. Many Spaniards aren’t actually very proud of them. Also, the conquistadors.
Apartheid. Also, it went from having world class infrastructure in the 90’s to constant power outages. There’s even a joke that asks, “What did South Africans use before candles?”….”Electricity!”
The caste system and how it still affects society in spite of being abolished.
The presidency. After Vaclav Havel basically went down in history as the poet/politician/revolutionary of the century, the Czech presidency has been held mostly by drunkards and pen stealers (Google it).
Outside Russia…Stalin. Inside Russia…Yeltsin.
You thought your country’s politicians were bad? Just talk to a Malaysian.
Not mattering. At all.
Having no government for almost 2 years and not being able to tell the difference from when there actually was a government.
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