25 Countries With Something To Be Ashamed Of

by Ike Obudulu Last updated on March 25th, 2017,

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.

25

Norway

butter

Source: wikipedia

The Norwegian Butter Crisis of 2011 – it ran out of butter.

24

Most of Scandinavia and the German speaking world

Scandinavia

Source: wikipedia,

Forced sterilization of people with mental illnesses and gypsies from the 1930’s to the 1970’s

23

Australia

emu

Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com

The Emu War – The Australian military lost a war against emus. Two of them in fact. (just Google Emu War)

22

New Zealand

kiwi

Source: UN, wikipedia

Domestic violence statistics are pretty high. And also, the national bird can’t fly.

21

Nigeria

Nigerian prince

It’s princes keep asking foreigners for money.

20

Argentina

Argentina

Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com

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.

19

Germany

germany

Do we even need to go into this?

18

United Kingdom

daily mail

Source: wikipedia

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.

17

Italy

fascism

Source: wikipedia

The invention of fascism.

16

China

plane

Source: bbc, Image: pixabay.com

Tourists. The government even had to release training material teaching tourists how to act when abroad.

15

Canada

residential school

Source: wikipedia

Justin Bieber. Seriously though, residential schools. These were basically created to force the assimilation of native children into Canadian culture.

14

Brazil

soccer

Source: wikipedia, Image: www.pexels.com

Losing to Germany in the World Cup

13

Ecuador

Rafael Correa

Source: John Oliver

The president makes weekly addresses to the nation, sometimes with a children’s clown.

Note: Ecuadorians love the clown.

12

Australia

Aborigines

Source: wikipedia, Image: en.wikipedia.org (public domain)

“The Stolen Generation,” when aborigine children were forcibly removed from their homes

11

United States

George Washington

Source: wikipedia

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…

10

Armenia

Kardashian

The Kardashians (yes, it’s a joke)

9

Spain

bull fight

Source: wikipedia

Bullfights. Many Spaniards aren’t actually very proud of them. Also, the conquistadors.

8

South Africa

apartheid

Source: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

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!”

7

India

Caste System

Source: wikipedia

The caste system and how it still affects society in spite of being abolished.

6

Czech Republic

Zeman

Source: wikipedia

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).

5

Russia

Russia

Source: bbc

Outside Russia…Stalin. Inside Russia…Yeltsin.

4

Malaysia

Malaysia

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/malaysia/, Image: pixabay.com

You thought your country’s politicians were bad? Just talk to a Malaysian.

3

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Not mattering. At all.

2

Mexico

guns

Source: wikipedia

Drug cartels. To make things worse though, the drug cartels often do more for the local communities than the government does.

1

Belgium

Belgium

Source: wikipedia

Having no government for almost 2 years and not being able to tell the difference from when there actually was a government.

Photos: 25. Steve Karg/wikimedia commons, 24. Malene Thyssen, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Malene, 22. Allie_Caulfield via Flickr, 15. BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives via Flickr, 13. Cancilleria del Ecuador via Flickr, 10. Eva Rinaldi via Flickr, 9. MarcusObal/wikimedia commons, 7. Saylor Foundation via wikimedia commons via saylor.org, 6. David Sedlecky/wikimedia commons, 3. Michael Gredenberg/wikimedia commons, 2. Alyeska/wikimedia commons , 1. Jiuguang Wang via Flickr

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Ike Obudulu

Ike Obudulu

Versatile Certified Fraud Examiner, Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor with an MBA in Finance And Investments who has both worked for and consulted with some of the world's largest companies on main street and wall street in over 20 countries, Ike brings his extensive reporting and investigations experience to bear on his role as Chief Editor.
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