People Reveal False Beliefs About Their Countries That Annoy Them

List Rules
Vote up the most egregious misconceptions that annoy the residents of various countries.

Everybody feels their country isn't properly understood by outsiders, and it's true. Countries can be big, with millions of people. Even residents are likely to only have a firm grasp of their own region. For example, there are innumerable things a New Yorker doesn't know about Hawaii, or that an Alabaman doesn't know about Virginia. Even allowing for this, some misconceptions about countries can be especially rankling, particularly if they rely on lazy pop-culture stereotyping.

Here's a collection of inaccurate clichés debunked by the people who actually live in the relevant countries - so they ought to know what they're talking about.


  • 1
    343 VOTES

    Portugal: 'We Don't Want To Join Up With Spain'

    From Redditor u/throwawaygoodcoffee:

    No we don't speak Spanish, yes we'll probably understand you when you speak Spanish to us but we'll probably think you're an a**hole. No we don't want to join up with Spain, we like our distance.

  • 2
    341 VOTES

    Italy: 'I'm Not Even A Plumber'

    From Redditor u/TotalTechnician7257:

    Some years ago [a] Moroccan girl told me that it was impossible I'm Italian cause I'm blonde and I don't have mustaches. I told her, despite my accent, I'm not even a plumber and know no princesses.

  • 3
    302 VOTES

    UK: It's Not Actually Posh

    From Redditor u/MintYT_:

    That the UK is "posh"... Take one step into Bradford, and you will be proven wrong very quickly

  • 4
    312 VOTES

    Netherlands: 'People Think That Every Dutch Person Is Into Drugs'

    From Redditor u/heyCharley:

    I’m from the Netherlands living in Belgium. For some reason people think that every single Dutch person is into drugs just because it’s (sort of) legal. I smoked pot once and it’s not for me. I don’t ever do drugs, neither do I drink alcohol.

  • 5
    292 VOTES

    Ireland: 'I Don't Even Know Anyone With Red Hair!'

    From Redditor u/SonicBoris:

    I had a roommate from County Mayo tell me that she couldn’t understand why American TV would always cast redheads as Irish characters. [She said] "I don’t even know anyone with red hair! It’s bizarre!" She also never drank a drop in her life. I, the American, had red hair and drank like a fish. Stereotypically speaking, I was more "Irish" than Aoife!

  • 6
    271 VOTES

    Jamaica: 'We're Not All Potheads'

    From Redditor u/Fates_the_Great:

    We're not all potheads that live in huts/tree houses (trust me people have asked) [and] we don't spend the day listening to Bob Marley and say "yeah mon" or whatever overused saying the tourists use every 5 minutes. We live, work and do things like you'd expect normal people to do, use the same apps you do, watch the same videos on YouTube, use Netflix etc.