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9 Countries You Thought Were Countries But Are Actually Other Things

Uncover the secret lives of countries even that LeapFrog globe didn't know about.

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Check out Google Earth. It looks like a bunch of nations, republics and states, but hidden inside those lines are several secrets you've never noticed. Here are nine of the most shocking.


You may know Slovenia as the tiny parliamentary republic that borders the Mediterranean, but it’s actually a running chicken.


Romania is not only the destination for Charlie Weasley and other burgeoning dragon trainers; it’s also Flounder from the Little Mermaid.


Kenya: homeland for secret Muslim presidents, but also a friendly puppy (who may or may not be eating Uganda).


According to a 2012 census, over 17 million Nigerians actually live in a chicken leg.


Chad is actually a guy named Chad who just got his BA in Philosophy. (Coincidentally, Chad is unemployed an looking for a position in the metropolitan New York area. He's a fast learner, proficient on Microsoft Office and willing to try new things. Let me know if you've got a job for this guy!)


The entire nation of Paraguay was made as a giant directional arrow encouraging people to go to São Miguel do Oeste, Brazil home of the Restuarante Bicho Do Mar.


No matter how you look at it, Sweden is part of a giant penis with its neighbors. It’s also considered one of the most gay-friendly countries in Europe.


Many people worry about a nuclear Iran. But they really should really fear Muk, the Pokemon that, according to Wikipedia, “is the living manifestation of pollution and all things disgusting.”


Italy, as everyone knows, is actually a sideways lobster.


The West African Republic of Gambia is actually just Oklahoma with a small intestine

And Colorado and Wyoming are actually the same state.

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