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Geographic Surnames

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  1. Land of Eagles

    Albania

  2. The Armpit of Africa

    Cameroon

    From its location on the 'armpit' between west and central Africa.

  3. The Cradle of Civilizations

    Egypt

  4. Land of the blue sky

    Mongolia

  5. Land of Silvia Night

    Iceland

  6. Rainbow Nation

    South Africa

    Term coined by Desmond Tutu to describe the multiethnic nature of post-apartheid South Africa, and in very wide use today.

  7. The Emerald Isle

    Ireland

    From the lush green of the Irish landscape.

  8. Land of a Thousand Hills

    Rwanda

  9. Friendly Islands

    Tonga

    The name given by Captain Cook because of the friendly reception he received.

  10. Switzerland of Central America

    Costa Rica

    Referring to the financial prosperity and peaceful nature.

  11. The Kingdom in the Sky

    Lesotho

    Due to the fact that Lesotho is high up in the Drakensberg Mountains.

  12. Land of Smiles

    Thailand

  13. An island surrounded by land

    Paraguay

    First used by author Augusto Roa Bastos in reference to both the country's insularity and landlocked geography.

  14. Golden Peninsula

    Thailand

  15. Land of White Eagle

    Poland

    The Coat of Arms of Poland consists of a White Eagle on a red shield, and hence the name.

  16. Land of the morning calm

    Korea

  17. Crossroads of the Pacific

    Honolulu

  18. Land of a Thousand Lakes

    Finland

    Referring to the fact that Finland has over 188,000 lakes.

  19. Mother-in-law of Europe

    Denmark

  20. Land of Long White Cloud

    New Zealand

    In Mâori, New Zealand has come to be known as Aotearoa, which is usually translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud.

  21. Pindorama - from Tupi, "land of palm trees."

    Brazil

    Almost always used disparagingly, when discussing some backward aspect of the country.

  22. Mother of presidents of the USA

    Virginia

    Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia.

  23. Land of Frost and Fire

    Iceland

  24. The Hermit Kingdom

    Korea

  25. Bread Basket of Europe

    Ukraine

    From the rich dark soil and the vast fields of wheat.

  26. Gateway to Asia/Melting Pot of Asia

    Philippines

  27. Land of Poets

    Chile

    Due to its two Nobel Prize winners in literature (Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda).

  28. The Dead Heart of Africa

    Chad

    From its remoteness and largely desert climate.

  29. City of Canals

    Venice

  30. Land of the thunder dragon

    Bhutan

    Translation of Bhutanese name for the country (Druk Yul).

  31. Daughter of the Baltic

    Helsinki

  32. Middle East's Switzerland

    Lebanon

  33. City on Water

    Stockholm

    From the motto 'Staden på vattnet.'

  34. Island of Flying Fish

    Barbados

  35. Land of the Midnight Sun

    Finland, Iceland

  36. City of Light

    Paris