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9 countries that look like things

written by Taz Liffman September 25, 2018
Illustration of Finland and a rabbit

Usually, ‘seeing the world differently’ refers to going someplace and realizing it doesn’t quite correspond to your expectations; that it’s far more complex/safer/less dusty than you’d imagined. And sometimes it simply means looking at a map of the world and proclaiming: ‘This country looks like a bunny’.

We spend a fair bit of time poring over maps, and countries quite often occur to us as looking like things. Animal things, mostly. Was this perhaps something our readers might be interested to learn we eventually asked ourselves? Probably not, we collectively conceded… But should we share it anyway? Yes. And so, with nay an ado or adjunct further, get ready to see the world like you’ve never seen it before. Introducing the very first – and very likely last – installment of ‘Maps that Look Like Things’.

1. Finland

Finland looks a bit like a rabbit.

Moving on…

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2. Japan

Illustration of Japan and a seahorseAlthough Japan has to borrow a few of Russia’s islands to pull off the likeness, when it does, it looks quite like a seahorse. The Japanese word for seahorse is 竜の落し子, which sounds like Tatsunootoshigoand and translates to ‘Dragon’s bastard child’. Harsh.

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3. South Africa

Illustration of South Africa and a rhinoSouth Africa looks like a rhino’s head. That it does is a pretty massive coincidence, as there aren’t too many rhinos left in the world and one of the few places they still are in is South Africa. It’s particularly coincidental that the rhino-that-is-South Africa has two horns, as that’s the exact number of horns that African rhinos have. Did you know that Asian rhinos only have one horn? True story. It’s also pretty convenient that Lesotho exists, as that’s the rhino’s eye.

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4. Sweden and Norway

With their geographical powers combined, Sweden and Norway are two very rude countries. So rude in fact that we’re not even going to say (or show) what they look like. Sweden and Norway are so rude that our illustrator Rosa refused to draw them. If you don’t know what Sweden and Norway look like, good: your mind is unsullied and pure. If you don’t know but would like to, go ask one of the big kids at school.

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5. Senegal

Illustration of Senegal and a faceSenegal looks like one of those health posters at a doctor’s clinic that tells you how to put food in your mouth. The Gambia is the man’s mouth. Even spookier though, the Gambia is also a river that runs right the way through the Gambia the country…and its river mouth IS WHERE THE MAN’S MOUTH IS.

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6. Cuba

Illustration of Cuba and a swimmerCuba looks like someone swimming freestyle. The swimmer’s torso and head are underwater and all you can see is their arm either going into a stroke (I.e. towards the American mainland) or coming out of one (swimming away from it). In this regard, Cuba is a bit like one of those optical illusions where you can’t tell which way the ballerina is turning. The resemblance is made all the more uncanny by Cuba being naturally situated in water. In sum, Cuba’s a bit like a Rorschach test.

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7. The UK

Illustration of the UK and a dragonThe UK looks a bit like a dragon blowing a few puffs of smoke out of his nostrils. Interestingly, albeit irrelevantly, when England and Wales were warring back in the day, Welsh mythology depicted the two countries as feuding dragons. Wales was a red dragon and England a white one.

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8. Tajikistan

Illustration of Tajikistan and a dogAs you can see, Tajikistan is a dog that’s running away from something but has his head turned around back in the direction whence he has come – probably to catch a Frisbee or something. He’s most likely an Afgan Hound type of dog.

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9. Australia

Illustration of Australia and a dogSpeaking of countries that look like dogs, Australia looks like a Schnauzer dog – a fact we’ve had verified by a real-life schnauzer owner named Emily. When pushed on the point, Emily denied that she had ever beheld Gus from a certain angle and taken him for Australia…but did concede there possibly existed some resemblance. Thanks Emily.

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So, there you have it. You’ll never be able to look at the world in the same way again.

And now it’s your turn. What are some countries that you think look like things? Can you think of any countries that don’t look like things? Are there any other things you reckon look like things? Or, for that matter, that doesn’t? This highly stupid game is guaranteed to provide, if not hours of fun for your whole family, possibly a few minutes or bemusement for your fine procrastinating self.

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All illustrations by Rosa Friend. 

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66 comments

Anonymous October 17, 2021 - 11:07 am

pakistan look like lion or tiger

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Melanie Arabsky Ledger October 13, 2021 - 10:08 am

I was just told by a Taiwanese colleague that Taiwan is shaped like a sweet potato – which actualy inspired the google that brought me here 🙂

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Albinus October 17, 2021 - 7:44 pm

ebypt loooks like a square

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Anonymous October 5, 2021 - 8:34 am

Ukraine looks like a tennis shoe! Forgot that too!

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Pey August 18, 2021 - 8:10 pm

Did you all forget Austria? It’s shaped like a chicken leg.

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armeen July 12, 2021 - 2:49 pm

you kinda forgot venezuela, it looks like a rhino

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JT June 27, 2021 - 9:48 pm

China looks like a Moose’s head!

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Arjun Aravind May 28, 2021 - 3:52 am

I don’t know what the 10th country is.

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constantinopolitan May 6, 2021 - 10:55 pm

Antarctica looks like rhino head. As different from South Africa

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Mia April 28, 2021 - 3:18 am

Why was Italy not mentioned? It’s shaped like a boot….that’s a thing!

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m April 13, 2021 - 6:07 pm

and iran looks like a cat!

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Jambo March 30, 2021 - 10:39 am

Kenya looks exactly like a bird flapping it’s wings as it lands. It has all parts including beak, legs & a tail.

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Anonymous March 30, 2021 - 10:22 am

KENYA looks like a bird landing somewhere. West part of Kenya resembles the wings, North East represents the beak while the South East of kenya is the birds legs.

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Anonymous March 30, 2021 - 10:26 am

And the South part of Kenya resembles the bird’s tail

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Anonymous March 30, 2021 - 10:13 am

KENYA’S map is like an image of a bird landing on it’s nest

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Anonymous January 15, 2021 - 5:28 pm

The Philippines is shape like a camel

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Random guy in the internet April 16, 2021 - 11:14 am

Lol they should add that

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Anonymous December 29, 2020 - 2:52 pm

Which Country look like fox?

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Sandeep December 24, 2020 - 11:15 pm

You forgot pakistan it looks exactly like dog google if u want

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Kartik Sharma April 26, 2021 - 5:27 pm

+1

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Rudi December 21, 2020 - 4:29 pm

Benin looks like a turkey leg with a bite taken out of it.

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Mark Walbern December 20, 2020 - 9:23 pm

Niger looks likes a bone-in Buffalo wing

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AbbyLW10 November 26, 2020 - 8:54 pm

What do they look like?

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Fred November 13, 2020 - 12:34 am

Iran looks like a cat

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Anonymous November 4, 2020 - 1:03 am

The map of chad Africa looks like what?
You tell me lool

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colin clayton October 23, 2020 - 4:53 am

Denmark looks like Herge’s TinTin.

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MM October 12, 2020 - 10:30 pm

Zimbabwe looks like a teapot, France looks like a mat made from a goat’s skin

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Anonymous October 10, 2020 - 3:42 pm

The Philippines looks like a human.

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Fahim September 22, 2020 - 7:30 pm

And Bangladesh looks like a man without his right leg. And I think Pakistan look like a godzila.

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hi September 30, 2020 - 12:25 pm

the philippine look like a person

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Johar August 17, 2020 - 4:47 pm

How can you forget Pakistan?? It’s the perfect depiction of a T-Rex :p

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Andrew Terex August 30, 2020 - 6:32 am

I think it’s like a penguin.

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Anonymous July 12, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Ireland looks like a teddy bear

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Anonymous August 27, 2020 - 4:15 am

I always though it looked like a ram with short legs.

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Anonymous July 3, 2021 - 3:22 pm

It looks like a leprechuan to me.

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Anonymous June 26, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Italy is a boot. Thailand is an elephant’s head. Wales is a pig’s head. Ireland is a koala.

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Rose Adams June 4, 2020 - 5:47 pm

Philippines looks like a donkey’s head with neck.

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Anonymous October 5, 2021 - 8:48 am

Looks more like a moose’s head, not gonna lie. Manila being antlers.

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Anonymous May 22, 2020 - 11:07 am

I saw what Sweden and Norway look like. Very rude but funny

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Ayub September 19, 2020 - 5:19 am

Bro Somalia look like number 7

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wa April 11, 2021 - 3:11 am

i know what you saw hahahaah

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Anonymous October 5, 2021 - 8:46 am

same LOL

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Ayyan March 11, 2020 - 11:39 pm

You forgot many countries in the list…
I wish you read the comment and update your blog, it will be highly inspirational..

1. You forgot USA, which clearly looks something like horse, or goat, with legs at Texas and Florida and rest of the area with big body…

2. How could you forget India, It has the clear visibilty of Human like shape, that too a Female God dedicated to Lord Durga. At the top is Kashmir which looks like Human head, Himachal with a neck, North-east looks like Her vast Right hand spread accross Northern Plains upto North-east… Gujarat resembles to her left hand being folded. South India looks like her Legs and Indian Ocean Lactating her feet.

3. Pakistan looks clearly like a sitting Dog with its tail in west.

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A girl March 4, 2020 - 7:20 pm

I think it’s very creative and I was a bit stunned at some of the countries but I absolutely love it

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Anonymous February 9, 2020 - 5:04 am

romania looks like a fish

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Rachelle January 24, 2020 - 9:17 am

Thailand is an elephant, and Australia is absolutely NOT a dog, it’s a cat! How did you miss that! It’s exactly a big cat face, a Tom cat who has had a few fights so one of his ears is almost torn off.

I would love to see a world map with every single country sketched out to be something else with your illustrator’s beautiful drawings. I would definitely buy that.

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ali December 24, 2019 - 5:23 pm

iran look like cat(its head is southwest)

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Trigger December 15, 2020 - 9:04 pm

Why Pakistan is not their who look like dog

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Anonymous December 20, 2019 - 7:32 am

I like it

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Anonymous November 6, 2019 - 5:33 pm

and China looks like a rooster!

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Xae October 9, 2019 - 3:57 am

Pakistan look like Dog

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Sreymom August 24, 2019 - 11:00 pm

Cambodia look like a rabbit.

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Irianto July 23, 2019 - 6:37 pm

India is like an inverted triangle

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Parisa July 23, 2019 - 6:10 am

You forgot Iran, is in shape of cat

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F February 12, 2020 - 9:48 pm

Yes!

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Jože July 21, 2019 - 4:57 am

Slovenia looks like a chicken. Not just a bit, but totally!

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MI July 4, 2019 - 10:59 pm

You forgot Romania ,is in shape of a fish

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Alexander Bundov June 13, 2019 - 11:54 pm

Bulgaria looks like a lion. The Lion is also a national symbol.

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Henry June 8, 2019 - 5:46 pm

Brazil and Africa… did someone already post?

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Anonymous May 7, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Papua New Guinea looks like a dinosaur, and italy look like a high heel boot with fluffy fur on the top.

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Yo May 6, 2019 - 3:29 am

Italy is like boot!

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Andrew Davies April 12, 2019 - 6:36 pm

Wales looks like a pigs head, and Ireland looks like a koala bear looking over its shoulders at the UK mainland…

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Mohamed Wuroh Timbo February 16, 2019 - 9:15 am

Sierra Leone looks exactly like someone’s face from forehead to chin, with ears . A thought to consider. For me Sierra Leone is the best shaped country in the world.

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Megan Jaquez May 9, 2021 - 4:06 am

America looks like a whale

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laxmi August 6, 2021 - 3:27 pm

Not at all. Every other country seems much more catching than it. I can’t see what you said. There is no face or even animal like i see regularly in outlines of most countries. India is the best shaped country, not just saying because iam Indian. Look for yourself. There is human body or like someone else said Goddess Durga body there. Head, Extended Arms and legs together like in the shape of Bharatanatyam pose.

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