Top 10 countries that you never know where to locate on a map (oops geo lessons!)

To travel is also to know how to get lost. That’s good, because in addition to having a shitty sense of direction, you are, like us, super bad at geography. But that was obviously before discovering this top which will finally show you on a map the location of these countries that you are unable to locate on earth.

1. Slovenia

To our credit, the country did not officially exist a few years ago. The Socialist Republic of Slovenia indeed belonged, until its independence in 1991, to greater Yugoslavia. We’re not going to lie to each other, the region was a hell of a mess for decades, until the Slovenians voted their independence by referendum in 1990. And there you have it, the job: a brand new country nicknamed “the Switzerland of the Balkans” and stashed between Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and part of the border with Hungary to the east. Obviously not to be confused with Slovakia, even if it obviously happens to a lot of people, with each year hundreds of kilos of mail misrouted between the two countries (more than 600 kg in 2004).

2. Moldova

What a great invention that the ancient countries of the East are for lovers of history and geography. For others, it’s a different story. Historically, Moldova has long been in Soviet petticoats. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Russians called this region Bessarabia. Later, the “country” split to compose Romania on its western part, before the Soviet bloc gathered its livestock after the Second World War. It was not until 1991 that the Republic of Moldova really saw the light of day, even if its population remains to this day divided between its attachment to Russia on the one hand, and its more European roots, on the other. other. And if you look for it on a map, you’ll find Moldova nestled between Romania to the west and Ukraine on its northern, southern and eastern borders.

3. The Gambia

You have already heard of it, but from there to know how to locate the country on a map eh… And for good reason, Gambia is the smallest country in continental Africa, with an area of ​​11,300 km2, which is still a little more than Corsica (8680 km2). Do you see where Senegal is? That’s good, Gambia is in the same place since the country literally cuts the former French colony in two, starting from the port of Banjul on the Atlantic coast and going up the Gambia River which sinks inland, west to east.

4. Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a bit like the Dry Canada of African countries. It sounds like the name of a western or a Latin American country, except that in reality, you have to look at the side of the African Atlantic coast and more precisely between Liberia in the south and Guinea in the north. A region famous for its diamond mines… and the bloody conflicts that surround them. Moreover, despite the richness of their subsoil, the population remains among the poorest in the world, with a per capita income of 330 dollars per year.

5. Kyrgyzstan

Wikipedia explains that “Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest…” Which helps us moderately on the spot… “and with 858 km of borders with China. Ah, okay, you immediately visualize where you are much better. The funny thing (well, not hilarious either) is that the Kyrgyz population speaks a Turkish language inherited from their Turkic nomadic ancestors who squatted around in the 15th century, despite the strong Russian influence since the 19th century. century. We’re having fun, aren’t we?

6. Brunei

From its real name “Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam”, also known in Malay as “the Asylum of Peace”, this country is located north of the island of Borneo, which itself is shared between Malaysia and Indonesia . FYI, Brunei is an Islamic monarchy by divine right where Sharia has applied since 2013, but only the Muslim population is concerned, i.e. 2/3 of the population. And as the country lives mainly from its hydrocarbon resources, it continues to attract a large community of expats and their Western mores every year.

7. Suriname

Like us, your brain could mistakenly make the connection with Vietnam, nioc mam, or even surimi… except that Surinam is a country in South America, and was known until its independence in 1975, as Guyana Dutch, in the north of Brazil therefore.

8. El Salvador

Unless you have set foot there one day, it is not easy to locate El Salvador precisely, especially since it is the smallest country in Central America (central because it is located between North America and that of South, CQFD). Small certainly, but strong, since with 6.3 million inhabitants, it is also the country with the highest population density on the American continent. To situate it correctly, know that El Salvador is the only country in Central America to overlook only the Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, be careful if you make a jump there, the extreme poverty and the wars between gangs contribute to the strong crime recorded in the region.

9. Lesotho

Before knowing where to locate Lesotho on a map, it is still necessary to know that it exists and not to confuse it with risotto. Lesotho is an enclave the size of Belgium, which is right in the middle of South Africa. And as the area is rich in diamonds and hydraulic reserves, inevitably there is a severe battle to know who will benefit from it. One thing is certain, the population does not drive a Bentley. The inequalities are enormous, the country ranking 161st out of 188 in terms of the human development index (GDP, life expectancy, education), while at the same time it provides a ski resort (afri-ski at 3200m above sea level). altitude) to attract wealthy South African tourists.

10. The Faroe Islands

Not only are the Faroe Islands (“Sheep Islands” in Danish) hidden in the middle of nowhere between Scotland and Iceland, but we also learn that it is not a country strictly speaking. It would actually be an autonomous province of Denmark, which therefore has its own government, competent in all areas of everyday life, with the exception of defence. The Faroese did vote in favor of their independence in 2004, but the referendum was rejected by Denmark (hey?). A new vote should be organized on April 25, 2018. In any case, just look at some photos of the Faroe Islands to find it not disgusting.

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