Many of us draw knowledge about the world from what is shown on TV, or listen to the stories of friends and acquaintances who have been abroad. Without delving or analyzing deeply, we pass on this subjective knowledge further, to other friends and acquaintances. This is how myths are born, far from the real state of affairs.
In this article, we will talk about the most common myths about the features of different countries.
There are many Buddhists living in India
Meanwhile, the most common religion in this country is Hinduism. After him comes Islam. And only a small part of India's population – less than one percent – professes Buddhism. These are mainly people living in the north, near Tibet.
Most Japanese people practice sumo
Of course, in recent years, the popularity of sumo has been increasing. However, the Japanese still prefer baseball. Among all the sports that are practiced in the country, about 50% falls on baseball.
Italians never get fat
It is believed that Italians absorb pasta by kilograms and drink a lot of wine, but never get fat. In reality, this is far from the case. Statistics show that a fifth of the Italian population suffers from obesity of varying degrees, and with childhood obesity in some regions of the country, the situation is simply catastrophic.
In the United Arab Emirates live solid rich
Undoubtedly, there are quite a few beggars in the country. The main part of the indigenous population is wealthy people. However, it is worth remembering that there are few indigenous people in the UAE , since 85% of the population are immigrants. They occupy most of the positions. At the same time, not all of them are top managers, and the working class does not live in the best conditions due to its low income.
It often rains in England
Yes, rain is certainly common for the UK. However, they are not so frequent there! Despite the dampness, even less annual precipitation falls in the capital of Britain than in our northern capital or in Moscow.
Rio de Janeiro is the capital of Brazil
In fact, brasilia has been the capital since 1960. The city was built specifically for this purpose! As for Rio de Janeiro, this city was also the capital of Brazil for two hundred years, but now it is not even the largest of the country's megacities (Sao Paulo overtakes).
Spanish people love bullfighting
No, the local population does not greatly like this entertainment. Bullfights are arranged for the most part for tourists, of which there are a great many in the country. Moreover, in Catalonia, bullfights are generally prohibited!
Germans are very punctual
This beautiful feature is considered to be traditional in Germany. However, as you know, over time, traditions gradually disappear, the same is the case with punctuality. If you look at the statistics of the arrival of trains in the country, you can see that about a third of them are constantly late.
It's always hot in Australia
Eternal summer in Australia is just a myth. Not only that in many cities the temperature in winter drops to almost zero, but also there are a great many high mountains in the country. And in winter, they're all covered in snow, that's it!
The name of chili pepper comes from the name of the country Chile
The name of the hot pepper is rooted in antiquity. It was invented by the ancient Aztecs, who lived in the territory where Mexico is now located. The country of Chile has nothing to do with this name, and it is located at a decent distance from Mexico.
Most of Romania's population is Roma
Many believe that Roma and Romanians are the same people and that there are quite a lot of Roma in this country. In fact, neither is true.
These two peoples have nothing in common, including language and origin. Romanians are mostly Europeans, their speech is similar to Spanish and Italian. Gypsies are descendants of Indian peoples. As for the number of Roma in Romania, there are no more than 3% of them.
China has the highest population density
The number of people living in a country and the population density are two completely different things. Yes, China does have one of the big population on Earth. But due to the fact that the territory of this country is one of the largest, the population density there can not be very high. For example, in Italy and Germany, the density is higher than in China.