20 Countries With Past Issues They'd Probably Rather We Didn't Mention

Norway

Norway

It's not the worst on this list by a long shot, but Norway ran out of butter in 2011.

Most of Scandinavia and Germany

Most of Scandinavia and Germany

At a certain point in the 1930s, it was decided that sterilizing those with mental illness might be a good idea. Oh yeah, and gypsies too. In some parts, this continued up until the 1970s.



Australia

Australia

Australia would rather forget the not one, but two, times it has waged war on its emu population in the past. Seriously (and we thought a "war" was when two sides knew about the fight).

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the worst offenders in the developed world when it comes to rates of domestic violence.



Nigeria

Nigeria

Those damn princes won't stop hassling me with their scams.

Argentina

Argentina

Over past 100 years or so, this country has gone from one of the world's wealthiest, to a poor nation. One which is only recently getting back to developed status.



Germany

Germany

Well, we could have included a swastika on the flag, but that's what they're trying to forget, isn't it?

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

There's probably lots of things but among them are Brexit and the fact that they used to be the world's superpower. A feeling the United States may soon be able to identify with.



Italy

Italy

"The birthplace of fascism" is not a tag line the Italian tourism board is likely to adopt in the future.

China

China

I don't suppose this is truly something to be ashamed of so much as a sign of different cultures, but we'll mention it anyway. The Chinese government found itself in the strange position of having to release training material to its citizens on how to behave when visiting other countries.



Canada

Canada

Residential schools to force the assimilation of native children in to what the government thought was Canadian culture is something that they'd probably like to be able to forget.

That, and Justin Bieber.

Brazil

Brazil

We could go with corruption, treatment of indigenous populations and the decimation of the Amazon, but instead we're going to mention that time they lost to Germany in the World Cup.



Australia (again)

Australia (again)

The Stolen Generation - aboriginal children were forcibly taken from their parents.

United States of America

United States of America

The Americans have done away with British spelling, laws, and pretty much everything else. However, they can't get past the imperial measurement system. It's probably time to get involved in the metric system. Seriously.



Spain

Spain

Sure, it's "tradition" but it's also cruel and tortuous to the poor beast who is just behaving as per its genetic code.

South Africa

South Africa

Apartheid. Is that enough for ya?!



Liecthenstein

Liecthenstein

I bet it would be great for the small population of Liechtenstein if anybody knew how to spell the name of their country, how to say the name of their country, or that their country exists.

Mexico

Mexico

Drug cartels are a problem that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon.



Belgium

Belgium

This country didn't have a government for a few years but as far as anybody could tell, this didn't seem to matter at all.

Malaysia

Malaysia

It's awful politicians.