What are some less known, darker facts about beloved countries?

Read the Story

Show Top Comments

The Dutch once ate their prime minister

Bunnystrawbery

Norway used to suppressed the natives from up north, by separating them from their parents and forcing norwegian culture upon them. Learning norwegian and how to live like a norwegian.

Snoppiel

France had concentration camps… in 1936 for Spanish immigrants who fled the Civil War

MudkipzLover

If you’ve ever looked at a country like Liechtenstein on a map and wondered how a country that small can maintain a flourishing economy the answer is that they’re one of the largest offshore banking sites in the world. Most people only think of the Cayman Islands when it comes to offshore banking but the Cayman Islands aren’t even close to being the only place where rich people stash their money to avoid paying taxes on it. Most of the places that do it are territories and not countries (the Cook Islands, Anguila, Jersey and Guernsey are a few other big offshore banking sites) but Liechtenstein has made it the core of their economy.

schnit123

During World War II, the Swiss National Bank accepted large quantities of gold from the German Reichsbank as payment for Swiss export shipments(weapons, ammunition..). A large part of this Reichsbank gold had either been looted by the German occupying forces from the stocks of the occupied countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc.), or it came from the victims of the Nazi persecution of the Jews [Holocaust].

x3Nekox3