So anyway, yeah, country nicknames often do make a lot of sense. America's certainly did when it was coined in the early 1800s, and even today, when much of the rest of the world has followed her example and assumed a similar type of government with similar types of constitutions and laws and guaranteed freedoms... it's still more free than the vast majority of countries in certain respects, like when it comes to freedom of speech or expression, and the press, laws about religion, and art, and pornography, and gun ownership. It lags in a few areas behind a small handful of countries. But the nickname is centuries old, appropriate, and not meant as a dig against you or your country and its freedoms or lack thereof.
(The six sides being the Channel-the Atlantic-the Pyrenees-the Mediterranean-the Alps and Rhine-the Belgian border)
This nickname is mostly used for tourism marketing purposes and poetic depictions.
www.holland.com - "Your official guide for visiting the Netherlands."
The government plans to change this soon however.
So only the apostrophe is giving it away...
ya mean Hitler?
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