20 Peculiar Things That Are Only Common In Specific Countries

Something that may look outlandish to some might be entirely normal for others. For example, asking for extra something on a dish at a restaurant. According to Italian food etiquette, don’t ask for more cheese. Many chefs will likely take offense if you think the food is missing extra ingredients. Speaking of cheese, did you know that they hold an annual Cheese Rolling Festival in England? Them lads are something else…

Every country has its own quirks. Some may call them culture, heritage, or perhaps, traditions. These peculiarities make the country more unique, remarkable, and interesting for tourists. So what are some things that are standard in one country but rare in another? Users on ‘Ask Reddit‘ community were more than glad to share the oddities of their fatherlands. Take a look! And let us know, how does your country stand out from the rest?

Interested in more country-specific quirks and twists? Check our recent posts about GermanyFinland, and Japan!

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South Africa. Scheduled blackouts to reduce pressure on the electrical grid.


“Medical debt.”


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Wales. Place names like this llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch


Its rush hour. I tap someone’s bumper while coming to a stop when my shoe gets stuck under the brake for a second too long. He apologizes for ‘stopping so abruptly’ at the red. I offer to exchange info, he says ‘don’t worry about it, I think I need a new bumper anyways, this one’s wonky’. Then he tells me to have a nice day eh?

Canada is a place where everyone is sorry for everything, their fault or not.

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Luxembourg. People who speak 4-5 languages fluently.


Canada. When our national hockey team makes the Olympic finals, the government changes liquor laws THE SAME DAY to allow bars to open at 6am.

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In Colombia, hot chocolate is served with slices of salted cheese in it.


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Faroe Islands. More sheep than people in my country.


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In India, it’s normal for your parents to find your life partner, and there’s a chance you could get killed if you love someone.


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United Kingdom.

Pantomimes at Christmas.

Real ale.

Separate hot and cold taps.

Mint sauce.

Brown sauce.

Thanking the bus driver (with a ‘Cheers, drive’ in my neck of the woods).

Apologising when someone else steps on your foot.


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In Mexico we experience paranormal stuff very close. Even people like me, who doesn’t believe in it, have parents, siblings, children or grandparents who have experienced ghosts or other entities very close.

Not in the “friend of my friend” kind of way. It is really really common to be in the same room, and someone just says: “I saw my great-grandfather coming out from the well” or stuff like that. And nobody makes a fuss about it. We just process it and move on. But really, I don’t know anybody who hasn’t experienced a close encounter with something paranormal in one way or another.

And again, I’m an atheist and a skeptic. I haven’t experienced something at first hand. And that makes me an exception. Not the average.


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Iceland here. We have a music festival held inside a glacier and deep inside a volcano. We also charge $1,000,000 for a ticket too

Bonus fact: This was the same festival where last year Bam Margera was knocked out.


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Such cheap olive oil. And eating incredibly late. Lunch is more or less at 1-3 pm, and dinner at 9-10 pm. That is why in Spain we have snacks between foods.


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United Kingdom. I don’t believe any other countries have the annual ‘chasing cheese down a hill’ competitions.


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Have farms larger than Connecticut (14,357km2)

Australia has 4 of them. The largest is larger than Israel, 44 of them are larger than Delaware, and this is still more than three times the size of the largest Ranch in the US, the Waggoner Ranch in Texas.


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A week-long nationwide water fight in Thailand.


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Milk dispensers at school cafeterias (or restaurants but it’s not as common). I live in Sweden where food and drinks such as water and milk is provided free for students. Whenever I tell someone outside of Scandinavia that we have milk dispensers they’re always very surprised.


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In New Zealand it is normal to be barefoot in public. In the mall, the supermarket, fast food places etc. It’s even normal for kids to go to primary school barefoot. It’s recognised this is unusual and has become a point of national pride for some people.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like everyone is doing this, but it’s a noticeable minority and would be seen on a daily basis, even in winter.


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National Crate day! In NZ we have Crate day to celebrate the first day [of summer which is basically celebrated with a crate of local beer, a bbq, and sports, usually at a mate’s flat or the beach.


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Finland. Saunas in most apartments or at least apartment buildings, haven’t lived in a building that doesn’t have one.

A lot of great well known (and underground) metal bands.

And a nuclear power plant that is at this point 11 years behind schedule and according to Wikipedia the 3rd most expensive building in the world.

“I Was Baffled”: Argument Arises When Friends Said This Man Can’t Take His 5 Y.O. Daughter Fishing With Them

What were the rules you had with your friends when you were growing up? Maybe the first one to get married would treat the rest? Maybe the rule was everyone should attend each other’s grand celebrations like graduation ceremonies, marriages, or birthdays!

It wasn’t much different than when Reddit user DaddynDaughterfish and his friends were young. Their rule was simple: every year, they would hold a fishing trip only for themselves. No wives, no girlfriends. The day would only be for them.

Though, sometimes, loopholes can be made in the rules. And it was shown when one of his friends, “Tim”, brought his son to the fishing day. This brought confusion to the friends, but they let it slide because after all, Tim did not bring a wife or a girlfriend. Also, Tim stated that he wanted to pass down their tradition to the next generation.

After some years, OP decided to bring his daughter who was around the same age as Tim’s son. A heated discussion ensued when his friends didn’t allow him to because it was “against the rule.” The confused OP brought this story to the Am I The A-Hole subreddit.

And if you are interested in reading more AITA stories, check out the recent ones we’ve covered by clicking herehere, and here!

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OP and his friends would hold an annual fishing trip with the rule “No wives, no girlfriends”

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One of the friends took his son with him and they had fun

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However, when it was OP’s turn to bring his child, he wasn’t allowed to because it “breaks the rule”

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The story received some confused reactions from the online community. But it appears that the final verdict is that the OP did not break their rule

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