Austria – Nationality-Related Idioms

Croatia

Moch mi net krawutisch
Don’t make me croatian
Don’t make me angry

Wir sind ja nicht am Balkan!
We’re not on the Balkan!
Used when someone wants to emphasize that something’s not alright, like corruption or violence and that we all should know better.

Spain

Das kommt mir Spanisch vor
This seems Spanish to me
It is not understandable.

France

Wie Gott in Frankreich
Like a God in France
To live very well.

Ein Pariser
A Parisian
A condom

Sweden

Alter Schwede!
Old Swede!
Old friend! – Old chap – Hey Buddy!

Hinter schwedischen Gardinen
Behind Swedish curtains
Behind bars – in jail – under lock and key

The Netherlands

Dann ist Holland in not!
Then Holland is in need
Then we are in serious trouble – This is a case of emergency.

Switzerland

Durchlöchert wie ein Schweizer Käse
It has holes like a Swiss cheese
It has many holes

Czech Republic

Das sind böhmisches Dörfer für mich
These are just bohemian villages for me
It is not understandable.

Poland

Dann ist Polen offen
Then Poland is open
This is a huge disaster.

Polnische Wirtschaft
Polish economy
It refers to something poorly planned and/or run

Einen polnischen Abgang machen
To make a Polish exit
To exit without saying goodbye, i.e. from a party

Greece

Eulen nach Athen tragen
To bring owls to Athens
To do something that is not needed

Turkey

Etwas türken
To Turk something
To counterfeit – To falsify

 

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