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    Anonymous

    What are nicknames or  common names for Slavic countries?

    Belarus is commonly called 'siniavokaja' (the blue-eyed) for its numerous rivers and lakes.
    Ukraine is often said to be zhytnytsya (the breadbasket) for its fertile soil.
    Russia is Rus' Matushka (mother Russia).  This is informal national personification of Russia reflected in literature and political rhetoric.

    #426858

    Anonymous

    I've heard several times the Czech Republic being called "The hearth of Europe", because of its central position in the European continent.

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    #426859

    Anonymous

    We may include the nicknames for well known cities in Slavic countries to keep the topic alive in case some Slavic countries don't have nicknames .

    Krakow was named Slavic Rome by Adam Mickiewicz. The city has many other nicknames. :)

    #426860

    Anonymous

    We don't have nicknames for Slavic countries, however till now the part of western Belarus and western Ukraine as well as eastern Lithuania (gray colour on the map) is called by Poles Kresy wschodnie or Kresy – "Eastern Borderlands", or "Borderlands" – a former territory of the eastern provinces of Poland annexed by the Soviet Union in 1945. This name has sentimental nature now, because there are still people in Poland who used to live there.

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    #426861

    Anonymous

    Yeah, I was thinking if we have nicknames for different countries or cities. I can only give Polish equivalents for cities but these are still not nicknames, just Polish names.

    #426862

    Anonymous

    Kyiv is the mother of Russian cities. Because prince of Novgorod Oleg said so. Monk Nestor of Kiev recorded it in the Tale of Bygone Years (1113). The name stuck with Kyiv ever since.

    #426863

    Anonymous

    Montenegro is popularly referred to as Srpska Sparta/Serbian Sparta because of their (war) history and society

    They were at war with Japan for 100 years ;D

    #426864

    Anonymous

    Biser Jadrana ( Pearl of the Adriatic) = Dubrovnik
    Kresimirov Grad ( Kresimir's city after the Croatian medieval king) = Sibenik
    Sokadija = Eastern Slavonia
    Tomislavgrad ( Tomislav's town after the Croatian king) = Duvno ( Though Tomislavgrad is an official name now)
    Herceg Bosna = Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Uskoplje = Gornji Vakuf
    Vrhbosna = Old Sarajevo

    I'll think of more later.

    #426865

    Anonymous

    Moscow – Belokamennaja (of white stone (bricks))
    Odessa & Rostov-on-Don – Rostov Papa, Odessa Mama (a criminal saying) (these cities were traditionally 'famous' for their criminality)

    #426866

    Anonymous

    Slovenia has this one – Country on the sunny side of the Alps :)

    Nickname by Croats and other south Slavs – Janezi (Janez is common name in Slovenia) :)

    #426867

    Anonymous

    One more for Moskva – zlatoglavaja (gold head because of it's various church domes);
    Gospodin Veliky Novgorod (Mr. Veliky Novgorod)

    #426868

    Anonymous

    Lijepa Naša,a nickname for Croatia.

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