Fancy a trip to The Bread Basket of Europe? How about jetting off to The Sunny Side of the Alps? Both sound great, however, if you got these tempting invites would you know where you would be touching down, or what to pack for when you got there? The nicknames given to countries can offer an intriguing look into the makeup of a country and give us insights into their history and national pride. We have gathered some of the most fascinating names that have been attributed to countries and explored the stories behind them. For some it is as simple as reflecting the shape of the land, however, for others there is much more to discover.