Matching Game of Thrones Characters To Their 'Best Fit' European Countries
When it comes to the world of 'Game of Thrones', we can all agree that it's rather extensive, populated with dozens of characters, and each with their own distinctive personality. This world has so many cultural differences which abound between many regions that make up Westeros and Essos.
We understand that it's hard to keep track and may confuse most of us at times and have made a list to get you into the swing of things, starting with the smallest countries on the map. So, without further ado, let's dive straight in.
50. Vatican City: High Sparrow
Technically, the Vatican City is an independent state located within Rome. The pope is the head of the Catholic Church, so Vatican City and Catholicism are inextricably linked. The High Sparrow is actually a major power player and knows how to get what he wants by manipulating people to bend to his will.
49. Georgia: Khal Drogo
Georgia might be one of the smaller countries in Europe, but don’t let it slip by unnoticed. This area has a fascinating culture Khal Drogo might appreciate. The Orthodox Church reigns supreme here, with a majority of Georgians saying they belong to the Church. Khal Drogo, too, has a strong sense of faith.
48. Luxembourg: Samwell Tarly
It’s one of the safest countries in the entire world and has the highest minimum wage in the EU. Its population is small, making it perfect for newcomers who want to get away from it all. Sam is a serious bookworm, and places a very high value on education and eventually pursues his dreams by traveling to the Citadel to become a maester.
47. Serbia: Arya Stark
Arya is one of the most well-loved characters on Game of Thrones. She is quick on her feet, training first by mimicking her brothers, then with Syrio Forel at the Red Keep, and finally, and most intensely, at the House of Black and White in Braavos. She’s very skilled with a sword and even fights Brienne of Tarth to a standstill.
46. Azerbaijan: Melisandre
There is perhaps no other country in the world that dotes as much on fire as Azerbaijan. Fire is tangled up with virtually every aspect of the country’s history and culture. It was here that the first fireplace was invented. It’s also home to many Zoroastrian fire temples, the first of which date to the days of the Persian Empire, which is perfect for Melisandre.
45. Armenia: Olenna Tyrell
Armenia doesn’t come up much in casual American conversation unless it’s being used to talk about one very famous family: the Kardashians. In case you never knew it, Kim K. and her sisters were born to a third generation Armenian-American father, Robert Kardashian. The Queen of Armenia, in this case, is Olenna, and she's a force to be reconned with.
44. Latvia: Grey Worm
When we first meet Grey Worm, he’s far from living his best life. He’s an Unsullied soldier, forcibly made a eunuch, and trained to be a ruthless killer subject to the whims of his slave master. All Unsullied soldiers are forced to take on alternate names, which is another way to deny them personhood, so Grey Worm is not even his real name.
43. Norway: Brienne of Tarth
She’s known throughout the Seven Kingdoms, but unfortunately, feedback on her appearance isn’t always positive. Growing up, boys used to mock Brienne for her stature. Luckily, this feisty feminist example leaned in hard. She learned to sword fight like a pro and won’t let anyone intimidate her.
42. Montenegro: Bronn
We all know that Bronn is ambitious. He dreams of having his own castle and is willing to marry or seduce whomever he needs to in order to get it. Bronn wants to elevate his social status from mere bodyguard to landed lord. Montenegro, if it existed in Westeros that is, sounds like his sort of place.
41. France: Cersei
Picturing the rich and powerful Cersei Lannister in France is easy. France caters to the rest of her lavish lifestyle, as well. It’s a scenic country, with the southern countryside in particular often praised for its natural beauty. King’s Landing may be a dirty cesspit, but the Lannisters can afford to vacation where they please, and we are sure Casterly Rock is maintained more to French standards.
40. Slovenia: Jorah
Slovenia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on this list, but it’s a perfect fit for a character like Jorah Mormont. Jorah has a powerfully unrequited crush on Daenerys Targaryen. He would do anything for her and has proven time and again that he values her life far above his own.
39. Kazakhstan: Missandei
While Kazakhstan might be best known for being home to actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional character 'Borat', the country actually has its own rich history. Kazakhstan has a long history with the trade. In fact, various routes that made up the famous Silk Road ran through it. 'Game of Thrones' fans will remember that Missandei was involved in trade herself.
38. Iceland: Jon Snow
Picking a country for Jon Snow was tricky. Most 'Game of Thrones' fans knows that the show is based on a series of books called 'A Song of Ice and Fire', by George R. R. Martin. While there are many reasons the series has this name, one involves Jon Snow’s heritage. While raised as Ned Stark’s bastard, he’s actually the forbidden child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.
37. Portugal: Doran Martell
Dorne is a land apart from the rest of Westeros, as is its ruling family, the Martells. The Dornish eat, act and even talk differently than their neighbors to the north. Portugal, too, has the spice of difference. It shares many cultural traditions with its ancient rival Spain.
36. Denmark: Stannis Baratheon
This connection between Stannis Baratheon and Denmark can be found in an unlikely source: Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet'. While it may have never crossed your mind, more than a few 'Game of Thrones' lovers have pointed out parallels between Martin’s work and that of the Bard, a high compliment.
35. Moldova: Lysa Arryn
Lysa Arryn only has a few appearances on 'Game of Thrones', but they’re all memorable. As the Lady Regent of the Vale, she watches over her late husband’s kingdom until her son, Robin, comes of age. She’s an intense personality prone to strong feelings of paranoia and jealousy depending on who’s visiting her at any given time.
34. Germany: Jaime Lannister
Jaime has more than a little in common with Germany. It’s impossible to forget the atrocities committed by the Nazi party during the Second World War, but the country has long been working to put that grisly past behind it and is now considered a forward-thinking haven. We continue to root for Germany in the same way we root for Jaime to survive the game of thrones unscathed.
33. Bulgaria: Loras Tyrell
Like the other Tyrells, Loras is mindful of maintaining the dignity of his House. As a gay man, he knows that to protect the reputation of House Tyrell, he must hide his true identity, however hard it might be. The rose becomes more than just a sigil for him; it is a shield. In Bulgaria, he’d have all the roses he’d ever need.
32. Liechtenstein: Gilly
With a population of only 37,800 people, Liechtenstein is another of Europe’s teeny tiny countries. Nevertheless, this unassuming country has an interesting background that matches up with Gilly, wildling mom, and lover to Sam Tarly. Women in Liechtenstein only just got the right to vote in national elections in 1984 and got the right to vote in local elections in 1986.
31. Sweden: Ygritte
Ygritte is unlucky in love. She thought she had finally found a partner in Jon Snow, only to have him turn out to be working for the other side, even if he sympathized with her and her people. Then, after resolving to get over him and pay him back for betraying her, she gets straight up murdered before she or he can set things right.
30. Cyprus: Myrcella Baratheon
Cyprus also has a rich history. It’s home to ancient tombs, mosaics, and the oldest wine label in the world, which is perfect for when Myrcella’s mother and Uncle Tyrion come to visit. And of course, Myrcella herself has a rich family history. The Lannister side of her family can trace their lineage back all the way to the Age of Heroes.
29. The Netherlands: Tyrion Lannister
While Tyrion is known for his political acumen, he’s beloved as the guy who “drinks and knows things”. The Netherlands is the perfect place for him to do it and simply relax. The people in the Netherlands might be among the tallest in the world, but a short man like Tyrion can still cast a large shadow.
28. Czech Republic: Beric Dondarrian
Beric Dondarrian, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, is a perfect match for the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic has been split up and put back together again more than a few times. Parts of this country were annexed, there was a name change, and the area was once part of the Holy Roman Empire.
27. Malta: Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully
Tully can relate to this tiny group of islands which has been involved in two notable sieges over the centuries. The first was back in 1565: the Great Siege of Malta when the Ottoman Empire tried to invade the island nation. The Knights Hospitaller was holding Malta at the time, and they succeeded in keeping the enemy back, making the Ottoman Empire no longer invincible.
26. Finland: Varys
This 'Game of Thrones' power player knows how to affect change behind the scenes. The Spider and the Master of Whispers aren’t the pleasantest of nicknames, but Varys’ intentions are almost always pure. He cares deeply for Westeros and wants, above all, to see it well-maintained. His duty is to the realm, which means that he will not actually support wicked rulers if they are harming his adopted homeland.
25. Greece: Ned Stark
We all remember the painful downfall of Ned Stark back in season 1. He was a caring father, a thoughtful lord and a loving husband. He wanted the best for his family and his people and was willing to make personal sacrifices in the name of what was right which ultimately got him killed. He trusted that people like Littlefinger would help but in the end, he was betrayed.
24. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Theon Greyjoy
Theon Greyjoy went to the dark side in season 2 when he betrayed Robb Stark and took Winterfell. He’s been crawling his way back to the light ever since, a more painful step at a time. In season 7, he had his most heroic moment yet when he decided to lead an expedition to save his sister, Yara from the clutches of Euron Greyjoy, even though the odds were against him.
23. Italy: Margaery Tyrell
There’s a whole lot more happening under the surface when it comes to Tyrell. She’s actually very bright, taking after her ambitious grandmother, Olenna. There’s a reason she was able to keep getting more kings to marry her even after wedding their enemies. She had a keen sense for political maneuvering and knew how to use her beauty to her advantage.
22. Lithuania: Hodor
Lithuanian is one of the most conservative languages in all of Europe, changing very little throughout several centuries. This makes us think of the way Hodor talks. Due to a horrific accident in his youth, his vocabulary is reduced to one word: “Hodor”. Like the Lithuanians, he doesn’t have a lot of new words to learn.
21. Macedonia: Davos Seaworth
Davos is the advisor to first Stannis Baratheon and later Jon Snow. He may be one of the last genuinely decent men left in Westeros. This country is home to the world’s deepest underwater cave, and Cave Vrelo has a depth of 77 meters which is why it's consistently named as a must-see stop if you’re visiting the country. Macedonia is also home to one of the world’s oldest lakes: Ohrid Lake goes back a reported 4 million years.
20. Belarus: Bran Stark
Bran Stark was raised as the son of a powerful lord, but then Jaime Lannister deliberately pushed him through a window, and he ended up paralyzed from the waist down. His life was far from over, but things were harder for him after that fatality. He then began having prophetic dreams, and traveled beyond the Wall and got trained up to be the next Three-Eyed Raven.
19. Russia: Roose Bolton
Russia, whether it’s deserved or not, has a reputation for being a harsh, unforgiving place, cold, bleak and vast, not unlike the North. There are the reports of rampant corruption in the government, and it’s no secret that Russia has been in the news lately for trying to tamper with the elections of other countries. Likewise, Rosse doesn’t mind doing some backroom dealing if it means he and his will rise in the world.
18. Ireland: Robert Baratheon
Robert's time on the Iron Throne, and on 'Game of Thrones' in general, was a hurricane of an experience. He lived hard, always saying and doing what he wanted without much introspection. He developed a reputation for being a party king. When he asked Ned Stark to serve as his hand, he admitted that he wasn’t trying to honor him, and his unhealthy lifestyle lead him to an early grave.
17. Andorra: Maester Aemon
Much like Aemon, the country of Andorra is dedicated to neutrality. It hasn’t been involved in a war in over 1,000 years. While Andora did technically declare war back in World War I, it never sent anyone into battle. Like Aemon, it’s kept itself apart from conflict. While it’s a tricky strategy for a country or a human being, but Andora and Aemon have managed it.
16. Belgium: Hot Pie
While known for many things, Belgium is perhaps most famous for being the snack capital of Europe. Hot Pie is best known for his skill in the kitchen, and when we first meet him, he’s a King’s Landing orphan recruited into the Night’s Watch, but ultimately he ends up serving as a baker’s apprentice and takes great pride in his work.
15. Spain: Oberyn Martell
Matching Oberyn with Spain is an obvious choice. There’s just something about the culture that reminds one of Dorne. George R R Martin himself has even stated that Moorish Spain loosely inspired Dorne's heritage and its politics are a vague reflection of Spain’s own isolation from the rest of its continent.
14. Albania: Barristan Selmy
While only three million Albanians actually live within its borders, some estimates indicate that a whopping seven to ten million Albanians live elsewhere. Barristan Selmy can understand that way of life. Although he spent most of his life in Westeros when Joffrey dismissed him from his post in the Kingsguard, he escaped and joined forces with Daenerys Targaryen in faraway Astapor. He spent the rest of his life abroad serving her cause.
13. Monaco: Sansa Stark
These days Sansa is something of an assassin, but that wasn’t always the case. When we started the series, she was slightly whiny and vulnerable. Thankfully, she’s grown a lot since the Joffrey era and has learned how to wield power as the acting Lady of Winterfell, all while keeping the feminine edge that has stayed with her since childhood.
12. San Marino: Lancel Lannister
After the Vatican City, San Marino is the least populated country in all of Europe. It’s also the third smallest by area. Nevertheless, despite its size, San Marino is plentiful in cash. The country’s GDP is comparable to those of some of the most developed nations in the world; there are literally more cars than people there! This is the place for a Lannister.
11. Switzerland: Littlefinger
Switzerland has exactly the image Littlefinger wants to portray. The country is famous for its neutrality, which dictates that the region must abstain from other country’s armed conflicts. Switzerland maintained this neutrality even throughout the bloody second World War. Littlefinger would probably love to be viewed as a purely neutral party, yet one with the ears of many outstanding players.
10. Croatia: Ellaria Sand
Also like Ellaria, Croatia has a darker, sobering side to it. The Yugoslav People’s Army besieged the Croatian city of Dubrovnik for eight long months in 1991. You can still find shrapnel damage on some of the old buildings there, and visit a memorial honoring those who gave their lives for the country’s independence. Ellaria may be beautiful, but she is no delicate flower.
9. Poland: Catelyn Stark
Catelyn Stark and Poland share some distinct personality traits. Many Polish people are also bilingual as it's prevalent to learn one or two foreign languages. While Catelyn isn’t bilingual, she is from a mixed cultural background and was raised in Riverrun where spent her adulthood in Winterfell, living her final days traveling the country with her son.
8. Hungary: Yara Greyjoy
If you travel to this central European country, you’ll find one of the biggest lakes in all of Europe. It’s called “Magyar tenger,” aka “the Hungarian sea.” There are over 1,000 hot springs, making this destination the perfect place to relax by the water. Most recently, Euron rose up against Yara to claim to be the leader of the Iron Islands.
7. Turkey: Daenerys Targaryen
There’s no doubt that Daenerys is one of the most powerful women in all of popular fiction. Without edging into the villainous territory, she’s managed to rise from exile to queen, slowly building up an army that could land her the Iron Throne. Any country matched with a grade-A killer female like Daenerys has to be pretty impressive.
6. Estonia: the Hound
The Hound isn’t without his quirks, and neither is Estonia. For instance, did you know that Estonia is home to the world’s best competitors in the sport of “wife-carrying”, literally? This sort of conjures up images of the Hound lifting Sansa over his shoulder to carry her through the hordes of angry King’s Landing citizens, don't you agree?
5. Romania: the Children
Romania has a fascinating and ancient history. It’s practically filled to the brim with artifacts that have somehow survived the brutal passage of time. The Children aren’t vampires, but they have changed men into monsters, a course of action they now regret. It was revealed in season 6 that they created the terrifying White Walkers by inserting dragonglass into the heart of one of the First Men.
4. Slovakia: Gendry
If there’s one thing Slovakia is best known for, it’s the country’s many castles. Gendry grew up in the shadow of the Red Keep, literally and figuratively. As the secret bastard of King Robert Baratheon, his whole childhood was colored by his ties to royalty, even if he didn’t realize it. As an adult, this background comes into sharper focus, and Gendry must reconcile who he grew up to be with his royal lineage.
3. Ukraine: Robb Stark
After the death of his father, Robb took resisted Lannister rule as the King of the North. Robb’s downfall was not a military blunder but a personal weakness, which is his love for Talisa, a foreign daughter of a noble family. Robb had initially bargained to marry a Frey daughter to secure an alliance but forsook his promise when he met Talisa. Their marriage ultimately cost him his cause and his life.
2. United Kingdom: Tywin Lannister
Olenna Tyrell cares deeply about family legacy, but Tywin Lannister may top her. He places the maintenance of the Lannister family line above all else, even above the happiness of his actual children. The Lannisters have a reputation as power players, and Tywin intends to keep it that way.
1. Austria: Jojen Reed
While greenseer Jojen Reed doesn’t see different possible futures, he does gets premonitions of what will definitely come to pass. Austria is also the birthplace of the renowned founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. Freud had strong opinions about how mankind worked, some of which are still hotly controversial today.
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