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Saturday, 27 December 2003


Next trip: Molvania

Inger put me onto a new travel guide, and I’m already planning the trip.

Molvania (“A land untouched by modern dentistry”) looks like a really interesting country. For example;

Molvania’s national anthem was chosen in 1987 as part of a competition, with the winning entry coming from an elderly local composer V. J. Rzebren. It is sung to the tune of ‘Oh What a Feeling’ from Flashdance, with the third verse generally considered optional, as it is in contravention of EU laws against racial vilification.

Make sure you listen to the mp3 of the Molvanian Idol winner.

(For the non-Australians out there, this is yet another production of the dgen; if you ever see Frontline playing on public TV and they have Australian accents, check it out. If you’ve seen The Castle or The Dish, it’s the same folks.)

UPDATE: Colleen has sent us the book; it’s chock-a-block full of yumor, and apparently only available in AU for now. Thanks, Collers!


Luke Mewburn said:

Re Frontline; Lynda Gibson (who played Trish the publicist) passed away last Friday from ovarian cancer :-(

Re D-generation; the movie “Bad Eggs” with Mick Molloy and Judith Lucy and directed by Tony Martin is worth watching. A copy of the DVD might be coming your way via the Blackford Twin Postal System.

Tuesday, January 6 2004 at 6:32 AM

Manda said:

I was given a copy of Molvania, Land untouched by Human Dentistry for Christmas. This unique satire of almost every Eastern European country is hilarious and constructed so well it challenges conventional travel books. Personally I have a sneaking suspicion that it is really about Slovakia - they even have town names the same. Have you looked at a map of Slovakia next to a map of Molvania? Very close.

Anyway, if you want to see a country even more beautiful than Molvania that accepts Australian passports, try Slovakia instead. You don’t even need a visa - just pop in! Czechs need you to have a visa, but the Slovaks are far too friendly for that.

Give it a go! Nazdravie!

Thursday, January 8 2004 at 8:39 AM

skye said:

Um…Molvania doesn’t exist. The writers of the travel book made it up. Sorry, the whole book is a spoof :)

Tuesday, July 6 2004 at 1:55 AM

Bill said:

I though the book was a spoof on Moldova and Romania. Having adopted a boy from Moldova earliery this year, I was a bit offended (while being bored at the same time). This book will not be on my Christmas list!

Friday, November 5 2004 at 12:28 PM

Angela Chong said:

You guys need to lighten up! This is a hillarious book, and you should appreciate its merits. Certainly, the team of writers aimed to invent a country that “Would not offend anybody, or offend everybody”, and I think we can agree that they certainly have achieved their objectives. For a humorous follow up to this best seller, try reading “Phaic Tan:Sunstroke on a shoestring”. I was reading it to myself and had to pause for numerous bouts of hysterics!

Monday, December 6 2004 at 6:32 AM

Jussi Hirvelä said:

We visited Molvania last Autumn. The country is dirty and smells awfull. But somehow Molvania was a nice experience. Please, learn more from our website:

Monday, December 12 2005 at 10:02 AM

Marius said:

Just come back from Molvania, incredible sights. We took a lot of photos, some recommendations from me at

Wednesday, May 17 2006 at 2:44 AM