I was a bit taken aback a few years ago as I walked down the street and spotted a billboard saying "Russia-the land of opportunity."
Well, how would YOU react?
I think it's fair to say that this nickname more often refers to the U.S....
However, in class recently my Lexicon teacher noted that is it actually RUSSIA who was called the "Land of Opportunity" in the 18th century, more than a hundred years before the concept of the American Dream came into being. This referred not only to opportunities for foreigners to make a nice living for themselves, but to Russians who were close to the tsar and could receive many desired benefits. +/-