One of the things that has become very apparent during my studies about and travels to see World Wonders is how much a really distinct building can become a national symbol for the country it is in. An iconic building becomes a visual representation of its nation. This is a significant boost in raising the profile of any country; you could almost go as far to say that a country's greatness is, in part, defined by its icons. France has the Eiffel Tower, England has Tower Bridge or the Houses of Parliament, India has the Taj Mahal, America has the Statue of Liberty or perhaps the Empire State Building, China has the Great Wall, Australia has the Sydney Opera House, and you can scan down my list of countries and Wonders on the right hand side of this page for many more.
But it's also become apparent during these travels that some countries are conspicuous by their absence. Either they don't have anything on my list that's immediately and uniquely recognisable to them, or their lack of major icons means I'm not planning to visit them at all. These are countries with a high world profile, but a lack of visual identification and wow factor; countries that have plenty of culture and associated charms, but not slam dunk of a must-see World Wonder. In terms of the somewhat single-minded focus of my travels, these are countries that underachieve. And so here I intend to make a few suggestions to redress the balance. Architects, city-planners, and governments of the world: take notice. Adopt these, and see your country's profile soar. These are my Seven Non-Existent Wonders of the World.
Holland - "The Windmill"