Babbel, the online language learning app, asked foreign ambassadors to the United States to recommend books and movies to visitors to their countries. The following is that list:

The ambassadors’ selections:

Austria (Ambassador Wolfgang A. Waldner)
– Book: “The Tobacconist” (2012), by Robert Seethaler
– Film: “The Third Man” (1949), directed by Carol Reed
Azerbaijan (Ambassador Elin Suleymanov)
– Book: “Ali and Nino” (1937), by Kurban Said
– Film: “Ali and Nino” (2016), directed by Asif Kapadia
Bhutan (Ambassador Kunzang C. Namgyel)
– Book: “Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan” (2006), by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
– Film: “Travelers and Magicians” (2003), directed by Khyentse Norbu
Canada (Ambassador David MacNaughton)
– Book: “With Faith and Goodwill: 150 years of Canada-U.S. Friendship” (2017), edited by Arthur Milnes
– Film: The selection of films from National Canadian Film Day’s Top 150
Chile (Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés)
– Book: “La casa de los espíritus” (1982), by Isabel Allende
– Film: “No” (2012), directed by Pablo Larraín
Colombia (Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón)
– Book: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez
– Film: “Colombia, magia salvaje” (2015), directed by Mike Slee
Denmark (Ambassador Lars Gert Lose)
– Book: “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” (1992), by Peter Høeg
– Film: “A Royal Affair” (2012), directed by Nikolaj Arcel
Estonia (Ambassador Eerik Marmei)
– Book: “The Man Who Spoke Snakish” (2007), by Andrus Kivirähk
– Film: “Lotte and the Moonstone Secret” (2011), directed by Heiki Ernits and Janno Põldma
Finland (Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi)
– Book: Moomin books (1945-1959), by Tove Jansson
– Film: “Tale of a Forest” (2012), directed by Kim Saarniluoto and Ville Suhonen
Germany (Ambassador Peter Wittig)
– Book: “Tschick” (“Why We Took the Car”) (2010), by Wolfgang Herrndorf
– Film: “Good Bye Lenin!” (2003), directed by Wolfgang Becker
Greece (Ambassador Haris Lalacos)
– Book: “Freedom and Death” (1953), by Nikos Kazantzakis
– Film: “Zorba the Greek” (1964), directed by Mihalis Kakogiannis
Iceland (Ambassador Geir H. Haarde)
– Book: “Independent People” (1934), by Halldór Laxness
– Film: “Sigur Rós: Heima” (2007), directed by Dean DeBlois
Ireland (Ambassador Anne Anderson)
– Book: “TransAtlantic” (2013), by Colum McCann
– Film: “Once” (2007), directed by John Carney
India (Ambassador Navtej Sarna)
– Book: “Freedom at Midnight” (1975), by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
– Film: “Monsoon Wedding” (2001) directed by Mira Nair
Jamaica (Ambassador Audrey Patrice Marks)
– Book: “Selected Poems” (2003), by Louise Bennett
– Film: “Cool Runnings” (1993), by Jon Turteltaub
Malta (Ambassador Pierre Clive Agius)
– Book: “In the Name of the Father (and of the Son)” (2010), by Immanuel Mifsud
– Film: “Limestone Cowboy” (2017), directed by Abigail Mallia
New Zealand (Ambassador Tim Groser)
– Book: “The Whale Rider” (1987), by Witi Ihimaera
– Film: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016), directed by Taika Waititi
Norway (Ambassador Kåre R. Aas)
– Book: Harry Hole series (1997-2017), by Jo Nesbø
– Film: “Kon-Tiki” (2012), directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Slovenia (Ambassador Božo Cerar)
– Book: “I Saw Her That Night” (2010), by Drago Jančar
– Film: “Valley of Peace” (1956), directed by France Stiglic
Sweden (Ambassador Björn Lyrvall)
– Book: “Nordic Ways” (2016), by András Simonyi, edited by Debra Cagan
– Film: “A Man Called Ove” (2015), directed by Hannes Holm