…and why is Scotland the friendliest country in Europe while the rest of us are rude and arrogant!
You have probably noticed that when you start typing a search into google it suggests the words that you are about to type. These suggested words (called ‘autocomplete’) are based on many thousands of queries by other users, and are the most popular ‘endings’ to the phrase you have started to type.
So these automatically completed phrases tell us what people are searching for, and a useful insight into our perceptions of other nations across Europe.
So it seemed like an equally good idea to do the same for France, the French, and other countries in Europe to see what people really think of us all and what we think of each other (I have to admit it was not my idea, it was a similar article about the Americans here that inspired me)
There were two ways to ask the questions, for example: ‘Why is France so…?’ and ‘Why are French so…?’ with google autocomplete filling in the ‘…’ for us. So without further ado here is what people are searching for…
Why is France so…gay, popular, weak
Why are French so…rude, skinny, slim
Why is Britain so…depressing, rainy, cloudy
Why are British so…miserable, rude, arrogant
Why is England so…cloudy, gloomy, expensive
Why are English so…arrogant, cold, reserved
Why is Scotland so…violent, crap, wet
Why are Scottish so…friendly, bitter (and ‘why are Scottish men so hot?’ as a third suggestion!)
Why is Germany so…rich, awesome, strong
Why are Germans so…smart, rude, tall
Why is Italy so…corrupt, dirty, famous
Why are Italians so…short, loud, dark
Why is Spain so…good at soccer, racist, good at football
Why are Spanish so…rude, racist, loud
And I could hardly ignore America since the original survey that inspired this idea was about them…and they don’t really do any better than the rest of us. People typically search for:
Why is America so…fat, great, religious
Why are Americans so …fat, stupid, rude
I’ll leave you to decide whether these common perceptions of Europeans are the same as your own. But I will note that the original American survey found that ‘boring’ was the most common result for American states, while for European countries it seems to be ‘rude’.
I’m not sure if it is better to be boring or rude.
And I was having such fun I couldn’t help going into google.fr and doing a little test by searching ‘pourquoi les anglais sont…’ (why are the English…?) to see what the French were asking about the English.
And surprised to see that one of the most popular questions asked by the French about the English was ‘pourquoi les anglais sont jaloux des français?’ (why are the English jealous of the French?) Make of that what you will!