What Europeans think of each other



This is a basic backgrounder for Americans, primarily, who might think Europeans do nothing all day but bitch about Americans. Don’t get me wrong—they do love bitching about Americans. But they also like bitching about each other, as well. Bordering countries, especially, have complex caricatures of each other, even when an outsider might think they’re more or less the same. The following is based on my numerous interactions with Europeans, having lived there for 4 years. Here’s a run down:

The French — Disliked by some Spanish (particularly the Catalonians), for being arrogant. One woman from Barcelona told me, “Come on¦who really likes the French? Nobody!” The Swiss don’t like the fact that they have contempt for authority and are lazy. The Brits, of course, have the most mixed feelings about the French, though. One half the country hates them, the other half loves them. Those that hate the French tend to like the Americans, and vice versa. In the UK, they’re considered stinky, rude (they never line/queue up like decent people), and a bit yellow, based on their tendency to not fend off invaders like the Nazis.The French, in turn, dislike the British, look down on Belgians for being stupid, and don’t have much to say, in my experience, about Spaniards or Germans (oddly).

The Italians — Most of the stereotypes are positive, but mostly because of the food. Northern Europeans consider them lazy and flaky, and maybe incapable of managing anything right (mostly because of the 50+ governments they’ve had since WW2). One Dutch professor I had dismissed another Italian one, saying, “All the Italians care about are pasta and mamma.”Italians, in turn, don’t have strong feelings about other Europeans, but within Italy, the north-south divide is pretty strong. Northern Italians continuously complain that Southerners are lazy and unproductive, while Southerners complain that Northerners are devoid of culture or joie de vivre.

The Germans — Germans are considered industrious but uptight and humorless, by just about all the other Europeans. They know WW2 is a sore spot for them, so other Europeans will often mercilessly tease them about it. As much as Germany is considered an economic powerhouse, the vast majority of Europeans don’t really want to learn German or study there (or send their kids there to study). The food is considered uninspired, too, and only Berlin has some cachet among younger Europeans for its vibrant underground club scene. The most anti-German sentiments are among the Dutch and Danish, who just hate them from invading their countries too often. When German ask for directions in Holland, they’re usually given directions to the shortest way out of the country, or told “Give us back our bikes!”, a reference to the fact that Germans confiscated Dutch bicycles during WW2.Danes hate it when you pronounce their capital as “ko-pen-HAH-gen”, because this is the German pronunciation. Either pronounce it the English way (with “HAY” instead), or the Danish way, which is literally impossible to put down here.Germans tend to like their Western neighbors far more than they are liked by them, but they look down on their Eastern neighbors, particularly Poles. They, oddly, have some mixed respect for the Czechs, who have resisted German aggression.

The Scandinavians — Widely respected by most other Europeans, because of their high standard of living …and blond hair and blue eyes. However, within Scandinavia there are some persistent stereotypes. The Norwegians, Danes and Finns all think the Swedes are stupid and uptight. Norwegians are considered racist. Danes are considered more blunt than the others, maybe a bit more cranky, and the Finns are oddly introverted, even by Scandinavian standards. Except for the Danes really disliking Germans, and Finns really disliking Russians, they don’t really have anything against other Europeans.

The Belgians — Considered idiots by both the Dutch and the French. Belgians, in turn, consider the Dutch to be a bunch of cranky assholes, and French stuck-up.

The Dutch — The Dutch, like the Scandinavians, have an enviable economy and social order that’s admired by southern European countries. However, they do have a reputation of being self-righteous “know-it-alls” and very similar to their German cousins in terms of their rigidity. But they do not like any comparisons to Germans, and if you remind them that the Dutch national anthem makes a reference to the Dutch being “van Duitse bloed” (from German blood), you might quickly get the silent treatment. The Dutch are also disliked for being the biggest misers in Europe, and because of this they incur the wrath of the tourist industry wherever they travel. The Dutch have been known to stock up on water before they take their campers down to the south of France.The Dutch, in turn, kind of look down on just about everyone. Yes, there’s a bit of a reason for the “know-it-all” smart-ass reputation they have.

The Swiss — Considered extremely rigid, even by the Germans. Blunt to the point of being rude, the Swiss probably have the least likely reputation for being characterized as “friendly” or “warm”. Note that there is a big cultural divide between French-speaking Swiss, and the German-speaking Swiss. The former are almost exactly like the French, except having a blander cuisine and more respect for authority, the latter being more like the Germans except even more stiff, rigid and cranky. However, everyone knows Switzerland “works” so the fact that foreigners comprise 20% of the population (mostly from EU member states) should make this clear.Note that the German-speaking Swiss also speak their own variant of German, which sounds very strange if you’ve only been exposed to standard “hoch-Deutsch”.

The Spaniards — Honestly, very little antagonism against the Spanish or by the Spanish. No one really seems to dislike them, and they don’t seem to really dislike anyone else. (Yes, some Spaniards near the border to France don’t like the French very much) Not entirely sure why. However, God forbid you speak Spanish with a Latin American accent — there is still a lot of snobbery among Spaniards towards Latin Americans. Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind.

The Greeks — Only nominally considered European by other Europeans, but the Greeks fiercely identify as European. Naturally, this is a huge irritant to Greeks.

The Poles — Not much seems to register about Poland and the Poles except that they’re quiet. They are a relatively big country (40 million people) so the supposed scare of being overrun by Eastern Europeans when a bunch of Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2005 focused in on the Poles. The Germans really don’t like Poles, and among Germany’s 9 neighbors, are disliked the most. Poland is considered a country of car thieves by the Germans. Really, the relationship between Germany and Poland is similar to that of the United States and Mexico, and often for many of the same reasons (differences in income, history of war, different languages, etc.).Poles really shore up their hatred for their eastern & southern neighbors, primarily Russia and Ukraine, although they don’t like Czechs, Slovaks or Lithuanians either. Oddly, they don’t really mind the Germans, and probably still fear them a bit — you never, ever hear jokes about Germans in Poland.

The Czechs — Considered a relatively bright spot of Eastern Europe by Western Europeans, but I think primarily because Prague is such a gorgeous city and a popular tourist destination. Czechs are a bit like Germans, though — a bit rude, blunt, and cold. Poles don’t have much good to say about them.

The Austrians — Considered a mix of the best & worst aspects of Germany and the Balkans, Austrians are considered laid-back but very nationalistic and racist. They’re said to be the birthplace of Hitler, but never came around to being fully apologetic about the Holocaust (unlike Germany). Neutral feelings from most ofWestern Europe, negative feelings from Germans (who consider them backwards, and not always the representing the best image of German-speaking people) and admired by Eastern Europeans (a throwback to the Hapsburgs).

The British – About half of the British would be really angry at being called European, so that should provide an apt starting point. The main beef with the Brits is that they’re considered the lapdog of the U.S., and are anti-European because the U.S. tells them to be so. They are considered polite, but maybe a bit two-faced (hence “Janus Britain”) and snobby. The Scots and Welsh are tolerated and liked, inasmuch as that no one really knows too much about them outside the UK, but the English are those that bear the brunt of negative sentiments among other Europeans. After all, London is in England.
The English also have a poor reputation in tourist traps, such as Amsterdam and Ibiza, for being loud-mouthed, obnoxious drunks.
The English, in turn, really seem to hate everyone. This is because it’s pretty hard to find an Englishman that has even, at best, neutral opinions about other Europeans (or Americans, or other nationalities). Europe is full of English expats, and the longer they live abroad, the more they seem to hate their host country. And yet they never seem to want to move home.

The Irish — A very small country, despite its exaggerated importance in Americans’ minds (just over 3 million) but considered polite and humble. They nominally dislike the English, but I have yet to meet an Irishman who really loathes the English. The sentiments towards the Irish and by the Irish seem to be positive, overall.
I personally don’t know much about how the Portuguese, Hungarians, Romanians, Bulgarians, and others are perceived, or how they perceive others, but if you have something to add, please do so in the comments below.

I’ll leave you with this poster I saw in an Italian office years ago, that helps sum it up in some ways:

In Heaven…

  • the mechanics are German
  • the chefs are French
  • the police are British
  • the lovers are Italian
  • and everything is organized by the Swiss.

In Hell…

  • the mechanics are French
  • the police are German
  • the chefs are British
  • the lovers are Swiss
  • and everything is organized by the Italians.

Update: Here’s my follow-up after this post got an avalanche of traffic and comments.

Another update: Here’s a related post on what Americans think about Europeans.

And another: 20 ways to slice up Europe.

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  1. Best ever slagging off of a German:

    German pilot, German airline, German airport: Asks tower a question in German.

    Tower (in English): If you want an answer you must ask in English.

    German: Im German, in Germany, flying a German plane.. why do I have to speak English?

    English pilot: Because you lost the bloody war…

    Gotta laff! :)

    Comment by isabella snow — September 25, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  2. Ha ha, that’s a good one! I’m afraid we’ll all be enjoying jokes like that one at the Germans’ expense for quite some time. ;)

    Comment by JM — September 26, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

  3. Greetings from an English teacher! Nice writeup about What Europeans think of each other. I would have to agree with you on this one. I am going to look more into live abroad. This Saturday I have time.

    Comment by Emily M. — September 29, 2007 @ 8:49 am

  4. Hope you consider living abroad, even for a while. It’s an eye-opening experience – truly changes you forever.

    Comment by JM — September 30, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

  5. I’m Dutch, and come to think of it, you’re quite right about us, although it’s a little old fashioned. It’s said that we also pile up whole bags of potatoes and brown beans before going on vacation in France, with our caravans. :-) Germans also ‘hate’ us for just those things, ’cause it slows them down on the Autobahn. The other day, when I was in Germany the first German I met asked where I parked my “wohnwagen”. Gotta love ‘em for that. hehehe. (no I don’t have one).

    By the way, in Germany you don’t have a maximum speed on the highway, which is why we Dutch like them too. On the other hand, when the Germans come to visit our beaches, they tend to dig holes in them, to sit in and drink their own beer. We like to make fun of that too, ’cause: WHY DIG A HOLE IN THE BEACH? Maybe it’s their trench war instinct ;-).

    Nice article! Fun read.

    Comment by tgm3 — February 19, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  6. My Dad used to say “the Wogs begin at Calais” but he was a bit of a racist and a WW2 vet. I was born in England my Mum is a Scot my Dad was of Irish descent and our last name is Welsh in origin so go figure. That’s probably why I live in he States and try to get along with everyone, even the French.

    Comment by john — February 19, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

  7. I’m from Germany, have been to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, France, Italy, England, Czech, Hungary and Portugal and met many people from other European countries. And I must say, you are right on spot. Funny read :-)
    (Of course, not everybody is like that, but you got the tendencies right.)

    Comment by Lars Pohlmann — February 19, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

  8. That’s a great article on stereotyping Europeans. It’s certainly a fact that by traveling across Europe wich I have done myself you gain more respect for fellow Europeans. Something we should all do, traveling broadens your horizon :)

    Comment by Belgian living in Thailand — February 19, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  9. A couple of friends of mine who are Spanish sociologists were over for dinner the other night and they were talking about the time the spent in Portugal. The most striking characteristic (to their minds) was how the Portuguese have an incredibly strong tie their history – namely their long-defunct empire. Numerous anecdotes, such as the Weather Reporter who after giving the forecast in the Azores and Cape Verde always says, and now the forecast on the “Continent” – referring to Portugal. Their TV is rife with documentaries talking about their glorious past, you can never have a conversation with a native without somehow turning to historical battles won by the Portuguese, how Portugal extended its global empire, etc. Think of in these terms: You in Portugal: “Please pass the salt”; Random Portuguese: “That reminds me of the famous battle of Carrimbe, where the brave Portuguese fleet defeated the Dutch and won Macao. You get the picture.

    They also said the Portuguese are extremely proper in how they speak to people and generally very polite. An old world charm, so to speak :)

    Oh, and they hate the Spanish, who as a whole tend to be quite a bit louder and ruder than the Portuguese.

    Comment by Jorge — February 19, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  10. what a piece of crap!
    the spaniards are disliked else and everywhere, for being the stupid and arrogants -not to mention completely racists-, beasts they are!

    Comment by Jordan — February 19, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

  11. Whahahaha i’m Dutch and it’s so bloody true! The whole list. Though you forgot the Portugese, but hey! We all tend to forget about them. Swiss isn’t the European Union and so not considered European.

    We don’t really consider the Belgiums as idiots. We like to make fun of them but as friends. We are not hostile towards eachother.

    The Spanish have a good reputation. It’s true they don’t work hard. But that’s the same for all the countries south of Belgium and Germany. Spanish are known as cheerfull and enjoying life. We from the north can’t stand their culture where they take Siesta for a couple of hours during the day! Where i’m form you work the day and sleep the night.

    French are also considered kind of cowards, for there role in the war (the collaborated), very rude. And refuse to speak any other language then French.

    Hey i’m Dutch so i have to be a smartass, kind of…:)

    Comment by Stephen — February 19, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  12. Even better slagging off of an arrogant German ground controller at Frankfort International Airport. This airport has a confusing layout, calling for careful taxi-ing of your jet liner. This is compounded by their notoriously impatient and rigid ground controllers, who expect you to know how to get around to your gate without assistance. This exchange was between Frankfort ground control and a British Airways 747 with the call sign of Speedbird 206.

    Speedbird 206: “Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway.”

    Ground: “Speedbird 206, taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.”

    The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

    Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”

    Speedbird 206: “Stand by Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”

    Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before!?”

    Speedbird 206 (cooly): “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark…….and I didn’t land.”

    Comment by BBB — February 19, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  13. Brilliant piece of writing! Im dutch, and work at a holliday park, so i meet a lot of ‘m, and its all true!

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Field — February 19, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  14. i dated a finnish girl, who told me that all finns believe swedes (at least the male ones) to be gay and effeminate

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  16. The Irish seriously dislike Romainian’s, on account of a lot of gypsies coming here, although they might not be from Romania the general opinion is they all are. Most of the gypsies are very beggers.

    Our only opinion of the Portuguese, Hungarians & Bulgarians are in relation to their football teams.

    And we now have a LOT of Poles here, although we too see them as quiet, and in a way see ourselves from 30 years ago in them.

    Comment by James McCarthy — February 20, 2008 @ 12:06 am

  17. I am german and I do have to chuckle about these jokes.

    also that summary of europe is very accurate. Good job :)

    Comment by Farox — February 20, 2008 @ 12:07 am

  18. The Brits, of course, have the most mixed feelings about the French, though. One half the country hates them, the other half loves them. Those that hate the French tend to like the Americans

    Err, you’re mistaken, I’m a “Brit” and I hate both of you.

    Comment by gorgomon — February 20, 2008 @ 12:41 am

  19. Regarding the joke:
    Shouldn’t they be speaking Russian since they lost the war?
    Just saying… Russia did by far most of the fighting.

    Comment by agilman — February 20, 2008 @ 1:08 am

  20. The Portugese hate the Spanish. And the fact that the Portugese also extensively shop in Spain because it’s cheaper there makes them hate the Spanish all the more. The Spanish relationship with the Portugese is somewhat like the English relationship with the Scots or the Irish.

    Comment by GE — February 20, 2008 @ 1:15 am

  21. If anyone has any opinions about where the Portuguese fit in, I’d love to hear them. For business and personal reasons, I seem to have a growing connection with that country but I still don’t have a feel yet for how they fit in with the rest of Europe.

    Comment by cs — February 20, 2008 @ 1:16 am

  22. The Spaniards hate the Portuguese and vice versa (basically the latter never forgave the former for invading them in the 1600s and the Spaniards resent being pushed out). Galicians, while technically part of Spain, feel ambivalent, as linguistically they are closer to Portuguese and isolated overall (much like the Basques).

    Romanians and Hungarians (Magyars) have “issues” as well, based on the minority population of the latter in the former.

    Comment by BNS — February 20, 2008 @ 1:19 am

  23. Ireland has over 6 million people and Northern Ireland (part of the UK, but you didn’t mention them in the section about Britain) has perhaps 2 million people.

    Ireland is of exaggerated importance because the Irish diaspora numbers 80 million and a good portion of that number were immigrants and children of immigrants to the US over the last couple of centuries.

    Comment by elissaF — February 20, 2008 @ 1:21 am

  24. In my dealings with the Icelandic, as well as picking up the general vibe from others in England, it seems most people either don’t know anything about the Icelandic or find them to be somewhat like the Scandinavians, shy but fun and not afraid to be different in a somewhat hip way. In return, they have little hatred for anyone else, although they seem to have this innate, but unspoken, feeling that Iceland is really where all the action is, and that the rest of the world is missing out. Either that, or they really do hate us and don’t act on it at all.. :)

    Comment by Peter Cooper — February 20, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  25. Ummm… the Scandinavians are all lumped together, but the biggest omission is Portugal – kind of hard to understand, not exactly a country with little relevance in world history, let alone Europe.

    I’ve found the British part funny, but perhaps lacking in considering the full picture… I’m Welsh though :)

    Comment by SL — February 20, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  26. As for the nations you don’t have data on, I can tell you that there’s no love lost between the Romanians and the Hungarians, that’s for sure. The Hungarians, as far as I can tell, consider the Romanians to be a bunch of hicks, and the Romanians return the love by seeing many Hungarians as stuck-up.

    Comment by Derek Lowe — February 20, 2008 @ 1:43 am

  27. I work with a Bulgarian guy. He said that the Bulgarians relate mostly with the Greeks. He likes Russia, and Russians. He hates gypsies. I have not ever heard him say anything bad about other European countries.

    Comment by Dave — February 20, 2008 @ 1:45 am

  28. I’d like to comment on the Poles description (as I’m one of them :)

    First of all: we Poles like the Czechs very much, for their humour, great food and general ‘coolness’.
    Slovakians are somewhat neutral.
    We dislike Russians because we think they are thugs and drunkards (although I’ve heard from some Russians that in fact we drink much more).
    We don’t have any strong feelings for the Germans, neither positive nor negative. It’s like we know they are right next to us, but we don’t really want to know them. Although, I must admit, Poles have some respect for the Germans, you can sometimes hear older people saying that when germans occupied Poland there was order (a thing we lack a bit now). Also it is not true that we have no jokes about Germans. There is a whole series of jokes that start with “There was a Pole, Russian and a German…”, in which the German always ends up being the stupidiest.

    Comment by badluck — February 20, 2008 @ 1:47 am

  29. I’ll try to give you some idea about what stereotypes we have in Hungary about others.

    Romans: they steel, they took away Transilvania from us, and one other interesting thing is that everyone except Romanians and Hungarians mix the two capitals, Budapest, and Bucarest.

    Russians: they invided us after WWII for 55 years. Ah, and also in 1956 they came in with the tanks.

    Russians, and Ukrainians are considered to be the maffia in Hungary.

    Croats, Slovens: as far as I know, everyone is OK with them.

    Serbs, Slovaks: they don’t treat the Hungarian minority in their country too well.

    The Austrians: well I think Hungarians admire them, because they were on the other side of the iron-wall, they have higher standard of living.

    When you say in Hungarian “Balkan”, it means chaotic, dirty.

    Comment by Flöcsy — February 20, 2008 @ 1:53 am

  30. > In Hell…
    > * the chefs are British

    Actually, this is one case where the stereotype is flat-out wrong. Many of the best restaurants in the world are in the UK according to food critics. From Wikipedia:

    > In 2005 British cuisine reached new heights when 600 food critics writing for (British) Restaurant magazine named 14 British restaurants among the 50 best restaurants in the world with the number one spot going to The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire and its chef Heston Blumenthal.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cuisine#International_and_fusion_cuisine

    Comment by Jim — February 20, 2008 @ 1:53 am

  31. My Latvian grandparents told me that the way to swear in Latvian is to just say the same word but in German or Russian… i guess because they’ve basically spent most of their histing being occupied by either of those countries.

    Comment by Brent the Closet Geek — February 20, 2008 @ 1:54 am

  32. The Greeks absolutely hate the Turks. Turkey’s isn’t part of the EU but is geographically part of Europe and part of Asia, the border being the Bosphoros / Istanbul Strait
    The Greeks and Italians seem to like each other too.

    The English like the Scots and will most likely support Scotland in an international football match. The Scots dislike England and will most likely support England’s opponent in an international Football match.

    Comment by NR — February 20, 2008 @ 2:26 am

  33. Hi,

    Most Scandinavians that I have talked to do not consider Finland to be a part of Scandinavia (as well as Iceland).

    Comment by Steve — February 20, 2008 @ 2:42 am

  34. Great post, though I’d like to see more about your take on the Balkan countries, considering the wars and rivalries between them are so much more real and recent than the rest of Europe. (And yes, Greece is in the Balkans, but they don’t consider themselves as such :)

    Comment by ellie — February 20, 2008 @ 2:47 am

  35. Nice article, Since I am Dutch, I can give some remarks about the Dutch and their position within Europe.

    Things aren’t as sharp as posed in your article and some of it can be categorized as caricature. Europe as such is a balancing act of many culture clashes and the borders are more or less correct according cultural borders, still, people living in borders areas of both neighboring countries share much of their cultures. Political the European borders are more strict than it’s cultural borders.

    For the Netherlands there are 4 main cultural areas, Holland and the southwest share their culture with Flanders (Belgium) but the more north you go in Holland the more anti authorial the people are. I live there, so I know a bit of them, they are mostly attracted to Anglo Saxon culture and somewhat to Francophone culture, we live on the crossroads of 2 cultures, we speak a mixture of Lower Saxon and Lower Frankish, our dialect is imposed on the other parts of the Netherlands as being standard Dutch, we are the most cocky people from the Netherlands, maybe it’s because people from Holland created their own land.
    The second area is Friesland, this is an older culture than the Netherlands exist, they are Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian oriented and because they have to live they are oriented towards Holland, But I am not sure whether they just tolerate us or like us, probably the former, they speak Frisian and Dutch.
    The 3rd area is the eastern part of the Netherlands, this part is oriented towards Germany, they are more rural oriented and tend to rightly mistrust people from Holland because their life speed is slower and people from Holland tend to use their speed to intimidate or conn others, the people east speak Lower Saxon and Dutch. It is also the poorest part of the Netherlands.
    The 4th is Brabant, they share Belgium culture, this is a rural part and was somewhat industrious and second poorest part of the Netherlands, here the people speak Lower Frankish and Dutch. They have the same relation with the people from Holland as the east has.
    The 5th area is Limburg, this used to be a quite large country at it self spanning large areas in Germany and Belgium. They speak as far as I know High Saxon combined with Lower Frankish, and of course Dutch, like others they have to eat and make a living in the Netherlands. I do not know a lot about Limburg culture.

    As far as people from Holland hating Germans, as most from the east don’t hate Germans at all, they share culture more than with people from Holland. The hate is fading here in Holland, we mostly admire Germans for their honesty and hard working, The Netherlands also has the largest economical ties with Germany and then others. In Holland we tend to like Anglo Saxon humor but in other parts of the Netherlands this is different.

    The nice thing of Europe is that what I just wrote down is true for all countries, everywhere you go is a crossroad of cultures, more than you can count. Also culture in Europe goes much deeper than the current political system and will probably survive it too in the long run.

    Comment by Bas — February 20, 2008 @ 2:50 am

  36. Actually heard the “I want my bicycle back” joke in West Flanders (Gent Belgium) in 1989. Plant where I was working had a German contractor working in the control room. Belgian operator said this after German left the room for lunch.

    Another: Why are the avenues in Paris lined with trees? So German soldiers can march in the shade.”

    Bartender at hotel in Gent was very nice to elderly German couple as they returned from dinner. Then, after they disappeared around the corner toward the elevator, he snapped off a Nazi salute at them. heh.

    Descriptions of Belgians, Dutch and English are spot on.

    Comment by Steve — February 20, 2008 @ 2:55 am

  37. The Basque Country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain is probably the biggest reason for tension between the two countries. ETA, the Basque nationalist terror group, are active on both sides of the border, since their historical territory currently falls within both countries. The Spanish side is a bit more lax toward the idea of Basque autonomy, while the French are typically resistant.

    Comment by Jesse — February 20, 2008 @ 3:05 am

  38. I’m amazed that you articulated your observations so well, although I have to disagree with you on the Norwegians, all the ones we know were very friendly (although they have the tendency to be a bit crazy sometime!).

    Comment by Tan — February 20, 2008 @ 3:29 am

  39. You can add that the Swiss think the Austrians are idiots. The jokes about them are available in abundance. Especially in the border regions.
    And the Germans are considered stuck-up. With their nobility titles ‘Von und Zu’. I guess that comes from its founding when they kicked some Habsburgian butt to get their independence.

    Comment by phn — February 20, 2008 @ 3:29 am

  40. Some people think the Portuguese speak Spanish, which really pisses them off because they don’t really like them, perhaps because they are in competition for the quality of oranges, olives and wine and generally lose.

    In the Algarve there are a lot of pale British and German holiday makers – colloquially referred to as ‘bife’, or beef, the colour they go in the sun. They are generally disliked but tolerated because the region relies on tourism. The British expats throughout the country are judged by how well they integrate, which mostly means pretty pooly.

    You are right about the like the French/hate the French divide amongst the English. The likers tend to be the intellectual, upper-middle class liberals who enjoy the sensual language and literature, revere the food and idolise the French country-side and rural way of life. The haters are the bourgeois, Conservative, anti-Europe, middle Englanders, to whom meat and two veg is the right sort of meal for an Englishman, none of that poncy foreign muck thank you very much. You’ll see them reading the Daily Mail and complaining about young people. I dislike them as much as they dislike the French. It’s not that simple though, even though I love French culture and food they’re still a bunch of arrogant cheese-eating bastards.

    Comment by James — February 20, 2008 @ 3:58 am

  41. I’ve got to say those national assessments seem pretty spot on. Germans can be such a stiff, prickly lot but I still like them. Also, I actually really enjoy German cuisine (probably says more about me than German food but, hey… it is good stuff).
    You want lousy cuisine? Go to Finland. I lived there for a year and at one point ate potatoes twice a day for 30 days straight (I was in college at the time but still). Blood sausage? Check. Blood pancakes (yes. they really eat this. I’m not kidding)? Check. Liver casserole (maksalaatikko)? Check! To be fair, Finns are a solid, strong people (and they have awesome salmiakki and koskenkorva. Google them). Certainly I have a positive opinion of them… it’s just… that food.

    Comment by Janus — February 20, 2008 @ 4:08 am

  42. Hah! Exactly right (on perceived stereotypes, that is), at least as far as the ones that I’ve had experience with. One of the jokes I heard about the Finnish while living in Germany:

    How do you tell an extrovert Fin?
    He’s staring at YOUR shoes when he’s talking to you.

    Comment by NM — February 20, 2008 @ 4:29 am

  43. Q. What’s a German without the fantastic sense of humor?
    A. A Swede.

    A few stereotypes to fill the void: Hungarians are incredibly atrocious drivers – aggressive and scary, even if their cars are midget-sized. Romanians are lost in medieval times. Andorra is a giant outlet mall. Spain is 30 different countries waiting to break apart. Swiss hire Germans to be their maids. Germans regard Austrians as a third world country. Danish people are incredibly racist against Eskimos. Iceland has the most beautiful population in the world because they are the descendants of all the hottest women the Vikings kidnapped from every other country in Europe. And Welsh are kind, wise, soulful, sexy, geniuses :)

    Comment by Mary M. — February 20, 2008 @ 5:14 am

  44. Another one about the Germans:

    An American pilot was having difficulty following the lights at the Berlin airport; the traffic controler sneeringly asked him if he had ever been to Berlin before. The reply was, “Just twice, in 1944, but I didn’t land.”

    Comment by baddog — February 20, 2008 @ 5:15 am

  45. Hi

    I’m was born in England ( North) of Irish descent and have lived in Australia for many years, when I travel I tend to be a chameleon. So:
    In Aus i’m Australian
    In NZ i’m English
    In Europe i’m Irish
    In northern England i’m English ( northern)
    In southern England I’m Australian
    In Scotland and Wales i’m Australian
    In Canada i’m anything
    In Ireland I’m Irish
    I haven’t been to the US

    Comment by Tony — February 20, 2008 @ 5:15 am

  46. C’mon – Norwegian considered racist? By whom? The rest of scandinavia? And towards whom? I really would like to know this, and how you’ve come up with such an idea.

    Norwegians have jokes about Sweden, and Sweden have jokes about Norway – it’s not racism, it’s mere quarreling between siblings.

    ..the rest of the article is however pretty accurate. Nice observations throughout. (Which is part of the reason I want to know about that racism part – you might just have something; and we might be completely oblivious to it, as we tend to be towards a lot of things :-)

    Comment by OR — February 20, 2008 @ 5:16 am

  47. That was really entertaining to read. And completly true :-)

    Comment by cyberfreak77 — February 20, 2008 @ 5:32 am

  48. Unless you’re talking to someone who was over the age of 14 during WWII, you’ve got no business making fun of Germans for what their parents did; *that* is racism.

    Comment by Eliezer Yudkowsky — February 20, 2008 @ 5:41 am

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  51. Good article!
    When I read about the Dutch I thought like.. “Yep, that’s me allright!”! :D
    You forgot one thing about the French though which whole Europe seems to dislike, the fact that they don’t speak english and if they do, they won’t.
    And the Belgiums are considerd dumb by the Dutch (which is not true) and the Belgiams think we are cheap (which is true)!

    The reason North-Europe seems to dislike the south is because they are “lazy”. But in my opinion it’s because the south has more culture and enjoys like, carpe diem! North-Europe is more like, life to work! So I admire the southern countries for that one, they do know how to live their lifes!

    Great article, very true and entertaining!

    Comment by wesleyvk — February 20, 2008 @ 6:22 am

  52. do some study before you post anything – no german jokes in poland (but i can’t expect you to understand polish, right?), czechs resisted resisted germany (not much really), i don’t know much of the dutch and danish but trust me, poles (especially older people) have as much love to germans as – according to you – these other nations do. quiet nation (true or not (more likely) i’ll take it for the silence is golden).

    Comment by polak ;) — February 20, 2008 @ 6:22 am

  53. I think this article can only been have written by an english or american for their ignorance about completely ignoring (or not even knowing) Luxembourg which is located in THE HEART OF EUROPE!!!

    Comment by Georges — February 20, 2008 @ 6:31 am

  54. Being Germany myself (thought living abroad) I have to disagree just a little bit. I respect a lot of the dutch for their sort of economic habit of saving, however there are others I feel that are just as stupid as the drunken- stuck-up ass hole brits. (which pretty much sums up my opinion of the brits).

    I respect the Czechs and the Poles for being hard workers.

    The Danish are pretty insignificant so I haven’t heard of the deep resentment that you mentioned.

    If anything most of the racism that I hear is against the Turks who are often remarked as “Overrunning the Country with Cheap Labor” even though from a more economic stand point the Romanians work for much less.

    Comment by Niklas K — February 20, 2008 @ 6:39 am

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  56. Here in England we refuse to be part of ‘Europe’. We have no need for them as we already rule (own) most of the world!

    The US, India, Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand are still part of our empire and we don’t want to hear anything more about it.

    Comment by Jon — February 20, 2008 @ 7:01 am

  57. about the Danes:
    we generally dislike the germans because of the war, but are keen on working with them because they are good, precise workmen.
    Poland is disliked because of the great number of cheap workers they have uphere. The whole “they steal our jobs for lesser pay” deal.
    the swedes and norse are our siblings, so we both love and fight with them with a passion. :)
    We always try to present us as a good rolemodel for the environmental issues and other related topics. Mainly because we want to be noticed in the international society; We are a small country after all.

    Comment by imonsei — February 20, 2008 @ 7:30 am

  58. About Germans:
    “they look down on their Eastern neighbors, particularly Poles. They, oddly, have some mixed respect for the Czechs, who have resisted German aggression.”

    I strongly suggest you read up on history before you put up stuff like this.
    Czechoslovakia (at the time) capitulated after a few weeks without much fight (there was resistance of course, as in most places) while Poland was fighting back for a month, while Soviets were attacking from the other side.

    Comment by matt — February 20, 2008 @ 7:30 am

  59. a lot of speculation and ‘i heard this from one guy so the whole country must think this’ knowledge.
    on some accounts right, but a lot of falsehoods in this article.

    Comment by Daniel — February 20, 2008 @ 7:36 am

  60. Emily M. I really hope you were kidding about your profession :)

    Comment by Srussian — February 20, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  61. Ey, you should have noted (i.e., I’m Dutch) that *everyone* hates the French because every peasant there considers himself to be the Sun King compared to foreigners. France, as is widely known, is a fantastic country if only those ghastly French wouldn’t live there.
    And you missed the Great Garlic Divide. Any country that has garlic as staple diet (roughly speaking, all ‘southern’, ‘Catholic’ countries which includes half of Belgium (Wallon, culturally integral part of France)) is considered self-centered, unclean and smelly (guess why) and disorganised by the Northeners who consider themselves model citizens in modern societies. Personally, I’m unsure whether that latter is acknowledged from the South… ;-]
    As said, Belgium isn’t one country. It’s Wallon in the South, very French, and Vlaanderen in the North, considered substitute Netherlands.
    Oh and that part on Dutch misers: When a Dutchman and a Belgian are in a restaurant, the Belgian will sneak off leaving the bill for the Dutchman, who on average tips much more generous than the Belgian… You should have known, I tell you!

    Comment by Joerie — February 20, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  62. Having lived in several European countries, I agree to most of what you wrote, but the stereotypes you portray all are a bit dated. It feels like something that would have been dead-on around 1990ish, but since then a lot has happened.

    Comment by Bjoern Olson — February 20, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  63. “Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind.”

    Are you surprised! They are European, and you’d have to be very ignorant to think otherwise.

    Comment by James — February 20, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  64. OK, piece of junk. But what should one expect from not EU citizen.
    Anyway if you want to learn sth:
    - Poles are loving jokes about Germans and Russians (everyone knows that – since I was child we were talkin’ those)
    - Czechs DID not resist nazis! Where have you been when history was taught?
    Truth is – that car stealing WAS a problem – and it WAS true.

    Comment by Maciej — February 20, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  65. Nice ;-)
    One addition: the north west part of france really *loathes* germans (because of the war I guess). I you are on holiday there and speak a ‘german sounding’ (to the french) language like dutch/danish/norwegian/swedish you need to open every conversation with stating you are not german, or you will we treated quit unfriendly. Luckily this phenomenon mostly applies to the older generations, who cannot hear the difference between german/dutch, so if you are on holiday there as a german it is easy to just tell them you’re dutch ;-)

    Comment by mm — February 20, 2008 @ 9:01 am

  66. As someone living in the UK, i wanted to point out some facts. The English are very arrogant, the only people I have met more arrogant that the dutch or french. They sort of have a right to be, as they haven’t been conquered in 800 years, and had a huge empire that contained 1/4 of the world population. It is correct, 1/2 hate the europeans, 1/2 hate the americans.

    The Scots hate the british with a passion, mainly because they are all bitter and miserable. It doesn’t help that they get even worse weather than England, and are not very good at any sports. The scots love the French and vice versa, but it is more a common hatred of the English. Surprisingly, this hasn’t united Ireland and Scotland as much.

    Nobody hates the Irish, partly because they are very relaxed people, partly because they are a small country.

    The brits see Southern Europe, spanish, italians and greeks and lazy and inept. This doesn’t just come from the world wars, but from dealing with them on a continued basis. If you know that you are going to be dealing with people from there, you need to take that into consideration, and add extra time to your project. They see the Eastern Europeans as criminals, and slightly lower down than them, but this is an attitude throughout Western Europe. They know that they are hard workers though, so won’t mind hiring, but would like to keep an extra eye on them.

    The Brits themselves are quite lazy, will try to do anything to get out of work, offer really bad customer service, are polite and quite smart.

    Comment by cak — February 20, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  67. The Portuguese have an inferiority complex towards their Western European neighbours. They even feel inferior to their former colony, Brazil! They don’t much like the Spanish due to a history of attempted invasions. The Portuguese, in turn, are looked down on by the Spanish but you need to go to France to really get a reaction. The Portuguese emigrated there in mass numbers to staff building sites, become farm labourers and concierges and therefore tend to be the butt of jokes. The Brits have long used Portugal as a cheap holiday destination and are locally known as “Come-on” because they constantly say this when dealing with lazy Portuguese labourers. Many companies refuse to do business in Portugal as they never pay their bills and the court system doesn’t work.
    Having said all that, the status of Portugal is now on the rise as Eastern nations find lower rungs on the European ladder.

    Comment by Dom — February 20, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  68. Missed Spanish consider Portuguese a bunch of losers. Also, there is a great divide between Northen and Southern Spain: Catalonians consider Andalusians lazy (and, oh yeah, Madrillians upstarts) and everybody else considers Catalonians mean and too nationalistic for their own good.

    Comment by Paul C. Brown — February 20, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  69. I think you got the part on the Spanish wrong. They tend to stay in their country, do not speak any other languages and whenever they leave Spain they keep talking about Spanish food and how bad it is everywhere else. They tend to ignore the Portuguese even though they are their only neighbours except for France. To go to Portugal on holiday for the Spanish is like going to Poland for a German.

    Comment by Alex — February 20, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  70. While this is vaguely accurate for Belgium, it does not properly break the Belgians into two groups – the Flemish (who speak Flemish/Dutch) and the Wallonians (who speak French). This does not change what either the Dutch or French speak, only the return … Although, most of Europe sees the Belgians as bureaucratic.

    Flemish think the Dutch are unthinking assholes and think the French are stuck up socialists.
    Wallonians think the Dutch are socially and culturally inept while the French are too pompous (for example: about pronunciation).

    Also, I’ve met quite a few Irish who dislike the English (though they tend not to have problems with the Welsh or Scotts). And the English love to rail on the Scotts or Welsh while the Welsh love to rail on the English and Scotts and the Scotts love to rail (drunkenly) on everyone (in incomprehensible drunkenese).

    At least, in my experience….

    Comment by XPat in Belgium — February 20, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  71. @isabella snow: Nice how you allege an example for 2 points mentioned in the article, a) the retarded compulsion of the Brits to tell jokes about Germans+WW2 and b) to look down on other Europeans.

    Comment by Christopher — February 20, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  72. Nicely done. I would have comments but no quibbles — the essay is the kind of converstation that happens in Europe among those who have long lived in Europe.

    Comment by Tom — February 20, 2008 @ 9:39 am

  73. I’m English so can only really speak from that perspective.

    Dislike of the French is so core to the English phyche and has been for over a 1000 years that put simply you can’t be English unless you dislike the French.

    We’ve faught two world wars against the Germans, but we STILL like the Germans more than the French.

    On the subject of Europe.

    The thing you have to remember is that we have more in common with America than we do with the European mainland. In America they speak English, in Europe they speak a vast number of pointless languages (including French) so our culture pulls us one way and our geography another. Europe in the form of the European Union coalesced because they needed each other, they were neighbours, we on the other hand had a choice and because of that have never felt we needed to be “European”. So indeed alot of Europeans see us as Lapdogs of the US and likely as not it’s not far from the truth, the problem is we see the alternatives as worse, Europe talks and does nothing, it’s largely ineffective at anything outside it’s borders and usually it has the French trying to do everything the wrong way and while we would like a unified european foreign policy the French would like to impose a thousand petty rules which stifle us (over generalisation I’ll grant).

    So basically if you got rid of the French everything would be fine.

    However I must point out, please hurry up and elect Obama, for the love of god we’re getting tired of being the lapdogs of country run by an idiot.

    Comment by Rob — February 20, 2008 @ 9:40 am

  74. Coupla things:
    - the Spanish and no real dislikes by or from or between?! What about the Basques?! (And to a lesser extent, the other regions with strong identities that really don’t like Castilians.)
    - the Dutch are not perceived as quite the biggest misers in Europe, instead it’s the Scots. But the Dutch are some of the most travelsome people in Europe, whereas most Scots are — heh — too cheap too cross the channel, so it’s mostly the English who know about the Scots’ extreme thriftiness. The Flemish do have many, many jokes about miserly Dutch (to counter the Dutch jokes about spendthrift, stupid, feckless Flemish).
    - Austria is not merely “said to be” the birthplace of Hitler, it was.
    - Europeans “mercilessly teasing” Germans about WW2? Not bloody likely. Teasing implies lighthearted fun, and WW2 and Nazism are still grave, sore points across much of Europe. And they will probably remain deeply sore points until the last survivors — which includes children born during WW2 and any who associate the post-WW2 rationing systems they experienced with things they heard their parents say about Germany — have died. “Never let the Germans forget for a minute,” yes. “Tease,” no.

    Comment by tourne — February 20, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  75. That EU joke notwithstanding, my experiences with German police over the past 14 years have been far and away better than those with cops in almost any other country. You can actually walk up to them, ask them a question and they’ll answer you. Rather than harassing some guy across the street from my flat this morning and towing his car because it was at a bus stop, the cops actually tried to help him get his engine running.

    Cops here are generally helpful and respectful, and much of their training focuses on situation de-escalation. Even the border cops are generally a good lot. French and Italian cops, they’re right up there with the Eastern Europeans and the US.

    The only other inconsistency I found was that in Scandinavia, “stupid” is normally applied to Norway, not Sweden. This is probably because within ten minutes any conversation in Norwegian turns to the Vikings and how they might’ve been a bit less developed than other invaders but they were still “pretty all right” as far as invaders go,

    Comment by ReallyEvilCanine — February 20, 2008 @ 9:56 am

  76. It’s a good list.

    As a Brit though I can tell you that you got it wrong about the Spaniards! They have a reputation for being lazy procrastinators.

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma%C3%B1ana_attitude

    Comment by Hudders — February 20, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  77. I’m English and have lived abroad (in Europe) Since ’99. In that time, I’ve lived in Germany (1.5yrs), Belgium (1yr), France (3 yrs) and now Holland (nearly 3yrs) I’ve learnt and spoken to a relatively high level German and French. I’ve had girlfriends in all of these countries but not necessarily of the nationality of where I was living (Swedish, Hungarian, German, Belgian, English, Spanish … ). And, I always try and settle into the local way of life as-much-as-possible.

    What I’ve learnt through all my experiences are that, the English have more in common with the Germans than we don’t have in common. They do have a sense of humour but it is about 30 years behind us. They love Monty Python, for example.

    In Belgium (Antwerp), they just like to have a good time and I think Belgium just gets bad PR.

    France …….. Planet France, I call it. I’m an Anglo and found it very difficult to settle. As an intelligent, white person coming from a rich country, I was still looked down upon to a certain degree. I can only begin to imagine how difficult it must be for North Africans to make a go of it. But, the French people are warm, just difficult to get close to. And the women are gorgeous to look at but difficult to get close to.

    And the Dutch make me laugh for their honesty and tell-it-as-it-is approach. That’s the way I like to do business. But the food is atrocious.

    During these last 8-9 years, I’ve also spent 3 months in Australia and NZ. Lovely countries but I couldn’t wait to get back to Europe to be surrounded by the languages and cultures. We are very lucky over here and we should cherish what we have.

    As for England, I don’t miss it much.I like English/British people but we’ve lost our way. We look west too much towards America instead of looking South and East to our lovely European neighbours.

    As for English food …… traditional English cooking (done the right way) has to be the best I’ve tasted.

    Best spot in the world for me ….. standing in the middle of Waterloo Bridge a few hours after the sun has gone down with a clear night sky.

    Just my thoughts, but I think I’m quite in a position to say my piece.

    Comment by Anthony — February 20, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  78. You forgot Slovaks, you insensitive clod! ;-)

    Comment by Peter — February 20, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  79. actually the police in hell is American and not German, trust me!

    Comment by Tom — February 20, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  80. Emily M. I worried that either you’re a teacher who teaches English, or a teacher from England. Either way, grammatically the sentence “I am going to look more into live abroad”, to steal a phrase from the Americans, sucks.

    As someone from England, I slightly disagree. There is a genuine warmth from the English towards a lot of Europe. The Scandinavians, Dutch and Irish in particular are well liked. The French and Germans are also liked, but more in the way that a Jets fan might like a Patriots fan over in the US. What seems to irk some Brits about Europe comes from the vitriol in newspapers that portrays Europe as shorthand for the European Parliament.

    We Brits seem to have more issues with other Brits. Yorkshire folk hating Lancastrians, Cornish looking down on Devonians, Nottinghamshire people thinking people from Derby are a little too affectionate to their livestock to be healthy. That kind of thing. Oh, and most people thinking that the Brummie accent makes them sound comedic.

    Comment by davidnottingham — February 20, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  81. How do we know that Jesus was a Greek?

    Well he took after his father’s proffesion.
    He lived with his parents until he was 33.
    He thought his mother was a virgin.
    His mother thought that he was a God.

    I really enjoyed your post, which to my experience it’s pretty much on spot.

    Comment by filippos — February 20, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  82. In Heaven… the chefs are French
    omfg… we are the worst chefs ever. Frenchs speak 8 hours before taking a stupid decision.

    Comment by Froggy — February 20, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  83. Reading what I’ve just written, maybe I shouldn’t be throwing stones whilst in this greenhouse.

    That should’ve read “….affectionate towards their livestock….£

    Comment by davidnottingham — February 20, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  84. Being a dane, i’d have to say the comments about danes and scandinavians are largely inacurate.
    There’s no general hate towards the german people, nor is there, to my knowledge, any generally accepted feeling that norwegians are racist and that the swedes are stupid and uptight.
    If there is any general tendency in Denmark, it is that swedes, when in Denmark, tend to get rather intoxicated.

    Comment by jok — February 20, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  85. you were wondering why some spaniards dislike the french.
    well, that is easy: north spain and south france would like to be a country of basques. well, some of them.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETA

    Comment by chris — February 20, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  86. I shall add that Italians don’t really like the french “cousins”, and a big teaser is that they won only one World Cup while Italians have 4…

    Comment by renso — February 20, 2008 @ 11:11 am

  87. Interesting take on us Poles and very outdated.

    Nowadays we really don’t mind the Germans and the Germans really don’t mind us. They come here and buy things cheaper, have a cheaper haircut, cheaper medical service, they hang out in our pubs, because smoking is still allowed here.

    And us Poles come to Germany to buy their used cars for cheap. This mutual exchange of goods and services, combined with the Schengen Agreement (no border checks) results in the fact that we’re not actually afraid of each other anymore. Yes they might fear us when the job market opens in Germany for us, but it’s open now in the UK and guess what, everyone wins there.

    And the Germans are a lot more politically correct when it comes to jokes, but can’t blame them, what with all the history.

    We on the other hand also don’t actually tell nationalistic jokes about any nation… why would we? We don’t hold a grudge I don’t think. We don’t like Czechs or Slovaks? What? That’s news to me. I go down south each year. We all love beer.

    Indeed Russia hates us, because we’re pro-European.

    But, we’ve actually contributed and helped with the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, so they have no reason for hatred, we’re actually partners. And even more reason for Russia’s hatred towards us.

    What infuriated me is the most uninformed comment about us being the nation of car thieces. That’s like beating the dead horse. Where are you taking this data from? Early 90′s?

    Besides, no-one talks about the reason the Germans callED us car thieves. They came here specifically to have their cars stolen (it was arranged) and then gather money from insurance companies.

    Comment by Tomasz D — February 20, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  88. >you never, ever hear jokes about Germans in Poland.

    Howgwash. They were probably just too polite to tell them around you. Polish people tell jokes about Germans constantly. They’re far better than German jokes about Poles, too.

    >Really, the relationship between Germany and Poland is similar to that of the United States and Mexico

    Wrong. It is the way it is because the various incarnations of Germany have incessantly invaded and tried to trick Poland with their Vatican gimmickry. Open up a history book.

    >Poles really shore up their hatred for their eastern & southern neighbors, primarily Russia and Ukraine, although they don’t like Czechs, Slovaks or Lithuanians either.

    Simply not true.

    - Polish people do not hate the Russians or Ukrainians. We hate the Reds, not the Russians. We like the Ukrainians, although they don’t generally like us back because of our turbulent history (mainly because they weren’t given equal rights to Lithuania and Poland in the Commonwealth).

    - Polish people make fun of Czechs and they make fun of us. We have a bit of a tough love relationship with them.

    - Poles are largely indifferent to Slovaks.

    - Most Poles are either indifferent or positively inclined towards Lithuania because we share a fruitful common history.

    Comment by john deere — February 20, 2008 @ 11:23 am

  89. ITT: americans telling other americans what europeans think of other europeans

    and surprise surprise, they’re messing it up completely …

    Comment by anona — February 20, 2008 @ 11:32 am

  90. I think you missed the boat a bit when it comes to Scandinavia. With the increased Polish emigration to Scandinavia, stereotypes have begun to take hold about the Poles in the region. Poles are viewed negatively, but in an empathetic manner since they are commonly poor.

    Norwegians and Danes don’t think of Swedes as uptight, but rather lazy instead. I think out of Norwegians, Danes, and Swedes, it’s the Norwegians that are seen as uptight and the most introverted, only second to the Finnish.

    The Norwegians, Danes, and Swedes all share the same common root language, yet the Swedes and Norwegians always joke about Danish being incomprehensible gibberish.

    Comment by G — February 20, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  91. Why are French roads lined with trees?
    So the German army can march in the shade.

    Comment by mm — February 20, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  92. A wonderful insight to our European countries.

    Another German Air Traffic Control story: British Airways flight asks for directions to taxi to the terminal at Frankfurt. Busy Ground Controller snaps back “Haven’t you been here before?”

    “Just the once, but it was a while ago, it was dark, and I didn’t land.” (About 1943, flying a Lancaster!)

    Comment by AndyC — February 20, 2008 @ 11:57 am

  93. As a Finn, I concur about what was said of Finns. I usually hate all articles about stereotypes but with this I have no problem.

    Comment by Pasi — February 20, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  94. You did not tell anything about eastern europeans. What about hungarians, romanians, etc.

    Comment by Adrian — February 20, 2008 @ 11:59 am

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  96. Czechs resisted Germany? Thats a new one. Spaniards doesnt hate anyone? Good one – heard about Basks? No jokes about Germans in Poland? Lol. Greeks consider themselves as European – please go to Crete. Well, maybe 4 years here is still not enough for you. Please, come here again anyway, you’re gladly welcome.

    Comment by QS — February 20, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

  97. Fun, but not very acurate in my eyes. Basicly most of western europe have no problems with people based on theyre nationalities. But there are ofcourse stereotypes.

    Comment by je — February 20, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  98. well I wouldn’t say this is what the peoples deeply think of each others … this is more like the clichés we have. But it fits perfectly well with the joke at the end !

    Comment by thomas — February 20, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

  99. I have to agree with you about the irish. I’m British (Cornish) and I’ve never met anyone with a bad word to say about the Irish (apart from say 10 years ago).

    It really does make me sad to think about all the ball bags that go to Ibiza and Amsterdam etc and make tits of themselves and our country. These are the people who hate Europeans and dine predominently on chips (french fries kinda) and name their children after drinks.

    Oh and Poland you nailed that one. Everybody in Western Europe hates Poles. I was walking past a library the other day and noticed someone writing anti Polish slogans on the wall outside…..spelt incorrectly. Damn I hate Britain sometimes.

    Comment by Som4 — February 20, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  100. You could almost write the Eurovision Song results from that analysis.

    Comment by Reis Scofield — February 20, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  101. I’ve lived in Europe for a while, mainly in Spain and I can say for a matter of fact that mostly like Spaniards since they’re suppose to be the most open and happy European people but on the other hand they dislike Latin Americans and they don’t think very much about them also because of all the history there is between these two cultures.

    Comment by sal — February 20, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

  102. The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one’s gate parking
    location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following
    exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206″:

    Speedbird 206: “Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway.”

    Ground: “Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.”

    The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

    Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”

    Speedbird 206: “Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”

    Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?”

    Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes, twice in 1944 — but I didn’t land.”

    Comment by Tapiwa — February 20, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  103. I’m English, and I like Europe. I’m planning to expatriate to Italy with my girlfriend (who comes from Southern Italy, as she calls “the heel of the boot”) after we finish University (and I’m studying German and Russian, which probably says a lot). But yeah, the majority of English people are pretty anti-Europe, and complain endlessly about the EU. Not because of the Americans though, but because of our crappy media.

    Comment by James — February 20, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  104. I read only the part about Poles and neighbours, because i come from this country and after reading I felt quite dissapointed. Most claims doesn’t exist even as a stereotypes about Poles. Ex. you say that there are no jokes about Germans. When i was young many jokes started with sth like: “There was Pole, German, Russian and devil”. I think you guess what was the ending of the jokes. The claim about southern neighbour is also false. We would joke about their languages, which are funny for us (just like in opposite direction). But we don’t feel any kind of hatred.
    However it is true that Poland is considered as a country of car thieves by Germans. But nowadays it’s rather strereotype than real truth.
    And last thing: the sentence “they, [Germans] have some mixed respect for the Czechs, who have resisted German aggression” is not historically correct.

    Comment by KM — February 20, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  105. you are all a bunch of idiots

    Comment by MasterChief — February 20, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  106. Very good article and also very true.
    I would like to say couple of things about Italians, though. Northern Italians, especially those from Milan, tend to behave like a mixture between the Brits, Swiss and the French. Blunt to the point of rudeness, rigid and uptight with no sense of humour, nacionalistic, arrogant, considering anything Italian – the best, and looking down on anybody from less developed countries. One characteristics that makes them similiar to the French is lack of knowledge of foreign languages, primary English. However, this is more likely due to the poor schooling system in Italy whereas the French are simply proud and consider their own language more important than any other.

    Comment by Expat in Italy — February 20, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

  107. I’d just like to say that this post is a useless pile of crap and I wish i hadn’t bothered skim reading it. The British are rude and obnoxious drunks. I totally agree. The British do no dislike being considered European since it is a matter of fact! I know that a scary percentage of the American population actually believes Europe to be a country. I expect you are in fact American and that why you think brits think like that. I’m Scottish and I’m euro peon because I live in Europe. I don’t personally hate any nation. I really dislike Dubai since they lock up young people from all over the world for having tiny dust particles of drugs on them. Dot ever go to their airport. Jet-lag pills can get you 4 years. As for Americans I worry about the percentage that take religion to seriously and the ones that are as thick as 2 planks. There are just too many of both. I love the Germans and I don’t mind the French. At least all these European countries have their own language unlike some of the younger nations in the world. ;0)

    Comment by Adam Kerr — February 20, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

  108. European stereotypes about other Europeans…

    By way of John Scalzi, a primer for Americans on how Europeans think about other Europeans: The Scandinavians ? Widely respected by most other Europeans, because of their high standard of living . . . and blond hair and blue……

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  109. Stereotypes in former Yugoslavia.

    Slovenians- The rest of former Yugoslavia considers them a nation of very feminine homosexuals. Most Slovenian’s think they are Italian and try their very hardest to act so. Slovenian’s look down on the rest of former Yugoslavia due to their economic superiority and because they’re very westernized, much more so than the rest of former Yugoslavia.

    croats- They are looked at as a nation of traitors and whores, who suck up to whoever seems strongest at the time, and whoever will give them the most personal gain. This is historically true as throughout history they have constantly jumped ship. Prior to WWI they were mates with the Austro-Hungarian empire. When they were defeated, they wanted in on Yugoslavia. In WWII they sided with the nazis, but after WWII wanted back in Yugoslavia to escape war crime convictions, and effectively masked their involvement in a mass genocide. croats consider themselves forward thinking and westernized, more advanced than the rest of Yugoslavia, while they may be more accepted by the West than Serbia and Bosnia, they are still very far behind Slovenia. Incredibly delusional.

    Bosnians- Everyone thinks they’re stupid, they think everyone’s stuck up.

    Serbs- Arrogant, uncompromising, strong willed, nationalistic. Serbs ran things in former Yugoslavia, so are greatly resented by all the other ex-Yu countries, especially the croatians who played second fiddle to the Serbs. Serbs have a siege mentality because throughout history they were always fighting with powers much stronger than themselves (Always resisted the ottoman empire, preventing their spread into Austria-Hungary, eventually helped force them back to turkey. The fiasco that sparked WWI. Fierce resistance against the German’s in WWII. Resisting the Western powers in the 90s’). The Serbs are very proud of themselves, and look down on the rest of former Yugoslavia because they were always the strongest of those nations, causing much resentment from the rest of ex-Yu. Serbs stand by their traditions, refuse to sell-out like the croats, this is often detrimental to themselves because Serbia is still very much Eastern European compared to croatia and slovenia. If Serbia was an English football club, they would be Millwall FC… ‘No one likes us, and we don’t care’.

    Comment by Serbo — February 20, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  110. @isabella snow: Why is an enlish pilot sitting in a German airport tower? Please explain!

    Comment by schubi — February 20, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  111. The English are loud-mouthed, obnoxious drunks while in tourist places? As an American that keeps a low-profile while in the UK (or at least tries to do so), that amuses me greatly.

    I’m about to move to Scotland to get married and live, and I really hope they can ignore the fact that I’m from the US given enough time. Probably not though. ;)

    Comment by Avi — February 20, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  112. And the Portuguese? We are not Spaniards you know…

    Based on your post the way Europeans feel about Portuguese is just ignoring us. OK by me…

    Comment by cris — February 20, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  113. Nice work!

    Its nice to read and most of this is true (in some way). I really love to live in europe because of this differences .. u have a lot to argue about :)

    Greetz Manuel (Europe, Germany, Berlin)

    Comment by Manuel — February 20, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  114. But what do the Europeans think of Americans?

    Comment by Wok — February 20, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

  115. “Spaniards consider themselves white and European”???? Spaniards ARE WHITE and EUROPEAN you f…..g redneck .
    It is amazing how only in American protestant-derivative-of-British-arrogance collective mind a Spanish speaking person could be considered or implied to be non-white simply for – speaking Spanish. Contrary to what you might think, “Latin”, this American colloquialism (as usually deprived of every effort to study things into some detail), is not a racial attribute!!

    Yes, descendants of various Indian tribes in Americas who today speak Spanish (due to Spanish colonization) are obviously not white, but that doesn’t mean that all Spanish speaking people are not white.

    This stratification of the US society to white people and all the rest (which included white people who were not protestant and did not speak English) is simply a manifestation of some deeper pathologies stemming from arrogantly exclusive mindset of the society dating back to the time of Puritans. An average (white?) American is obviously hard-wired into such misconceptions.

    Do try to use whatever you may have between your ears from time to time. One’s racial attributes are not determined by the language one speaks …. or country of origin for that matter!

    Comment by T-B — February 20, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  116. Yes, here in the UK we are the lapdog of the US and in England we seem to hate even those neighbors within our own borders (the Scotts, the Welsh).

    Tragic really.

    Comment by devolute — February 20, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  117. You’re missing The Portuguese

    Comment by Conrad — February 20, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  118. Irish generally dislike Romanians, BUY A ROSE, BUUY A HAAT!

    Comment by Roha — February 20, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  119. In reference to the Scottish…they are tolerated because no-one knows much about them??

    WEll maybe the author doesnt but whenever I travel abroad and I say I am Scottish…the smiles come out, the drinks are bought and everyone says “thank god you’re not English”

    Have you seen the “Last King of Scotland” about Idi Amin who wanted to be Scottish?

    Comment by rozy — February 20, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  120. “Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind.”

    Um… they ARE white and European… as perfectly white and as perfectly European as anyone can possibly be… so…. um… how dumb would you have to be to think they were Latin American?

    Comment by Jordan Malone — February 20, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

  121. That collection of stereotypes does not qualify as information…

    Comment by Ikshaar — February 20, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

  122. JM this is excellent. I printed this out and hung it up over our bar. You’ll have to take my Word for it, it’s a place of honor. Many inspired conversations have been sparked.
    Best,
    Veronica

    Comment by Veronica — February 20, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

  123. Europe is full of English expats, and the longer they live abroad, the more they seem to hate their host country. And yet they never seem to want to move home.

    Amen!

    Comment by Fat Andy — February 20, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  124. Having spent much of my life in heavily international schools, a lot of this rings very it’s-funny-cos-it’s-true. Piping up from the Irish perspective, for the elucidation of the internet at large: the only people the Irish hate are the people who insist on believing they’re Irish.

    (Also, I suspect your estimated population of Ireland might date from the 1996 census, or thereabouts; IIRC, we’re hovering around the 4 million mark now, give or take a few hundred thousand.)

    Comment by Sophie — February 20, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  125. What about the Russians?or the Serbs?or the Bulgarians?
    How about the Hungarians?OR they aren’t even “nominally”
    Europeans?

    Comment by DrKoxx — February 20, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  126. Nice writeup – waiting for your report on the rest of the world :-)

    Comment by Binny V A — February 20, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  127. You say you have not met an Irish person who really loathes the English. Clearly, we have not met. Nor do you know many of my Irish friends.

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  130. Not sure where you got the notion that there are absolutely no jokes about Germans in Poland… there are thousands of jokes that start with “Polak, Rusek i Niemiec”, meaning “A Pole, a Russian and a German”… with the German inevitably getting the shortest end of the stick…

    Comment by Marcin — February 20, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  131. That was pretty enjoyable and seems fairly accurate, but there’s one perception that’s off I think. Far as I know, from German friends (and for the obvious reason), Poles loathe Germans and many young Germans in a Polish bar or club have frequently found himself at risk of a beating. But this was in the early and mid-90s not too long after the wall came down, maybe that has changed somewhat at this point.

    Best description of how Germans feel about Austrians is that they are perceived in the manner Americans view Canadians: as their less bright, less sophisticated and more happy-go- lucky dorky beer swilling cousins. (Obviously that stereotype is ridiculous. Except for the beer swilling part.)

    Comment by Peter — February 20, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  132. Very nice article. You manage to keep it realistic and yet entertaining without casting the countries too much as stereotypes. Your observations suit my own very well, and I especially like your note about British people living abroad… soooo true. And I know, because I’m sharing a flat with one in Spain.

    Comment by Jonas — February 20, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

  133. From an American: Although I have a great respect for the German people, I found them very rude; also, very rude to the disabled. They are not only rude to Americans, they are rude to each other. I found southern Germany and Austria a very nice place with very nice people. If I were to ever live in Europe, it would either be Ireland, or Austria.

    Comment by Cealticson — February 20, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  134. About the CZECHS you have maybe to live there for a while before souch a thinking (that they are bright spot of EastEurope probably because of Prague). The nicest thing about them (together with moravians) for me is that they are probably the most peaceful nation in area (also historicaly), maybe in EU.

    “Poles don’t have much good to say about them (czechs)”

    who are the polish, fleding their country in milions (and it`s not because they are the biggest country as they like to say. It`s apparetnly multiple number per capita than other nations in the eastern europe.
    They are not able to make conditions and atmosphere in Their Own country worth living there. Yet they feel no shame, having so often (in EU politics) the biggest mouth.

    Comment by Peter (SK/CZ) — February 20, 2008 @ 7:27 pm

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  136. - Naturally, this is a huge irritant to Greeks – It is ironic when you consider that even the word Europe originates from Greek history.

    Comment by Vassilis — February 20, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

  137. any true scot would have a heart attack by being included here as British. They hate the english. And it is a different country (like Ireland).

    Comment by LM — February 20, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  138. One nice thing we noticed as we traveled throughout Europe last year for several months was that we experienced virtually no lack of warmth for americans. Now, if you were to express support for the Bush administration….well, good luck to you.

    Comment by JOHNB — February 20, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  139. This is such an inadequate perception of Europeans, probably because its only from personal experience. The resentments between each country takes no actual seriousness in reality. look at the Union, though i know that all of these “attitude” stereotypes are real there is much more decency and respect within the European community. Complaints are complaints.

    Comment by Rob — February 20, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

  140. long time since i read such bullshit! It took over 100 years and a civil war before the U could be placed before SA. In Europe we’ll do it in 25-30 years in peace ;-)) BTW: I’m Dutch and love the Flamish but .. to be honest dislike the Walons a bit. It’s all culture and respect man

    Comment by Mark — February 20, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  141. real recording from the early 1950′s
    english pilot flying into dreden has trouble with the landing .
    German tower: finnaly says in think german accent:
    what! Have you never flown to Dresden before?
    English Pilot:
    Yes…
    But we didn’t land…
    breif silence before
    tower carries on with landing instruction

    Comment by j. maison — February 20, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  142. It deserves more than three diggs

    Comment by Dad — February 20, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  143. Been globetrottin for at least 25 years.
    Agree with every word. Respect !!!
    (what’s amazing – an article doesn’t sound insulting to anyone. Double respect !)

    Comment by kesha — February 20, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  144. It is amazing how you can write such a lengthy and supposedly authoritative post on what Europeans think of each other and then destroy all your hard work by lumping the Finns together with the Scandinavians, thereby showing your non-authoritativeness on European topics.

    Comment by ana — February 20, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

  145. Portugese vs. Spanish:

    The Portugese are considered to be poorer than the Spanish, but have more class.

    Comment by Dirk — February 20, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

  146. The only thing I disagreed with was that the French-speaking Swiss are almost exactly like the French. That is only true of those from the Canton of Geneva, who aspire to be French in all that they do. However, the rest of the French-speaking Swiss are much more laid-back, polite and unassuming. In fact, they are made fun of by the French for their slow speech and unhurried ways.

    Comment by CB — February 21, 2008 @ 12:03 am

  147. Just for the record, Finland is not, and have never been, in Scandinavia.

    This is very obvious for us living here, but it is a common mistake from people living far away from us to think that we have anything to do with Finland.

    Comment by Socraton — February 21, 2008 @ 12:14 am

  148. Having seen both German and American police in action, I think the police in hell are much, much more likely to be American. (I know it’s a post about Europe, but, humor me. ) The Germans of today are nothing at all like the stereotypes people want to believe. The police are respectful, even facing great disrespect. I even saw one policeman answer a physical assault with a smile. The situation ended peacefully. When was the last time that happened in the USA?

    Comment by jp — February 21, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  149. The scandinavian bit is wrong.

    The swedes view the other scandinavians are drugs. The Swedish stereotype of a Finn is a drunk with a knife. You don’t get in fights with Finn because everyone knows Finns carry a knife. The Finnish ferries are a great example of the Finn love of booze, once the VAT is off they will consume til near death.

    When I was in Belgium there was a great divide between the Dutch and French. The French were sensitive about their culture thus their TV stations would not subtitle movies, but dub them where as the Dutch channels would subtitle everything.

    Comment by Olli Pekka — February 21, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  150. Poles are vilified by even the Jewish community in Europe. The Germans have apologized and paid for their actions, the Jewish community understand this. But the Poles, they play the victim in World War II and refuse to say apologize for their behaviour under the occupation of Germany. The Poles outted their neighbors as Jews just to take their things. Sure many Poles died but many more Jews died at the hand or of the finger pointing of a Pole. The Poles refuse to apologize and continue to play the victim.

    There is a joke about this in my community: Why did the Pole say he was a victim was a Holocaust? Because he hurt his back loading his neighbors, the Jews, onto the train.

    For more reference:

    http://www.kimel.net/jewpol.html

    Comment by Northern Hebrew — February 21, 2008 @ 12:46 am

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  152. I truly love this sort of insight to places that I’ve never been. Thank you for the post.

    Comment by Mac — February 21, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  153. About Romanians: they hate the Russians deeply and nominally love France the most. But no longer learn French, only English. Historically pro-French in politics and pro-German in every other matter. In the recent years Romanians are migrating by the tens of thousands in Spain and Italy – related peoples and languages. Around: complicated relation with the Hungarians (dislike only when disliked), look down (don’t know why) upon Bulgarians, sympathize (without reason) the Serbians.

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  155. “Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind”
    Hey and I kno why. Because we spaniards are european!You know, Spain being in Europe and that. And some of us are white too! :)

    Comment by El Hematocritico — February 21, 2008 @ 6:54 am

  156. first sorry for my bad english, theres another joke similar to the first one

    its the nice sunny day and the brit plane approaching the berlin airport, after a few unsuccessful approaches control tower cant believe that the brit pilot still cant land

    control tower: you missed third approach, what kind of pilot you are, did you ever fly to the Berlin before

    pilot: yes sir, I was 40 years ago, but it was the night and we didnt land

    :o)

    Best regards from Sarajevo

    Comment by d2 — February 21, 2008 @ 7:08 am

  157. I’m European and didn’t know there were so much countries inside my big country :-) Most of people I meet in europe are humans with blood, happiness, fears, diseases, joy, fun, needs, culture, thought… Most of people I know have to work to earn money and have to speak to communicate. They have to have sex to make babies. Damn it looks like it’s like everywhere else in the world :-) We are all brothers… “We are the world, we are the children”. That’s my dream !

    There are still some old fashioned people living with clichés. By example the WW2 is still present in our minds. Is it for the best (not to do it again) or for the worst (annoying young Germans who are still paying for their grand parent’s mistakes) ? And no Italian and Spaniards aren’t starting their work day at 4pm anymore. And yes Brit’s can cook. And no Pols plumbers won’t rob our jobs :-) It’s as true as all US people aren’t as dumbass as son Bush.

    I’m a french guy (sorry :-p) living in north of the country and I feel very friendly with Brit’s, Belgium and German people. Probably because we have common frontiers and surely because we meet each others in ours everyday’s life (Belgium Night clubs rock !!!). South France people are more inspired by Italians or Spanish for the same reasons. Life is more complicated than clichés.

    Fun post anyway. I didn’t know bout easter countries :-p

    Comment by Pleinpopossum — February 21, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  158. Poles have many jokes about German :)))

    Comment by Ehman — February 21, 2008 @ 7:59 am

  159. I’ve heard some Irish being a bit negative towards Spanish, thanks to hoards of Spanish students coming to learn English in the past few years. Also with the recent influx of immigrants I think Irish are a bit confused as to how to deal with this – Ireland historically hasn’t seen much of the immigration into the country, but the majority seem to be tolerant and friendly enough or like to appear so.

    Comment by Stas — February 21, 2008 @ 8:32 am

  160. Ireland has about 6 million people, not 3.

    Comment by O' Toole — February 21, 2008 @ 8:54 am

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  162. Hapsburg is written with a b! Habsburg. Another Eglish teacher. From the former Habsburg empire.

    Comment by Lily — February 21, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  163. Your Scandihoovians could use some touching up:

    Danes: Considered by Scandinavians (and their unfortunate immigrant population) to be racists. Have a writing system which, like Chinese, contains no information about the word’s pronunciation.

    Swedes: Disliked by all their neighbors. Furthermore, Finns consider all Swedish men to be homosexual.

    Norwegians: The Beverly Hillbillies of Northern Europe.

    Finns: Alcoholic, knife-wielding sociopaths, both at home and abroad. The word “considered” has no place in that description.

    Comment by Adam — February 21, 2008 @ 11:21 am

  164. The Irish humble? Come on…

    Comment by DavidS — February 21, 2008 @ 11:30 am

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  166. I lived in Prague for a short time, and I noticed that as a people the Czechs tend to be extremely quiet and reserved, though they a strong tendency towards self-deprecation. And they hate hate hate Russians. A lot of Czechs who were around during Soviet occupation speak Russian of course, but they’ll never admit it now.

    (Great post, by the way.)

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  168. Having lived in Ireland for 2.5 years i must say that you could add some details to the Irish….. First of all it’s over 4 million Irish not 3. The view on the Britts from the Irish when on holiday there or having britts visiting there country: They’re sluts! Both men and women. the Irish are internationally perceived as red haired lephracorns that love a joke and a party. Perceived as almost overly friendly and wiliing to help as well. In order to find this, you’re best off going out of Dublin. ow and half the northern Irish hate them, the other half wants to join them. It’s the same for the Irish themselves. The rest of europe is often referred to as Mainland Europe and pretty much any Irish I spoke to has been to Amsterdam for the crack as they say (meaning to have some fun)

    regarding the Dutch attitude towards Germans! yeah it’s true we don’t really like them and i do have a friend who directs Germans to the highway home if they ask for directions. It’s mainly the arrogant attitude and unwilliingness to speak another languag and presuming that everybody speaks German. If a German doesn’t politely ask if the Dutch person speaks German, the answer will usually be NEIN regardless if they do or not.

    Cheers!

    cheers!

    Comment by Bas — February 21, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  169. This should probably be entitled “What Americans think Europeans think of each other.”

    With that little amendment it’s quite good, very entertaining.

    Comment by fp — February 21, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  170. lol!

    your description seems to be a little antiquated…

    ;)

    greeetz from cologne!

    Comment by daweed — February 21, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  171. “Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind”

    thats because theyre not american you knob end

    Comment by devils ad — February 21, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  172. There’s some hostility to Germans in Norway too, actually. Not surprising when you consider the occupation during the Second World War. Apparently some German veterans like to take their motor-homes to Norway, to revisit places they served in during the occupation! (No idea if that’s actually true…)

    Comment by Stephen Mackenzie — February 21, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

  173. I spent two summers in Sweden and have Swedish relatives and can say that they LOVE slagging off Finns. They said that amongst the Scandinavian countries Finland is the biggest target due largely to the fact that their language is so different from all of the others, which have a lot more in common than the weird ‘alien Star Trek’ Finnish.

    Conversely I have a friend who is half Finnish who says that the Finns hate the Swedes, though I don’t remember the reasons he gave. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had to do with the above.

    Comment by allison nonmerci — February 21, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  174. Small point, Ireland has a population of 4.1 million, Northern Ireland 1.7 million, so in total just under double the figure you gave.

    Comment by Mossie — February 21, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  175. As an American married to a Dutchman, I can confirm every word of what is said here as it pertains to the Netherlands – good stuff!

    Comment by Cheryl — February 21, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  176. Finland is not considered part of Scandinavia.

    Comment by Sour Grapes — February 21, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

  177. the danes are the racists, not the norwegians.
    /swede

    Comment by marcus — February 21, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  178. As a Brit (and an Englishman) I’d say that is pretty accurate. I would add that the Czech’s loathe the Germans. On a visit to Prague my friends and myself were bought several rounds of drinks based purely on the fact that the English football (soccer) team had just beaten Germany 5-1. They’re not best fond of the Russians either.

    The English antagonism to Europe goes way back, as the English national character from the 18th century on can be pretty much described as a rejection of perceived characteristics of other European nations: We’re not uptight like the Germans: we’re not foppish like the French; we’re not lazy like the Spaniards etc.

    Comment by Duncan — February 21, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  179. The Greeks, hate everyone around them! Apparently they believe they invented Europe so everyone should respect them. “Their father were philosophers when the rest of Europe was apes and rapes” (just their mentalitiy).

    One of the oldest countries in Europe are the Albanians. Formerly known as the Illyrians they covered most of the Balkan, being limited only by the Thracians (Romania), the Macedonians and the Greeks.
    The Albanians today behave like the Italians (lazy and joyfull), dislike Greeks and hate Serbians. (Of course, the reason is the slaughtery medieval war of the Serbs agains the Albanians).

    Europe’s history is full of wars. No matter what he think of neutrality, our identities are always influenced by our history.

    Comment by AB — February 22, 2008 @ 12:08 am

  180. looks like ireland just lost a million people. and you really have to mention the fact that germans love the british, but love the irish even more. and the british either love the irish and feel slightly guilty, or resent us as a symbol of lost power. all of them.

    nice read though.

    Comment by er — February 22, 2008 @ 12:37 am

  181. thats not even a third of the countries in europe

    Comment by t(-_-t) — February 22, 2008 @ 1:05 am

  182. As a Dutch myself I love the following one about being miser;

    Do you know how a Dutch cook book starts?

    Borrow an egg !!!

    Comment by Florentina Mehta — February 22, 2008 @ 1:45 am

  183. As someone who has spent a great deal of time In Europe, I can say that the above is fairly accurate. And hilarious. I have one thing to add regarding Scandinavians. The Swedes, Norwegians and Danes all seem to regard the Finns as unpleasant people prone to drinking problems (funny coming from the other Scandinavians) and bad tempers.

    Comment by MF — February 22, 2008 @ 2:22 am

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  186. I like this post and agree with most of the views. I’m English.
    I would like to add the word stodgy, though to the description of Austrians.
    The English ex-pats disliking their host country are not just confined to European countries. The ex-pats in Kuwait certainly complained about that country too.
    Actually English people living in England are no different.They complain about England as a matter of course.
    So the conclusion might be that the English are a negative bunch which is certainly a contrast to the Americans who have a more positive and supportive view of their own country.

    Comment by Patricia — February 22, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

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  188. Very nice post! I’m Dutch and I was a bit surprised that we are seen as “know-it-alls”. Also, “van Duitse bloed” in our national anthem, does not mean “from German blood” at all! The old Dutch word “Duitsch” is why you call us “Dutch”. We would call a German “Germaansch”. Unfortunately I’m also aware the Dutch and German have their roots in common and we are very alike. Heck, I even work for a German company.

    Comment by John Willemse — February 22, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  189. I love what you wrote there because it all seems true to me but as a German I’ll might have to add that we crack jokes on the Polish for stealing our cars but despite that we really like the Polish. It’s the Dutch we don’t like and probably every German would tell you that they’re bad drivers, by the way “Cheesehead” is a very popular cuss word foer them ( Kaeskoeppe). The English are disliked as well especially for always owning the best pool spots down in Ibiza and Mallorca. The British are called “Inselaffen” which means that they are “Monkeys from the isle”.
    Thanks for reading and never underestimate the Germans we’re not that sensitive about WW2 ;-)

    Comment by punta — February 22, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  190. Well, I’m a Hungarian, and here’s what we think about other Europeans and vice versa.

    We do bear a grudge on every nation ever occupying Hungary (except for the Turks for some reason – they were considered noble enemies at the time, and highly cultured): Russia, Romania, Austria. Make no mistake, the Austro-Hungarian empire’s just a name, we were occupied, robbed and set up against all ethnic groups in the neighbourhood by the Habsburgs. We still can’t make our peace with the Treaty of Trianon cutting off two thirds of the country and distributing it among our neighbours, and it’s a pet peeve among the nationalistic youth. There is a major Hungarian minority in Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine and Serbia, which states treat these people like dirt – so we do hate them in turn. We tend to look down on those we don’t like, too.
    Not that we can stand each other either: there’s a great rift between urban and country people and between leftists and nationalists.
    We are a pretty hysteric bunch of people and are duly perceived as such, and our adaptability is usually interpreted as being sneaky, double-faced and opportunistic. Our only saving grace is the food and the wine…. Also, we’ve got a reputation of hospitability, but how that happened I can’t imagine – it’s not in the least sincere, at least towards tourists of every nation, but most of all the Germans.

    And let’s just not begin about the gypsies (sorry, Romany people, otherwise I might get a knife in my back)…

    Comment by Agnes — February 22, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  191. Oops, sorry, a typo. Slovenia’s quite ok, I’ve meant Slovakia…
    The Slovenians are relaxed, friendly and fun :)

    Comment by Agnes — February 22, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  192. Very entertaining.

    A couple of observations. I don’t know much about them, but the Belgians are French and Walloon and very different.

    I also think you slightly missed a trick with the Scandinavians. They’re not qute as chummy as you make out. The most brilliant illustration of this is dinner on the cruise ship scene from The Corrections. But our own experience of slagging off the Swedes to the Norwegians was interesting – we (me and my brother Americans and my Brit husband said) “they’re stuck up, rude and just hate fun”. The Norwegian thought this was funny, and then said “yes, but you know who’s really weird – the Finns!”

    Only my husband thought that was funny – as he explained to the Norwegian that my brother and I are of Finnish heritage.

    Comment by Vol Abroad — February 22, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

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  194. Unfortunately, this will all be quaint memories in 20 years when everybody in Europe who is under 20 is named Muhammad.

    Comment by John Bradford — February 23, 2008 @ 12:09 am

  195. Being a Swede myself, I can tell you what we really think of our neighbours. The Danes are a bunch of fat, arrogant racists, not the Norwegians. Finland is a nation of alcoholics, suffering from mutism when they occasionally happen to be sober. Norwegians are just peasants and somewhat a little behind. On the other hand: the Danes are also relaxed and more continental than we will ever be, the Finns have lots and lots of stamina and the Norwegians are stinking rich because of their oil from the Northern Sea. Sad, isn´t it…

    Comment by Bruno — February 23, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  196. I lived in Turkey for a year. The Greeks and the Turks absolutely despise each other. I have lived all over the world and never seen this kind of animosity.

    Comment by Alex — February 23, 2008 @ 6:40 am

  197. Hate to be a pain but I am a Canadian living in Sweden for a number of years, and I have some things to add to your section on Scandinavians.

    Swedes think that Norwegians are the lesser of all evils around them, then the Danes. It’s no mystery why Ikea only names carpets and flooring after Danish cities.

    If you are only talking about within Scandinavia, Swedes hate the Danes. I guess 600 years of war will do that. Every Swede has a story about how the Danes came up and massacred all the royalty of Sweden, killed a bunch of people in their own town, etc.

    Also, a great many Swedes LOVE Germany. It’s not just a small appreciation. I think worship would be more appropriate in terms of linguistics.

    They think that Finish is a weird language, lots of ä’s everywhere for what seems like no reason. Fins hate the Swedish language because they were all forced to learn it in school until recently. Also, Finland has a bit of resentment for the fact that they were owned by Sweden for over 500 years.

    The Norwegians also have some resentment about being controlled by Sweden recently, until around 1910. They pretend to hate the Swedes but I know a Norwegian who said that secretly all Norwegians feel shamed into talking Swedish when they are with a Swede because its just a nicer language, and seems more intelligent as well. But that was just one girls opinion.

    Ok hope my observations and the evidence I have seen around me and from friends helps you out!

    Comment by Alexis — February 23, 2008 @ 7:24 am

  198. Various people will love this insight involving What Europeans think of each other where believers have commented that the exclusive info is astonishing. Thanks for the aid you have given.

    Comment by Payday Loan — February 23, 2008 @ 8:34 am

  199. isabella snow, “bloody” in “you lost the bloody war…” means blood and is not something to laugh about.

    If you are American, then you do not know about the horrors of the WWII. After all, all your country does is make wars (and lots of them) in remote lands only.

    Now the USA has supported disintegration of Serbia, started lots of separatists movements. You can be proud of the government which wants to make sure that the EU falls apart within the next 15 years

    Comment by AD — February 23, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

  200. In the 60s an American pilot flying an airliner into Berlin was given very confusing instructions on landing. He asked for clarification and the German in the tower was rude and asked “Have you never flown into Berlin before?”. Replied the American pilot, “Oh, I’ve flown over Berlin lots of times, I just never landed…” Turns out he was a WWII vet who flew B-17s.

    Comment by Memphis — February 23, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  201. this has got to be american – utter rubbish . get out there and see for yourself what it’s like .

    Comment by david anderson — February 23, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  202. The Rebpublic of Ireland has a population of 5.5 million. I know loads of Irish that loath the English. They like the Scots, in general, and ignore the Welsh (Like everyone else).
    They dont know about the rest of Europe.
    Except the Polish. There can be quite strong anti-polish feelings in Ireland.

    Comment by Peter — February 23, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  203. The British have some great chefs.

    Comment by flea — February 23, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  204. This is the kind of stupidity that starts wars

    Comment by Jo — February 23, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  205. Hi from Germany – i agree, nice summary and mostly true.
    Well observed!

    (And yes, i laughed about the joke ;))

    Comment by Feinkost — February 23, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  206. Hmm, i don’t think the brit thing is correct. Pretty much ALL English hate the French due to the shear amount of times they’ve tried to invade us throughout history, its defiantly not a 50% like/hate thing. Its also now true that half of us hate being called European, we love being part of it, we just don’t want your weak currency.

    it might be true that our government loves the US, but its not true of the population, most people don’t mind them, but if theres one over here they will get mocked.

    The bit you did get right is the part about us going abroad as tourists. We defiantly are bad in that area :P

    the Welsh are Scottish are tolerated, but are generally are teased and pushed away, theres not a hugely good relationship in the UK towards each other.

    Comment by Chris — February 23, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  207. What about the portuguese? Are they so low in you consideration levels?

    Comment by GS — February 23, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

  208. I wish I had the money to live abroad… i don’t even have enough money to DATE a-broad!

    Comment by RB74 — February 24, 2008 @ 1:05 am

  209. As a Dutch myself I would use the word frugal instead of miser.

    Do you know how a Dutch cook book starts?

    Borrow an egg.

    Comment by Florentina Mehta — February 24, 2008 @ 3:01 am

  210. What a f-g load of bullshit! A primer for Americans, hear,hear! No wonder you are hated everywhere if you believe in this crap. Don’t you have any “advice” on niggers, jews and arabs too?

    Comment by George Bush — February 24, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  211. Regarding the Spanish: They aren’t liked very much by the Portuguese, and if you try and speak Spanish in Portugal, chances are that people will pretend not to understand you, even though they can understand every word.

    The Basques and the Catalans don’t consider themselves Spanish and consequently loathe Spaniards. I’ve found that you’re much more likely to get a positive response in Barcelono or Bilboa if you speak with a Latin-American accent than with a received Spanish accent. Mind you, speak with a Cuban Spanish accent and everyone laughs. Everyone thinks the Cuban accent is hilarious.

    Comment by Sam — February 24, 2008 @ 10:06 am

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  213. Polish part is not very good, to be honest.

    Comment by opi — February 24, 2008 @ 11:57 am

  214. I know this one is a little late, but you were asking about more countries to your little sum up, and after spending some time on Hungary now I can perhaps add a little to your little story here. For though most Western Europeans do not really have a clue about Hungary, an increasing number are, as there is an ever increasing number of expats in Hungary, especially due to the large and increasing number of international shared services centres.

    Most Western Europeans regard Hungary plainly as another gray part of the Eastern block, and at best they are known for paprika, palinka, and pornography, so it is considered on the one hand bland, and on the other hand ‘the wild East’.

    The Hungarians themselves however feel cheated out of, what is ‘rightfully theirs’ due to unjust ruling results of WW1 and WW2. They generally consider the rest of Europe as a place to earn money, but never live, as they all come back, even though they all only have critical comments about Hungary in itself. If possible the Hungarians living in Hungary are more negative about Hungary then the English expats living there.

    Comment by Stig Storm — February 24, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  215. Here’s another one. After the fall of East Germany, the German parliament was divided between moving the federal capital to Berlin or staying in Bonn. So, a compromise was made and they voted to move the capital of united Germany to Paris. Hey, even my rigid German friends thought it was hilarious–but not my French ones.

    Comment by Rene — February 24, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  216. ahah nice one !

    hehe i’m french, what u said about us is more or less true.

    but surprisingly we kinda like the germans, even if we fought so many wars agaisnt them, we don’t hate them. and german students enjoy coming in France for studying.

    the dutch also like a lot France, they always come here for holidays.

    Comment by kali — February 24, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

  217. English pilot, having a bit of a time navigating on the ground at Berlin airport.

    Tower: Yes! Yes! Right at the next taxiway! Haven’t you ever been to flown to Berlin before!

    English Pilot: Quite a few times actually, in 1945. Didn’t stop then though.

    Comment by Brett P — February 24, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  218. Yes, heaven is an Italian lover. How I adore i ragazzi!

    Comment by Carolyn A.-B. — February 24, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

  219. you put amsterdam in with britan, it is in holland.

    Comment by brad c. — February 24, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  220. From Spain…so, we don’t dislike anyone. That are good news! :)

    But it must be because we “hate” all each other depending on the zone we live, and that is quite sad, isn’t it? ;)

    Comment by Jose — February 24, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

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  223. You should Include something about the Flanders/Walloon split among Belgians. Flanders (Dutch speakers) are a lot like Germans from what I’ve heard and look down on the Walloon (French speakers) who they consider to be lazy and live off the welfare state…

    Comment by SkBBR — February 25, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  224. Here’s a classic joke to add.


    The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport were a short tempered lot, they not only expected you to know your parking location but how to get there without any assistance from them, so it was with some amusement that we (Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (Speedbird)

    Speedbird: “Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active.”
    Ground: “Guten morgan, taxi to your gate.

    The BA 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.

    Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?!”
    Speedbird: “Standby ground, I’m looking up the gate location now.
    Ground (with typical German patience): “Speedbird, have you never been to
    Frankfurt before?!”
    Speedbird (cooly): “Yes, 1944, but I didn’t stop.”

    Comment by JohnA — February 25, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  225. I studied abroad in Denmark (coming from the US) and one thing I head several times was that the Danes think the Swedes can’t hold their liquor. And I’ve heard that the Swedes say that Danish is a throat disease, because the languages are so similar, but Danish sounds a little harsher and, well, phlegmier.

    Comment by Elisabeth — February 26, 2008 @ 12:13 am

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  228. Any one have something similar concerning Bavarians vs. north Germans? Got the impression when i visited, that the Bayerisch still aren’t reconciled to being part of Germany.

    Comment by ken — February 26, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  229. I need to add a few things from the Polish perspective (as I’m one myself).
    1. Most of the things written above about Poles are true.
    2. Poles do not like Germans either, but it’s true that they fear them also.
    3. Czechs are regarded by Poles as a little bit yellow as they didn’t fight to prevent their country’s annexation by Germans (and small part by Poles) in 1938-39.

    Comment by Andrew — February 27, 2008 @ 3:32 am

  230. I don’t know anybody who does not like French food and French language. But I know hardly anyone who likes French people. Your research is so true!

    Comment by IS — February 28, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  231. Hi, I’m a spaniard who lives in the Netherlands.
    From my point of view your description it’s quite accurate.
    Definitively, some spanish people have strong prejudices about the arrogant frenchies mainly due to the spanish emigration to France after the Spanish Civil War.
    Finns don’t like Swedes and if the “know-it-all” smart-ass reputation of the Dutchies it’s not true, it smells like that.
    What can I say about Italians? We all love them but just if a party is involved.
    It would be interesting to me to know what Americans think of each other.
    Very good post

    Comment by Fernando — February 29, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

  232. I love the end heaven and hell comparison. :) It’s spot on! As a music fan, I’ve had the opportunity to experience german organisation skills and compare them to Italian. The fact that I never returned on an event in Italy ought to speak loudly enough. At first I thought 12 toilets for (supposedly) 50.000 people was a one off, then I was told, by people who’ve gone to the festival in previous years, that it’s a standard practice.

    The germans though… Thumbs up. I mean, they even provided showers!

    Comment by Glitz — February 29, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

  233. The Portuguese dislike the Spanish, and think that they are pushy and loud, and somewhat dishonest. The Spanish think that the Portuguese are stupid.

    Comment by LB — March 1, 2008 @ 1:38 am

  234. I find you comments about the Germans to be on course and than again way off course.

    I am an American expat, living here in Germany for 14 years.

    On course when you stated “Germans are considered industrious but uptight and humorless”.

    While I was stationed here with the US Army in 1978-80 I found this to be SO true. I spent many hours with some I considered to be “friends” and never once did I see them relax and enjoy live. (I was in the Rhineland-Pfalz).

    Later in 1989 I was posted in Bayern. I found the people to be even more uptight. Ask a Baverian if he is a German or a Baverian and he will proudly state that he is first a Baverian than a German.

    So far I have agreed with your observations.

    When I first lived here (after retiring from the US Army) I was accepted but I was not.

    Only after you live as one are you really accepted! Only than will you see the Germans as they truly are….warm, friendly, funny (once you understand their humor) and loving. Also they are not really hardworking all the time!

    Just my thoughts!

    Comment by JMB — March 1, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  235. Pretty accurate… but as a Brit who lives in Switzerland, I think you’re too soft on the Spanish. It’s a country just as divided as Belgium (which won’t exist in a decade) and just like the other south Europeans, is full of city dwellers who think they’re God’s gift to humanity while secretly horrified at the impovishered, 14C nature of their countryside.
    Plus.. ‘Europe’ now includes all those ex tin-pot, wacky east european countries which seem to be emptying rapidly .. and so they’re all lumped together as the ‘new immigrants’ and, sadly, widely despised and shunned.

    Comment by tim — March 1, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  236. “but I have yet to meet an Irishman who really loathes the English. ”
    Trust me, there are Irish people who really loathe the English.

    I can appreciate that the article should be taken with a pinch of salt. But to elaborate on how the Irish view Europeans,

    Scottish, fond for the drink and bad eating habits like the Irish and great for playing in Rugby and both nations share a similar Celtic bloodline and a shared grudge against England.

    English, 800 years of war and English rule, they imposed a famine on the Irish. Suffice to say the Irish love beating the English at sports. Especially English sports. English view us poor and barbaric and in need of their rule.

    Germans, stuck a pipeline into Ireland and starting pumping deutsche marks or ‘EU structural funds’. Basically provided us with our current high standard of living and the Celtic Tiger. Not to mention good cars and good beer. Love BMWs and Warsteiner. They view us as having crappy roads compared to their ‘autobahns’ and poor public transport and health system.

    Polish, at the moment there is a huge number of Eastern Europeans in Ireland at the moment. Ten percent of our work force is Polish. They are viewed as both hard working and hard playing ( can be a rough crowd) . Lack humour but love vodka. Polish see us in some ways similar to them. Very Catholic country, over dependence on agriculture in the past, love of drink.

    Comment by Dev — March 1, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  237. I’m a very subjective Greek and I dissagree with the coments about Greeks. Do your homework people. Other than that, all the rest very funny, although not always true….

    Comment by Dimitris — March 2, 2008 @ 2:46 am

  238. ||| Sorry I mean –>Objective

    Comment by Dimitris — March 2, 2008 @ 2:47 am

  239. In regards to Portuguese -

    They DESPISE the Spanish. They recent them for their more prosperous economy and find they to be back stabbing and double talkers. According to the Portuguese, one should never trust a Spaniard. However, the Spanish don’t harbor such feelings towards the Portuguese. Mainly because they see the Portuguese are below them and thus inconsequential. This of course irritates the Portuguese to no end. Plus I’m sure there is trifle that goes back to the voyages of discovery.

    Comment by j — March 2, 2008 @ 7:33 am

  240. This is really funny…I stumbled it.
    It’s also a bit helpful, like the Copenhagen part.

    Love the poster part :)

    Comment by Mallory — March 2, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

  241. “…you never, ever hear jokes about Germans in Poland.”!!!!!!
    you never, ever should write never, ever. that’s what came to my mind when i read your text; is the rest of it similarly true?
    Good third part of polish jokes are about “Pole, Russian and German” and believe me, it is the last one who always gets the beating.

    Comment by asano — March 3, 2008 @ 3:03 am

  242. “nominally considered European”…
    MEGALOL
    even the name “EUROPE” is…. Greek!
    …and if i may ask what would “Europe” look like today if the Marathon Battle had a differnent outcome…
    PLEAZE DO US ALL A FAVOR AND EDUCATE YOURSELF

    Comment by bob — March 3, 2008 @ 5:29 am

  243. This such a lie. Nothing you said here is true. I’ve been living in Europe all my life. I have been everywhere in Europe, traveling for 20 years now. And what you say is a big lie. You’re generalizing opinions from so few people to whole countries. Think before you act and keep it to yourself.

    Comment by Charlie Miller — March 3, 2008 @ 7:47 am

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  245. Hi,

    I am Czech myself and I think that you pretty much nailed the whole article. And yes, lot of Czechs come across as cold and rude but that is their “hard shell”…deep inside, they are just a little cuddly bears :)

    I liked your article so much that I linked it to my blog, the Czechmatediary! THanks!

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  247. well for europeans all, i wonder what do they know and think about Turks. Well for us, europeans are very bad people that are always seeking ways of fuc.ing our behinds. that is what we are taught to believe. i wonder do people in europe really belive that we are just muslim barbarians that live in caves and women have to wear that black dresses? and in every fuck.ng minute we try to find ways of bombing somewhere? Is it really true that some europeans believe this fuckng shit? come on i really wanna learn.

    Comment by carlos — March 4, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  248. “Poles ……., although they don’t like Czechs, Slovaks or Lithuanians either.”

    That’s bollocks. Poles like Czechs and Slovaks ! And they are neutral for Lithuanians (with a bit of likeness).

    Comment by K — March 4, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  249. well about ROMANIANS if i may say ( im romanian so i think i may ) – they hate the Bulgarians – though we sometimes call them brothers from the south -. We hate them because there`s this permanent competiton among us but we always seem to end up at the same table and almost equals ( though we are better :P ). At the moment we hate them because they have managed to improve their toursim sector – sea and mountains – more than us.

    We also hate the Hungarians for obvious historical reasons. Fellows, Transilvania is OURS and it will stay that way! We have given you too many rights already. In some cities in Transilvania if u ask a Hungarian for directions he will never speak Romanian though he understands the language. They`re so mean, man!! Go back to your country! ( the problem is that their host country hates them too)

    The Hungarians from Hungaria though, i dont know why, seem to like us. I ve seen some cocktails in a bar in Budapest with the romanian flag. That cool!

    We looove the Yougoslavians though we ve kinda kiked them in the ass few years ago to prove the US our love and dedication. Maybe the guilt made us love them more.

    I dont even want to start on the Ukrainians! I personally hate their guts. They think theyre so superior and they make fun us considering us the worst species ever. Oh how I hate them!

    We hate the Russians too, the Moldavians – so and so but i think they hate us more – donno why since we ve tried to help them so many times during the history – that Russian regime, for sure.

    We just looove the Americans and that sucks! You should see the fireworks here on july 4th. We also love everything from the west as we long for beeing so developed as them.

    Im courious about others` opinion about Romania and not only!

    Comment by syl — March 4, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  250. I bet Isabella Snow is English… Brits have such a strange humor.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 4, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  251. The Brits have a tendency to look down on the Poles because many Polish people have moved over here in recent years in search of work. They are known for working for very cheap wages but also for being hard workers (considering how little they are paid, and the fact that many of them are working tough jobs for long hours just to help out their families). There are currently many Polish people living in England especially, and they can often be seen working in bars, pubs, and fast foot outlets.

    Just a little info.

    Comment by Calicut — March 4, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

  252. I feel bad for the Germans. It really is a great diverse country, well over Nazism.

    Comment by Tony — March 5, 2008 @ 6:30 am

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  254. Ha ha, good ones. :D Made me laugh.

    Anyway, please people, check your facts! Finland’s not part of Scandinavia. :P Only Sweden and Norway are, due the Scandinavian mountains. Altogether these countries that usually get called “Scandinavia” are actually Nordic Countries. If you’d like to add Finland to Scandinavia, it becomes Fennoscandia. Finland is not part of Scandinavia by language, culture nor geography.

    And we Finns dislike Swedes as well. ;D

    Comment by Silva — March 5, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  255. i have lived in europe and apart from belgium the whole contient is pretty crap in terms of peoples atitides and genreal freindliness

    Comment by donald swaize — March 5, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  256. What a load of shit. Whoever wrote this garbage clearly knows nothing about Europe. and certainly nothing about the UK.
    What a twat.

    just for 1 example you wrote
    “but I have yet to meet an Irishman who really loathes the English”
    Have you been living in a cave for the last 30 years?

    And while i am at it, here is another one
    “Scots and Welsh are tolerated and liked, inasmuch as that no one really knows too much about them outside the UK”

    Why don`t you fuck off back to America, you are embarrassing yourself on this continent.

    Nobody knows about the Scots outside the UK?.
    That is probably the stupidest thing i have heard in a long time.

    If there was another list pointing out the American stereotypes then you would be a prime example
    you weak minded, ignorant, poorly educated, gormless pleb.
    (also you are probably morbidly obese)

    Comment by Himnim — March 5, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

  257. quite sad when you consider that the war has been over for over 60 years now…

    Comment by mk — March 5, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  258. Hmmm. I can’t agree about the Dutch. Being dutch I can pretty much say, most of us don’t like the french, most of them are either drug tourists visiting our country or, when visiting theirs, totally unwilling to speak anything but French.
    We look down on the Belgians for being stupid. We dislike the germans, not so much because of WW2 but how we lose from them in soccer matches. We have no problems with the English or Italian people. Although the Italians are infamous for stealing girlfriends :)
    We hardly have an opinion on the Swiss, we just go to switzerland for skiing. Oh, I thought the Dutch were seen as open minded, liberal people. Not stuck up know it alls…

    Comment by Papa.Coen — March 5, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

  259. The Portuguese hate the spanish for messing up their reputation and the english for messing up their night clubs and beaches with loud-mouthed-drunkness, the south parts are practically ruled by brittish tourists in the summer.

    The portuguese are considered brazilian by the spanish and spanish by the rest of europe. Portuguese however wish to have nothing to do with their former colony and are very piky about the fact that their language is different from both spanish and brazilian dialect, even if the difference is minute to a foreigner.

    For some reason they seem to have a soft spot for the italians and eastern europeans, possibly because of sharing their standard of living, set much below most of the rest of europe, especially germany and the nordic countries.

    Comment by DR — March 6, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

  260. You are soo wrong about spaniards…I´m from Mexico and they love us there. I´ve been to Spain 3 times and everyone is just open and very warm.

    Special treatment in bars, nightclubs and restaurants (special treatment as in free drinks and stuff like that).

    Maybe other latin countries, but if you’re mexican they are gonna love you.

    Comment by jose luis — March 6, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  261. I know few polish jokes about germans.

    Comment by oko — March 6, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  262. A good definition of the Europeans, but there’s one thing I have to disagree with – Poles are not scared of the Germans. We just think that they have no real souls or personalities and are real perfection freaks, so are not worth noticing.

    Comment by KM — March 7, 2008 @ 7:48 am

  263. I am german, no european has EVER teased me about the war. So is this made up or what? BS

    Comment by German — March 7, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  264. What you wrote about the Poles is inaccurate. I’m Polish (born and raised). Poles don’t hate the Lithuanians more than the Germans, and you do hear jokes about the Germans in Poland all the time. The article is just plain inaccurate. As for German animosity towards Poles, I’ve only experienced it in small far apart doses. Usually they get on, I would say.

    Comment by Prendegast Tabernacle — March 7, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  265. Be brave, Americans and tell us also about your own inadequacies before pissing over the Europe you ‘ld like to ‘do’ so much.And remember most of you are not the real thing,but come from yes this tragicly hip Europe

    Comment by Hl — March 9, 2008 @ 12:21 am

  266. You forgot the Icelanders.

    Comment by Terry — March 9, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  267. Stupid stereotypes…

    Comment by Nick — March 9, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

  268. Amusing writeup!

    Some things sound very familiar to me, but some don’t :-)

    Especially the myth that germans don’t like the polish – I have lots of friends that came from poland. And I can’ t say something bad about them.

    I also don’t know if it is good to spread such old-fashioned prejudices… people should form their own opinions…

    But I’m just a humorless german ;-)

    Best wishes to all !
    Jonas

    Comment by Jonas — March 10, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

  269. Well…I should say that the Portuguese and the Spanish are almost brothers but if we look back in history we see that Spain, for more than one time, tryed to conquer Portugal, but with no succes. Maybe because of that some portugueses don´t always like the spanish :)

    Sorry for my bad english!

    Comment by Nahanni — March 11, 2008 @ 2:56 am

  270. portuguese are quite the same as spaniards although less racists (yes, they are a little racist…)

    Comment by agua — March 11, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  271. The “van Duitsen bloed” in the Dutch national anthem actually refers to William the First (1533-1584), not to the Dutch in general. William was a German nobleman who is considered the ‘Father of the Netherlands’. Hence the reference to his German ancestry.

    Comment by Bastiaan — March 11, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  272. Overall a fabulously written text. I have some pointers for you though:

    The Czechs did not resist Hitler’s aggression. They surrendered without so much as firing one shot!

    The Poles tell as many jokes about Germans as they do about other nationalities. It’s usually a joke along the lines of: “So there is a German, a Russian and a Pole…”

    The Irish like Poles because of the parallels in history (being under almost constant occupation) and because the pope was Polish. The Polish like the Irish in return ;-)

    The Poles go to Slovakia for cheap alcohol. And speaking of Czechs – we have this expression: “Czech movie – no one knows what is going on”.

    The Czechs and the Slovaks find the Polish language funny, and understand each other pretty well, whereas the Poles think the Czechs and Slovaks speak a diminutive Polish (that’s how it sounds to us) and have slight difficulty understanding either of them.

    The Lithuanians hate Poles for the time when our tanks assisted the Ruskies in pacifying Vilnus sometime in the 1980s or sth. …and no one blames them, that was a dumbass thing to do.

    Hungarians are a Pole’s best friend and vice versa – we had the same one king once. We have a saying in Polish (and Hungarians have the exact same translation!!!) stating “Pole, Hungarian brothers two, both for drinking and for hew”.

    The Hungarians do not speak any other language than their own “hellish” tongue ;-) They have the best parties in Central-Eastern Europe and they drink a lot of red wine.

    Poles drink anything from beer to paint-stripper, as long as it’s got alcohol in it (the more the better).

    … plenty more where that came from, sadly I have no more time. Cheerio!

    Matt

    Comment by Matt — March 11, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  273. Hitler was born in Germany ;) we talked about that at school last week
    btw come to Austria before you say such silly things about us!

    You don’t know what you are talking about.

    You need some extra lessons history. The Germans gave Hilter power… –> we don’t like them^^

    consider updating your text ;)

    Comment by Austria — March 11, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  274. I’ve been told that Hitler’s Austrian accent, to Germans, sounded very “yokel”. That means the Fuhrer sounded more like one of the Worzels or Justin Lee-Collins. Think of that the next time you see one of those grainy films of the Neuremberg rallies.

    And at one place I worked all the Danes hated the HR woman who was German: now I know it wasn’t just because she was a stickler for the sick-pay rules …

    Comment by Max — March 12, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  275. what about the portuguese??

    Comment by berylaite — March 13, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

  276. I dont get the joke…but then again, im not english…

    Comment by asd — March 14, 2008 @ 5:49 am

  277. Actualy, the Danes are the one who is considered to be racist, not the Norwegians. They’ry just stupid, and they talk really funny.

    Comment by Kåre — March 14, 2008 @ 6:11 am

  278. Emily M. , you’re really an English teacher? That explains a lot about the kids I see on the intertubes.

    Comment by Your Mom — March 14, 2008 @ 6:32 am

  279. Romania, Slovakia and Serbia love each other on grounds of their genuine hate towards Hungarians. It’s weird to see hard-liner nationalists hugging and kissing other countries’ radicals but that’s the way it is because they share the passion of wiping up the floor with ethnic Hungarians (there are millions in each country).

    In return, Hungarians have always considered them savage peoples, joking about them having no history and culture (because they oppressed them for like 1000 years). Hungarians tend to believe they are inherently more sophisticated than virtually any other nation in the world just because they got to learn the most complicated language on Earth.

    Comment by jozseff — March 16, 2008 @ 3:07 am

  280. You probably ignore the fact that Spaniards are viscerally hated by the Portuguese. The reasons are: stupid sounding, guttural language (as when compared to Portuguese, a very similar language); the fact that Spaniards seem to relish ignoring other languages and cultures (probably because their culture is so strong but their perception of the strength of their culture is even stronger) and because of historic rilvaries: the Portuguese and the Spanish have had land disputes from the founding of Portugal in 1143.

    Comment by Nuno Lagoa — March 16, 2008 @ 4:29 am

  281. I am one exception to this generalisation about Brits:

    1. I can cook very well. Plus I also think that this ‘British food is crap’ myth is just that nowadays, a myth. Besides, what is British food now? Indian curry could just as easily be considered the national dish of England.
    2. I do not hate all Europeans, preferring most of them to my own race. Except the Parisians. And anyway, most of the French despise them more than I do.
    3. I live abroad [Japan] but still love the good things about my country. It’s just that the list of good things was getting shorter every year I spent there.
    4. I dont hate America, just George Bush and his cronies.
    5. I enjoy foreign languages
    6. I behave myself even when I am drunk

    Comment by Alfie Goodrich — March 16, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  282. I am Dutch and I don’t like Germans and Belgians. But I prefer Scandinavian countries.

    Comment by Yantju — March 16, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  283. I’m Portuguese, we’re probably the only european country with negative stereotypes towards spanish people which is due largely by repeated wars: first to found Portugal and then to expand. Later to negotiate what parts of the discovered world belonged to each nation and continuous batles to fight off spanish invasions.
    Spanish people are regarded with suspicion, seen as loud and arrogant, sometimes tacky, but also perceived as merry, extroverted and having excellent food.
    Near the borders the stereotypes are forgotten and people co-exist peacefully.

    Comment by barbara — March 16, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  284. You are quite wrong about the Poles. The hate to Russia is, as I just said, just a hate to the state of Russia, but when a Pole and a Russian meet they are usually good friends from first sight. The aversion to the Ukrainians is common only among older people form east of Poland, mainly due to Ukrainian collaboration with the Nazis. But among young and middle-age people they’re commonly respected for their recent democratic aspirations (they are now going the path we’ve done 20 yr. ago).

    What you’re completely wrong is our relationship to the Czechs. They are, I’m not afraid to use such word, beloved here for their beer and movies. The Slovaks are considered “the other Czechs” and we like them as well. The Lithuanians are liked too, because we once formed a one state, but they rather don’t like us (because we once formed a one state)

    I can not imagine what kind of Poles you had meet to get such opinion about our opinion about the Germans. There is a lot of upfront hatred to them in Poland. It’s source is of course WWII and their comparative welfare, believed so undeserved.

    Best regards (hope my English do not hurt you)

    Comment by A Pole — March 17, 2008 @ 12:52 am

  285. Very interesting.

    Comment by D.Robin87 — March 17, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

  286. Romanians — hated by Italians, Spaniards, Germans and French for being thieves (actually it’s the rromani ethnic minority that does 90% of the looting).

    Also Romanians generally hate Hungarians and Turks (due to historical reasons). And they also carry a deep disdain for the rromani (gypsies).

    Generally Romanians are considered moderately good chefs and a rather witty people, yet also laziness and corruption are considered national traits.

    Internal conflicts: Transylvanians hate Moldavians and sountheners for being lazy and corrupt, Moldavians and southeners hate Transylvanians for being both arrogant and hungarian lovers.

    Comment by E — March 18, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  287. Hi,

    In my experience, you’ve got it mostly right. As a Finn I’d like to add that we really dislike swedes. Most commonly we consider all swedish men gay.

    One thing about the Greeks: they really, really hate Turks. Gotta say that I haven’t met an European, who thinks that Turkey is in Europe, or that the Turks are European.

    Comment by AM — March 18, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  288. As a real Dutchman I always take my own potatoes on a holiday to France.I love the french because they have ALDI’s
    My caravan saves me a lot of hotel costs !
    I love the Germans because they all speak english with a world war two accent.

    Comment by leo — March 18, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

  289. What about the Portuguese?!!!

    Comment by Jose — March 19, 2008 @ 12:46 am

  290. I am originally from England and moved to California in Auust ’07 and I couldn’t agree anymore with the last sentence of ‘The British’ section as I definitely do not want to return home anytime soon, only when I visit family etc.

    Quote: “Europe is full of English expats, and the longer they live abroad, the more they seem to hate their host country. And yet they never seem to want to move home.”

    Comment by Stoo — March 19, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

  291. I am a Pole and I think what has been written about my people is completely wrong. Anyway, that does not really surprise me as generalisations are never true.
    I don’t hate anybody and I am not quiet, nor are other Polish people. This is the way somebody wants to see us, for some irrational reason (but there must be some).

    Comment by anna — March 19, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

  292. I don’t understand why you think there are only 3 Million in Ireland, there are just over 6 Million, thats like saying there is only 150 Million in the USA!

    Comment by Dazla — March 20, 2008 @ 7:34 am

  293. I’m still laughing. I’m an American expat living in Amsterdam and formerly lived in Spain. Right on target this is!

    Comment by suzanne — March 20, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  294. I’ve always like the Irish!

    Comment by nicole — March 22, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  295. Have to disagree with poor French mechanics. They led the world in motor engineering and aeronautics, especially in the early days.
    Also, having been stuck in rural France with a broken motorcycle engine to have a precision part actually MADE to fit the engine within a couple of hours left me with permanent admiration for their skills
    K (British)

    Comment by Keith Paterson — March 27, 2008 @ 9:35 am

  296. Hehe, good guide, but I can say that Swedes and Spaniards dont like each other that much.

    Comment by Marcus — March 28, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

  297. There is no truth written about Poles. I’m Polish We are considered quiet? I’ve never heard it before. And we have very good relationship with Czechs, Slovaks and Ukrainians. But in fact there is ambiguity about Russians.
    We “don’t really care about Germans”? Many Poles -mostly older people, who remember WW2 – hate them. And there are many jokes about three people – German, Russian and Pole.

    Comment by forrestus — March 29, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

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  299. Interesting viewpoints, thanks for the article. I might reference it in a future blog post :-)

    Terri
    http://goscandinavia.about.com

    Comment by Terri — March 30, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  300. I’m from Luxembourg, between France and Germany and under Belgium.
    It’s not wrong what your writing, maybe something missing.
    I know a lot of Portuguese, they are strong workers and the family is very important for them they are even very Christian, maybe because it’s a poor EU country. In some parts they are not very liked, for example in the opinion about the Iraq-war, but in this case they have to share the American opinion, because of the subsidy they got from them like the Marshal plan and others. They have also a lot of American weapons on there territory like a lot of other countries, but WTF do American has European weapons in there country? No

    Comment by szenen — March 31, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

  301. the greeks are the best of the europe and better lovers than the italians…haven’t you heard about greek lovers?

    Comment by alex — April 1, 2008 @ 3:39 am

  302. Very factual observations – even if only meant as humor.

    Comment by MONN TANNO — April 1, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  303. Hey, czech part is not quite accurate :D

    “Czechs are a bit like Germans, though — a bit rude, blunt, and cold”
    - Czechs dislike germans because they are rude and blunt. The correct is: Some czechs are unfriendly to strangers, becasue of communist dictatorship they are really cold. Also dont behave much “freely” – dont want to step out from crowd. We like our Slovakian brothers, we like poles too, or we dont have reason to hate them. We dont like germans, not because of WW2, but because the way they eat food (they grunt), also we dont like austrians because they kept blocking southern border and kept shitting on our very unstable nuclear powerplant at their border ( :d ), and also because they consider czechs thefts and criminals – they were scared after EU border opening that we will become refugees ( :D ) and run to south. Nothing from that happened.

    Comment by Czech — April 9, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

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  305. My grandmother was Hungarian. I don’t know if she was typical of Hungarians, but here goes: She hated the Polish, the Czechs and the Russians with a passion so great that swear-words in English were apparently unable to properly convey her sentiments. She respected the Germans, but the rest of Europe was useless and only good for vacationing. She loved America so much she migrated over here and became a citizen. She also hated a bunch of people named the “Roma” that she said where worthless gypsies that needed to be killed on sight. She also said that no one in Hungary shed a tear when Hilter carted the Roma off to the concentration camps.

    Comment by forteanchicken — April 11, 2008 @ 6:17 am

  306. Very very nice article! Even tho i’m european i’ve enjoyed it thoroughly! nice job

    Comment by Raul O — April 12, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  307. Did you know there are tree kinds of Dutch?
    answer: the Amsterdamn Dutch, the Rotterdamn Dutsch, and..the other damn Dutch….heh heh…

    Comment by Cor Hollenberg — April 14, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  308. I disagree with some of the morons that have posted here. Obviously illiterate Swedish white trash that neither comprehend the English language nor the geography culture and history of their part of the world. Even though the Finnish language differs from Norwegian Danish annd Swedish, the Finns share so many cultural social and historical ties with their Scandinavian neighbours that they very well can be, and often are considered as being Scandinavians.

    I share the view of the writer that the Swedes are disliked by their Nordic neighbours. They are thought of for historical reasons as the cowards that chose to stay out of the last war and instead collaborate with the natzis, why their countries(Norway Denmark) were occupied.The Finns who literally were fighting for their lives against their colossal Soviet neighbour feel the same way.
    Furhermore the Swedish men are thought of as emotional feminine sissies and drunks that cannot handle their liquor, that when abroad are loud hysterical and ill-mannered.

    Comment by Lalli — April 26, 2008 @ 9:00 am

  309. The Danes are icky and lazy.

    Comment by Christer Soneson — April 28, 2008 @ 11:52 am

  310. Some remarks from a Swede on the Nordic countries.

    First of all:
    Scandinavia = Sweden, Norway, Denmark
    The Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland

    Between the Nordic countries, we seem to bicker and bitch a bit, but it’s mostly just teasing, because we actually like eachother, but then again, we get annoyed with eachother too sometimes. So, I guess we are just like siblings, except Iceland, who is more of a cousin.

    Languages: To a Swede, Danish sounds like someone is talking with their mouth full, Finnish sounds strange, ugly and sad, Norwegian sounds jolly, funny and a little stupid, Icelandic strange and intriguing and every word ends in “-ur”.

    Sports: To the Swedes, Finns are rivals in ice-hockey and athletics, Norwegians are rivals in skiing. Danes are really not rivals (possibly in football/soccer), because they are not that good at sports. If Sweden gets knocked out of a soccer tournament, Swedes tend to cheer for Denmark instead. We would not cheer for Norway.

    As a Swede, I would think of Danes as laid-back and outspoken, Swedes as rational, polite and introvert, Finns as sad, manly and extremely introvert, Norwegians as jolly and proud, but a bit in the back-waters, Icelandics as… well, we tend to forget that they exist, but they are usually very nice people.

    Swedes like, envy and admire the Danes because Danes seem to be able to enjoy life more, and not take things that seriously. So, Swedes also think Danes are a bit lazy and less industrious. We laugh at Danish workers who drink beer in the morning. On the other hand, Swedes often have a bad reputation in Denmark as drunks behaving badly. Danes seem to view Sweden as a very bureaucratic country, and Swedes as uptight. I always get the feeling that Swedes like Danes more than they like us.

    Swedes tell jokes about Norwegians and vice versa. We don’t tell jokes about Danes, and seldom about Finns. I guess the Danes don’t really care about us that much, and the Finns are probably busy boozing and knife-fighting in the sauna. Or maybe it’s because telling a joke about Swedes would force them to actually say something. ;.)

    Sweden is politically correct, Denmark is not. So, in Denmark, immigration problems are discussed openly, which makes Swedes see Danes as more racist, although they are just more frank.

    Sweden is the largest of the Nordic countries, and we tend to forget that the others don’t want to be bossed around, and that they resent us when we think we know better. And most of the times, we think that we know better.

    The largest Nordic immigrant group in Sweden is, by far, the Finns, and some Swedes seem to look down on them a little. On the other hand, there is a small Swedish minority in Finland that divides that country a bit, and many Finns resent the fact that they have to learn Swedish just because of this small minority.

    If Finns think Swedish men are all feminine (and even gay), I understand why. We deserve that reputation. :-)

    Comment by Mr Hamrell — April 29, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

  311. The Irish do too hate the English. I know like two guys who fondly reminisce (I am in Scotland) of their grandparents hiding shotguns etc in their houses during the troubles, and how whenever the troops said “hi” they would just spit on the street and keep walking.

    Comment by Max T — April 29, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

  312. this is all bulshit. Europeans only bitch about the states becuse they all sit on their fat asses and think they control the whol world. And most European countries get along with echoter they dont bitch about the other countries only if they due something really stupid. I dont know where you got your info but its all a bunch of bullshit. And it dosent sound like u know anything about Europe.

    Comment by unknown — May 10, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  313. What a bunch of crap!

    I can tell you one thing: Most Europeans will have their prejudices about Americans confirmed by viewing your ridiculous allegations.

    Comment by Siv, woman from Norway — May 15, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

  314. Nope – you are way off with that.. Wrong on too many levels to count..

    Comment by Bud Fox — May 27, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

  315. Nice article there :)

    Comment by Bruno van den Elshout — June 8, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  316. As an American, I’ve learned several things, especially from the comments: the Irish are very sensitive about the size of their population, the Spanish are very sensitive about any implication that they may not be white or European (they’re certainly both, for the most part, but why the anger?), and that quite a few Europeans express hatred of ALL Americans when one American stereotypes them.

    Also interesting to compare some American attitudes about Blacks and some European attitudes about the Roma (Gypsies). The difference being that we’re far more likely to elect a Black leader than any European country a Roma leader…

    Comment by Bricker — June 9, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  317. Very true, Bricker. I’ve found that Europeans in general are a lot more sensitive around nationality than we are. They know more, but with that seems to come a host of very specific, incontrovertible prejudices. That is a generalization – I’ve certainly met a few exceptions – but it’s one that holds true far more than for Americans.

    I also await the day that a European country elects an ethnic Arab or Turk to head their government. (I don’t think it will happen in our lifetime)

    Comment by JM — June 10, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  318. European nations, I’m afraid, cannot get rid of stereotypes. Some of these are well grounded in the past and the nature of the nation. As a Pole I cannot think well about Germans who murdered several members of my family, millions of Poles, destroyed Poland almost completely – my home as well, and never tried to pay a pfenig of war damages. Owing to the war we had communism which combined with war ruined our economy so that now many Poles like slaves have to look for employment abroad. That is why Germans will remain the most hated nation in Poland.

    But it is not true that Poles hate all the rest – Czechs with their culture, language, films, humour, etc. are very popular in Poland. Slovaks are generally liked as well. With Russians and Ukrainians we had rather complicated relationship which finds reflexion in an ambiguous attitude towards these two nations. Lithuanians do not like us because we took Vilnius before the War – but in Poland people tend to think – still – well about them because for centuries we had a common state. There are, of course, grumpy idiots everywhere, who seem to hate everyone else, but it would be most irrational to describe nation’s feelings towards other nation on the basis of what those grumpy idiots think.

    Comment by Pawel_Poland — June 14, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  319. Swietnie powiedziane, Pawel. It helps to understand some of the historical context to some prejudices, like you’ve done.

    Comment by JM — June 16, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  320. as a german i can say the following – the ‘ive been in germany before….but we didnt land’ seems to be the most popular joke ever

    else, about england – they all look the same (esp the ghastly women) and have sticks up their bottoms

    the scots are fat & mainly eat fried mars bars

    italians scream for their mothers when climaxing

    all of scandinavia is seen as sweden which is seen as that cook from the muppet show

    Comment by fritz fritzofferson — June 18, 2008 @ 10:09 am

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  322. Well, as a Czech I would rather deny that Czechs are cold. They are cold on the first sight toward unknown people, that is right, but after they get to know the other side better, Czechs usually throw off that cold shell and change themselves into charming hosts and good friends. Just do not push hard on Czechs, give them some time to have a sniff at you. You will not regret that :-). As for Slovaks – people from Slovakia are our closest friends, I personally have lot of friends and customers in Slovakia and generally I feel at home in Slovakia. We consider Poles as religious bigots a bit, but generally we like them (some of my most impressive vacations have taken place in Poland). We hate Russians for being such imperialistic thugs taking no regard toward us (a relict from the Soviet occupation era). We also consider Austrians as “cold noses”, overlooking us and blaming us for the end of the austro-hungarian empire. The Germans still are accepted with rather negative feelings (wounds from the WW II are still live here).

    Comment by Dave — June 23, 2008 @ 1:40 am

  323. Hi, I am Czech and I have got a comment to this discussion, not to the article above.
    Many here say that Czechs did not resist the Nazi Germany.
    Well, just imagine the possibilities: if you are a 40 million nation like Poles, you can have this luxury of fighting against german tanks on horses or you can have this luxury of declaring the policy not a step back when you are 200 milion Soviet nation. But what to do when you are a 10 million Czech + Slovak nation and you await confrontation with a nation of similar technical level, but 8 – 9 times larger and even fanatical? Especially when all your neighbors are his Allies against you (even Poles).
    I am proud of Czechs who killed One of “top ten” Nazi leaders (Heydrich), I am proud of Prime minister of WW2 Prague czech puppet government, who was unmasked as leader of antinazi underground movement and I am proud of members of prewar Parliament fighting in guerilla forces.
    Of course Poles and mainly Soviets were needed for the victory. I would say nobody in history sacrificed like Russians to fight such evil.
    But I do not feel shame for czech way of thinking.

    And by the way the article is a piece of crap.

    Comment by Jura — June 24, 2008 @ 2:21 am

  324. You´re right Jura. When Munich Agreement was signed by Neville Chamberlain (GB), Édouard Daladier (France), Adolf Hitler (Germany) a Benito Mussolini (Italy) we hadnt many options to defense. Chamberlain with his policy of appeasement which never works sold us to Germans. And French Daladier didnt worry about breaking military alliance with us. M.A. demanded on Czechs to give up their border areas called Sudeten.Key fact in this is that in Sudeten were most of our border defenses and military equipment as well. The only possibility to fight against Hitler was guerilla war or escape from country and fight side by side with R.A.F.

    Comment by Joe.Cole — June 25, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  325. And to the article, I hope nobody gets it seriously. At least half of it isnt true, but I think main purpose of this article is to entertain and it did. American view of Europe will always be out of focus (and vice versa). And I must add:
    - Czech imagination of German is fat stinkin loud guy wearing Bavorian garb :).
    - Czechs make fun of Slovak because of their nationalistic vein.
    -Czech dont like Gipsies because most of them just get social security benefits and dont work, steal, make mess and noise.
    -Czechs as one of the most atheistic nation in EU dont understand Poles, very small amount of them hate them because they think Poles are bunch of thieves and fakers, but generally theres no hate towards them
    -Czech rather than have a mad on politicans, sportsmen representing their country and failed, politicans and politicans :) make fun of them, but you can also meet attitude of “know-it-all fatheads” who spend all the time by sitting in pubs and talkin about stuff they dont know nothing about but have solutions to all problems of the world.what a pity they dont move their asses and do somethin:).
    =>this reminds me my former P.E. teacher and his advices. Once we took part in basketball tournament and one of my classmate, Adam was really good at it and the teacher really pissed him.

    F.E. he was about to shoot 3-point and the teacher was like: “Dont shoot Adam, OMG!!”, Adam scored and teacher: “Oh yes, great Adam , thats how I like it”

    Comment by Joe.Cole — June 25, 2008 @ 11:23 am

  326. uups sorry for my english, i forgot theres no double negative it should be stuff they know nothing about

    Comment by Joe.Cole — June 25, 2008 @ 11:26 am

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  328. I am actually waiting for the Asian version of this stereotyping.

    Comment by sub — July 27, 2008 @ 3:35 am

  329. sub – so a I! Asians are oddly reticent when it comes to talking about their neighbors. All I can tell is that the richer ones look down on the poorer ones.

    Comment by JM — July 27, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  330. You f***in moron. You think by living 4 years in Europe and by talking to a few people, you think you can understand the complex relations, that europeans have with each other???

    You’re my internet douchebag of the week!

    Btw, everything you wrote down here are stereotypes!!!! You didn’t realize that? Oh maybe that’s because you’re a conservative blindfolded dumbass american!

    I’m so sick of all the people, who think we germans are villains of europe, never able to laugh or to cook a decent meal! Ah just wastin my fuckin time on you, freak!

    FUCK YOU!

    Comment by ProudGerman — August 8, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  331. It’s only a stereotype until someone like you confirms it. Danke schoen!

    Comment by JM — August 8, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  332. Sweden is looked down upon by other Scandinavians because we, just like England, take after the US so much. And we really do and I totally agree with them even though I’m a Swede. I can’t stand the americanizing. Otherwise it’s like someone else said; we tease eachother like siblings do.

    Comment by David — August 12, 2008 @ 6:28 am

  333. Interesting article and comments.

    As a Brit, I think your remarks about us are pretty much spot on, especially those about Brits living elsewhere in Europe.

    Personally, I’m a big fan of France – a beautiful country, nice people and great food. However, on the world stage, I find them a bit arrogant (but so are the Brits) and generally not team-players.

    I’m also a big fan of Germany. Everything seems to work very well – and on time – but they can be very rigid and a bit stuck in their ways.

    The Dutch are very self-confident and, yes, a little self-righteous, but also very friendly and easy to get along with.

    I think Belgium is all too often overlooked as a country, which is a shame because it has lots to offer and absolutely amazing food (and beer!).

    The Poles that I work with are very polite and have an excellent work ethic. They are also pretty quiet, but give them a drink and it’s a different story!

    The Irish are great fun – a bit mad at times (in a good way) and very likeable.

    The Scandinavians, generally speaking, are either too weird, too serious or too boring (sorry!).

    Comment by Rob UK — August 17, 2008 @ 9:06 am

  334. Agreed about Belgium – underrated. I really like Brussels (although I felt Antwerp was a bit underwhelming).

    Comment by JM — August 19, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  335. “Poolse Landdag”, an old Dutch saying about a completely disorganised parliament / parliamentary system, also used when confronted with a big meeting of squabbling people who cannot agree about anything.

    The saying is centuries old (stems at least from 19th century) and yep, since the brothers Kaczinsky moved in, the Poles are living up to this expectation again.

    Comment by Peter — August 31, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  336. You missed the Albanians. The most current joke is now:

    “Come travel to Albania, you car has arrived already”

    Comment by Peter — August 31, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  337. Hey there.

    The Poles don’t dislike the Slovakians. They just think they sound funny. Supposedly, Slovakian sounds like a baby form of Polish…..so the Slovakians sound like children.

    Also, lots of the south western Poles dislike the Germans because the past.

    Oddly, Poles pretty much hate all other Poles. I’ll give you an example: In the south west there are two towns next to each other which hate each other because they each used to be in different partitions when Poland was wiped off the map. Crazy!

    Great post!

    Cheers, Tom

    Comment by Tom — September 3, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  338. First, too all those that (typically) call this article “crap” or “bullsit”, and otherwise take offense: you miss the point. Yes these are stereotypes that don’t apply to 95% of the people. Most people are pretty much the same. But it is human nature to focus on perceived group differences. No intelligent person takes them seriously.

    To all the Spaniards: the comment “Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind” is not supposed to be read literally, the author was using a literary trick (called “tongue in cheek”) to paint a picture from a different speaker’s viewpoint with the understanding that it’s not true. Poor choice for an international audience, but those of us fluent in English “got it”.

    On the Scandanavian/Nordic issue: thanks for educating us “New Worlders”. The ignorance on this issue is due to our education, we are taught that Finland is a Scandanavian country, and memorize it as such. But I doubt that many ‘peans know the differences between Montana and North Dakota. I suspect that it is somewhat like the Holland/Netherlands issue, those who live there know better, but become tired of trying to educate the ignorant (Americans, usually).

    ==
    Now, on to my contributions to the stereotypes:
    I’m not much of physical world traveler, but:

    Germans: (from 1976) I got yelled at by a German shopkeeper for not saying “hello” when I entered his store. (I’m genetically 100% German, btw)

    I used to work for Finns: Compared to American WASPs (like me), Finns expect each other to do what they say they will do, and don’t tolerate deviation well. Progress reports aren’t expected, final results are. Most are nice, but the few that aren’t, are real jerks. They are real clanish, they will only buy Finnish products, even if those products aren’t the best solution. Their software interfaces are atrocious. The only male Swede that I worked with *was* effiminate, but was a breath of fresh air compared to the Swedes, and the other Swede (a woman) is the only one from that firm that I stay in contact with. She was fun and feisty (and not blonde). I didn’t experience the drunken, knife-wielding, but I worked with white-collar professional sorts, who by the way, would never have lunch with production staff back in Finland but tolerated here in the states, when forced.

    I’ve never met a Pole in person, but deal with hundreds online. Most are (justifiably) bitter about Germans, many of them would love to rewrite history (there’s a whole legion of them on WikiPedia, conducting never-ending edit wars). Between the Germans and the Soviets, they’ve been beaten down forever. They are one of France’s only real friends (due to Napoleon’s brief “liberation”).

    Comment by ContorlsFreak — September 6, 2008 @ 6:24 am

  339. Mmm,

    Scandinavia consists of Norway, Sweden and Denmark

    NORDIC countries, which for the Nordic Union are Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

    Comment by FinnGirl — September 13, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  340. I’m a Swede and I think that finns only say that we are homos because they have no better insults to come with, you mostly hear such things over the internet, I for one have never met a finn who have dared or even wanted to say that in my face, also I don’t view finns as violent drunkards, mostly maybe because I have finnish friends.

    Comment by Swede — September 15, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  341. ? ?? ??? ? ??? ???? ????? ??? ?????.

    Comment by Iwasjustpassingby — September 20, 2008 @ 8:05 am

  342. Nice read,
    I am an Albanian, only a couple of comments on us here; by the way the joke about Albania was funny. To a certain extent one has to create some stereotypes, in order to be able to deal with people of different nationalities. I have had the chance to meet Greeks, Macedonians, Turks, Dutch, Spanish, French, English, Poles, Italians (of course). My stereotypes (not necessarily right) are:
    Greeks…too much talk about nothing people, lazy, loud
    Macedonians…wicked but ordered
    Dutch…hard working, smart, not funny people
    Spanish… explorers, loud a bit like the Greek, friendly
    French…wine drinkers, mono-language, strange culture
    English…think the rest of nationalities are crap
    Poles… quiet, non agressive, sometimes meaningless and not funny
    Italians…lazy, mafioso-type (especially south), cook well and make loads of unnecessary gestures
    Albanians…impulsive, hate being fooled, lazy, euphoric

    Comment by Ed — September 29, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  343. As a Finn, I can tell you that the hate of swedish people is mostly just in the southern and western part of Finland. Here in eastern, in russian border, we have a real hate of russians.

    We have here thousands and thousands of joke books full of jokes about swedes, which starts: “There was a Finn, a Norwegian and a Swede…” and the swedish dude always draws the shortest straw.

    Yes, we think that all swedish men are gay and that norwegians are rich, eats fish and burns up churches.
    We don’t have a common opinion of danes and icelanders

    Comment by Sambo — September 29, 2008 @ 11:50 am

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  345. HOLY CRAP !!
    AN ALBANIAN JUDGES THE GREEKS!
    I’TS LIKE THE PARASITE – A FLEE FOR EXAMBLE -JUDGING IT’S HOST, THE DOG!
    OH, AND… MACEDONIANS?
    WTF IS “MACEDONIANS” ?
    SORRY, NO SUCH THING AS “MACEDONIANS”… MAYBE YOU MEANT “SCOPJIANS” ?
    BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU’RE JUST AN UNEDUCATED IGNORANT LITTLE PRICK, HOW SHOULD YOU KNOW?

    Comment by bob — October 3, 2008 @ 12:57 am

  346. I love learning about all peoples, countries,
    and have some friends in many countries around the world.

    I wish that we can all be kind to one another and learn.

    I have European and Native American heritage.
    My country is the world.

    I run a website where I make earthquake, severe storms and volcano predictions. I care for all people equally.
    I love geography and learn where all the places are in the world.

    It is only through understanding and learning about others we come to know ourselves.

    May all learn to live in peace and help each other.

    Pam

    Comment by Pam — October 18, 2008 @ 2:58 am

  347. As a Serb, it is a bit hard to say anything good or bad about us, after so much propaganda in the last 15 years about us. We as a nation are the most keen on Russians and Greeks, because of strong bonds from thousands years long history. We also respect Germans, as hard workers and honest people. We do not like English, because of lot of troubles they put us in through history. They put us in the war with Hitler only because they wanted to save their own ass for a while. We consider them as cold, polite, and very dishonest. We generally do not hate Croats, as they hate us, but we carry unforgetable wound from the WW2 by killing and torturing millions of Serbs by Croat Ustase under Hitler’s regime and then not getting any responsibilities or punishment for it. We as people are very impulsive, temperamental, honest, warm, unrealistic and sometimes a bit too proud of ourselves. We are also very disappointed about the whole injustice on our nation caused by USA and their EU followers only becaues of some big geo-political games, but we forgive everything as we know that God will have the final word :-((

    Comment by Serbgirl — October 20, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  348. I’ve visited Europe 3 times and am still amazed how openly racist people are. I mean, this website is for a bit of amusement but if it was around in 1935 we’d probably be laughing about how the Germans don’t like the Jews!!!
    I live in Melbourne, Australia; my country certainly isn’t perfect as far as prejudices go, but I know we’re a lot less tolerant of racists and bigots than in Europe. I’ve had the good fortune to teach in schools in Western Melbourne where there is a high migrant population, up to 50/60 different nationalities in a school. And you know, when 1 or 2 racial groups dont dominate in a school, race almost ceases to be an issue.
    Another thing; my ancestors came to Australia about 130 years ago, but many Europeans couldn’t accept that I was ‘Australian.’ I was British, Cornish or Irish because my ancestors were from there!!

    Comment by Matt — October 22, 2008 @ 5:21 am

  349. Brilliant piece here. I myself am British.

    The worst thing about peoples opinion on the UK is its mostly based on the snotty uptight rich snobby wanker unbelievable useless politicians who for some reason run this country due to a rigged voting system for the past 100years or so. OR the drunk loutish people who seem to roam our streets or everyone else’s street plastered causing havok!

    I admire the rebuild start a fresh attitude of most Europeans. unlike Britain rebuild the old ways bollocks

    true to the fact we don’t like being called Europeans.

    we love to winge about how crap everything is but who doesn’t? its good for the soul well kinda.

    One statement in particular that we all love Americans is a load of crap. we hate them and we hate our government who seem to endlessly bend over and take it from the USA.
    As I said above we don’t like being called Europeans but we would rather be that than the USA’s lap dog.

    [Ed: Reread my post. I make it clear the Brits hate everyone, esp Americans. Anyone who's spent any reasonable amount of time with Brits knows them to be misanthropes.]

    Comment by Max Williams — October 23, 2008 @ 3:45 am

  350. Hi!
    After reading most of the article and some of the replies esp about Poland and Poles (since I’m one)
    I’d like agree that some of the antagonisms really exists but I don’t won’t to focus on them becouse it’s in my opinion pointless and serves no purpose. I’d like to however to turn your attention towords the element of friendship between countries and nations. I’m sure one of them exists and should definitelly be practiced more; it’s the nobel idea of firendship between Hungary and Poland (as Matt already mentioned).

    Polish and Hungarian people to some extent I believe are aware of it but to other of You – who would like to know more – I suggest to google “Pole, Hungarian, two good friends” and you’ll see an interesting article about it in Wikipedia”. Excert from the article about already metioned proverb “Pole, Hungarian, two good friends” might be a “bait” for You to read it entirely:

    “The full Hungarian text of the proverb often recited during drinking is „Lengyel, magyar két jóbarát, együtt harcol s issza borát,” that is „Polish, Hungarian (are) two good friends, they fight and drink their wine together”.

    The Polish version: „Polak, W?gier, dwa bratanki, i do szabli, i do szklanki,” translates to „Polish, Hungarian (are) two brothers, both for saber, and for (drinking) glass”. (full text: Wenger Polák dwa bratanki/Ido Szabli ido szklanki/Oba zukhi oba zsvavi/Nekh ikh Pan Bog blogoslawi)”

    No other similar widespread bilingual proverb exists about the mutual relations of two nations.”

    …Or does it?

    I don’t know which countries are expecially fond of each other but after watching couple of ‘infamous” eurovision contests I’ll noticed that some countries repeatedly vote for each other and regardless of the artist’s performance they give highest notes almost every time.

    Such tendecies I’ve observed comply to countries like:
    Finland – Estonia
    Turkey – Azerbaijan
    Grece – Armenia

    So if anyone of you knows about some special friendly relations between two countries I’d be eager to find out.

    Comment by Dan Geruss — October 24, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  351. Hi! :)
    I’m Portuguese and I would just like to sort some things out here.

    Yes, we do have a long story of competiton with the spanish dating back to the discovery times and lots of portuguese dislike the spanish. But not everyone thinks like this. Lots of people think of them as “nuestros hermanos” (our brothers) and like them.

    The only thing that bugs us is that even though our languages are much alike, when a portuguese is in Spain he will always do whatever is possible to be understood by them, but when in Portugal, the spanish always refuse to try and understand our language. Either we speak spanish or they won’t understand what we say. (even if they do, they will say they don’t)

    PS: I know not eveyone is like this and there are exceptions, but my experience tells me that this is what happens.

    Comment by Luísa — October 26, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  352. Here’s my take on what Croatians generally think of other Europeans….
    Serbians – hated by the extreme nationalists (who perceive them as genocidal tribal illiterate primitive brutes). Surprisingly, admired by many (mostly urban/leftists) who marvel at their lack of “inferiority complex” and a very, very relaxed attitude about their “balkan mentality” (unlike croatians, they haven’t been brainwashed into thinking they’re part of the civilized, clean, cultured “Mitteleuropa” and that all things balkan are basically filth). Serbian literature, movies and (especially) music are extremely popular and generally considered to be vastly superior to croatian home-grown, ahem…culture.
    Slovenians – viewed as cold, stuck-up, arrogant (not even remotely true, in my experience). Probably even more unpopular than the Serbs these days – Slovenia-bashing seems to be the growing trend. It’s mostly jealousy (they’re miles ahead of us in terms of economy, social order, etc) with a bit of blind nationalism and propaganda thrown in.
    Bosnians – backward, primitive, daft (by far the most popular joke-materials) .
    Macedonians – their existence is mostly ignored, but the few people who have actually been there said that they’re the nicest folks in the world :)
    Hungarians – even though we shared many centuries of common history with our northern neighbour, nobody seems to have anything to say about Hungary these days. The language barrier is too strong, probably. Oh, a lot of people have said nice things about Budapest (amazing city) and Hungarian women (hot and…..easy? apparently)
    Germans and Austrians are generally perceived as “our friends”, for various reasons : our inferiority complex, Austro-Hungarian empire, hundreds of thousands of Croatian guest-workers (gastarbeiten) making a living in Germany in the 80s, both countries being among the first who recognized our independence. I dunno, it’s weird, they’re generally respected and thought of being on “our side” (I’m sure they couldn’t care less), but anyone who’s been there or lived there always points out how cold, unfriendly and individualistic they are.
    English : arrogant bullish snobs. Some people, e.g. my father, seem to hold the English solely responsible for all the “tragedies” of Croatian nation throughout history. Doesn’t matter what it is, there’s always an English connection.
    British sitcoms/comedies are extremely popular though, especially Allo Allo and Mr. Bean.
    Italians : 2 opposite stereotypes : 1) warm, handsome, pretty, good looking, cute, beautiful language, blah blah blah (this is a more common opinion) 2) dirty, smelly Gypsies /racist Nazis (bizarre, I know, but this is what some people actually think. In my experience, they’re very similar to us, especially the South)

    Comment by StidljivaLjubicica — October 27, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  353. Romanians love everybody on the account of taking all the gipsies :D
    ( well… not all of them … yet! they’re still rolling )

    Romanians hate the Hungarians because they didn’t get enough gipsies … apparently they have more than enough of their own.

    Comment by Cosmin L. Neagu — October 28, 2008 @ 2:11 am

  354. There are extremists both in Hungary and Romania who hate the others, but it’s not a “feature”. Most of the population (in both countries) doesn’t have anything against the other people.
    However Romanians have something against the Russians for 50 years of communism… That’s not easy to forget.
    Romanians also doubt the cerebral activity of those who label Romanians as Gypsies.

    Comment by Xan — October 29, 2008 @ 7:24 am

  355. This is great read, I’m from Belgium and mostly evrything is spot on! one thing was forgotten though, in Belgium we believe that every other country has horrible beer. many belgians who are proud of their beer would say “I’d rather drink water from a toilet boil then drink (insert foreign beer brand)”

    Comment by Yan — October 29, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  356. I’m Bulgarian. We are quite perky people able to be part in any given society in the western Europe, and the western world for that matter. Gypsies are quite a problem in Bulgaria as they are a developing minority often associated with small time scams and thievery. However there are a lot of decent people amongst Bulgarian gypsies.

    Regarding the Romanians, I’ve been there. They are are developing better than us in some fields and their infrastructure is better around the capital. International roads nearby Danube are low maintained and when you enter Romania from Hungary and try to pass the Carpathians you will have to watch out about your car as the road is in a very poor state. At 3 a.m. in the morning it is common to see people walking between villages, sometimes even young women with their children. However I’m left with the impression that young people are more likely to find good jobs there.

    Not much is said about out neighbors – the Macedonians. I went there a while ago. It felt like Narnia – people playing a game of “Country”. All they need is a talking lion. They still believe that they are the remains of the once strong Macedonian Empire. In modern times when even wars waged not more than 60 years ago are now not a reason for two nations not to cooperate for mutual benefit, it is just simply immature to beat yourself in the chest and argue with the world that everything they have they owe to you. Young Macedonians don’t think that way. I had the pleasure to be in their company .

    We just try to be a part of the world.

    Comment by Svetoslav — October 30, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  357. Some historical adjustments

    1) Hitler WAS born in Austria (like it or not) – Braunau
    Ey, where did Haider come from again? Finally he got the right curve…

    2) The Roma (or better “Sinti”) AREN´t Romanians, this is a popular but wrong misunderstanding. They have a long history in Europe, coming from far east (India?), centuries ago, and are a separate people group. They were hunted and humiliated almost like the jewish over lng time in history. Historically, they life from artcraft, music, show, and, yes, begging. They had a strong line into France, and one of th biggest populations today lives in Germany (~60k). They have – very unique – no country, but their own legislation, culture, language, etc.
    And yet, there are some very poor Romanians begging in western Europe.

    Comment by History — October 31, 2008 @ 8:20 am

  358. Its funny because I’m from Nothern Ireland. When I’m on holiday no-one really acknowledges that I’m Northern Irish. We may be part of the UK but we are our own country, we even have our own fry if that counts for anything. We’re either English or Irish so I just pretend I’m Irish because everyone loves the Irish. If you say you’re English they tend to think you’re just a drunk and should be wearing a football top of some kind.

    Comment by Shana — November 3, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  359. Cant Believe there is so much disliking present in the days of globalization…..come on ppl …

    Comment by game — November 3, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  360. Funny !
    disagree with most of it, but still… should just be read for fun

    Comment by funroyal — November 4, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  361. I’m Belgian, and I don’t hate Dutch people, but the can act stupid. I noticed in Amsterdam they began to speak English immediately, when I spoke to them in Dutch, maybe because we have a slight accent. The strange thing is, we both speak Dutch, but still we don’t know a lot about eachother. The Dutch are ignorant for what’s happening in Belgium, I guess.
    Belgians are proud for surviving the World War’s, certainly the first WW is considered as a heroic and brave war, while our influence was not that large.

    Comment by desed — November 4, 2008 @ 10:17 am

  362. As a Swede, I’m getting FUCKING tired of all the hate from Finland. They always mock us and make fun of us – for no apperent reason.

    The Norwegians are seen as another part of Sweden, we can communicate well with eachother. We are a little jelous of them because they have their stupid oil.

    The danes are loved but their language seems like a joke, and therefore we joke about it alot.

    Germany is seen as a great country, Europe’s “super-power” with incredible industrial strength.

    Finns are ridiculed for their language which sounds NOTHING like the other nordic countries. Otherwise they’re seen as our brothers, or even closer, seeing sa it was another part of seden for 637 years.

    Comment by babidiboopi — November 6, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  363. Despite bitching about the swiss being stuck-up, I know more very kind and charming people from Switzerland than many other countries.
    I’ve been to many different european countries, and have met a lot of different people there. In the time I went travelling across Switzerland, I met a whole bunch of different types of people. While in central Switzerland the stereotype does match a lot of times, in the other parts, like Basel, Lausanne, Ticino or Chur, the people were very friendly and charming!

    I think of all stereotypes brought in this article (which is great btw!) the one about the swiss being stiff and rude does match the least.

    I’ll bet a lot of people have experienced this.

    Comment by Vdt — November 11, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  364. Que giro, favelados a dizerem que os Portugueses têm inveja do Brasil… só mesmo para rir. Alguma vez temos inveja de uma cambada de favelados que nem sabem que são os pais? (pergunta retórica, escusam de responder.)

    The portugueses, doesn’t hate the spanish, just some atitudes. For example when we are in Spain and we try to speak with the spanish they say “No comprendo!” (despite the fact that they do understand us), while the portuguese try to understand them. The portuguese have to answer to them by gestures because they never understand portuguese, portunhol (spanish with portuguese) or even english.

    Best regards.

    Comment by anti-favelado — November 14, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

  365. Having lived in Germany for over 20 years, I can only say that luckily the majority of people here don’t bother to spend that much time hating everybody else. There are a lot of harmless jokes, obviously, but I rarely met anybody who took them seriously, even though after reading the comments, you can only draw the conclusion that Europe is full of people who resent each other for various stupid reasons (which get weirder the further you read).

    Still, it was funny seeing all these guys pop up, claiming they speak for an entire country and providing all those obscure explanations for stereotypes most people probably have never even heard of. But of course something always seems to fit, like with a horoscope. And it always fun to explain the intricacies of your culture and country to a foreigner, even if you’re just making it all up on the spot, right?

    Also, kind of sad that most posters could only come up with negative stereotypes.

    Oh, sure, X hates Y because they’re all stuck-up. Also, Y thinks of Z as backwards. Z doesn’t bother to learn foreign languages and also has a healthy dislike for X. Probably because of THE WAR. And don’t you ever dare calling X an Y, except you’re ready for a fight until death. Europe really is serious business.

    Comment by Richard — November 20, 2008 @ 4:24 am

  366. Portuguese people don´t hate the Spanish. If they are arrogant with us, we are ironical with them. We tend to be more introspective and melancholic. Fado expresses that quite well.

    Comment by Miguel — December 5, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  367. First off, this seems very ignorant and American.

    The Poles love jokes about the Germans.

    Also the British and Spanish both dislike each other. So do the Brits and the Greeks.

    Comment by Ian, UK — December 30, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  368. Ian: Thank you for proving my point about the Brits (you hate Americans, and just about everyone else)
    As for the bit about Poles and German jokes: have you lived in Poland? Are the Poles you’re talking about actually Polish, or are they Brits of Polish extraction? I lived in Poland for a couple of years, befriended countless Poles, and never heard a single German joke (heard plenty about other nationalities, though).

    Comment by JM — December 30, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  369. As a German who has been living “abroad” in the Czech Republic for some years, I’ve got a few things to share.

    Prague is almost an entirely different country when compared to the rest of CZ. Those from Prague are widely regarded as rude, crazy drivers, snobs, and they have silly accents. (The difference between a Czech who has lived in Prague and one who hasn’t is enormous!)

    Not to mention Czechs have a horrible habit of being passive-aggressive, and will blatantly lie to you about almost anything. Though I’ve got to say, they’ve got great beer, and a friend will near always share a bit of their “garden” with you. ;)

    Comment by rados — January 4, 2009 @ 10:46 am

  370. I love this forum, I roll on the floor gasping for air with laughter at some of the entries lol :)

    Anyway this below is in Finland the common conception of the Swedish male :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leRsWGF3mSc&feature=related

    Comment by Freathinker2308 — January 9, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

  371. [QUOTE ContorlsFreak, on September 6th, 2008 at 6:24 am Said:] On the Scandanavian/Nordic issue: thanks for educating us “New Worlders”. The ignorance on this issue is due to our education, we are taught that Finland is a Scandanavian country, and memorize it as such. [/QUOTE]

    I wouldn´t worry too much about that if I were you lol ;)
    What you have been taught is not too off the truth. On this forum we obviously have a lot of hobbyroom geographers and ethnologists who let their personal emotions cloud the issue. Here is how Wikipedia describes Scandinavia:

    Scandinavia is a historical and geographical region in northern Europe that includes the Scandinavian Peninsula. It consists of the kingdoms of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark;some authorities also include the nations of Finland and some might even include Iceland.
    Regardless of how the term Scandinavia is used outside the region, the terms Nordic countries and Nordic region are used officially and unambiguously to identify the nations of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, the Danish territory of the Faroe Islands, and the Finnish territory of Åland as politically and culturally similar entities. “Scandinavia” is a common reference to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, but also includes Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia

    The Encyclopedia Britannica views it like this:

    part of northern Europe, generally held to consist of the two countries of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Norway and Sweden, with the addition of Denmark. Some authorities argue for the inclusion of Finland on geologic and economic grounds and of Iceland and the Faroe Islands on the grounds that their inhabitants speak North Germanic (or Scandinavian) languages related to those of Norway and Sweden.
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/526461/Scandinavia

    Even though Finnish is not a Scandinavian language, culturally and historically it has very close ties to Sweden, Norway and Denmark making it notably Scandinavian.

    Comment by Freathinker2308 — January 10, 2009 @ 11:18 am

  372. hi i am from berlin germany but both my parents are irish. i agree with you in some ways and it saddens me. for most other europeans view ireland is just a small isolated country, maby as you said humble people.

    the thing is irish did move to mainland europe but they integrated much more like irish in mexico and argentina.

    a good proportion will know at least something to do with the problems in the north-for example massive protest was held in paris when bobby sands died in 1981.

    many teenage spaniards visit ireland each year and have done since the 1970′s seeing as spanish parents would rather send their children to catholic ireland rather than protestant britian to learn english.

    i don’t know really, i would prefer if europeans would have better understanding of each other.

    Comment by conor — January 14, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

  373. I think you are all nuts! All genetically the same but culturally think you are better than the next. Think of yourselves as all equally fucked up people who dislike others because they thing you suck in return. As for what divides countries war and other bullshit, wars never end they just move around and evolve. So today the large countries fight economically/politically etc. and the small weak ones get blown up. By the way the same ass holes who cause the shit in the world wars ect still here fuck ups!!!!

    Get along kids!

    Comment by Peter — January 24, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  374. Just wanted to say to that pathetic piece of shit bob (which he thinks he is Greek but he actually is a stupid lazy never-showered gipsy) to shut the fuck up.

    Comment by Albanian — February 4, 2009 @ 1:43 am

  375. I’m Polish American teen (though I’m also Irish German Scottish Polish by heritage-wise) and just wanted to give a bit of insight on the Polish views. I have visited Poland several times, most recent being last month. I personally dislike Germans, and find the Czechs annoying; the Russians for me is a hate/love relationship especially because of past with Soviet Union (dislike); however there is a strange closeness with the country via of language and culture (kinship).

    From what I observed from Polish friends and family, Polish people tend to now (due to E.U.) go to Ireland and U.K. and find it very charming. Many Polaks (thats right, we are not offended by the term whatsoever) prefer the British Isles than the countries surrounding them. they also seem to fond of France and it’s chicness. It used to all about Germany, but now a days Germany it treated as oblivious. A Polish woman I know, whose used to live in Germany for a couple of years, found the Germans to be quite dull and devoid of any vigor really. She frankly told me that she was so happy to living back in Poland where everybody is so much more cheerful and outgoing. Another Polish man told me that German cuisine is quite awful, and that Germans actually prefer eating Polish cooking when compared to their own. But lastly I want to state that there is a split view towards Germany and Poland. Polish people thoroughly distaste Germany’s past (WWII) but for some reason don’t show much animosity towards the post WWII Germany (indifference). I find that strange since I’m a bit prejudice myself against Germany and its culture.

    Also Polish people tend to be very proud and cheerful of their country. They’re in no way introvert. They are very ambitious, and with the country becoming part of the European Union, Polish people are ready to go explore and experience other cultures.

    By the way: I am in no way saying that the ANY of the countries I mentioned are any better than anyone others. This is just from what I see, hear, and know and are not intended to disrespect anyone. And I find it really insulting that some other posters out there think they’re hot shit when frankly they’re assholes with an overinflated ego. This was meant to show and explore how others see each other, and if you keep portraying yourself like a complete douchebag, you are only hurting your own image and your own heritage/nationality. You really REPRESENTING yourself poorly.

    Comment by Ala — February 4, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

  376. Search Entropa by David Czerny. Probably it can give a few more stereotypes on how Europeans think of each other…in the Czech point-of-view.

    Comment by Alberto — February 10, 2009 @ 6:14 am

  377. if you dont like the english dont speak english and that includes the irish who hate us because of the famine

    Comment by jw — February 10, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  378. what abt romania? or isnt romania in europe? and hungary too… :D

    Comment by romania — February 13, 2009 @ 4:51 am

  379. I’ve visited Netherlands, Belguim, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, and Hungary.
    I agree that the poles are incredibly inert, self contained and don’t exhibit any of the snob nonsense observed in the UK (Which by the way has an average IQ score well below that of their european counterparts including Poland).
    Polish food is healthy, limited and tasty, czech food similarly is german in character with a few beverages typical of the czechslovak past.
    Hungarian food surprisingly is much varied, mostly western by standards. French food is tempting if a little over the pricey side. And netherland have some of the cuisines typical of german sausage but advertised as dutch with influences from belguim and france. Sweet food might I also add in belguim/netherlands is also influenced in the UK. Sausage and cheese less so and not a popular import from both sides.

    The UK is a small, lousy smelly country which is influenced by the capital in which all towns and cities are routed towards.
    No real culture, appaling manners, popular crime resort, a mass of immigrants who arrive and instantly gain UK citizenship, lousy southern snobbish behaviour characterised by those that have little to show. I’m unsure of the motive behind what is driving the UK. Sadly the capital is all that the UK has to show, an overly populated area dense in pollution with little character and high living costs.

    Indeed an appalling country to be apart of, and would instantly work longer hours and less pay in another country with decent people.

    Comment by James — February 13, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  380. To Romania! :) The only experience I ever had with someone from Romania is the woman who used to cut my hair. She was very professional and nice and have to say gutsy too as she hardly even spoke the local tongue, yet had the courage to start her own saloon. Furthermore she didn’t succumb to threats from local competition, not even after someone one night trashed her shop. A very remarkable woman. I don’t have that much to say about Hungarians either, the few I have met here in Sweden and abroad have been good friendly people. Swedes are a timid people that rarely openly admit disliking anyone, however, due to failed immigration policies, the country has received half a million Muslims and the misconduct of many of them evokes anger and disgust. Studies show that Arabs and people of the Islamic faith in general, with the Romany (Gypsy) are the most undesired groups of people in the country. The differences expressed by the Swedes, Finns, Danes and Norwegians is nothing more than brotherly bickering.

    Comment by Tux 08 — February 21, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  381. By the way, thanks for the interesting article! I read it with a smile as I did the replies from various other readers. ;)

    Comment by Tux 08 — February 21, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  382. well, as a turk, i don’t have the slightest feeling of belonging Europe and this EU relations piece of crap. but relations with Europe are unavoidable due historical reasons. Now put the “Europe” beside, we only hate England( England is a part of europe here for us) for being the reason of every evil all around the world and contrary to the general perceptions, using americans for their issues. to french people, we just share the common feelings with every other nations against them. and French people should not worry for their peasants because we are not joining EU. Germans, we like them after all because they are honest people and absolutely not “more” racists than other countries (i know how they feel about my people). we feel nothing about scandinawians, they dont seem to have feelings after all. South Europe? es geht. they are lively. we do Not hate greeks or Armenians, simply we do not care about them. (this is plausible, because we used to be a main historical figure in the last thousand years and had sovereignty over them, they may have the reason to hate us, we don’t). Balkan countries, same with greeks. now, we respect russians when they are sober. America is not wellcomed in any single corner in this country, obvious reasons no need to explain.

    Comment by mha — February 25, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

  383. lol.. oh, i’m Greek allright.. but i would rather be a stupid lazy never-showered gipsy than a drug dealer-child molestor- albanian scumbag!!
    Go ask the French-Italians-Germans or anyone who had the “pleasure” of having you albanians lowlifes in their countries.. they’ll tell you the same thing…
    Now shut your pie hole and get back to work.. those ATM’s won’t rob themselves!

    Comment by bob — February 26, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

  384. Very good post, close to the mark and it is funny to hear an \outsiders\ opinion…

    Comment by r10t3r — March 10, 2009 @ 7:53 am

  385. This has been a wonderful read.

    It is particularly amusing to hear how incredibly “American” this piece is by a few posts, then have its conclusions completely confirmed by the next 12 posts.

    Comment by Rodolfo — March 19, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  386. This is what swedes tend to think about other europeans.

    Germany: “Haben flaben deutcschen sterben, hitler hitler hitler”
    Very strict and disciplinarian in a more effective way then the sometimes selfloathing swedes. Terrible tourists, just like us.

    Norwegian: Something like ike in south park, our retarded little brother that can´t speak properly. we also think they are lazy ex-heathens who just happened to luck out on the oil that made them rich. In turn they resent us for our actions during WWWII, and us forcing a union between sweden and norway.

    Denmark: Slightly older brother that speaks a form of gibberish that vaguely resembles Swedish. We also think they´re racist, hate us more then we hate them and have red noses. This in turn is attributed to their perceived constant drunkenness.

    Finns: Friends and enemy´s. We have closer ties with them then with either norwegians or danes, and despite the fact our languages arent even slighlty related we are genetically the closest to them. some resentment due to historical occupations, although numerous swedes fought in the Finnish-Russian war.

    Russia: Pretty much the same view as americans, cold, grey, vodka, stalin, communism. Historical enemy´s.

    Poles: Poor, but hard workers although a bit sketchy.
    Considered pale, and thin.

    The chzech republic, hungary, austria, slovakia, romania, bulgaria, etc: little or no data.

    Balkans: No man´´s land, although since the immigration of ex-yugoslavian refugees we´´re pretty sure who hates who by now. Serbs hate everybody, everybody hates Serbs, and Albanians pretty much just love themselves

    Greece: Good food, good weather and hairy, beach prowling casanovas. Sometimes considered inferior although they found what much or most of our civilization is based on.

    Italia: same as the greece, with the addition of wine. Also, scooters and mother issues.

    Spain: Lazy and funloving, love football. Not much else register.

    Comment by J — March 21, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

  387. I didn’t see many americans posting so i thought i might add a little American perspective. This is what America knows about Europe.

    Germany: BMW, David Hasslehoff, Hitler. The end.

    Russia: Communism and Karl Marx, not huge on smiling, but plenty of snow and sexy bitches

    Franch: sounds like ranch.

    Greece: Socrates, 300(?), they have big, fat weddings.

    Italy: my best friend is this big fat italian bitch and i’m not even gonna go into what i know about italy cause its probably a pack of filthy lies.
    but also, the mob and delicious food.

    Norway: possibly like Sweden.

    Spain: they get to sleep in the middle of the day and i heard they drink a lot which makes them o.k. fine by me.

    Poland: invaded by David Hasslehoff in 1945, possibly also like sweden.

    Czech Republic: supposedly, there is a great mexican restaurant run by a dude from San Diego somewhere in Prague, probably worth a visit.

    Denmark: ? dams? maybe the netherlands? no holland is the netherlands…

    Netherlands: sounds like a name for a crotch, legal weed and shrooms, possibly best place in Europe.

    Belgium: waffles

    Romania: near Transylvania

    Austria: Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Switzerland: neutral, chocolate, makers of K-Swiss

    Britain: not a part of Europe

    To those who equate ignorance and American-ness. Should i point out the irony of generalizing a group of people as ignorant?

    Comment by Theo — March 28, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  388. the greeks and the italians have very high regard for each other. when a greek meets an italian (or vice versa) the common greeting is \una fazza una razza\, or \one face, one race\, meaning that the greeks and the italians are one of a kind–that they share ancestry and history. they’re VERY friendly toward one another.

    Comment by nicole — April 7, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  389. Ukranians and Russians think Italians are greasy, lying, cheating, short and nasty type, predominately the males.

    Comment by tats — April 16, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

  390. TO THEO

    Ohhh, wow, I am American, and how to stupefy the Americans 101 by Theo. You are a bit harsh, but also wrong, Transilvania is a town in Romania not next to. Making it seem like Americans are that ignorant is harsh.

    Comment by tats — April 16, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  391. Portuguese point of view here as some asked

    Ourselves: We consider us as pessimistic, tragic dramas, melancholic, smarter than the others in the way to solve things by imaginative and impressing last minute methods (not the most technical one), (a little like the Russians space stations thing…), to cheat is not bad in the moral point of view it’s sometimes a compliment.
    The Spanish: We hate them, even who says no is just denying to irritate another Portuguese, usual considered as unclassed persons, loudly, rude and uglier (that is funny because we are physically identical, but every man will try to hide they had a Spanish girlfriend because it will score negative points in the sexual reputation). Oh, and we feel more intelligent as we speak 4 languages and them just 1, but in other hand I think they think it’s a sign of weakness of our mother tongue. Special exception: Galicia, the region is considered by us (not by them) half Portuguese so many look to it with sympathy.
    The English: Special relation here, we have a kind of adoration/hate. It seems important for us their recognition. Their approval seems when a father watches a show of his son. We have a legendary sentence “build to the English look!”. In the other hand we consider them a bunch of hooligans for the men and easy going (in bad sense), and unclassy for the women.
    The Italians: Welcome home! If there is a country the Portuguese indentify themselves and like to be compared with, is Italy. We think they have a way of life similar to us with the difference that they are happier. If we find an Italian outside of country we tend to look at him as he was from the same country sometimes.
    The Germans: We dislike Germans and no reason at all for that, our history never had a special contact. But we have the image they are all psychopaths racists.
    The French: Neutral. As all around we have an image of arrogance from there but we admire their culture. Some of their costumes were copied here.
    Americans: Neutral in feelings but Naif, stupid, and dozens of negative adjectives. A common Portuguese have an idea that it’s impossible to argue with them because they don’t understand “things”.
    Brazilians: Someone said we feel inferior to them (I don’t believe you went already to Portugal), that is the opposite and maybe the worse part of the Portuguese spirit. We feel the superiority of colonial era and racial too (90% of Brazilians don’t share our genes), they live in high number in Portugal and there are the general opinion that they are less capable or less intelligent. Many say they only know to Samba and to play football, the rest it’s better to leave for the others. We know that their jokes are about us too in Brazil but that is viewed how we were very important for them. But my opinion: They are simply cool, probably the happiest population on earth, they’re contagious.

    Stereotypes have at the end no sense at all. Exist all kind of persons in every country in the world that’s what I know:)

    Comment by Ricardo M. — April 27, 2009 @ 3:55 am

  392. “Or the Danish way, which is literally impossible to put down here”
    When I was in København, my hosts said the easiest way to was to think “coo-ben-haven”.
    I may be too forward, and my Danish hosts too polite, but that pronunciation seems to have worked well in my travels.

    Take care

    Comment by Joseph — May 1, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  393. Italians (northerners and southerners) are united in their hate of Romanians and all things related to Romania. It is a commonly held belief among Italians that Romanians are responsible for everything that is wrong in Italy–crime, unemployment, illegal immigration, and the likes. My grandparents are 100% Italian and 100% hate Romania and Romanians.

    Comment by Carmine — June 2, 2009 @ 3:04 am

  394. Honestly, I’m very surprised that this post hasn’t ended in a massive flame war… shock horror could it be that Europeans generally get along quite well together. I think in the last 20 years a lot has changed in europe and the stuff in this article is a bit out of date. It is still a funny read.

    As an English person I think we definitely have an ingrained ‘dislike’ of the french but its not like we take it in a serious or bitter way its just a bit of banter with a country that we have been involved in a huge amount of wars with (even wars by proxy around the world back before America was ‘born’). Of course knowing the French they probably take it far more seriously haha.

    I think English people respect the germans and dutch mostly because we are more similar than people from outside of europe would imagine. The German’s are seen as efficient and yes we do like to make jokes about the war. I think we are perceived as arrogant with a drunken violent sub culture because of holiday makers and the whole empire thing

    Comment by Colm — June 7, 2009 @ 6:01 am

  395. I’m French and i must admit you are spot on, but these are more some underlying stereotypes than real antagonism.

    A quick rule of thumb about us, french people, our respect for a nation seems to be unconsciously tied to the quality of their food. (surprise).

    For the countries with which we share a border, its more complicated than that.

    We love Belgians , we are tremendous friends, but we like to joke about and with them (same goes for Quebec by the way).

    Italians are tricky, we like the culture but we look down on them as being lazy effeminate show offs who are in love with their mama (which is a-ok, we are in love with their mama too, and the sisters, daughters… you catch my drift, hard feelings are located elsewhere towards Italian women *wink* *wink*).

    Its strange but we do not have problems with Germans beside the conventional clichés, perhaps because they are not our historical enemies.

    Which brings us to Brits… True enemies of France. They are everything we don’t want to be. But they tend to hate us while we only have a mild disrespect for them.

    Well, I could go on and on…

    Comment by jipi — June 8, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  396. I am European and I hate 98% of all European, they’re dumbass retrograde, masochistic, small thinking people thinking about their little town or neighbourhood and disergarding anything else. no sense of adventure, would return to the dark ages if they could!!!!

    America come and save us!!!!!!!!! You are not perfect (see Bush and followers) but at least you are thinking of the future, and don;t have this “we’re born to suffer” stupid ancestral way of feeling not just of thinking that most europeans have!!! I am disgusted and deeply ashamed to have been born here

    Comment by lori — June 28, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  397. I am Swedish so here’s my point of view:

    Everyone in Scandinavia hates us, except for maybe Norway. There’s a lot of jokes in Sweden about Norway, and they have a lot of jokes about us, so there’s basically just some sibling teasing between us.
    We have this view of Finns as violent, alcoholic brutes who live in the woods and sit in saunas all day, and they see us as effeminate alcoholic pussies. Swedish men aren’t considered to be ‘real’ men.
    We see Danes as backwards and racist, and they’re probably still bitter about the fact that we stole a big part of Denmark (Skåne) back in the days, and made it ours. Stockholm (the capital city) doesn’t like Skåne because we think they’re backwards and racist, and we want to give it back to Denmark. People in Skåne generally hates us in return because we make fun of the way they speak. Actually, Stockholm is also hated by most Swedes who don’t live there.
    We’re kinda like the British when we go to tourist traps – loud and obnoxious drunks, only we’re not polite when sober either.
    We’re also considered pussies because we let the Germans walk right through us during WW2 to occupy Norway (Strangely the Norweigans aren’t bitter at us because of that).
    Iceland thinks of themselves as the best country in the world, and the rest of Europe thinks they are exotic, mysterious, beautiful and quirky.

    Comment by Linnéa N. — June 29, 2009 @ 3:28 am

  398. Well i am from Sweden and i can really say that as i see noone mentioned the Balkans we are pretty much ignoring Eastern countries of Europe,Serbs and Croats are getting better along and they are very close to join the EU,they hated everyone but lately they are getting along with other countries so i say we should include eastern countries in our system they are very much of europeans,as for the western countries i think everyone knows what do swedish think of them ;)

    Comment by Sebastian — July 1, 2009 @ 4:22 am

  399. I will try to describe Czech point of “view”. Take it with fun and benevolence. Generally, we see all other post communist countries in two cathegories: first – younger, less developed, brothers, and second – monkeys. We hate to be called “eastern Europe”, because we were soooo developed before WW2, because we are soooo cultural and because – in fact – we are geographically more werstern than Austria for example.

    And now for the countries:

    Slovakia – our younger brothers. We love them, but we make fun of them because of their religiosity and nacionalism. We don’t understand why they have left us, why they left so clever and developed older brothers.

    Poland – our younger, but bigger brothers. It is only post communist country we have some respect for them, because their country is so large, they are not landlocked and their history is almost so great as ours. Sometimes we say they are fakers, we also make fun of their religiosity, but there is no hate, I think most of Czechs like them.

    German – well, I think Germany is the most close country in cultural and historical sense, in good or in bad. We can’t forgive them Munich agreement and WW2, we make fun of their obedience to authorities, we see them rude, but we also respect them because of their great industry, cars and highways with no speed limit. And in our dark subconscious we are proud that Nazi politics considered Czechs applicable for germanisation, not like other Slavic nations.

    Austria – we hate them, because their are laughable snobs in leather breeches, they are still post Nazis, most of guards in concentration camps were Austrians, Hitler was Austrian, because they hate us and underrate us, because they are manipulated idiots blocking our borders in anti nuclear energy protest (what is true) and because they throw garbare through our borders (what is also sad, but true).

    Hungary – we don’t know them much. We know our Slovakian brother doesn’t like them, but why? We see Hungarians as funny monkeys with moustache and insane language dancing csárdás and eating goulash. They are very undeveloped nation riding their horses via puszta.

    Ukraine – cheap workers and poor people. They live in woods and they can’t read. We feel sorry for them but we use them for hard work. We also see them as dangerous potential eastern mafiosos.

    Russia – hateful occupants, primitives and monkeys living in ground holes. They can’t read and they steal watches. But we also have some respect because of their cosmic exploration, science and success in WW2.

    Slovenia – we have some recpect because of their economy (only post communist economy better than ours!), but their country is so small, boring and uninteresting. Well, does anybody know where Slovenia is? In some pocket?

    Croatia – small brown monkeys with similar language living and fighting in Balkan hills. They have beautiful see, we love to go to our holidays there, but we know they are cheaters and they want to steal from us.

    Bosnia – muslim monkeys living and fighting in Balkan hills. We feel sorry for their suffering in civil war.

    Serbia – they slaughter other monkeys in Balkan hills.

    Romania – they are cool, they have Dracula. But they are soooo primitive. They have nice mountains, where some Czech minority lives. We like to make time travel to see them living in 19th century.

    Bulgaria – small brown monkeys, but they have cheap see.

    Comment by Eset — July 7, 2009 @ 11:48 am

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  401. My family is Romanian and I have been there many times. What I’ve learned is that they don’t really have a strong hate for anybody. They do dislike the following though;

    1) Russians – for turning them communist
    2) Hungarians – only the ones that live in Romania and think they own the place. Apparently they are very stubborn and mean.
    3) Gypsies – Ok they definitely hate them. Most I’ve talked to say that the gypsies travel around Europe stealing and committing crimes pretending to be Romanian. They believe they are given a bad name because of this group of people. They all feel like the government should get rid of them.

    Comment by DJ — July 15, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  402. I’m Hungarian and I don’t know about my parents hating any European countries, but have heard about some others disliking Slovakians and vice versa. Don’t really know why. I have some Slovakian friends and they are really nice. Slovakian people come to Hungary a lot also to shop or on holiday.
    I’ve been to Transsylvania some years ago, and the people there were overwhelmingly hospitable.
    About the aggressive Hungarian drivers: Hungarian drivers are aggressive only in Budapest, our capital city which is chaotic and terrible to drive through. I’ve had no problems driving in other towns of the country.

    Comment by progger — August 5, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  403. Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!
    please don’t tell me my post is LOST??????
    I wrote a really long one too!!

    Comment by Bij Lobith komt de Rijn Ons Land — August 7, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  404. Wow, I guess Americans are pretty ignorant.I had no idea so many countries hated us(especially the ones that would be speaking german now if it wasn’t for us).I will not go back to Britian(once was enough anyway).Half hate us??The only places that seem welcoming are Spain,Italy and Greece.

    Comment by bgc — August 12, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  405. Duh. Spaniards hate Americans the most because they know that the CIA killed many people in South America.
    Italians like Americans, maybe, but looking at their president, who resembles bush-cheney so strongly, that’s no wonder.

    And only Americans and English believe in this utter Disney fantasy world where they fought WW2 for purely selfless reasons. It was a power struggle, for world domination, pure and simple.
    The Americans won it. Should we kiss their ass for all eternity? Methinks not. We boosted the US economy quite a bit. do we get thanks for that? Equally not.

    Comment by Bij Lobith komt de Rijn Ons Land — August 23, 2009 @ 4:52 am

  406. Ok,listen ,the United States were isolationists at the time. We wanted no part of the war or we would have entered it years earlier(as we should have).If you really think that the United States wanted to rule the world then Japan and Germany wouldn’t be the great democracies they are today.

    Helped save England
    Freed France
    Rebulit Germany
    Maybe not for for eternity but I don’t think 60 years is long enough

    PEACE

    Comment by bgc — August 29, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  407. About the Germans being rude I have to say that it is in a more honest way. My experience is that if you’re getting a German as a friend, he’s a true friend.
    I hate this fake all-over-the-face smile from Americans as they meet you, telling you how WONDERFUL and what not everything is and saying “what an idiot” behind your back. Phony. If Germans don’t like you, they just don’t want to have anything to do with you. If they think the joke you just told them is not funny, they won’t laugh. You may find that rude but at least you know what they really think of you.

    Comment by Steve — September 7, 2009 @ 8:29 am

  408. Bij Lobith komt de Rijn Ons Land- My goodness you are a bitter mis informed whore! We don’t care about you. We don’t want you to kiss our ass, we want you to go away. We only kill people who need killing. All of the most henious genocide was brought about by Europeans, Slavs and Asians. Fuck off and leave us alone.

    Comment by Max — September 16, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  409. Regarding Czech resistance to Germany – Czechoslovakia officially capitulated, but had very strong resistance among people, guerilla and outland troops.

    Comment by zet — October 5, 2009 @ 1:08 am

  410. OMG !
    It was a lol for a long time
    just not of what you wrote but the idea that you seem to think it is true
    based on sch stereotypes and urban legends and self centered self love
    i love the americans
    i am so dumb it is actually so funny

    Comment by jenny — October 7, 2009 @ 4:20 am

  411. You’re TOTALLY wrong about Poles! \you never, ever hear jokes about Germans in Poland.\ are you kidding me? 90% of jokes in Poland is about Germans…
    \Germany and Poland is similar to that of the United States and Mexico\ – really \old-fashioned\. It used to be like that 20 yeras ago…now Germans buy cars in Poland cuz they’re cheaper ;/

    I could tell something about EVERY piece of word in this piece of crap! This are Stereotypes! Not what we think about each other!

    Comment by frompoland! — October 12, 2009 @ 8:43 am

  412. Mieszkalem w Polsce przez 2 lata; znam duzo Polakow, slyszalem tysiecy zartow. NIGDY nie slyszalem ani jednego zartu o Niemcach oprocz takich bezpiecznych, nieszklodliwych dowcipow dla dzieci.

    Comment by JM — October 12, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  413. RE Q #30 by Michael McGrath on November 3rd, 2009 – 6:09 pm

    We all have to face ferocious cuts and cold reality here in Ireland now.

    And let’s face it, during the Celtic Tiger years , and even now in our huge economic crisis, we are being more than generous to the Polish people here in Ireland, something that Ireland cannot so obviously afford now.

    With an Immigrant population, a veritable Army, of 400,000 here while we face economic Armageddon and the real possibility of the IMF being called in, the Irish people face total disaster.

    The immigrants, the Poles in particular, can just up and out when disaster strikes – Poland is booming, there is no fear of the IMF being called in there, as there is now in the case of Ireland.

    Therefore all Dole to immigrants will now have to be abolished , especially with a Billion of Irish taxpayers money being sent home to Poland to buttress the already booming Polish economy.

    The Irish Government must now urgently apply to the E.U. for derogations from the E.U. Protocol governing payment of Dole and other Assistance to incoming immigrants, no matter where they originate from.

    However, immigrants from EU countries coming to Ireland to work with a specific job secured here, cannot and should not be stopped – this massive problem must not be allowed to feed and fuel racism, which could easily happen as we see from comments from justly outraged Irish people who are the victims of Welfare Tourism, their own benefits now being cut, over the next three years, perhaps more, as a result.

    No country in the world should be expected to put up with what Ireland is putting up with – having to pay out two billions a year to immigrants who are still streaming in here while the Irish are forced to emigrate in the midst of the greatest depression that Ireland has ever experienced in modern times.

    There are of course the real leeches who contribute nothing to anybody, neither Polish nor Irish – Western Union who transmit that Billion of Irish peoples and Irish Government money out of Ireland annually, and profit by massive charges thereon , they should be surcharged 50 % on every Euro they send out of reland, that would put a stop to their gallop !

    And if the present Irish Government shirks its duty in dealing with this present crisis, then let the Irish people throw them out in the next General Election never to return to office, never , ever, to be voted in again.

    The Polish immigrants themselves here could help as well to defuse the situation by not being so transparently grasping and greedy, the Irish could help by calming down .

    Comment by Irish Journalist Ireland — November 3, 2009 @ 11:15 am

  414. Its a bit weird that Europeans just nominally think of Greeks as Europeans, I mean Western civilization is largely based on the ancient Greek civilization. Even the word \Europe\ is Greek.

    Comment by Jim2x — November 5, 2009 @ 5:40 am

  415. Kind of sad to have to say this, but I am sure that Czechs have never ever resisted anybody – not Nazist, not anybody else. I am Czech, you can trust me. Honestly, I have always thought, that Czechs have bad reputation for being a little cowardly and never fighting anybody – we just give up everytime when someone comes and seizes our land. We just make jokes about all the invaders and they leave after some time anyway :-)
    Poles have always fought – I was at workcamp with one polish girl and we got agreed that Czech cities are old, untouched and historical, while polish ones have been destroyed, newly built and now they are full of war memorials :-)

    Comment by stachys — November 6, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

  416. and something to add to JM: I CAN understand you, but I do not think that anybody else can, too; maybe it would be more useful to use english when all the other people on the disscusion probably can speak it, but very little of them speak polish, wouldn´t it?

    JM: Yes, but that message was directed to all the hypersensitive Poles who ALWAYS reject any sort of characterization of them. “You don’t know the first thing about us!” is the first thing they always say…even if you’ve lived there!

    Comment by stachys — November 6, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  417. And one more czech observation: I completely HATE when I am speaking with some other person from slavic country (mostly Poland or Russia ), I try to speak partly czech and partly their language and they don´t understand or they pretend not to understand! It drives me mad, because I CAN understand them but they just don´t understand me. It is so… frustrating!

    There is a story about it: I was buying a train ticket at the Krakow ticket office and the woman at the cash desk couldn´t speak english, so I tried my very basic polish (cca 50 words :-) )combined with czech. She was sitting there, not even trying to understand and just saying over and over again “I really don´t understand you, you are bunch of stupid tourists” (of course in polish) and I said “But I can understand YOU!” (of course in czech) She didn´t understand…

    JM: That’s because some of them are truly stupid and can’t understand any variation of what they speak. Others resent Czechs. But it’s always funny to me that the ignorant and/or monolingual are always staffed at international ticket booths at train stations!
    (I also spoke Croatian when I first moved to Poland, and I could usually understand the gist of what they were saying, but they just thought I was an idiot who spoke broken Polish and they wouldn’t even try to understand.)

    Comment by stachys — November 6, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

  418. but, still, I really like Poland… I was there just for two weeks, during the summer, but I ´d love to come back again…sometimes… Everything looked a little similar to the czech republic, different, but still similar somehow… I was in the country at the easternmost part and it reminded me the Czech republic 15 year ago, when I was a little more than a small child :-)

    Comment by stachys — November 7, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

  419. Hello,

    I’m Mexican-American, and I find this article to be very interesting. We obviously know that Americans \hate\Mexicans; I always that the perception that Europe was a united continent. Guess not! I really love being American because we think to the future, and not the past. I love all these stereotypes about Europeans. Next time, another American calls me a wetback, I’ll know what to respond. :)

    Comment by Rogelio — November 20, 2009 @ 12:33 am

  420. Hey guys, I’m Portuguese and here are my views on this subject: The Portuguese feel superior to Braziians (I know they’re not European but they were brought up in an earlier post) due to the majority of them being of mixed race and from a third world country (which the Portuguese founded). This attitude on the part of the Portuguese results in Brazilians reacting with jokes about Portuguese as a way to even things out. The Spaniards are seen sometimes as a bunch of gypsies with the whole flamenco and bullfighting thing and the Portuguese know that Spaniards are thought of by Americans as just another set of latinos who may or may not come from Mexico. There was an interviewer once who said to Penelope Cruz upon hearing she was from Spain : Oh so you’re a Mexican from Europe. The Italians are thought of as cousins in Portugal even more than the Spanish sometimes because we look similar and have similar culture. The English are seen as superior beings and have always unfortunately bowed down to them as if they were Gods. This is now changing but has unfortunately been true for many centuries. There is a saying in Portuguese that goes something like: Para Ingles ver (For English to see) in other words let’s try and impress the English like an offspring would try to impress a parent.

    Comment by Frank Bettencourt — November 21, 2009 @ 6:59 am

  421. To continue with the Portuguese view: Greeks are seen as very similar in looks and culture as well and are neither liked nor disliked. There is very little difference between a bunch of Portuguese old men sitting in a cafe drinking coffee and chatting and a bunch of old Greeks doing the same. The French have traditionallly been seen as superior in culture and race but with the advent massive arab and black immigration to France this view is rapidly changing as many Portuguese are now seeing the country as just another multicultural area of Europe. Also there are so many Portuguese living in France (around a million) that it is often seen as part of Portugal. The Portuguese like the Ukrainians who consitute the second largest immigrant population in Portugal because they are white and European and learn Portuguese very fast. They’re not crazy about all the Eastern Euro gangs springing up in Portugal though. The Continental Portuguese have traditionally looked down on Portuguese islanders like the Azoreans and the Madeirans for being isolated out in the middle of the ocean but the Azoreans actually feel superior racially since they have maintained their European roots (for the most part) while places like Lisbon have become inundated with Africans, Asians and latinos. Often the Azores feel more like Europe than parts of the mainland.

    Comment by Frank Bettencourt — November 21, 2009 @ 7:12 am

  422. This made my week. It’s human nature to dislike and begrudge others.

    And so it is on the aggregate international scale.

    The Irish dislike the English, obviously, for oppressing them for 600 years and inducing a famine that killed millions. Some English people feel a little guilty about that and others hate the Irish and see them, as someone said above, as a symbol of lost power (older generation) Naturally the lower class (sorry not being snobbish but English society is ultra classist) are complete ignorant in their lack of education and so would naturally hate the Irish who ‘took their jobs’ in the 70s and 80s and only say so having heard it from their just as uneducated parents. The Irish are just as economically well-positioned as the British and performed better during the last 20 years (apart from the obvious current recessionary glitch). The Scottish also dislike the British and the Welsh are as they have always been ignored to an extent.

    The French are arrogant and obnoxious (and racist) but that’s nearly identical to the English so yet another reason that they don’t get along (coupled with the last thousand years of history)

    The Germans are straight up, say what they think and do what they say. Humour would be preferrable though!

    The Italians tend to live in their own little world (they do like the Greeks though) but are quite warm and friendly.

    The Swedish are very polite and friendly and like the Irish seem to love silly idle conversation and talk of the weather.

    Americans tend to adore the Italians and the Irish, dislike the French, and have the British as their new lapdog (yes they do, although the British hate them)

    Eastern Europeans are incredibly hard and blunt (not in the saem way as the Germans) but personally I think their Iron Curtain history has had an impression here.

    Just personal opinions. The idiots who are going off on a ranted tantrum about this should develop a sense of humour and a respect for other people’s OPINIONS

    Comment by MegaLOL — November 26, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  423. to the one that said the germans should be speaking russian because they lost the war. Read your history and remember their were 3 other major powers fighting germany as well, along with a few other smaller nations. I don’t believe Russia would have succeeded without them .
    Anwyay, its funny you say that since so many russians now also speak german as a second language.

    Comment by me — December 13, 2009 @ 11:18 am

  424. As a native born American of 100% Estonian descent (both parents born there during the inter-war period), I’d like to add my thoughts from the point of view of this small Baltic country.

    Estonians detest being labeled “Eastern European”, considering themselves Nordic. This is to be expected as Estonians are culturally and linguistically almost identical to the Finns, and have historically been influenced by (i.e. dominated by) Danes, Swedes, and Germans. And only more recently by the Russians, whom are the only people the Estonians truly dislike. Russians think Estonians are all racist and Nazis, and ungrateful for the Soviet “liberation” of Estonia from the Germans. As a previous poster noted regarding the Czechs, there is dark subconscious pride among some Estonians that Hitler considered them part of the Nordic brethren.

    Most other countries probably don’t even give Estonia a second thought, except as maybe a quaint little country where they can spend a weekend and get drunk for really cheap.

    Being always grouped together with the Latvians and Lithuanians is somewhat bothersome to Estonians, as they see themselves as better than their neighbors to the south. Indeed the Latvian and Lithuanian languages evolved from the same proto-slavic language root as most of Eastern Europe, whereas the insanely bizarre Estonian language is closely related only to Finnish (and distantly to Hungarian)

    Comment by Sven — December 13, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  425. I’m American and here’s my two cents on Europeans.

    British – bad food and they drink too much but the people are nice. I love British humor. The people are very proud of their history.

    French – a bit stuck up but hey, it’s France. They have a beautiful language and fantastic cuisine. Too many immigrants are ruining this wonderful country. What I most admire about the French is their medical system. Vive la France!

    Italy – what can I say?? History, architecture, food, scenery etc. etc. Italian men are the most beautiful in all of Europe.

    Germany – hard working and efficient.

    Sweden – Ikea. I like their Swedish meatballs.

    Russia – very cold country but full of Russian billionaires who profited from the fall of communism. However, the Russian mafia is worse than Italian mafia.

    Romania – Transylvania is part of this country, birthplace of Dracula aka Vlad Tepes. The most famous gymnast of all time came from here: Nadia Comaneci.

    Spain – a misunderstood country by many Americans. They think Spain = Mexico. It’s totally false. Spanish culture and cuisine is totally different.

    Ireland – Americans like the Irish since many Americans trace their ancestry back to the Emerald Isle. Friendly people.

    In this 21st century, it’s the developing nations that will benefit the most. Developed Euro nations and the U.S. will continue to struggle. It’s cheaper to hire a Eastern European than a Western European.

    Comment by Meg — December 16, 2009 @ 8:07 am

  426. Hi all, I’m spaniard.

    I just want to say that everyone here telling spaniards hate portugueses are either ignorants or portugueses trying to justify their own hate towards Spain. Portugal is a country built over an irrational spanish-phobia but portugueses are too diplomatic (or ashamed) to admit it.

    Spain doesn’t care about Portugal and it’s not arrogance, it’s pretty much like the guy who wrote this article about stereotypes: He didn’t took Portugal into account because Portugal doesn’t use to stand out. And if Portugal doesn’t use to stand up as much as Spain (which is what truthly irritates portugueses), it’s not Spain’s fault.

    Greetings.

    Comment by byteme — December 16, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  427. funny read, good to know.

    but, one thing i get to seek:

    how eu be united anyway?

    Comment by Peace Hecz — December 23, 2009 @ 7:41 am

  428. Europeans in general like each other country, even with all these stupid stereotypes. Sorry, but only ignorant persons believe in stereotypes.
    I believe in persons, and we are all different.

    Comment by Esther — January 2, 2010 @ 6:33 am

  429. I just want to understand why Portugal was not considered in this article?
    It’s not up to me to say this country is more important than the other but if you are going to write about the Europeans, like you said, i think you need to write about all of them and dont leave behind some of the countries. If you wanted to make an article on the countries you visited, while you were in Europe ,you should have mentioned that, now pretending to write something about all Europe and forget this or that country i think is very lazy or ignorant decision by you.
    Just my two cents…

    Comment by Myjas — January 2, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  430. Wow this is a funny article! Nice stereotypes everyone.

    Now adding my 2 cents:

    I myself am portuguese and I did grow up thinking the spanish were quite limited in many ways (notouriously their lack of language skills and quite short work days). That being said I believe the whole spanish-portuguese thing is quickly dying out as both countries are now seeing that they have much more in common than in difference (most of the spanish stereotypes are applicable here). Being to both countries on very numerous occasions I can say there aren’t really that many differences between us. I just think most of the world is too lazy to actually say spanish and portuguese so they just say spanish (would it be hard to just say Iberians?). We’re practically the same to a foreigner’s eyes I believe, that’s why we don’t stand out as much I think (the fact that american’s have a ton of mexican immigrants and have thus shaped the media doesn’t help either).

    That being said we do have have some key differences, I consider the portuguese much less verbal(in general), a much more quiet version of the spanish – but still quite social by northern europpeans standarts. Most of us, contrary to the spanish, also like to know 2 or 3 languages and everything about every culture – portuguese tend to be quite adaptable and view the ideia of moving into another europpean country positively (also why most of us like to travel a lot).

    Most of the portuguese stereotypes out there are born out of the generation that grew up in the dictatorship and represent portuguese people today lesser and lesser.

    The one thing I will say thou is that we’re always 10min LATE minimum. It’s really a cultural thing when you say 8:00 sharp, we hear 8:00ish.

    Comment by Pe6r0 — January 5, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  431. I totally agree with Pe6ro and I’m portuguese myself too. It’s true that we grow with the idea that all that comes from Spain is bad and to be spanish is a real nighmare… We associate spain to noise, gypsies or just bad things what it’s not fair for sure. Our history books end always talking about the spanish as they were evil people and change some facts to put them in low ranks or give more importance to their fails.

    In other hand the spanish represent a really egocentric culture too and arrogant like byteme showed in his words. They really feel superior not only to their close neighbour but to their own past colonies too (like us i admit) and they have a higher difficulty to understand other cultures or to get informed about them. Half of the spanish people for example with my age (26) when asked don’t know even what’s the capital of Portugal for my personal experience, more surprinsing is that people are higly educated and not from isolated sites. Probably some are just lazy to say or ironical as i’m portuguese myself… but then it’s normal that we think they don’t really know the world outside. In portugal who doesn’t know that Madrid is the capital of Spain is considered some kind of retarded as the same for a much far country as Belgium.

    Spanish are really proud to be part of Europe too(I think) probably because they’re complex is to be a southern country and then “less europeans” as they suffer more steriotypical associations than Portugal, italy or greece. Naturally steriotyps spread by the northern countries fear of their great power across history, they always tried to push them back. So they really hate to get confused with non-europeans like mexicans. And so they have tendencie to look east and north geographically (europe direction) and forget the small neighbour in the west. Portugal in opposite are not so connected to Europe and have a much stronger look across atlantic.

    If the spanish don’t know us at all, we don’t know Spain so well as we think too to be fair, we put all the regions in the same bag but in reality they’re pretty different from each other and in our minds the tipical spanish is a guy in Andaluzia dancing flamenco which in catalunya that don’t really feets. And yes we hate to be confused with Spain although we know few differences exist. Although our population is quiet or cold minded for a latin country, we only notice a spanish between us if he speaks or by his style in extreme cases and after that moment they’re right to complain for some bad reactions which are stupid for sure.

    Comment by Luis — January 6, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  432. It’s not arrogance my dear Luis, it’s just INDIFFERENCE.

    In Spain we don’t care about Portugal, just like France, England, Germany, Italy, USA etc. doesn’t care about Portugal. Do you think that all these countries are arrogant just for the fact that they don’t care about your country? Is the author of this article an arrogant because he didn’t take Portugal into account in the first place?

    Let’s face it, you can’t stand the fact that the world completely ignore your country after being an Empire. Portugueses are always talking about their “glorious” past and how they traveled all along the world… they haven’t still faced their reality (5 millions of emigrants around the world, i.e. 1/3 of their population). Now that’s arrogance.

    Fortunately, we (spaniards) left our past behind along time ago, we concentrate in our future and ourselves. The spanish children can learn about the Spanish Empire in school.

    And we don’t make a fool of ourselves by whining or calling “arrogant” to everyone who doesn’t paid attention to us. I recommend you to do the same.

    Comment by byteme — January 7, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

  433. Myjas, some will tell you that the author of this article is an arrogant spaniard for sure. LOL.

    Comment by byteme — January 7, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  434. It’s not arrogance Luis, it’s just indifference.

    In Spain we care about Portugal as much as France, England, Germany, Italy, USA etc can care about Portugal. Do you think that all these countries are arrogant just by the fact that they don’t care enough (according to you) about your country? Is the author of this article an arrogant because he didn’t take Portugal into account in the first place?

    Let’s face it, you can’t stand the indifference toward your country after being an Empire and all that. Portugueses are always talking about their “glorious” past and how they traveled all along the world… they haven’t still faced their reality (5 millions of emigrants around the world, i.e. 1/3 of their population). Now that’s arrogance.

    Fortunately, we (spaniards) left our past behind along time ago, we concentrate in our future and ourselves. Spanish children can always learn about the Spanish Empire in school.

    And we don’t go around whining or calling “arrogant” to everyone who doesn’t paid attention to us, that’s childish and pathetic.

    Greetings.

    Comment by byteme — January 7, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

  435. Myjas, don’t worry. I’m sure the author of this article is an arrogant spaniard who dismissed Portugal on purpose. [/sarcasm off]

    Comment by byteme — January 7, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

  436. Well i think i hurt you saying that you’re like a common spanish:p

    first point you should not to be proud to \be indiferent\ to something. It’s not a advantage for anyone i think neither to one population, but you seem proud that’s why i think it’s arrogance and not ignorance which is worse.

    second point, you seem to forgot (intencionally or not) the actual size of Portugal in the world and the proximity it have to your own country. We are 5 times smaller than Spain!! if you want to compare us go find countries with the same size and go compare the level of \greatness\ such as Hungary, greece, austria or bulgaria… And compare yourself to France, England or Italy, (ok they have a little advantage in pop.). If you really feel that you know the portuguese as the english know than is just ridiculous for you and not for me because english know better ireland than you do for sure as US for other reasons, just an example…

    US, Germany or England are not obligated to know us as well that’s my point… We are just a small point in the world but… you should know something.. we have some rivers in common at least lol Maybe you like more France as a neighbour but unfortunelly you have more in common with this stupid country:D

    Other point is i didn’t mencioned our history, but i think it’s more a stereotype because i heard so many times complains without saying nothing… I start thinking that irritates you more (spanish people) than we really talk about that. But in fact you should be able to admit that was a hell of a job taking in count that a 1 million pop. country in sec 15 built the first world empire. Well.. it’s better than nothing!! But this discussion have no end because you’ll say you’re country is the best and me the opposite and in conclusion we’ll have the same positions.

    To our emigrants, you should know the countries who have more emigrants, Ireland, england, Germany, Italy… What’s your point? Its obvious that it’s caused by economical problems… That’s shows the weak country we are?? We had a dictatorship until 1974 with colonial wars running for years… and a lot of emigrants were from that date already in third generation now. Although they were very very poor, with any education, at least their are not known for criminality but for being hard workers, I think that’s enough for me…

    Finally how could you talk about portuguese if you are indifferent for that? You don’t know neither half what’s going on here if so… You’re history books gives you’re version our books gives our version… that’s how it works… At least i can say i’m not ashamed of my country, i’ll stay here until the rest of my days if depends me, it’s a nice place to live believe me and we don’t think that we are a great power in the world let that idea out… and although you’re still a egocentrical spaniard bastard, personally you’re very welcome to be here if you want! :)

    Comment by Luis — January 8, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

  437. Hi, Great Article!
    But… in reference to the Spanish I have to say…
    Are u sure they are not hated by everyone? Its too much of a general comment because as I can see it even within Spain there is a lot of hatred. I guess they are mainly loved for their tourist spots but other than that nothing special!
    I am from Gibraltar [British Colony in the Southern Iberian Coast] and.. even though my nationality is British I consider myself solely Gibraltarian as we all do here.. and may I say we have ALOT to say about them.. I am not going to criticize however there is MUCH about Spain ppl don’t know about or refuse to accept just because they have nice beaches …anyhow that’s just my opinion and I am being nice :)

    Comment by Lianne — January 10, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

  438. I am a German-italian, and i believe European usually tend to like our european peers (few exceptions).
    Anyway, when taken as individuals, most european know that these are stereotypes. What can i say Europe is great.
    —-
    Greetings from Germany for all European brothers.

    Comment by Lukas — January 14, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

  439. @ byteme & luis: flame war? Everyone behaved nicely this far, let’s not ruin it.
    Seriously:
    byteme, no point in calling us invisible (little rude dont’a think?). We’re ,contrary to your belief, quite visible (depends of where your looking), you just need actually be listening and take context into consideration.. Read my previous comment and you might get another point of view.

    luis, were you really expecting not to antagonize spaniards with your first reply? xD

    As a side note: I love being europpean. It’s great. I just hope we keep walking towards a more united europe -one who sees how diferent and special and precious we all are.

    Comment by Pe6r0 — January 14, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  440. @ Lianne: All the spaniards I’ve spoken too speak often of people from gibraltar don’t ever want to be considered spanish but part of the UK. I wonder, Gibraltar has seen spanish sovereignty much longer than a british one, why do you think gibraltans should want to be british?

    Comment by Pe6r0 — January 14, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  441. Haha, I enjoyed this. I’ve lived in Europe and Asia all my life and have to say this is prety accurate. I don’t know so much about the Eastern European countries but what is said about the French is prety true.

    Comment by Fish — January 24, 2010 @ 2:16 am

  442. OMG ALL THESE STEREOTYPES ARE IN THE SHOW HETALIA. THIS PROVES IT. XD

    Comment by HetaliaWatcher — January 25, 2010 @ 5:22 am

  443. HetaliaWatcher >> Hush you XD Don’t want too much attention on Hetalia, else another North Korea-rage will come out of it.

    I think it’s a positive thing to have European countries so comfortable with their ‘stereotypes’. This goes to show that actually they’re pretty united. Maybe it’s the common shared landmass (with some exceptions) that’s keeping them together.

    Here in SouthEast asia, we’re separated by channels and seas, so we’re more indifferent to each other than anything, which is sad. You Europeans should be lucky!

    Comment by Zazaza — January 29, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  444. @ Pe6r0:

    You got your facts all wrong about Gibraltar… it’s been under Arab sovereignty the longer than either Spain or Britain’s (funny that!).

    As to the Spanish – I think most of Europe resent them mainly due to their behaviour whilst abroad and the lack of respect to the local cultures. I personally however have had great experiences in Spain and most of the people there are friendly and welcoming.

    Comment by AB — January 30, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

  445. @ Pe6r0: Emmm if you check our history Gibraltar was under Spanish rule ~100 years – Gibraltar has actually been under Arab rule much longer than that even before both Spanish and British Rule.. We celebrated our 300 year British Sovereignty a few years back. I did not mean to offend – just stating the facts. :)

    Comment by Lianne — January 31, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

  446. I think I know the situation with Romanians: first of all they hate the hungarians and vice versa, they are very likely to bring up Trianon, and call them huns, and hungarians call them gypsies (even though they ethnically are not at least most of them) They also don’t really like Russians, or any slavs for that matter, out of Latin pride, they have a sort of tension with moldova, though they are both Romanian countries, probably for political reasons, as for Europe, I only know that Ireland despises them and France loves them, probably because the immigrant workers in ireland, and a kind of latin patronage respectively It’s probably fashionable to like the adorable realtively unheard of latin country in eastern europe, who knows, I know the other latin countries feel superior to romania and aren’t as well connected with them for obvious reasons which is both good and bad I guess

    all of this was learned from comments on youtube by the way so yeah, I have learned valuable things from youtube

    Comment by George — February 5, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  447. Quote of LM –

    “any true scot would have a heart attack by being included here as British. They hate the english. And it is a different country (like Ireland).”

    I absolutely detest this ignorance and arrogance! An American, telling us Brits how we should feel about things as though they, simply due to the accident of being born in the US, know more about us than we know of ourselves! Especially when it ultimately turns out they don’t know what they are talking about!

    I’m a “true Scot”.

    Guess what genius, Scotland is in Britain!! We ARE British! And no, we don’t really hate the English, it’s all friendly bantar and aggressive but good humour!

    Many from American seem to believe that Britain = England. WRONG!!! NO NO NO!!! Britain is England, Scotland and Wales! The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the above countries plus, obviously Norn Iron!

    Please stop involving yourself in things you have no idea about!

    That said, I tend to think that people who keep saying that Brits are “stuck up” are missing something in translation. Brits are the most self depricative people on the planet. They are always making fun of themselves and that is often what they are doing when it appears they are making fun of other people, they are in fact making fun of being a daft Brit.

    I could understand the stuck up bit if the only Brits you meet are from the south East, around London way and are upper middle class and upwards but I can honestly say, the most down to Earth and LEAST stuck up people I have ever met are the British every man!

    Comment by Kenny — February 13, 2010 @ 8:33 am

  448. I am Northern English (from the Peak District) and we seem to have this enormous inferiority complex against the Southern English, considering ourselves better, stronger, and more socially orientated than the Southern English who we consider weak and conniving and only interested in making money at other peoples’ expense.

    Southerners seem to regard Northern English as quaint, a bit backward and that they speak funny using archaic English not heard in the South anymore and having strong dialects and different words for things.

    The English as a whole tend to dislike the Welsh who, despite being economically and politically dominated by the English for centuries, still maintain a very seperate culture and language that is impenetrable to the English. The English are much more ambivalent towards the Scots although the Scots probably hate the English more than the Welsh do. The Scots and the Welsh would be likely gang up against the English. The Scots, Welsh and English are completely ambivalent towards the Northern Irish and really hold no opinion, other than the Protestants and Catholics should just stop hating each other.

    The British tend to like the Irish, Swiss, Icelandics, Scandinavians, Finns, Dutch, Spanish, Italians and Portuguese (our oldest alliance). Brits tend to dislike the French on the whole (so much shared history, but most comments are not directed personally and are more tongue-in-cheek, typical British style humour). Brits also have an inferiority complex about Germany and never let the War drop, probably because Germany is now so much richer than the UK!!! British tend to think anyone from Eastern Europe is just coming here to take our jobs, but most other Western Europeans are more or less ok.

    As an aside I grew up in Andorra and one people from outside Andorra tend to think of it as one big duty and tax free shop. A description that’s pretty apt it has to be said!

    Comment by Chris — February 17, 2010 @ 5:55 am

  449. I love the article. It has certainly fulfilled the purpose to amuse.
    Actually so have the comments – particularly those which try to correct the views and nuance the feelings between nations.

    But hey – you can’t have humour without some ignorance (and the suspense of disbelief), and you certainly cannot have it without crude generalizations.

    As for the Ukrainians – as long as I lived there “everyone” either lowed the West and could not wait but to get out of their home country (for obvious reasons), or preached it as the cradle of culture and civilization (dating back to certain Ukrainian kniaz’es at the peak of the Kievan Rus).

    “Russian” Ukrainians tend to to pretend that they are European while the West is much more accepting and proud of their nationality.

    The love-hate relationship with the Russians is most definitely there, between the East and the West. You either love your rich and industrious neighbour having long signed up to join their union, or you curse at the Russian language, people, oligarchs, and communism who is responsible for the destruction of your land, famine, and the laziness of your neighbours. Russians, in general, are considered to be lazy. You would also passionately argue that Russia is a big fat liar because they claim the Kievan Rus to be the original Russian state, while it clearly belongs to us, at home, in Kiev.

    Comment by Viola — February 24, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

  450. Somebody put up a post saying that other Scandinavians think Danish is incomprehensible gibberish… That’s probably because it really is… I’ve been dating a Dane for years, and I am yet unable to speak it….

    Comment by Katya — March 2, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

  451. it’s NOT true we all bitch Americans. I find Americans friendly and open,, bit loud but nice people.

    The reason most Europeans detest Germany is because of WW2. It’s been 65 years but the wounds are still sore. Here in Holland everyone knows/uses the invective ‘moffen’. Even children. Dutch people used to call the Germans ‘moffen’during the 2nd world war.

    It’s true that we dislike neighbouring countries more than other European countries,, don’t know why..
    But, still think Europe’s nice and beautiful and diverse. I love Cretan beaches and food and love Barcelona, Portuguese coast and Cambridge in England. Czech Republic is a great country too! And as for Germany,, great to shop and nice Apfelstrudel:D ! and cheap flights.lol. Italy has the best food and Rome is Europe’s ancient pearl.
    Amsterdam is greaaat! and it’s not true dutch people are stoned– tourists are though. It is true Dutch people are cocky, but come on, that’s not a bad thing.

    The country I personally dislike the most, is France. I’ve been there a lot and find them arrogant, and they won’t speak english.. so luckily we learn a bit French in school, which sucks, because the French don’t learn dutch so why should we learn French?

    xoxo from know-it-all-Dutch-girl (your words)

    Comment by Ava — March 7, 2010 @ 4:04 am

  452. I’m a Canadian who has been living in Holland for 6 months so far and I love learning about the stereotypes Europeans have toward each other. It’s crazy to think people 200 km away are something different from you (coast to coast Canadians are all kinda the same by comparison!)

    The Dutch are blunt, cheap and arrogant – but I love them! Germans are over-efficient keeners but they are very hospitable! Austrians have the best food, but the Viennese are ass holes. Most Scandinavians hate Sweden, but Swedes for the most part don’t care! The Swiss are slow, the Spanish always late and Italians can’t drive despite having the best cars. And Poles steal them!

    Not everyone falls under a stereotypes, but they are still funny. I’m used to them too – after all Canadians are basically Americans in disguise. ;)

    Comment by Liza — March 11, 2010 @ 9:07 am

  453. So, here’s my turn to add my version of the facts:

    I’m portuguese and I must say a couple of previous posters are bang on. We are obsessed with our history and the fact we once had a great Empire. This makes us look towards the atlantic much more than we look at other european nations.
    We have a very ambivalent relationship with the spaniards
    But it is true we are more quiet and reserved. Other tha that pretty much the same – both countries have great food, sun and a rich history.
    We dislike the french and think of them as arrogant pricks.
    We have strong ties with the english ( the oldest alliance in the world ).
    We admire Italians due to romanization ( there was a time the whole of Iberia was under roman rule and that left a far bigger impression than the moors ( muslims ) which are generally detested. we tend to look at greek as suffering from the same ill as us ( a country with the burden of having had a magnificient history their present day reality fails to live up to ).
    We have ideas about other countries in Europe ( but given their distance from us and the fact that we have traditionally not had much contact other than trade ) tend to disregards them.
    As for Brasil, we both love their joie de vivre, but resent the brasilian immigrants – and we personnally despise the fact that they think they have nothin to do with us ( despite the fact they only exist as a country due to a portuguese king, who declared independence ). I have family there and look at them as having exactly the same culture, but in a warmer climate.
    Among ourselves there is a big divide between north and south Portugal, due to southerners being under arab rule for much longer. However we have an 800 year history and we are one of the oldest nations in the world, so we have learned to overlook minor differences and embrace difference in general. And I think that is our biggest characteristic: a kind of weary ambivalence about everyone, as we carry the weight of our history, conquests and wars and as such tend to think in terms of “we have seen it all”.

    It’s still an absolutely beautiful country to visit, with an hospitable people, breathtaking scenery, amazing food and year round sun.

    Comment by Carlos Cidrais — March 16, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  454. Im from london, but lived in finland for a whole year.. and the things i heard the most was that all swedes are gay..but very good looking tho ;)

    Comment by claude — April 8, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

  455. Dude, this has been quite a long, yet worthy read. I bursted into laughter quite a few times due to the swearings, angry comments and whatnot posted on this page.

    I am not European, in fact I was born in South america, yet have lived around 3 years in this beautiful continent, which I like much more than my homeland. Some of the traits about certain nations are accurate, others are ,in my opinion, the result of stereotyping of minorities.

    I don´t really consider the Greeks of nowadays as Europeans. They don´t quite behave or excel like their “ancestors” did. Same goes for Albanians, even though they never did something meaningful in history.

    For what it´s worth, here´s a handful of European nations which I consider top and the reasons :

    -Germany-The country I am currently living in. People are reliable, civilized, punctual and polite. Food sucks, but hell, the country has many nice things.
    -Slovakia,Czech Republic and POland: About the nicest people you´ll ever meet. Great food, great alcohol and cultures.
    -Austria: nice landscapes and architecture.
    -Holland: Cool food, and the people are nice.

    Some traits I have noticed:
    -Finns: Introverted, silent, shy .Great metal.
    -Swedes: Arrogant, self-absorbed.
    -Norwegians: Attractive, tall, polite, serious, funny
    -English: arrogant, self-absorbed, loud, unpolite, silly.
    -Spaniards: Racist, intolerant, under-developed, slow, unpunctual, funloving, outgoing.
    -Portuguese: Who the hell cares?
    -Italians: Silly, inmature, macho, lazy
    -Albanians: not European. should be living in Turkey.

    Comment by MiguelISaacs — April 10, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

  456. as an englishman i love England and very very proud of what we have contributed to the world,as with every other country there are aspects of which we should be ashamed.that said i feel we have done more good than bad,with regards to the rest of europe i have never felt european we are an island nation as for the people who dislike us then why are we the most popular country in europe for immigration destination

    Comment by Keith Kilbourne — April 11, 2010 @ 5:34 am

  457. In the part of Sweden where I live, there are people who blames the Polish for everything. And I really mean EVERYTHING! They mean that they screwed up the Swedish economy, and that they began ww2. Weird!

    btw: God bless la France! <333

    Comment by swe — April 11, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

  458. All these comments about British food being terrible are nonsense. I for instance, am well known for my delicious ‘Sheep Brains on Toast’, wash down with four pints of warm beer and ‘voila!’. See, I even speak foreign!

    Comment by James — April 21, 2010 @ 7:38 am

  459. \Poles really shore up their hatred for their eastern & southern neighbors, primarily Russia and Ukraine, although they don’t like Czechs, Slovaks or Lithuanians either. Oddly, they don’t really mind the Germans, and probably still fear them a bit — you never, ever hear jokes about Germans in Poland.\

    I’ve never heard such rubbish in my life. Germans and Russians are the ones most hated by Poles, and they also get to have the most jokes being told about them (A Pole, a Russian and a German come into a bar…). Poles do like (or are indifferent about) Lithuanians and Czechs, without reciprocity, though.

    Comment by Linda — April 21, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  460. I just wanna add something that is quite important for most Scandinavian people (I myself am Danish) Finland is NOT nor will it EVER be a part of Scandinavia! :P Cool guys and all… but Scandinavia is made up of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

    Comment by DPKOG — April 23, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  461. Wow Luis, looks like a hit a nerve.

    I insists: It’s not arrogance my friend, it’s just INDIFFERENCE (which isn’t hate either, btw).

    In Spain we don’t care about Portugal, just like France, England, Germany, Italy, USA etc. doesn’t care about Portugal (or even us). Do you think that all these countries are arrogant just for the fact that they don’t care about your country? Is the author of this article an arrogant because he didn’t take Portugal into account in the first place?

    Let’s face it, you can’t stand the fact that the world completely ignore your country after being an Empire. Portugueses are always talking about their “glorious” past and how they traveled all along the world… they haven’t still faced their current reality. Now that’s arrogance.

    Fortunately, we (spaniards) left our past behind along time ago, we concentrate in our future and ourselves. The spanish children can learn about the Spanish Empire in school.

    And we don’t make a fool of ourselves by whining or calling “arrogant” to everyone who doesn’t paid attention to us. I recommend you to do the same.

    Truth hurts Luis, I know. Also, these days spanish hospitals are taking care of a lot of portugueses cause Lisbon have closed a few hospitals in the portuguese regions near the border with Spain. I guess this doesn’t help either to make us look like humble people, huh?. Let’s face the real problem here, people like you feel deeply humilliated by big the gap in quality of life between Spain and Portugal. Blame on your politicians not us, please.

    PS- And I almost forget about Olivenza, a spanish region who was portuguese in the past.

    Comment by byteme — April 29, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  462. Fun article :D
    I am french and, though some stereotypes you point at are outdated or just \traditionnal jokes\, reading your text we get a good global picture

    About french people :
    -We dont dispise Belgian people, we just love to make fun of them. In kids jokes, the belgian guy is always the sutpid one. But about Belgium, seriously, I think most of us respect this country for being the heart of UE
    -We seriously don’t know how to queue XD (that’s WAR, man)
    -We see the german people as anal, but we do like Berlin. No one wants to speak german because it’s not a language, it’s a throat disease. WW2 is a trauma, even for the younger generation. But nowadays, in Europa, France & Germany are the closest countries.
    -We see italians as you guys (american) see french people (in the movies) : romantic lovers with a moustache, who cook GOOD food. We also think they’re the worst people ever when they drive a car.
    -We are VERY proud of our gastronomy. Too proud.
    -We have a political opinion about everything, it’s not to piss you off, we just can’t help.
    -We don’t hate brits. Well, we hate brits when they’re america-lovers, that’s true (for most of the people, and this is intense since G.W. Bush, I don’t remember anything of that kind before Irak \^^) and we do see England as America’s pet.
    -We are late. For everything : even important meetings start 15min late.
    -We do think english food sucks, and german one too. We keep thinking english people cook everything in the microwave hoven, when they dont cook it in boiling water

    About british people :
    They do have a mixed feeling about France and french peope : it’s a love-hate feeling. They would love to live in France, but without the inhabitants ;P
    But french and english people love to tease each-other, it’s been centuries… Before Germany, England is our ancestral enemy.

    About Spanish people :
    We see them as caliente, warm and welcoming people, good cookers, but yeah, racists. They have a 3h nap in the middle of the afternoon and start living again around 6pm.

    About scandinavians :
    We think they are perfect.

    About greeks :
    We don’t think they are european.

    About swits :
    Hey, dude. This is NOT Europa ! ;)

    Comment by Julia — May 20, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  463. Hi, just want to comment and add something to your list (add the stereothypes I know of. it does not mean I share them).

    Czech/German/Poland – sry but Czechoslovakia failed to resist Germany and immediately surrendered to Wermacht. On the other hand Poland fighted for almost three weeks.

    Czechs – I don’t know about any tensions between Poland and Czechs. They usually consider Czech people as funny (due Czech language, which sounds funny to them). Czechs still don’t give a shit about Poland, even though there is existing polish minority in Silesia.
    Some of the oldtimers have mixed feelings about Germans due WW2, however younger generation consider them as closest way to the western world (especially Berlin as the most impressive city in this area).
    However there is still some tension between Czech and Slovakia (but it’s nothing hot, some of the tensions existists still from the start of the 20th century, when the Czechs were considered asi colonizators and oppessors, however some of the Czechs consider them as traitors who deserted to Hitler during WW2 and ended federation in 1992 – but these feelings are not very often in younger generation).
    In regards of alcohol consumption they consider Germans and Danish as their biggest rivals.

    Throughout the East there is common tensions towards Russia as general invadors. Czechs generally hate them due their 20 years long army pressence, invasion and arrogance

    Ukranians – cheap laborers often confused and hated as Russians

    Romaia – poor land full of the gypsies where you have to put a paper which you’ve used to wiper your ass into a special bin (general problem in some of the Balkanian countries due inadequate pipes system).

    Hungary – some of the central Europeans does’nt consider tham as pasrt ofthe continent due their strange language. There is still some tension with neighbour countries, especially Slovakia (tension goes back to WW1 and end of Austria-Hungary)

    Portuguese – considered as Ukrainians of Western Europe in both ways: cheap laborers and some of the Europeans thinks their language is similar to Russian.

    Greek – part of Europe, but nobody gave a shit about them until fiscal crisis 2009/2010. Almost all Europeans hate them now and have to pay their debt.

    Comment by PHM — June 3, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

  464. May I ask why Norwegians get described as racist?

    Comment by DumbAsses — June 11, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  465. Lol, I didn’t know Greeks were regarded as non-European. Which is fine with me btw (I’m Greek) as I don’t particularly care for ethnicities or nationalities.

    Anyways, I think the Greeks in general are friendly towards Europeans. However, I do know for a fact that immigrants and particularly Albanians/Romanians/Bulgarians were not and are not treated very well by some Greeks. Which is why most of the “anti-Greek” comments in this post come from Albanians, I guess. And probably the same is true of “Fyromians” – because of the whole naming dispute not because of immigration. So, yeah, I understand why they wouldn’t like us very much.

    With regards to some of the stereotypes. I personally love British cuisine- I don’t know why it has such a bad rep. In general I love British culture – although probably not comtemporary British culture… I have mixed feelings about the modern British people too.

    Love the French, the Spanish, the Italian, the German, the Austrian and the Russian cultures. Unlike the British people however, I don’t know any French or Spanish, etc person intimately. But I do admire lots of historical figures from these countries.

    I have no particular feelings towards the Scandinavians, the Portuguese (Figo was great :p), the Czechs (some pretty lovely women), the Belgians, the Dutch (I like their liberal reforms though), the Hungarians (Dvorak ruled), etc.

    Lastly, I have to say that when I was growing up 2 of my best friends were Greek-Finnish so I have friendly feelings towards Finland despite knowing very little about it.

    Comment by Cerberus — June 12, 2010 @ 8:45 am

  466. Someone once said to me: “The Swedes make jokes about the Danes, the Danes about the Norwegians, the Norwegians about the Swedes and they all together make jokes about the Finns.” (Not totally true.)

    Swedes and Norwegians make jokes about each other, very often the same jokes about just changing “Swede” to “Norwegian” and vice versa.

    Finland is somehow the outsider in group, having a language totally different to the languages in the rest of Scandinavia (which are very similar). On the other hand, many Finns also speak Swedish (with an extremely obvious accent though).

    Also, it’s commonly “known” in Finland that all Swedish men are gay.

    Generally:
    In a West European´s eyes, East Europe is just a bunch of former Soviet countries which are less developed and have cheap workers. Sometimes the Czech Republic is incorrectly seen as a former Soviet country.

    The longer to the south you get, the lazier people and hotter temperaments.

    Comment by J — June 12, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

  467. THE LITHUANIANS

    The entire 20th century so-called “west” Europeans hated and prejudiced east Europeans ignoring them along with south americans, africans and asians, and now, when they screwed up importing too many muslims into their so western Europe, now they turned to so much prejudiced east Europeans for help!

    When approaching a western European woman during 1980s or 1990s I’ve been turned down or ignored, now those “western” “European” (muslim-looking French, Italian etc. can go and date muslims and leave us, eastern Europeans alone! We can’t help you “get rid” of muslims from your so muslim western Europe.

    Lithuanians are known for being slow and quiet, but they are more hot-headed than the other Northerners. We are considered the “Italy of Northern Europe”. Comparison of us to Russians immediately makes the Lithuanians unhappy :-) Russians were/are considered second class citizens in Lithuania. Lithuanians usually are very proud of themselves, our country’s history and architecture and even if our economy is mediocre (not poor, not very rich) we can’t imagine being anyone else. Many (but not all) Lithuanians are racist or prejudist towards not only Russians, Africans and Asians, but also towards South Europeans and “even” towards some West Europeans. (About 50% of) Lithuanians usually dislike Russia(ns). Some also dislike Poles, Belarusans, Central Asians, Muslims and Africans.
    Yet in general most Lithuanians do not hate anyone and are very friendly towards all countries, all nationalities and all races.

    If not Russian occupation, we, Lithuania, could have been like Denmark or Switzerland today. The Baltic countries today are not called “eastern Europe” anymore. Yet anything “eastern” is resent in Europe and beyond by simply being ignorant and not intelligent enough, but China/Japan/India are very Eastern countries and almost everyone loves them.

    There are always people who dislike someone, because they are insecure themselves. The Turks are hated, because the Euros are weak, afraid to defend themselves. etc. The Afros are hated because they are well built and look good, etc. The poor are hated, because they are free of any obligations and scams and therefore are freeer than the “free west”. I believe they should have left Africa in stone age conditions instead of colonising and “civilising” it which ended up in massive, hunger, greed and scams. I think, “we” White People were the reason why the world today is an imperfect place out of harmony. While we live in “developed” countries, we feel that going back to our roots, leading natural life hurts the environment less. The Whites brought Africans to the “Vespuccia” and now they complain how of a pain those folks have become. If a country has “lower standard” it is shunned. I agree, most people like to live in rich, highly taxed countries, like modern slavery of some sorts. It depends.

    Very few folks know that Lithuania was world’s first democracy and the largest country in Europe during middle ages. I am watching the politicians and wondering how good the East is becoming today when China, India and even Russia are slowly but surely becoming rich economies. Suddenly, one day soon, everyone will be loving The East. Very few know that countries like Slovenia, Czech or Estonia have much higher standards of living than Greece, Portugal or even Ireland.

    Just like it is popular in the USA to claim having some Cherokee blood, so in the future it will become popular to claim having some Russian or other east European blood/genes in one’s body, Chinese, indian, Indonesian, you name it.

    No more West and no more East Europe, but just Europe. I’m saying this before Eastern Europe becomes richer than the Western part, which was already very visible before this world economic crisis hit.

    Sorry for the messy writing.

    Comment by Jonas — June 19, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  468. Norwegians don’t really like swedes. We don’t really care how we do in cometitions (like skiing, olympics etc.) aslong as we do it better than them ;)
    Finland and Iceland isn’t really a part of Scandinavia.
    I, personally like Iceland, because they are former Norwegians (moved over there during the viking era), and I see the germans as hard working, disciplined people who can get anything done, due to their view of order, discipline and respect.

    East Europe is seen as really poor, sad place with alot of air pollutiong. (watch Eurotrip, when they get to Slovakia;)).

    Comment by Norwegian guy — June 20, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

  469. Here some bits on what Russians (of capital area) think of Europeans

    Dislike:
    Many dislikes are due to the fact that we know that some nation dislikes us. Hard to say who started disliking first. The WWII has a large role here.
    * Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians (in fact, nobody bothers to separate Latvians from Lithuanians). Anyway, all three are modern Nazis. It is because they not allow their Russian-speaking citizens (25% or more of population in Lat and Est) to use their mother tongue language, also they support those veterans who during the WWII were in the pro-Hitler and Waffen-SS troops. Additionally, Estonians have a special role. They are considered to be extremely slow-witted. They are very popular objects in jokes, anekdotes, etc. because of that.
    * Ukranians (specifically, Western Ukranians). Greedy and miser. Eat salo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salo_(food) all the time. Also, they took away our Crimea peninsila and are not going to return it back, bastards! And, nowadays they continue to misbehave by stealing our gas and oil :)
    * Romanians. Sneaky and treacherous. Don’t really know why there is such perception. The participation of Romania in the WWII on the side of Hitler Germany has definetely something with it.

    Complicated:
    * Finns. Very honest, calm, quiet, rational people. Don’t speak much and a bit slow but in a good way, just don’t want to be in a hurry. Behave badly after consumption of small amounts of alcohol. And we know Finns dislike us. Also, for people of Saint-Petersburg Finns are likely to be the most disgusting creatures on the world (this is due to the so-called alco-trips to St.Petersburg Finns did a lot in 1990′s)
    * Germans. Very organized, accurate and punctual, extremely law-abiding. Great engineers. And you can only dream of their cars and beer … Well, I think, nowadays we generally have a rather good perception of Germans. However, because of WWII, evil and dark people are still likely to be Germans; also, their are often referred to as nazis or fascists.
    * Poles. Can’t really say much. We know they dislike us. (maybe it is not common but still) Polish women are gorgeous, have the beauty and charm rank 2, right after French women.

    Like:
    * Bulgarians
    * Belarussians
    * Serbs

    Not enough data:
    * Czechs. I would say we have positive perception of them. Somewhat funny (because of Hašek’s Good Soldier Švejk book which is well-known in Russia?) though.
    * French. Best lovers. Men are very galant, women are very classy and charming.
    * Italian. Speak and gesticulate too much. All guys are like Adriano Celentano :)
    * British. Very snobby. The best sense of humor ever. Russians often use the phrase “to take French leave” but we say (if translated) “to take _English_ leave” :)

    Comment by MoscowRussian — June 21, 2010 @ 12:34 am

  470. Finns make joke about swedes and norwegians make joke about us. Swedes kinda like us but think we are drunks. Norwegians and Danes don’t think we are part of Scadinavia.Well the western side is close as the east side is more Baltic. Genetially most west and southern finns are related to dutch! (prob.due to mass immigration of dutch workers to sweden-Finland from 1600s onwards, dutch intermarried with finns far more than swedes).

    Dutch all are daredevils who smoke pot, danes are odd and norwegians are “rich bastards”. When are you yanks gonna blow them up for their oil btw?

    We tend to copy from germans their culture (Agricola, Nationalist ideas from late 1800s, cuisine (consists of wurst and potatos) and Lutheral church) We make gentle jokes about burning lapland but secretly we are proud of our “former warbuddies against the reds”. We see them as our “big brothers” sort of? Olds aying accord to my dad “All the things the germans invent!”

    We tend to be strict followers of EU-rules to get recognision from other countries (Notice us! Pwease) And we constantly are curious and fret “what others think of us”.

    Most of us flock to Spain and are greatful if someone mistakes a drunk finn as “english”. English television is well loved here and we get as lobster-red in the sun as well (mostly).

    Comment by Johanna — June 23, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  471. I write here what me (Italian) think about other Europe countries. Generally we like every country in Europe but:

    - Scandinavia: generally for us it is all the same, I really don’t see differences between all nordic countries.. We think of them as beautiful, tall people blond and blu-eyed. But we think also they are a bit weirdos (gay?), perhaps simple people who like to live in woods and have best of architectures such as Ikea, without style and art.
    - Germans: very precise and cold people such as robot. We have many jokes about Germans, we sometimes laugh of them, for example about their look in clothing.. We are totally different from them but we respect very much them and we usually love Germany. (there was also a part of history where Italy and Germany was same Holy Roman Empire)
    - Austria: for us it is the same of Germans but we don’t like too much them for past wars
    - Spanish\Portoguese\French: we see them as our latin
    cousins\brothers and we like them very much. Perhaps a bit less the French, but only because they think they are superior to us and look down to Italians. (but it is a love\hate relation, we loves very much France and respect them so much for cultures and style, and feel them very close and similar to us)
    - Greek: we like them much (especially for our glorious common past) but here in north Italy I don’t know if they are really seen as brothers, because they are more far and more exotic people than latin countries above, but perhaps only because I know very little of Greek people and dont know any greek personally.
    - Romania: something we are related a bit but an exotic place, weird, with vampires and lovely women but with gypsies and criminals who comes in Italy to steal in our homes
    - British: a bit arrogant nordic people who watch down to us and are european only when they want and are outside europe for all other things (such pay debt for Greece..), but want anyway to lead and command.. but also we respect them.
    - Belgique: I don’t know, a mix of france and holland
    - Holland: tall nordic people, very liberal, who goes always in bicycle, have a lot of flowers (to smoke also..) and have capital with bitches in shops
    - Russia and East Europe: wonderful women but poor people, a bit mysterious and scary.
    - Croazia: especially Istria and Dalmazia was a land half italian and half slav for many centuries, so we feel a bit close to them (the landscape of villages are very close to ours) but sometimes there is a bit of bitterness between nationalists people in both countries.
    - Serbia and Jugoslavia: we like our neighbours in Adriatic sea, but they are sometimes seen as strange people, poor and warlike
    - Albania: close to south italy but we see them as dangerous, poor and with much criminals

    Comment by Aristide — June 30, 2010 @ 8:19 am

  472. Who cares? Everyone wants to be American. Everyone also knows Mexican food is the best food in the world.

    Comment by Nikki — July 6, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

  473. We spanish don’t need to hate anyone outside our borders because we hate each other so much like if we’ve fought 100 wars between us hehehe, as we call it The Iberian Show.

    Don’t even try to understand how a single spanish is without knowing what his real nationality is (basque, castillian, catalan, andaluz, galician, asturian, leonese, canarian …)

    And regards the portuguese people, they don’t hate us or atleast not as much as we hate the frenchs, some even like the idea of a united Iberia while spanish people tend to be indifferent towards Portugal (except galicians)

    Comment by Juanito — August 3, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  474. SUMMER IN PORTUGAL = FLOOD OF SPANISH PEOPLE (especialy in the south – ALGARVE)

    yeah. keep saying you dont care about us. these days i have been listening to more spanish than portuguese in Portugal. LOL

    Comment by golden — August 12, 2010 @ 5:15 am

  475. swedes and norwegians love eachother – in general

    There is no hate there. We get along very well and talk about how much we want the muslims out of our territory. atleast we youngster boys

    We love the rivalism, and a typical norwegian sport attitude is “It’s okey to loose aslong as we beat the swe”

    danes are abit different. I dont think many norwegian youngsters think of the danes as much as brothers as the swedes – but norwegian adults with slight more perspective love Denmark.

    Comment by norwegian — August 17, 2010 @ 7:08 am

  476. about portuguese i have to say that they don’t like spanish and for example when they go to Spain they try to speak Spanish but Spaniards when they go to Portugal they dont use a single portuguese word.

    And Spanish people ignore Portugueses on TV, they can have a weather map of the whole Europe city except for Lisbon, they have places where they have lots of Europeans flag but no portuguese, in new year this year they shown in Madrid lots of european monuments but not a single portuguese

    Also Spanish stole Portuguese the city of Olivença and they dont give it to us and both goverments ignore it

    Brazilians think portugueses are dumb and Portugueses will have to change lots of their words to brazilian ones like \acto\ becomes \ato\

    Comment by Numa — August 18, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

  477. you didn’t talked about Portuguese because by not doing it you already stereotyped us as a insignificant country. (everybody does it)
    Nobody knows about us, our language and about our history. Spain takes all credit about the discoveries and everybody thinks Portuguese is a country that separated from Spain or a Spanish province and thats not true, we were independent long before spain was formed, the known spain is the joining of other kingdoms like Aragon and Castilla, and we took the initiative to kick out the moors that invaded Iberian province making Spanish job easier

    Some well known sayings
    “Where the hell is Portugal?”, “Is Portuguese a language?”, “Portuguese speak Spanish”, “Brazilians speaks Brazilian”, “Portugal == soccer” , “What Portuguese did in World History? i Dont Remember!”, “We are going to a concert in Lisbon, Spain”

    Comment by Sathold — August 18, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

  478. HETALIA!

    Comment by Arthur Kirkland — August 20, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

  479. I’m Dutch and i like Germans most of the time – i love their weird habitats and we have a love-hate relationship whit them. We don’t think Belgians are stupid and dumm, we just love to make jokes about them! And i really hate French people.. They don’t speak English and are arrogant. So lame. But meh.. you are pretty right about the rest! Had a good laugh though. Good job!

    Comment by Danielle — August 23, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  480. Hey

    I’m Danish and I just want to say that it’s not the people of Denmark that are racist, but our government!…I know we elected the government, but many Danes now regrets that!…At the next election we will elect another government and then become a REAL socialist country:-)…I’m not very proud of our current way of doing things and many studies show that many Danes feel the same way!…

    We don’t hate Germans!…We’re making money on them!…They spend their holidays here and pretty much keep our business going:-)…And we go to Germany to buy cheap beer and candy!:-)…So, no general hate there!…It’s kind of an outdated assumption.

    Comment by MSS — September 28, 2010 @ 6:31 am

  481. I’m American and here’s what we think of Europeans- you all need to buy deodorant.

    Comment by Kyle — September 30, 2010 @ 4:32 am

  482. Kyle:I am European an i think you all Americans need to buy brains…most of people in the world do,though.
    I have more than enough deodorants,thank you very much.

    Comment by M — October 16, 2010 @ 6:12 am

  483. I´m sorry to remind you, that the Greeks are Europeans. Being European doesn´t make you superior nor inferior, as you all seem to believe. It´s question of culture, history, geography. Like it or not, Europe does not only mean lovely aryans with blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Greece of course is a part of the Balkans. Greece has been isolated from the rest of the Balkan states during many years due to diferent political systems. Furthermore, the greek culture is really diferent to that of the Slaves.

    Comment by valenciana — October 20, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  484. Hi, I’m Spanish (Galician, specifically) and I can say that Spain did not really dislike any European except the Catalans at times.

    There are prejudices against the Catalans as there is a separatist minority and speaks of them worse than the Basques, although ETA.

    The stereotype Catalan is stingy and punditry. Likewise, many Catalans consider the Castilians arrogant, rude and somewhat uneducated.

    The media makes matters worse by continually reflect contempt in both directions.

    For a Galician, people of central Spain is more direct, determined and proud. We are more quiet and diplomatic, we are similar to Portuguese. For Madrid we are villagers.

    Andalusia is the country’s image outside of Spain. They are the most cheerful, loud and expressive of Spain. Andalusia is the Spain of sun, bullfighting, flamenco, siesta and relax at work. They’re the most religious. (Note: outside Andalusia flamenco is only for tourists and no worker sleeps two hours in the afternoon).

    Now I start with other countries:

    French: moody, proud, and seems they don’t like everyone else, especially the Spanish (from the Spanish point of view). They can be boring and not very expressive and when they speak seems to hardly open their mouths.
    The French outside of France are more friendly. They are elegant.

    English: politically correct but with an air of superiority. They keep talking about his empire. They do not reflect the emotions except when they are drunk. It is difficult to ascertain their feelings.
    Their attitude is polite but distant.
    We always talk about England but not in the UK. We don’t know how are the Welsh.

    Scottish and Irish: they are similar. They have a reputation for drinking and being friendly and kind. They are warmer than the English and we consider them more like us.

    Germany: we popularly call them square heads. We think they are very hardworking and practical-minded. They are unable to break the rules. They just work, eat and sleep. They change when they are in Spain.
    We still believe that they’re something racist. We think that the Swiss and Austrians are somewhat like Germans.

    Italian: very similar to Spanish, even physically. They are very concerned about their appearance and dress well. In general the girls love them. They have a reputation of not being sincere. They are more sexist than us but more attentive to women.

    Portuguese: We were like them 15 or 20 years ago. They are very polite, melancholy and somewhat resentful of Spain.
    The media never talk about Portugal. We always forget that they exist, when we speak about tha border we think in France border.
    Although this is not entirely true, Galician pay attention to Portuguese (Portuguese less than us, they do not distinguish us from the rest of the Spanish). If Portuguese and Spanish are brothers, Portuguese and Galician are twins.

    Greeks: if they are not Europeans, no one is European. They are noisy and impulsive. They’re like the Spanish.

    Netherlands: a place where there aren’t prohibitions. The Dutch tend to be kind.

    Sweden: no one in Spain speaks ill of Swedes. They are silent. The woman Swedes are tall, blonde and beautiful. We love the woman Swedes. (In general, we do not know what the rest of the people of the north).

    Comment by Sala Vetera — October 28, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  485. “Very few know that countries like Slovenia, Czech or Estonia have much higher standards of living than Greece, Portugal or even Ireland.”

    Yeah that’s because they don’t have higher standards of living in any sense. The so-called PIIGS are more advanced countries than Slovenia or the Czech Republic or Estonia. In ANY sense. Whether we’re talking about HDI, or GDP per capita or whatever. Get a clue.

    Comment by Jeeez — November 14, 2010 @ 5:55 am

  486. You are so right!

    I am Colombian, lived in Spain and yes, once they heard my Latin Accent they behave way weird and racist. Now I live in Germany.

    Comment by Susy — November 21, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  487. I´m spaniard, i feel so bad for this attitudes between spaniards and portuguese people. We shoul be more united than ever. As spaniard, i don´t like that complacency wich Europe see us. Like us because we are associated with beaches, fun, friendly etc. I do´t like that because i think that isn´t the soul of spain, at all. Spain is the second country with the largest world heritage declared by UNESCO (behind Italy) and the world know us for the sangría, but i guess most of the world are dissapointed with it international image. As for the image that I have (i don´t want talk in the name of all spaniards) about my “hated and loved” european comreads would be:
    Portuguese people: more introverted than us (apparently, because i don´t think that spaniards are extroverts in the background, just to go to the party), melancholy (i love the word “saudade”: no othe language has a word to express a word to express a mod between melancholy, longin and joy), polite people, but I like our rough frankness more than their hypocritical education.
    French people: Stun me, have a mysterious halo, bothers me not knowing if I am treated with disdain or marke distances. The men who i knew are very affectionate, even helped me in bad situations (girls too, but i suposse i noticed more in males) have a facade of coolness but when they burst can are visceral and passionate. Great speakers. sometimes, i do not know how to treat them but i like french people.
    English: I think interacting with them is much better than with other european nationalities. I like their originality and individuality, I love their affectionate expressions (like when they call you honey and things like that) and their extravagance even their neuroticism, but I hate the use of double meaning and the use of covert conflict who like to use.
    Italians: They are simillar to spaniards in their sense of family and “good living”, i really think that they are more expressive, and extrovert, Spain feels great brotherhood with them and i think them with us too.
    Greeks: proud, fierce, incredible culture, i think that in their character, they are the most simillar to spaniards, and sorry for u assholes, but are parents of western civilization, from the canon of beauty, to architecture, governance…all thanks to them, or thanks to granpas, but i´m sure they retain the soul of ancient Greece.
    Germans: Very differents than spaniards, but loved here. We don´t understand their mentality, I like more the idea of individual german than in society, say they have a hard shell, but deep feelings and very sensitive, are too direct, sometimes seem to feel superior and it is difficult to deepen but when u gettin, have a great sense of loyalty.

    Comment by claudia — November 22, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

  488. Hi, I’m from Norway and I must say this article was very funny to read. But it also makes me sad!

    These are all prejudices and stigmas. For example, we love to call the Germans uptight and the Italians great lovers. However there are of course uptight Italians and great german lovers. These existing prejudices are just comic images we have of each other, not reality.

    I strongly believe you can find all sorts of people, both with positiv or negative traits, in whatever country you visit.

    With a scandinavian view, I’d say what really makes a difference in Europe is the degree of communcation you find on an open street. Mostly due to the the cold climate in northern Europe, people will be found walking fast from A to B, not really paying that much attention to each other. Whearas the further south you get, and the warmer the climate gets, the more people will sit outside, taking time to greet either friends or even strangers.
    This is my opinion. What do you think?

    Comment by NorwegianBlondie — November 29, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  489. I think these sterotypes are a a thing from the past. Europe has changed a lot in the last 20 years!

    Comment by I love european culture — December 1, 2010 @ 9:42 am

  490. I am an Indian… never been to europe..
    But i do know a great deal about these civilizations..
    Firstly.. great job!… laughes my a** off!..
    Nex-tly i am a huge fan of the germans .. like most indians are.. for their industriousness and of course we know german efficiency.. kinda cliche!..
    But i love the fact that how germany shaped many of these inter european interactions or conflicts.. and how the other cultures responded to the same…
    but the biggest thing is.. how europeans take all this lightly and still continue cooperating striving to become the greatest nations on earth!..
    Just an afternote: British food really sucks!.. big time!
    Cheers!

    Comment by IceKing — January 2, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  491. The french are considered arrogant because they refuse to speak english :)
    and italians are loud corrupt bastards.

    Comment by Andreas — January 14, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  492. I’m italian and here are my opinions:

    Hungarians – very educated (even the humblest bus driver in Budapest can talk to you about politics and culture of every country in the world) but poor people. Very hardworking and humble. They think that they can learn every language in the world because magyar is considered by many the most difficult language in Europe (although it is not an european language at all). They also like to remember their great footballers of the past, like Puskas and hate romanians, austrians, russians and every nation that invaded Hungary in the past. Hard drinkers

    Portugal – Ive been there many times due to profesional and personal reasons (my fiancee is galician with portuguese family). Less friendly people than their spanish neighbours, Introverted, reserved and shy. Yes, they have a strong complex of inferiority towards Spain and other Western European countries (although they seem to like us italians). NEVER say to a portuguese that Spain is superior in any sense to Portugal NEVER. Ambivalent atitude toward their former colonies: they dislike Africans (feel superior to them) and love brazilians (except the immigrants) and brazilian culture (soap operas, movies, music, etc), although they strongly resent the way that brazilians portray them in the brazilian media like the sopa operas (as stupid and uneducated peasants due to the portuguese immigrants in brazil being from rural and poor areas) and that brazilians just don’t give a damn about them and don’t feel any conection with Portugal at all (i’ve been there many times too due to familiar reasons), which make portuguese quite preoccupied with their opinion about Portugal. They also think that they are good language learners, same as the hungarians.

    Comment by Giacomo — January 26, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  493. Andreas

    “and italians are loud corrupt bastards.”

    have you ever been in Italy or meet italian people or do you repeat what you heard somewhere?

    Comment by Giacomo — January 26, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  494. When a western european sees a Bulgarian they say:
    “Damn, there goes another immigrant from that Slavic shithole”
    when he sees a Romanian he says:
    “Damn, another gypsy from Dracula land”
    when he sees a Hungarian:
    “Damn jew”

    Comment by Teodor — January 31, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  495. Good, I’m Romanian. I’ve got to say smth … we are afraid of you all …. only do we manage to agree. What can I tell you about Italy…. honestly, I’m afraid to go there, ‘cause I don’t want to die there (a woman was killed in Rome because she was romanian), all of you think we are gypsies , everybody see us like idiots . ….we try a better life, but we can’t be accepted . and yet so primitive as we are, we went through a lot. We don’t live very well here…but we are used to this. And we know that you hate us….but we can’t choice…
    Sorry….i don’t speak very well English…

    Comment by Iulia — February 3, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  496. First, a declaration – from the south of England thus according to the above posts hated by just about everybody.

    Second, as far as the comments between posters from established european countries are concerned this is all good fun and anybody who has travelled through Europe will know that the above stereotypes will not help at all in understanding the cultures or the people.

    Finally, the comments about the Roma/Gypsies are sickening and poisonous and if anybody can be bothered to prevent another holocaust they should do a little research about attitudes held in pre-WW2 Europe. I’m afraid that’s where my apparent one redeeming feature, my sense of humour, fails me.

    Comment by Tommy — February 19, 2011 @ 8:02 am

  497. LOL, good article, at least if you take it in a more or less humouristuc context.

    Being myself an Spaniard and traveling twice per month to deep France for professional reasons, I think Spain is a hugely popular country in France, as is Italy (even if, in both cases, stereotypes are common).

    Comment by FU1800 — March 6, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  498. There are ignorant people here, VERY ignorant.

    First, the author of the post, who doesn’t talk about the Portuguese.

    Second, the loser who said the Portuguese have an inferiority complex agaist Brazil? Are you freaking joking? I’m going to laugh all day long because of such an ignorant and ridiculous statement!

    Comment by Raquel — March 17, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  499. Giacomo: we CAN’T STAND Brazilians!

    You don’t know a thing about the Portuguese.

    Comment by Raquel — March 17, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  500. I’m a Finn and i loved this hahaha :D
    It’s true that our relationship with russians isn’t so good. :(

    And we make lots of fun about swedes but they are like brothers to us, messing up with sweden, messing up with us! :D

    Comment by Rebeccablack — April 4, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

  501. to JM

    actually European do choose a Muslim, non-ethnic European, Moroccan (or is it Turkish) to their government. Check the current mayor of Rotterdam. Dutch people are less prejudice than any other nation in Euro.

    Comment by Rizky — April 9, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  502. hey hey hey

    firstly, excuse my English.

    secondly, I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia, you know, once called Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies, now a crappy congested city. studying in Holland/Poland for a total of 4 years. people from Jakarta (Batavians) are a mix of Portuguese, Dutch, Javanese, and Chinese, and also the Mardijkers (black slave). We have stereotypes about European too.

    Dutch: generally they are nice, humble people, with inferiority complex (because their country is kinda boring, with polder and cows hanging around). the youngster forgots about Indonesia, and tend to act as if they know everything. The old one (and the history-aware one) thought Indonesia as their glorious nostalgic past. I also think that the Dutch stereotyped the Moroccan as lazy and a charmer, potentially corrupt one. a Dutch-Indonesian mix is called an Indo, and most of them are singer in Holland, of artistic mind. In Indonesia, we have this long pillow called guling in Indonesian and ‘Dutchwife’ in English, because they are round and lay fixed on the bed. In Indonesia, gays talk with Dutch slang, like saying “I” as “Ik” (pronounced as “Eijke”)

    German: we still think them as ultra-racists. They resent helping foreigners if they speak non-Deutsch, even if they are tourists in emergency. If they do speak English, they will say “you are in my country, why don’t you speak German?”. They also walk very fast (tall body), probably because we Indonesians walk extremely slow.

    Belgian: I don’t know, but I think most Belgian friend I have has this dark brown curly wavy hair. They are very friendly to international people, and are often ambassador for new international students to the university.

    French: We though French men are very mellow, soft, almost gay, not your typical macho Moroccan. A french leader in an organization is not a good combination. They drive their car like crazy.

    Spanish: very helping and nice people. They walk in group and celebrates with their own Spanish-speaking group, mostly with the other Spanish-speaking fellow from Latin America, so our stereotype kinda mixed with this Latin American people. It is not hard to join their celebration, because they will usually invite all international people to their small gathering (unlike the Dutch or German, who don’t care if you exist)

    Portuguese: they colonize Indonesia back in the 16th century, so when I talked with them, they will always talk about how in the past they colonize the glorious archipelago of Indonesia, and slowly their mind will start to wander, and then awkward silent, lol. They are nice people though, very helping, not as loud as the Spanish though, kinda introverted.

    Italian: We can relate ourselves with Italian: corrupted and not well-organized. If there is an accident on the street, everybody will get involved with, blocking the street, stopping everything that supposed to pass the road, jamming bus line, tram, basically creating another havoc on the street. Like Indonesian, Italian like to mingle, talk, and just sitting beside the street, looking at passersby.

    Swedish: I have one Swedish friend. He is very nice, polite, and also very America-oriented. There are so many Swedish tourist in New Zealand and Aussie (2 countries close to Indonesia)

    Russian: Russian women have this full sexy lips, voluptuous face (what’s that??), and kinda sexual. They act like they know everything (talking with their Eastern European accent spy accent). The smart one usually love communism, the idiot one are capitalist with jewelries all over her body.

    English: I like discussing stuffs with an English. They often say “yeah…” or “right… ” with that typical English tone. They are also very commercially-oriented, not different with the Chinese people.

    Bulgarian: stayed here for 4 weeks, I think they are poverty-stricken, religious, very traditional and love their ethnic culture, and their food sucks! I had this soup and it is cold and just gross, and they give me this stone, but no, it’s a bread(!)

    Polish: love America, doesn’t speak English at all. I think they drink vodka to make them body warmer, walk coatless in the middle of cold night. they are also kinda horny and perverted.

    etc etc

    don’t get emotional over stereotype, it’s just a stereotype :-)

    Comment by Rizky — April 9, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

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  504. The brittish have truelly the worst food.

    Comment by samuel welsh — April 15, 2011 @ 1:43 am

  505. The Scots hate the English but get very angry and go ballistic when we hate them back.

    Comment by Maltshouse — April 25, 2011 @ 3:29 am

  506. I am from Glasgow and am Scottish and can tell you right now only half of us are friendly, I’d consider myself one of them, some of us are very kind and helpful to anyone but there are some horrible people, neddish men and classless women with too much make-up on will shout abuse at people (Particularly the Polish) and it’s true alot of people hate the English for petty reasons.

    Here’s my views on countries:

    French – Im quite indifferent to them, I went on holiday when I was young there so can’t remember much but apparently the locals were rude (and as my dad put it “pussies” lol) but I don’t remember much.

    Spanish – Went on holiday to canaries and it was full of Spaniards and can honestly say I couldn’t have met more lovely (and sexy) mild mannered people.

    Germans – There were also alot of Germans at the Canaries and they were very loud, rude and obnoxious, I dared to run past one of them and I got the devils off them for the rest of my stay, nice. And also I held a door open for an old woman and she just walked past like she was god’s gift.

    Polish – Seem like ok people but god they’re idiots, some are bus drivers and they drive down the wrong roads and I miss my stop.

    Slovakians – Most of the holiday staff were Slovakian and they were all pompous, arrogant pricks who tried perving up every girl in site.

    Can’t say I know any other culture really but I want to know more about the Dutch, they are the soundest nation of the EU :)

    Comment by Jack — May 9, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  507. I’m Romanian from Bucharest. First of all we hate ALL Russians for stealing parts of our country and imposing us the communist rule. The Ukrainians are just another type of Russians for us. About Hungarians: we don’t like our Hungarian minority (it is too mean and aggressive) but may admire the Hungarians from Hungary, we like Budapest more than Bucharest. The French: we used to love them but now we dislike them because of Sarkozy not allowing us to join Schengen area. Italians and Spaniards: we like them (we know they don’t like us and understand that) because they took our gypsies and cleaned Romania of them. Of course we hate the Gypsies. The Germans: we used to admire them but no more because they joined the French position on Schengen matter. The English: we have nothing against them but hate their tabloids always saying Gypsy beggars, squatters and thieves are Romanians. The Austrians: we hate their biggest bank and biggest oil company (they are big investors in Romania) for being too greedy.

    Comment by Petre — May 12, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  508. Petre from Romania again. About Bulgarians: probably because the language barrier is too much (we are Latin and they are Slav) we don’t have many things to say about them. We consider them to be poorer than us (that might not be true!) and we are not too happy about the West always putting us in the same place (“Romania and Bulgaria did this, must do that”), probably we think we are better than them or something. We used to like Serbians for no good reason (I was treated far better in Croatia and Slovenia as a Romanian tourist). Oh, and I forgot Americans: yeah, we didn’t love them, we didn’t even like them, we think they are very ignorant and we think they sold Eastern Europe to the Russians after WW2 but now maybe we must change our view: after all, they welcomed us in NATO (we like Bush for that, not Clinton!!!) and now, Obama is building an antimissile shield, which will surely make the Russians think twice before attacking us again, as they did in WW2 (BEFORE we counter-attacked with German help!). So yeah, I think we are starting to really like the Americans, because now they are wiser than they used to be!

    Comment by Petre — May 14, 2011 @ 7:52 am

  509. This is really entertaining!
    I’m Portuguese, this is what the Portuguese generally think of other Europeans:

    The British: we all love the UK, especially England, but we don’t really think anything, good or bad, about the British.

    The French: we like Paris, the first thing that comes to our mind when someone says “France” is Tower Eiffel.
    We think their language is weird as hell but we like their croissants and their crepes.

    The Germans: we think they sound angry, and some jerks still think that Germany is full of nazis. However, most of us like them or don’t really have no opinion about them nowadays.

    The Spanish: we call them “nuestros hermanos”, which mean “our brothers” in Spanish. We make fun of them sometimes but that’s because we love them. :D We always vote for Spain in the Eurovision, too.
    They’re also known to be loud.

    The Italians: . We REALLY love their food, but many think they’re gay.

    The Finns: we used to think of Finland as “Nokialand”, but now we think of it as “They-all-hate-us-land”, or “They’d-kill-us-all-if-they-could-land”. Wellll anyway it’s kind of justified.

    The Russians: They drink lots of vodka, that’s all we know. We also associate them with communism. AND we think that their alphabet looks pretty cool.

    The Romanians: Almost every gypsie that lives here is from Romania, so our stereotype is pretty obvious.

    The Ukrainians: Most people think that the men are all poor and the women are all beautiful.

    The Greeks: We never meet Greeks… ever. I guess they just don’t come to Portugal. So we don’t have an opinion.

    The Dutch: Tall people…

    And my personal view:

    Everyone else is awesome and I was born in a small country that’s getting poor and that no one cares about. Hooray. :D

    Comment by Alice — May 17, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  510. @Alice “The Romanians: Almost every gypsie that lives here is from Romania, so our stereotype is pretty obvious.” Alice, I give you four reasons/explanations why you should NOT think the Romanians are Gypsies and why you have so many Gypsies from Romania. 1) The Gypsies are nomadic, it’s NORMAL for them to migrate all over Western Europe, which is a magnet for them because it’s a rich land. Romanians are not nomadic and they stay at home, that is why you only see Romanian Gypsies and not many white Romanians (which are anyway harder to spot because they seem to be western). 2) The Gypsies couldn’t go to West Europe until a few years ago because the borders were closed because of communism. Their natural migration was stopped by the Iron Curtain. 3) Romania is a big country, so Romania had many Gypsies. Two million Gypsies make no more than 8 percent of Romania’s total population. And I think that over half of them are now living in Western Europe. 4) Watch sports on TV to see how Romanians look! Not football, it’s a sport for Gypsies in Romania just like basketball is for blacks in USA.

    Comment by Petre — May 18, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  511. @Petre
    Read the last part of my post! I never said I believed in any of those stereotypes – just what people think in Portugal. My great-great-grandmother was from Romania.

    Comment by Alice — May 19, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

  512. “and if you remind them that the Dutch national anthem makes a reference to the Dutch being “van Duitse bloed” (from German blood), you might quickly get the silent treatment”

    van Duitse bloed doesn’t mean from German blood. It means from ‘Dietse bloed’ and that is Old dutch so no reference to germany,
    btw I really like German and dutch humor. I hate english humor stupid Mr.Bean slapstick..

    Comment by lalila — June 13, 2011 @ 6:10 am

  513. Allow me to add another point of view regarding Romania. First of all, anyone who is not in tune with history or geography, please make a clear distinction between Roman (Roman Empire/citizen of contemporary Rome) and Romanian (modern-day latin people residing in Romania/citizen of Romania/latin language spoken in Romania since antiquity).

    As a Romanian, I must agree with the comments above stating that Romanians generally(!) admire the French and profoundly dislike the Russians and Hungarians. History plays an essential role in determining one regions’ sympathies for others, and for other countries and peoples.

    As an inhabitant of Brasov, region of Transylvania (Sieben-burgen), I have observed some interesting attitudes within the country. Transylvanians (which declare themselves as 3/4 Romanian, 1/5 Hungarian, <1% German) are usually seen as softer, more polite and historically more industrious than Moldavians (East) and Wallachians (South), while people from these areas are known to be more rude, short-tempered and uncivilized, but more passionate. There is also a general enmity between the South, East and most of Romanian Transylvanians on one side, and Hungarians on the other. The latter claim that Transylvania is part of Greater Hungary, while the Romanians reject the ethnic Hungarians' claims and accuse their refusal to speak Romanian. The ethnics are seen as cold and distant towards Romanians, while these are said to be over-nationalistic and disrespectful towards said ethnics.

    The environment of people is quite important. While in the countryside (characterized above as 19th-century like; I think that for villages not very, but rather near to cities, that is about right, while for more remote areas, it would be a mild description), people, living in small communities, having low incomes and much work to do, care less about these issues and cohabit relatively preacefully, while in the city, there is more room for debate over various demographical and historical arguments.

    As someone passionate about the architectural heritage of my region, let me simply point out that, although Romanians currently are and historically have always been in majority in Transylvania, the largest part of what anyone describes as being beautiful in Romania, was built in Siebenburgen by the Saxons and Hungarians. The unification with Romania of 1918 has brought, along numerous positive aspects, many cultural losses. We must always consider, understand and respect the past, when analyzing the present. Only then will we be able to make good decisions. (Speaking of level of living) This, I suppose, applies to all of Europe.

    Thank You.

    P.S. @tats, (regarding Theo's March 28, 2009 comment quote "[...] Romania: near Transylvania [...]" end quote) posted April 16, 2009, quote "I am American. [...] Transilvania is a town in Romania not next to. Making it seem like Americans are that ignorant is harsh." : … why ?

    Comment by BogdyBBA — June 17, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  514. From a Welsh perspective:

    Germans – ok actually. Similar culture. Get on well with them.

    French – Parisians generally arrogant, but getting better (based on recent trip).

    Spanish – hot tempered,

    Czechs – cold and yellow (capitulated to the Germans), weak and rude. Some are polite though.

    Ukranians – polite and serious

    Poles – hard working but friendly and open.

    Dutch – liberal, sociable

    Swedes – opem minded, tolerent, polite but a bit distant

    Scottish – warm people

    English – mixed; some friendly and genuinely warm and kind people. Others can be more cold, two faced and calculating

    Serbs – got on with them. Friendly warm people but can be stubborn and maybe possess a complex

    Bosnians – warm but tough

    Croatians – mixed

    South Africans – easy to get on with, proud and macho culture. Love their rugby.

    Comment by Ant — June 20, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  515. What a bunch of ignorants! The few who talked about Portugal know nothing about the country (saying we love Brazilians and we have inferiority complex! LMAO) and some (AKA comment above) even think South AFRICA is European, but forget other countries! Oh well….

    Comment by Me — July 3, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  516. I’m Brazilian. Interesting topic, i couldn’t stop reading it.

    About Portugal, i don’t know why the portuguese consider themselves ”shy” or ”introverted” – they were a powerful naval potence in the past, and brought many aspects of it’s culture. The vast majority of brazilians have portuguese blood in it’s veins, beyond that of indians and/or afro-descendants. And many of our writers, erudites and important cultural personalities were from the land of the ”fado”, or studied there.

    We share the same language (portuguese) with some few differences, various kinds of food, cultural influences and the like.

    Why some portuguese people just hate/despise us? We are a cosmopolitan and flourishing country, almost a continent. We are far from being racists, our slogan is ”a country for all” (um país de todos).

    What i don’t understand is why the Portuguese don’t like us as England likes the US?

    If we brazilians have jokes about portugueses, it’s only because of the Tordesilhas Treaty ( the one that would give Portugal a 30 per cent portion of Brazil, and 70 for Spain).

    Some data on European influence on Brazil:

    The South-Eastern region is the most developed, with Rio de Janeiro and it’s beaches (and portuguese influence)/ São Paulo and it’s a huge industrialized region (HEAVILY influenced by italian and japanese immigrants… they have the best pizza and sushi on Earth outside Italy and Japan!)

    The South region (where i live) is all cold weather and a wannabe mini-Europe. Immigrants from all over europe came to this region: Italians, Germans, Poles ( my cousin danced at Wisla, a pole folcloric dance group), Czechs, Spaniards, Russian, Ukraine, Dutch, Belgium, Greeks (i myself know lots of greek ancestry friends), some French and English immigrants, too.

    The capital city of my state (where i study) is Curitiba, a futuristic city with european architecture and high-tech bus stations with the shape of glass tubes.It has most of european immigrants from the rest of state (mainly the ones i wrote above).

    I was born in a city called Paranagua, with DIRECT influence of Portugal. It was the first city of my state, with a giant harbor named Dom Pedro II. (Yes, the portuguese emperor came here) It’s a beautiful,historical, magical city, with portuguese architecture and great portuguese solars and fountains. ( my family is not portuguese though, it’s from direct Catalan ancestry). Most of the immigrants that came here were portuguese, lebanese, greek, german and italian. It’s 80 km far from Curitiba (Curitiba is in the mountains, Paranagua in the coast)

    Unfortunately, many of us of the south region took the same racial / ethnic prejudice of the europeans: there are many southern brazilians that want the region detached from the country, being an independent territory. There are neonazi and racist and conservative scum, just like Europe. A truly SHAME brought to this country. For european standards , i would pass easy as white – i’m pale, actually; but i hate racial prejudice. (Race doesn’t exist, except the Human race)

    The North-East region is dry and desertic, the poorest region in the territory. Except for Recife and Olinda, two cities developed by the Dutch and the French(when they invaded ). It has beaches with waters as blue as Greece’s.

    The North region is the stereotyped image of the country: heavy rain forests, the Amazon, swampy houses, dangerous rivers and the like.There was the influence of some english immigrants, but they were few.

    The Center-West is full of plains and pasture.

    Overall we receive well immigrants and tourists from every country, and we don’t hate anyone. We tend to love Italians ( parties, wine, dances, festivals, art, PIZZA / LASAGNA/ pasta in general) ; like the German (in south, mainly) : they’re honest and work hard (sausage, beer, chucrute, kukka, oktoberfest, chopp) the portuguese ( fado, bolinho de bacalhau, pastelzinho de belém, azeite de oliva, navegação, catholicism (ok, some of us. not myself), all of our architecture, bohemia, literary culture, belle epoque …the Dutch ( Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen developing the science and arts in Pernambuco) and many oyhers. Well, in abstract, we are cosmopolitans, that’s it ;)

    As for me, personally… i LOVE Greece! Se agapw, ellas! Teleia, ourania, wraia! Land of the art, political science, architecture, beauty, sciences, the Byzantine Empire, orthodox church, the beautiful islands (Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos and lots of them), warm, kind and romantic people; the forefathers of our western civilization!

    Na se kala, Ellas ;)

    (and a fraternal and sincere hug to all europeans here, i wish the Old World overcome its differences and become a truly Union , rich of beautiful cultures and ethnicities developing each other, a cosmopolitan and friendly continent in the near future )

    Comment by BrazilianSurfer — July 21, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  517. It’s safe to say that Brazilians adore Europeans. I have yet to meet a Brazilian who really cared about anything except European culture. This is probably related to the obsession with white skin in their culture. Sorry, but it’s true.

    Comment by JM — July 22, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

  518. JM, not that much. Remember, we live in a paradise. In the past, every trend or fashion came from Europe. But we are developing our own trends,fashion and culture, and exporting it to the rest of the world.

    The Old Word no longer is our ”model”, the US neither.

    There is a general feeling of pride in being a Brazilian, and that has nothing to do with ”white skin”.

    Our supermodels, by the way, are the epitome of mixed origin ;)

    as i said, we’re a cosmopolitan country, without racial prejudices.

    Comment by BrazilianSurfer — July 23, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

  519. “Without racial prejudices”? You mean unlike every other country on the planet?

    Of course I’m joking. Brazil has TONS of racial problems. It would do your country some good if you were to recognize and confront them, instead of pretending they don’t exist. I think Brazil is a terrific country, with a wonderful culture, but maybe a little delusional when it comes to its internal conflicts around race.

    Every Brazilian I’ve ever met – including you – seems to gravitate towards Europe as a cultural touchstone. Brazilians overwhelmingly travel to Europe and care what Europeans think of them. The Brazilian mind hasn’t yet become decolonized. And your supermodels are all very European looking (maybe some a bit more tan than others, but still overwhelmingly European-looking); despite most of your country having African blood, you have no Tyra Banks or Naomi Campbell. Have you ever wondered why that’s the case?

    But I do agree Brazilians are very proud of being Brazilian. But they are really concerned with Europeans knowing and understanding this. See what I mean?

    Comment by JM — July 25, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  520. JM, you have a point.

    ( unfortunately, yes, many of our models do come from the south region; for the same reason you told )

    But about the ” I do agree Brazilians are very proud of being Brazilian. But they are really concerned with Europeans knowing and understanding this. ” , the pride is not because of exaggerated nationalism or/and ethnic prejudices.

    We may have some cases of racial problems, but it isn’t the HUGE ( xenophobic) view that many european citizens showed in this topic.Hell, they discriminate even people from their own continent! We don’t discriminate Colombians, Venezuelans, Chileans, Bolivians or the others. We even call the Argentinians brothers, despite the (fool) historic rivalry on soccer.

    But speaking of Europe, I saw a research that showed 1/3 of europeans wanted non-europeans out of their country (mostly muslims, gypsies, jews, and other ”scapegoats”). They let the ”identity crisis” or old resentments take their minds and blame all the [ethnic ] minorities for unemployment, financial crisis, crime levels and the like. Worse, some radical-right parties even use that feeling as parasites uses its hosts.

    (I’m not talking about ALL europeans… but about a big part of them).

    Think for a moment, what would be if you was a muslim with gypsy origin and black skin , living in an european country?

    I admire Europe, but i really despise the open xenophobia that many european citizens have. For a ”civilized” , ”metropolitan” continent, it haven’t evolved much in the last centuries, in this issue at least.I wouldn’t exchange Brazil for Europe because of that.

    But i (as any Brazilian) would receive well any european. Why don’t Europe do the same with non-european peoples? Isn’t it fair, to ask for the same respect / friendly treatment?

    I invite the participants of this forum ( Portuguese included) to show their opinion, or ”stereotype” about Brazil , for a matter of curiosity (and NOT inferiority complex or something like that).

    Comment by BrazilianSurfer — July 25, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  521. A czech point of view

    The Germans
    There is still some dislike for WW2 although Czechs do both respect and mock German tendency to have things in order. Czechs also dislike the notion they surrendered in 1938 without a fight because they feel it was either surrender or a crushing defeat. There is some envy towards the Germans in terms of the better living conditions.

    The Austrians
    The Austrians are hated for their snobbism and about 400 years of control of Czechs. The fact that Hitler was Austrian and the eagerness with which Austrians jumped to bed with Germans also don’t help. It can be said Czechs observe the situation where nobody cares about Austrians anymore very gleefully. It’s also quite possible that strong support for nuclear energy is a czech way of spiting the Germans and the Austrians.

    The Slovaks
    The Slovaks are seen as younger brothers. But as brothers, they are also mocked for they nationalism and hotheadness. Czechs feel superior to Slovaks because of the state Slovaks were in when Czechoslovakia came to be.

    The Hungarians
    The Hungarians used to be hated but with the split of Czech Republic and Slovakia, the hate is probably only a relict of Good Soldier Švejk. Hungarians are mocked for their language.

    The Poles
    There isn’t really an interest in Poles in Czech Republic. While Poles seem to like us for the way we view life, Czechs view Poland as a country where you can find peasants and God, neither of which is very appealing to Czechs. Poles are thought of as religious fundamentalists and nationalists who fought everytime and got horribly slaughtered but are mostly harmless to Czechs.

    The Russians
    Russians are hated as a nation. An individual who moved here is usually welcomed as someone who got some sense and moved out of Russia. The hate stems from the 40 year long communistic reign, invasion in 1968 and coup of 1948. Overall Russia is viewed as a country with imperialistic tendencies that can never change and which will always treat its dictators as heroes.

    Comment by Karel — August 11, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

  522. I am japanese and I live in france for 2 years. I travelled a lot in europe. In my personal opinion, I like british and french, the culture and food.Besides the french peope are very warm-hearted, and serious as well, but it’s true some of them are lazy.
    And then I respect Italy, it’s the most beautiful country I habe ever been to. I don’t like the swiss and the germans, too arrogant, very rude.The germans always treat others like they are from a third world country. What do the germans have? nice cars, technology. Come on the french technicien make airplanes. well one more thing, The germans decided to quit nuclear energy (claiming protect the environment) before 2020, after came back from japan (by the way they are the first to quit) but they still buy nuclear energy from their neighbours. To me they are very hypocritical…

    Comment by Kiroro — August 14, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  523. I am another Romanian and I would like to break the stereotypes about my country a little.
    First of all, we should not use the word “hate” when we talk about our neighbor countries, we don’t hate anybody, we – as showed above – like to express ourselves in this way but at individual level, we do not care where anybody is from, as long as they are educated.
    Secondly, Romania always loved the Americans (and not because Bush helped us get into NATO, that is one of the biggest nonsense I ever heard), just because after the revolution everything media was American and obviously we were very much influenced by them. Most of Romanians speak very good English.

    Most of Romanians speak English and at least another foreign language – French & German are the most popular, as Austria is basically the biggest investor here.

    About our neighbors, yes we have some animosity for the Russians but for the new generation it has absolutely no sense (I am 30 so I lived through the revolution), it slowly dissolves.

    We like Americans and their culture and freedom, a lot of Romanian young entrepreneurs choose US to develop their businesses, as they find support and assistance there, so there is a general appreciation of the States and everything they represent (technological advancement, science etc).

    Comment by Andreea — August 27, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  524. An old Brit ( 60 yrs ). I stumbled onto this site which is a great read. My grandparents on my mums side were from the Irish republic, so seen those cultures from both sides, I live in London, and sorry to spoil people’s misconceptions but generally we get on just fine with the Irish. One post said that the English dislike the French, sorry, afraid this is generally true, but we always make exceptions for individuals. As for other world citizens we generally find them interesting from a distance because being an island we are culturally isolated from them with the exception of the english speaking countries, (which is quite a substantial proportion of the world). As for the Germans, we just find them a bit machine like, my dad was a WW2 (which we won by the way) veteran and was taken prisoner in France, but never disrespected them. What we Londoners find amusing about the countries that slate us is the massive amount of their citizens who find this terrible place hard to leave once, strange thing hate.

    Comment by Alan — August 29, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  525. As an english girl im fed up of stumbling across sites like these and seeing the amount of stereotyping and hostility.And you wonder why we prefer countries like the US ,Canada and Australlia……..Out of all the countries in Europe it always seems to be the UK who gets tons of abuse and I dont see why.You all seem to be looking at our problems insted of your own.We dont hate most of Europe we just dont like being part of it because we like to be independant and different its in our culture,we love being unique and like the fact you look at us like were strange and dont undertand our humour its all part of the joke.Plus you guys say we have weird humour when the Us ,Canada and other countries all understand it and we can have a laugh with them.We like to take the make jokes about other countries but its all part of the humour its something europeans have to learn to understand.We are definetely not arrogant or snobby have you seen the amount of british people putting their own county down?I have travelled a lot and I can say that Britsh people are definetely the best and most friendliest people i’ve met who else calls eachother pet,sweetheart,love when they dont even know eachother.The Scottish and Welsh dont hate us there in the same country as us.How dare people come on here and think they know everything about the UK when most of you know nothing you dont understand Britain and you never will.We have the same banter as the Scottish and Welsh its all fun and games,yes we might take the piss out if eachother but its all in the humour.Ive seen a number of people label us an ugly and unclassy which is completely untrue I can walk about in and town in the UK and see hundreds of gorgeous girls and handsome men not to mention all our actresses and models.Yes we do tend to let go a bit on holiday but hey its not only us.One minute you label british people as too uptight and then the next minute they are easy and unclassy.Make your mind up.Its only the minority of british people that are either of them stereotypes and believe me i’ve seen my fare share of that in every other nationality.Even of some of us are arrogant we have a right to be we live in one of the most beautiful and fairest countires on the planet.Just because you dont understand Britain and its culture doesnt mean you have the roght to label it and make fun out of it.Yes London may be full of ride people but thats what happend when your in massive busy cities and loads of people in London arent even british! I find it hilarious how some people can say we have no culture hmm… the best music in the world even in todays time just look at all of our indie and folk bands,we have great films James Bonds,Harry Potter,fashion,literature!,individualtiy ,humour …… .You wonder why we dont like most Europeans well just look at some of the comments we get on the interent it only seems to be Europe that offends us.We may be the U’s lapdog but they love it when they all come over here and get excoted over our accents and culture we get along with them and its the same for other non-european countries including China and Japan we respect them.And about that drinking sutff look on all the listd ofr the heaviest drinking countires and Britain is not on that list and ven if some of us are so what we like to have fun.Thats why we like being weird :).We could sit there and say just as much bad things about you guys but we decide to keep out mouth shut.Because were british we have some sense.Most of you dont give us all the respect that we desreve you may think that sounds arrogant but its true,we didnt have to join in world war two we went in becuase Poland was under attack,Many people thought we would lose but we kept the spirit and won for the sake of Europe.We’ve gave Europe inventions,scientific discoveries,culture, Tv,film and a good laugh :)If it wasnt for us whether you wanna belive it or not Europe wouldnt be as great as it is.No matter what you think we are actually very emotional and deap people read our poetry and books and see.You can say what you like about us but when you want to come over to the Uk for living and studying its all fine and dandy.The best thing is we could sit there and take the piss out of you but you’d never be able to tell because you dont understand our humour .We say bad things aobut your country when you say bad stuff about ours.All that rubbish about us not trying to learn languages is just an excuse necause you know damn right that its easier for yours to learn english not only for english people but fot the redt of the world you cant communicate with anyone outside of Europe if you dont speak english you think anhy americans or aisans are gonna speak german or french.Strangely enought the world doesnt revolve around Europe alone.

    We have good and bad impressions of countires in Europe
    Scandanavians-We tend to like them they make good music and there nice and good to have a laugh with.Also they dont have many bad things to say about us.Also there scenery and geography is amazing.
    Spainairds-There nice,we dont think there lazy I think they know how to enjoy life,they have a beautiful country in terms of culture and scenery.They can be a little bit up themselves in a sense that they think there all so handomse and look down on us as typical british tourists.I’ve seen the same amount of unattractive spainairds as I have seen brits.
    France-We dont hate them it all depends on the individual you’re talking to.Older people tend to be negative because of the fact there older and are more intact with history and the older ways.We love their culture, food,fashion although sometimes they seem a bit all show and so substance.They quit in world war two which is something we dont like there seen as a bit cowardly and un-cooperative and tend to run away and cry when times get hard.But that might just be our strong british fighting spirit.It is mainly a love hate realtionshipwhen you see British people coming out of Tesco with bottles of french wine and booking holidays to France you can probably see why.I think in general we get along with them in person and I think were getting better.Were also not that different with them,theres a bit of competition we have the best literature closely followed by France,Paris and London are both some of the most visitied cities in Europe,were both known for fashion ect but in different ways.ours is bold and theres in chic :).I have a sneaky suspicion that they dont hate us all that much aswell :)
    There is a thing about them being rude and arrogant which sometimes is true a frined of mine went to Paris and said the people were horrible but I think otherwise.I dont listen to tales and stories.When you look at the amount of french people living and studying in England you can come to the conclusion that we dont hate eachother,however when theres a rugby or football match on we do.Its like you always have to rival and have competition with the ones closets to you and they are close to u geographicallyMy secondary school was full of french teachers(from France).Brits dont hate people because of history otherwise we’d hate Denmark and Iceland because of the Vikings and Italy because of the Romans.
    Germany-They dont have a good reputation with us but we always make room for the indiviadual if your good to us were good to you simpe as that-its common sense.Obviously theres the whole world war teo thing but they only happen thorughout secondary school when kids are immature like that.One thing we do think about them is that they are cold, arrogant and unfriendly .They never smile and dont seem to make an effort to talk to you i’d prefer a drunken brit anyday.On their own there very nice but in a group there horrible.How can you call British people arrogant?have you seen Germans.There seen as ugly aswell .Germans are just as bad as us aboroad and yet we get all the blame.At least were nice drunk and sober.
    Italy-Nice food and culture,arrogant players take adavntafge of women,like to think there the best looking people on the planet when there not,far from it.
    Eastern Europe-Yes you are seen as immigrants but at least we let you into our country in some parts of the world it would be a whole different situation believe me.and Poland we went into world war two for you remeber that next time you slag us off.But in general as people you are seen as nice.Although we are a bit scared of Russia.Then again we dont have much contact with you guys so we cant say much and you cant say much about us.
    However Americans we do not hate yes I think everyone admits they can be a bit annoying but all the stuff aobut them being fat is just secondary school talk like what the teengae boys to on Call of Duty.You seem to like us and we like it when then buzz over our accents and say nice things about our country which they do a lot of,we may be their lapdog but sometimes it seems like there theonly people who would ever stand up for us.

    Comment by Anna — September 3, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  526. Yes I know Scandanavia isnt one counry but we dont see much difference in the countries xxx

    Comment by Anna — September 3, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  527. And for all those poeple saying how badly trat they were inLondon well thats London its not the whole of England

    Comment by Anna — September 3, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  528. Everyone likes the scandinavian ; )

    Comment by Norwegian Girl — September 6, 2011 @ 6:13 am

  529. I have found this thread very entertaining.

    I am a southern English woman so I am hated by everyone according to this thread.

    I have learnt French, Spanish and German to conversational levels but what puts me off going to the European mainland for extended periods of time is all the stereotyping I face from ignorant people.

    It’s always about our food, our teeth or it’s something else. Btw, I LIKE our traditional dishes, we can cook, our teeth are fine and we do have dentists!

    Yet, we have a staggering amount of people wanting to live, study and work in England from all over the world. For a nation that seems so disliked on the internet, it seems really bizarre!

    It’s almost like people just want to ‘bash” the English just because they are English!

    Yet, I hardly hear any reference to all the things that the English do well. Such as
    - our music scene,
    - our literature ie. Harry Potter,
    - our shows such as Mr Bean, Dr Who etc
    - universities such as Cambridge and Oxford
    - overall policing skills,
    - our stunning varied countryside
    - etc

    Entertaining though this thread is, I hate it when people believe in stereotypes and not recognising that people are people no matter where you go.

    Btw, I am English and I LIKE the French – especially when they refuse to speak English as I can then practice my French – LOL!

    Comment by Ana — September 6, 2011 @ 6:17 am

  530. Personally I like the UK. Great music, beautiful country, unique culture and sense of humour. Been there many times.
    I’m from Greece.

    Comment by John — September 8, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  531. How dare you say Brits are lapdogs of the bloody Americans?!

    Study more and bs less.

    Greetings from Hong Kong.

    Comment by Caxton — September 11, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  532. I’m Croatian, so I’m gonna write a few words about our opinion of other nations. Croatians generally hate everyone, but when you come to Croatia, you can see that people are very hospitable and very welcoming to everybody because of their Balkan mentality. (but they’re not hospitable as for example serbians and Bosnians). Croatians generally don’t like to be regarded as Balkan people because we like to think of ourselves like we’re western modern country. We tend to hate everyone.

    Serbs- Balkan tribe, concidered as slaughters, fighting in wars but always losing, very self-loving, and proud of their heroic past (they were 500 years among Turks) but very funny, with great films and great sense of humour. Their music sucks because they listen to turbofolk music which is very annoying and very unlistenable in other parts of europe. Generally, they are very hospitable and kind people. After the war they are very hospitable towards Croats because they feel guily about what happened, but Croats are also kind to them. (I’m not speaking of right-wing haters, but normal people) Lot of time jokes are told about their desire for territories, and their heroism in wars. Generally there’s sexual tension between Croats and Serbs. Croats think of Serb women as one of the most beautiful. We like to make fun of their opinion about Russians, they like to think that Russia is their “mother”, and keep their interests, orthodox church is similar, they write cryllic letter like russians etc. – they have saying ” We and Russians 300 millions of us”

    Slovenia – called Alpian Serbs because they like Serbs more than Croatians. Croatians don’t like them very much but have nothing against them. Croatians like to compare to them because we left Yugoslavia together. Slovenians like to think of themselves like they’re better than other parts of yugoslavia, and croatians like to joke with their size of the country. Slovenians are also mentioned as ass-kissers of austria and italy. Generally nice people, they love coming to our sea, and generally they don’t have problems with us, nor we with them.Jokes are told that only Serbians and Bosnians live there and that there’s no true slovene anymore.

    Hugary – nothing with them, beautiful women, and lately they come to our sea, and have a lot of money.

    Bosnia- They are very nice and hospitable, have good food, great sense of humor, generally considered as non working, funny, construction workers. Country that has a lot of problems, economical, and religious. Forces of UN are still there, and they have High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is main authorithy. Jokes are made of them, but they also make jokes of themselves, and are very funny, and have great alcohol – rakija, which makes them great for company. One part of Bosnia ( Hercegovina) is populated with lot of Croatians that came to capital of Croatia, Zagreb, and are known as religious, falmily – connected, nepotists, have strong connections, work as directors, smugglers, not very good opinion of them eventhough they’re croats.

    Montenegro – Lazy non – working complaining people, generally we don’t like them becuase of their connections with Serbs, and attacking of Dubrovnik, but lately there are good connections between two nations.

    Macedonia – nothing much, except they have a lot of problems with Greeks about name of the country, they have similar language as bulgarians. Generally we like them.

    Italy – Cheap, rude and loud people, don’t speak any language but italian (which I learnt in school and know it), they are arrogant, and their guys seem to be like homosexuals, very fashion people, they always want to cheat you, disrescpetful to other cultures, think of themselves as of great nation. there are execptions that are very nice people and like to apologize of the majority. Croats think of them as of cowards, they’d like to have Istria and Dalmatia, and during the history they tried to conquer it, (WW2)

    Germany – country that croats like to think of as of their mother, like to think that everything that is german, that functuons, like their order, people like their sense of organization, Croatian consider them as hard working people. Very, extremly polite people, educated, with manners, speak english, generally nice and calm people.

    Austria – similar to Germany, but have a lot of interest in Croatian banks, telecommunications, etc. Croatians are considered like “wienna horsemans” because of their rule over Croatia for centuries.

    French – cowards that don’t deserve to have that power.

    Spaniards – we don’t know a lot about them, but we think of them as of singing nation, flamenco nation, beuatiful women.

    Greeks – arrogant, balkan nation, very dark, have great history, people consider them as lazy, non working men, they used all EU money and did nothing, they have high salaries for little work, they spend all EU fonds and money, and expect EU to rescue them.

    Romania – gypsy country, peasant country, country of securitate, and Causescu,

    Bulgaria – same as Romania, we think of them as of Balkan country, a lot of gypsies, with pop folk music, generally black skin people , peasant country, but very nice and hospitable people, balkan style, not a lot of connections with them,

    Russians – peasant country, they drink a lot, have no style, think of themselves like of great and though nation, country of great artists, writers, musicians,

    Slovaks – nice country, nice people, similar languages,

    Poles – chubby, funny, nice looking ladies, good hearted, big nation with sad history, lot of people, nice wodka,

    Czechs – most beautiful women, ugliest and most unstylish men, have no money but like to travel a lot, they like to come to our seaside equiped with thteir food, water and gas because it’s cheaper in their country, they are countryside men, they look like fashion was delayed for 20 years, like to wear white socks and sandals, croatians like to make fun of them, and like to chase their women because of their beauty and easyness, croatians women think of their men as of peasent farm unstylish boys with ugly haircuts, very cheap, think of croatians as of bunch of stealers, a lot of them die on sea because they underestimate it, croatians make fun of them because they always have sunbursts because they want to show that they’ve been on vacation when they return to C. R. , don’t speak english, ….. etc. but generally they tend to be nice, waiters don’t like them because of their untiping,….

    English – dominant, impeaialist country, ugly people with ugly theets, bad food, very arrogant,

    Irish – people like them because of their history, and their opposition towards english, chatolics,…

    Americans – bunch of retarded idiots, ignorant and fat nation in general, imperialists,

    Daily Candor: Croatians = ass-kiss the Germans (still!) and hate everyone else (probably comes from loving Germans so much)

    Comment by Goran i Gabrijela — September 14, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

  533. I see much ‘bla bla’ around here, so let me say something about some countries:

    FRENCH = Stinky snobs who don’t shave. Narcissists and megalomaniacs too.

    GERMANS = Ich will beer. Many nazis. >:) Great sado-maso porn, too. Don’t mention the mustache guy.

    SPANISH = Torro! Stick some swords in a bull! Say Mexico and you’re burned.

    ENGLISH = Other snobs who were punks in the past. Merlin and wizardry source.

    ITALIANS = Pizza, pasta, pizza, pasta, tomato sauce, some perverted gays around there.

    IRISH = Poor, but happy, cause they’re drunk all the time. The cats scare me.

    SCOTS = Scary medieval views. Many ghosts.

    ROMANIANS = Very, very, very stupid and the ugly, barely human. Real embarrassment to real Europeans. (This is no stereotype but the actually truth)

    NORDICS = If you go there you risk meeting Santa Claus and Vikings.

    NETHERLANDS = You’ll get laid for sure. Lots of sex clubs. The source of waffles.

    RUSSIANS = Weird and cold. Don’t wander too far, in Siberia.

    AUSTRIA = Holy mother of Mozart. The statues are too freaky.

    SWITZERLAND = You’ll get milky chocolate in the snowy mountains from the happy cows.

    HUNGARY = Yucky people who think everything belongs to them. A goth girl stared nastily at me there.

    BULGARIANS = Poor. They give nasty glares to the Romanians and Russians who go there and eat like pigs in the summer holidays.

    GREEKS = Stinky, lazy lot that protests all the time.
    Sparta is not real anymore, it’s a trick.

    I’ll add TURKS= Barbaric, brownish people. Kinda like Arabs.

    Howdy hoo, Mr. Hanky is out!

    Comment by Perverted and offensive — September 22, 2011 @ 9:19 am

  534. 11. TO THE IGNORANT DUCH WHO WROTE ITEM 11.

    First of all I am going to use my language because I love it… it is your problem little Dutch if you don´t urdestand… Just let you know that I am married to a Dutch man, have two children ..so I know very well what I am talking about, I have been living in Hollang for some years… luckily …may husband is not as ignorant as you …. and decided to live in Spain (North of Spain)–

    Siesta: nap
    Nadie en España puede hacer siesta si tiene que ir a trabajar, no tienes ni idea
    Seguramente lo que conoces de España es algún Hotel barato al que has ido de vacaciones, hoteles pensados para vosotros, con mala comida pensada para vosotros, con sangría pensada para vosotros, lugares pensados para vosotros, es decir concederos lo peor, lugares malos para vivir por su excesivo calor en verano … pensados para vosotros que os gusta achicharros al sol. Y luego volvéis a casa y pensáis que sabéis algo de España.
    Obviamente no tienes ningún interés por ningún país que no sea el tuyo, bastante pequeño por cierto y muy cerrado de mente pese a lo que se crea fuera.

    Sois tan ignorantes que cuando a mí en tú pais se me pregunta de dónde soy y contesto : From Spain … directamente oigo Oleeeee,,, y sunshine !!
    Hace falta ser ignorante. En el Norte de España llueve como promedio unos 134 días al año. La temperatura en invierno en España oscila tiene una media de 6 grados durante el día, por la noche bajo cero.
    En España nieva mucho en invierno
    En España se esquía, tenemos muchas estaciones de esquí.

    España tiene 505.988 m2
    01 Castilla y León 94.223 18,6%
    02 Andalucía 87.268 17,2%
    03 Castilla-La Mancha 79.463 15,7%
    04 Aragón 47.719 9,4%
    05 Extremadura 41.634 8,2%
    06 Cataluña 32.114 6,3%
    07 Galicia 29.574 5,8%
    08 Comunidad Valenciana 23.255 4,6%
    09 Región de Murcia 11.313 2,2%
    10 Principado de Asturias 10.604 2,1%
    11 Navarra 10.391 2,1%
    12 Comunidad de Madrid 8.028 1,6%
    13 Canarias 7.447 1,5%
    14 País Vasco 7.234 1,4%
    15 Cantabria 5.321 1,0%
    16 La Rioja 5.045 1,0%
    17 Islas Baleares 4.992 1,0%
    - Ceuta (Ciudad autónoma) 18 0,0%
    - Melilla (Ciudad autónoma) 12 0,0%
    - Territorios españoles en el N de África 30 0,0%
    TOTAL 505.988 100%

    Unicamente en Andalucía hace calor insoportable, únicamente en Andalucía el folckore es flamento!

    A ver si dejas de ser tan ignorante y comienzas a saber que nadie que trabaje en España (y somos muchos) tiene tiempo de echarse una siesta. Que eso pertenece al pasado, cuanlo la mayoría de la población erar rural (al igual que en tu país), los veranos calurosos hacían que la gente se levantase a las 4:00am. y trabajase hasta las 13:00 (es decri 8 horas seguidas de trabajo)…se iban a casa, comían y se echaban una siesta, lógicamente si te has levantado a las 4 de la mañana y entre las 13:00 y las 16:00h. el calor es insoportable. Eso forma parte del Sur de España… y de otra época.
    El sur de España es un porcentaje muy pequeño. Es muy bello y tiene una cultura fascinante, baste diferente al resto de España-

    Holanda es tan pequeño que tenéis una única cultura.

    Es decir NO conoces nada de España

    Hablas de España como si hablases de América como un todo, cuando hay un montón de países diferentes… diversidad de clima, diversidad de costumbres e ingluso leyes… al igual que en España.

    En defitiva …. que puedes seguir siendo un ignorante o aprender un poco y luego opinar.

    Creo que te puedo definir en dos pablabras : Kaas Koop !

    Una española, y a mucha honra !!

    Comment by Begoña — September 23, 2011 @ 3:46 am

  535. it’s so important, that let me repeat it:
    I said romanians = ugly and stupid, barely human. they’re considered the rubbish heap of europe by real europeans.

    every part of the world has jokes about stupid people, in europe we make fun of stupid romanians.

    Comment by Perverted and offensive — September 23, 2011 @ 10:53 am

  536. 535 ——> you are so boring …zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I beat you are the typical ugly British …. with ugly white skin …buaggggggggg red haired …. brown spots on your skin …agggggggggggggg you sting …like butter …..buagggggggggggggg ………

    Goodness me! I was living in your boring and “reprimida” country … you are all dirty … and rarely use a daily shower ….

    Bet you don’t even have “eyaculacion precoz” ….poor liitle rabbit !!! reason why … you look so much like a pig !

    You make me sleep ……. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Hve you already eaten your boliled potatoes…ha haaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Dag !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by begoña — September 23, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

  537. By the way …. pink pig (535) … I have got a gorgogeous body ! beautiful big blue eyes beautiful silky whilte skin (but not your milky ugly skin) ….that gets beautifully golden tanned in summer….
    When I was living in your ugly country …. if I walked down the stree …all men turned his head !!!..

    Gorgogeus was the firts word I learned !! … I almost thought it meant “pleased to meet you” …hahhaaaaaaaa.. soon I realized … I was the gorgegeus !! smart … and lovely … were the other words to describe me …!

    Thanks God I also met intelligent people… and still keep in touch !!

    Get lost … ! your are too insignificant to tell you ” travel the word”

    Comment by begoña — September 23, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

  538. From Serbian point of view.
    to start with neighbours.

    Hungarians- very slow people with funny language. Many Serbs think they have inferiority complex toward all ex-yugoslavian people.

    Romanians-good people, with rich history, but really poor.

    Bulgarians- Some kind of Turks, stabbackers and we kicked their asses in every single war.

    Albanians- They still live in tribes.

    Croats-Catholic Serbs, German “horsekeepers”, no balls, no history, no wars , no culture, nothing. Just slaughtering serbian women and children when they have a chance. Nice coast.

    Bosnians- Muslim Serbs, stubborn and stupid. They have big heads. They are often subject of jokes.

    Russians- The only good world power.

    Germans- Organised and honest. Many Serbs works there.

    Italians- Nothing special about them(football, pizza,etc.)

    French- Also nothing special, some people feel betrayed because of NATO bombing.

    English- Cold people, god sense of humor, but EXTREMELY ugly.

    Scandianvians- Cold, but they are rich.

    Spanish- TV novelas, dark people.

    Greeks- Brothers, sea destination. Nice standard.

    Dutch, Danish, Belgians- some kind of Germans.

    Thats it.

    Daily Candor: See the comment from the Croat above. You can agree that you both adore the Germans.

    Comment by sibica — September 23, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

  539. Hi, I’m a guy from Greece. Europe (a name of Greek roots) is a very dysfunctional continent. Here’s what I think of Europe.

    France – A country guided by feminine ideals. Although its culture is attractive, it is somewhat obsolete. Muslim immigrants have ruined France in recent years.

    The Italians – Natural comedians.

    The Germans – Good with technology.

    The Scandinavians – Blond, peaceful introverts. Their society has been ruined by a serial killer and Muslim rapists.

    The Belgians – The originators of multiculturalism.

    The Dutch – Tall diary consumers. I would’ve liked them more if they weren’t so self righteous and critical of Greece.

    The Swiss – Perfection Nazis with limited capacity to feel.

    Spain – A strange land – especially Andalucia.

    The Greeks – The spoiled brats of Europe. Assholes most of them.

    The Poles – A victimized people who have been bullied by everyone.

    The Czechs – Who are they?

    The Austrians – Polite racists.

    The British – Polite backstabbers who disrespect other European cultures but seem to like the Third World. The women are natural feminists while the men are somewhat emasculated.

    The Irish – The Greeks of the North but with a drinking problem.

    The Serbs – A nationalistic cult.

    Thanks for reading.
    Have a nice day/night!

    DailyCandor: Thanks for the self-deprecating humor…it is always appreciated!

    Comment by Giorgos — September 27, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  540. Ive been reading all the comments and its a really funny site, I love it when you all slag each other off. Ime english and as you all rightly point out I hate everyone Lol. Ime going to have a go now and I will appologise in advance to all the politicaly correct sensitives types,

    The Germans:- started 2 world wars and lost them both, they didnt accept the fact so became key players in the EU to conquer europe via the back door, the greeks, spanish, italian, portuguese and a few other lazy f****rs have dropped them and their french lackeys in it up to their top lips.

    The French:- In 1066 the normans came to england and kicked our arses and made us part of their empire, our blood is mixed with theirs because the normans never actually left england and we our proud of this ancestory, we have loads of french words assimilated into own language. This makes it all the more strange to us that the french cant accept the fact that the brits, americans, canadians, aussies, new zealanders etc saved their arses from the Germans and that is the simple reason that the main international language is english, not german, which the french and the rest of the bloody ‘europeans’ would be speaking by now if we hadnt done something about it, on top off this it pisses us off no end to hear them and other european tossers banging on about their wonderful culture, in a nutshell they can keep it in france, at least the english dont piss in the street until they have had a few beers.Lol

    The Americans:- Can you please f—ing shut up about how you saved englands arse during the war? learn your history and have some f—ing humility about the facts. Britain & france declared war on germany in 1939 we didnt see any of you f—ers over hear until the start of 1942, and wouldnt have seen you at all if japan hadnt bombed the shit out of you at Pearl Harbour. Meanwhile were we invaded? — errr no. Were we winning the battle of britain and had already sunk the bismark and taken tobruck against rommel in north africa by the time you lot arrived ? errr yes, you helped us save all the other b—–s but you deinitely did not save our arses because we showed some fight and didnt get our selves invaded no thanks to you.

    The Spaniards:- another bunch of tossers basking in self adulation, if your climate was like ours you wouldnt know what an englishman looked like. instead of spending billions in your country over the years we wouldnt have spent a euro, we come over there to bask in the sun not your culture, most educated brits go to Portugal the people are much nicer and dont have the facist and racist mentality of the spanish. on top of this you are the biggest cheats at football on the planet, yes we admire the skills of barcelona, but we dont admire the diving and amatuer dramatics anytime they are touched by another player they should have diving boards installed round the pitch!

    The Scandinavians, yes they invaded, yes we admired the vikings, but we also kicked their arses good at stamford bridge in 1066, you didnt fancy coming back after that did you? lol. Its only cos of you lot that the normans managed to invade us cos we couldnt get the army back down from up north in time. ha ha.

    To the person who wrote 536 & 537 you are a true moron, you are having a go at england when the person who wrote the article you are so worked up about (533 & 535) is clearly an american, what a dick head.

    The rest of Europe:- Sorry I havnt insulted you yet I will save for another time!!

    DailyCandor: Are Americans European now? Ah well, you just felt the need to get a dig in against the Yanks. It’s your birthright as a Brit, I guess. And 533/535 were not posted by an American (remember, I can see IP addresses). If you look at the diction, you’ll see it’s not a native English speaker.

    Comment by thorpey — September 27, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  541. Hi, I’m a french (as obviously stated in my name).

    About some things people thinks of us :
    —————————————————

    I could be hurt by those idea of us being rude and arrogant. (but years of net surfing made me insensitive to it)
    Just for the arrogant part, (i’m not myself) I think there is some people that confuse some pride we have (cause we have many things to be proud of, like every country. It’s a fact. There is no problem with that. Every country and single person have their own things to be proud of.) with arrogance. Maybe because others grant us some really flattering adjectives made some people (and they shouldn’t, really) jealous ?…
    Other state about that hurting idea that we’re arrogant and unfriendly may come to all those idiot US propaganda (that made nicely their way to just all around the world…) largely made by conservative american politics that stated things you all may know now : France = socialism (oulala…), french = coward (problem with iraq dear mister Bush?…). And everyone who get real interest in Europe history know that this last “coward”/”surrender” adjective is totally unfair.

    If Americans french-bashers which express their stupid and insane hatred about us are WAY MORE present on the web (and even stupid US medias), HOPEFULLY, we know that there are still normal people that, at least, don’t disrespect us, or even like/love us. Obama’s presidency help to it widely too (in comparison of this idiot Bush and all his french-bashing friends). Unfortunately, that Sarkozy don’t help us to made a good image…
    And some very popular and famous USA’s hard critic (don’t know if i translate right) like Michael Moore and Bill Maher (which I like much due to his humour) even defend us…

    About other Europeans :
    ——————————-

    Sincerely, I’ve nothing against other European. And I won’t pay attention of those theory or bad cliche of our neighbor.
    I do love Europe and its inhabitants. Of course, by historical and geographical reasons, I feel more linked to our Belgians and Luxembourgish buddies (I’m from North France), and to German, Irish, English, Swiss, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Italian than others, but hey, should I follow bad cliche about others country’s people I don’t have meet yet ?

    We French have a great luck, our country is , as I always say, greatly placed with its boundaries (directly or indirectly) with Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Swiss, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Monaco and Andorre ! (at least in our era, being so close to so much countries wasn’t always a luck some centuries ago…lol)

    So don’t mistake of French being rude and/or arrogant. Some are, but they are definitively not the majority of us. :) :)
    I know some Parisians are deeply idiot with stranger, but, you should know that they are also deeply idiot with other french lol.
    And also, if i may defend them, we have also to know that parisians have to deal with WAYYY MOOORE strangers, visitors and foreigners that any normal city we may know, just by the simple fact that Paris is the FIRST and most capital city visited IN THE WORLD. And Paris is so crooowded some days xD, that I can understand some of them….

    Although I won’t accept how rude Parisians can be. Being (apparently) one of (if not “the”, depending of opinion) the most loved city for its beauty and dynamism, it’s A SHAME to also being ranked in one of the worst city on “greetings quality”…

    Another advice about French : France IS NOT Sarkozy, and ABOVE ALL, Sarkozy is DEFINITIVELY NOT France. Sarkozy is a deep idiot and a racist egocentric president ruling his country like a monarchic King of the 18th century …
    If that guy had hurting you or you country, know that all normal french apologize for having elected (even if i didn’t vote for him myself) such a stupid president.

    Last words :
    ————–

    On such topics, i’m accustomed to really hard and offensive opinion and (false) cliche about us… (mainly, and strangely on US ones) But here, i’ve read some REALLY sympathic comment on us. And, as i’m not that accustomed to some nice opinion, i want to thank you all :). Such intelligent and respectful comment made me feel always nice, when, in some far lands, people can just yelling “dirty french”, “sucking french”, “surrending cheese eatings monkey”, “frog” etc, etc… (you probably know all this…)

    That’s why and how I love my Europe !
    People that are not stupid to fall in the game of stupid cliche against their own neighbours and old friends countries….

    Vive l’Europe !

    KISS FROM FRANCE ;)
    Rémy

    Daily Candor: As much as I don’t like French-bashing by the right-wing here, I can’t help but feel there’s some irony about a Frenchman complaining about Americans mercilessly bashing them.

    Comment by FRENCH — September 27, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  542. In case Americans are wondering…

    Why does everyone in Europe hate Greece?

    Answer:
    They hate us because of our freedoms.

    Giorgos Bushopoulos

    Comment by Giorgos Bushopoulos — September 28, 2011 @ 12:12 am

  543. Dear Daily Candour, re your comment on 540. The majority of americans are of european descent so by default they deserve some stick, of course this does not apply ( to the same extent ) in the case of americans who claim british descent. ha ha ha ha. As for 533/535, – its an american living abroad!! lol.

    Daily Candor: Yes, most Southerners claim British descent (you know, the racist, inbred, poorly-educated, Bible-thumping ones). Again, read the language he uses. American English is not his first language.

    Comment by thorpey — September 28, 2011 @ 1:19 am

  544. i feel disappointed by some of the comments about the english, pretty much by the english, i personally think a lot of the english are some of the most warm, funny, polite kind decent people i’ve met. The english always get a bad wrap but they are most probably the most tolerant and open minded people i’ve ever met.

    Comment by Bob — September 29, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

  545. bob you are a gentleman and a scholar. daily candour, touche! you are a master debator and a cunning linguist.

    Comment by thorpey — October 1, 2011 @ 1:23 am

  546. I’m dutch and we don’t look down on everyone,the dutch-belgian thing it’s true,but we do it as jokes,we dont hate or dispise each other.the german thing is true,most dutch people dont like the germans,btw duits bloed means dutch blood in the anthem,not german blood;)we dislike (not hate) germany,poland,and turkey and the dislike of bulgarians is starting to rise too and outside europe,holland strongly dislikes America.on the other hand the dutch really like spain,belgium, romania,scandinavia & italy and dont have a problem with the rest..

    About the forgotten european country’s i think romania dislikes Hungary, Turkey and Russia, and as the saying goes 50% italian, 50% dutch is a 100% romanian friend. because Holland and Romania have a good & strong relation togetheras country and the people of both country’s like each other.
    bulgaria likes turkey i think.
    and from what i heared of a polish friend, poland dislikes russia,germany and turkey.
    Ukrain dislikes poland.
    Turkey dislikes Russia and Romania.

    Comment by Mike — October 2, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

  547. Ok, I´m Swedish and one interesting point is the relation between Scandinavian (Nordic) conturies. Historically there have been wars and occupations, where Sweden has played a major role as an occupant. Finland for example was a part of Sweden until 1809 and Norway was united to Sweden until 1905 and Denmark lost parts of their country to Sweden about 350 years ago and those southern parts are still Swedish.

    That´s the background. Sweden has always been seen as the big brother, but nowadays the relations of course are friendly. We are Scandinavians and the languages are quite similar except for Finnish which is a totally different language but about 7 % of the Finns have Swedish as a mothertounge and Swedish is taught in schools.

    The relation to Norway is very special. Swedes tend to look at Norwegians as somewhat behind when it comes to trends and modernity. Trying to keep the country pure, which is reflected in their language transcripting new foreign words into Norwegian, which for a Swede sounds odd and comical. But during the last decades Norway has become wealthy thanks to the oil and there has been a gradual change in the relationship. Norwegians nowadays don´t seeem to lack from the same inferiority complex towards Swedes. But a friendly rivalry still exist, which very much is reflected in sports and escpecially cross country skiing. In the Winter Olympics for example the main goal always is to beat the Swedish/Norwegian opponent.

    But in general terms the relations between Scandinavian (Nordic) countries are very friendly. If you for example meet a Scandinavian abroad you immidiately feel a relationship, a cultural identity regardless the conflicts in the past.

    Comment by Hans — October 7, 2011 @ 3:52 am

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  549. I would say that the Brits have experienced immensely high immigration levels from all countries and traditional relationships with peoples on the Continent have thus changed. I have worked with all western European nationalities as a cultural awareness business consultant and you can practically tell how a country works by its zodiac sign (true, but not for discussion here) The Brits pretend hatred of the French for their being arrogant, smelly, indolent , a bit yellow-bellied and stuck-up but much appreciate their style, accent, sexiness, food, creativeness and quality of life. As most Europeans say, France is paradise except for the French. Once British and French education levels were comparable, but the English system now turns out some appallingly educated youngsters whose attitudes no longer “feel” English and certainly non-European.. Still, amongst the English and Scots certainly the division has been created politically. In the seventies, the animosity was not particularly evident, but the countries that make up the geographic British Isles are forging greater cultural boundaries between them. Scots are seen by the English as tight and ready to damage them, the Welsh are poetic, hard working, the Irish, genial, talkative, whimsical, a bit thick-headed (though not so much these days) and are similar to how the French see the Belgians. For some reason this country is seen as boring when in fact the Belgians have been good friends of the Brits and is actually very playful. Our true cousins are seen as the Danish, Norwegians and the Dutch and begrudgingly the Germans. All are admired for their efficiency, cleanliness, same earthy quality and stoicism, meat and potatoes approach. All have a passion for drinking too. The Poles were once considered a strong, goodly people. Now they have invaded the UK they are not seen in such a good light. Hardworking, but drunk and quite violent. Other East Europeans are seen as having gorgeous women but very curt attitudes, with practices changing as you go from the Scandinavian and Russian borders to the Balkans. Greek stereotypes are lazy, but museful, the Hungarians are polite and have excellent etiquette, the Austrians adroit and friendly in a non-commital way and the Swiss clean, cool, healthy and efficient. The Spanish are liked except they smoke too much and are beastly to animals, the Portuguese being the oldest allies of the English, are like the Maltese, outposts of faded mediterranean class that appeals to the English , whilst Italy is adored as a crazy, romantic delight. Unfortunately, the Brits as a whole had a wonderful reputation and were welcomed everywhere. Now all classes travel and little cultural education offered to the young, the continent’s view might be that we have become boorish, ill -mannered, ignorant drunkards. Again, I blame it on the governments.

    Comment by TJ — October 12, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

  550. English people know everyone hates us, but it doesn’t bother us too much. Its down to our empirical past.

    UK+ Ireland
    Irish- They hate us for not doing enough to help them during a potato famine 150 years ago. They also think that they have the right to impose their rule and religion on Northern Ireland, a different country which has no wish to join the Irish mainland. Overall, most English people are fine with Irish though.

    Scotland- Hate us te most out of everyone. They think we are arrogant. But we are generally better than them at EVERYTHING.

    Wales- Also hate English but English aren’t bothered by them.

    Mainland Europe:
    France- We have a long and complex relationship with the French. We’ve been at war with one another for 800 years. We have fought one World War together. France decided not to show up in the Second World War. Despite the fact we saved their ass, De Gaulle still cosied up to Germany. Its strange. In some ways we are very different e.g. culture, food, religion. In some ways we are very similiar: arrogant, obnoxious, pretentious (I admit). I dont think we do hate them, we just have to be better than them at everything. Love them or hate them, they are our closest European ally.

    Germany- Fought 2 Wold Wars. Won 2 World Wars. We will never forget that, even if they have overtaken us since.

    Portugal- We have a soft spot for them. Generally good people and not up themselves like their Meditarranean cousins.

    Spain+Italy- Carry huge amounts of self importance. Europe carries them, not the other way around.

    Poland- Very hard working, even if their English isn’t great.

    Romanians+Bulgarians- Developed a reputation of thieving. Add nothing to our society.

    Serbia- A bunch of neo-nazi dic heads who carry a huge chip on their shoulder, not to mention a superiority complex. Dragged us into a World War because they couldn’t keep their own house in order. Vile people who supported ethnic cleansing to ensure they would remain the numerically superior race in the region. Hated by everyone.

    Croatia- See above. Shady people who in times of turmoil back the winning horse to save their own skins.

    Comment by IG — October 19, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  551. “Spaniards consider themselves white and European, and would be deeply insulted if you suggested they were Latin American of any kind”

    What a strange way to think!

    Comment by Jackie Treehorn — October 22, 2011 @ 5:54 am

  552. I’m English and I’m not cold, arrogant, snobby or ugly and I DON’T hate the French. Is that too much to comprehend for you??

    It does annoy me when we get generalised in such a negative manner, ‘the English are all ugly’. You know there are over 50million people living in England, right? I am assuming, to make such a statement, you have stopped and looked at us all??

    It also annoys me that the Irish think it is okay to hold contempt for us, about things that happened a very long time ago, by our ancestors which the English people of today had absolutely no control over.

    People shouldn’t be judged on their nationality but rather on their INDIVIDUAL personalities and behaviour.

    This forum is filled with so much negativity, why all the need for hate?

    Comment by Adam — October 25, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  553. Lighten up Adam it doesnt matter if everone hates us ime sure your (Friend) & family love you. Ime english & ugly & hate the F–k— French and all the other bastards. Bye the way something you cant comment on is whether you are ugly or not let others be the judge of that.

    Comment by thorpey — October 26, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  554. First of all, thanks @Adam for that post. “People shouldn’t be judged on their nationality but rather on their individual personalities and behaviour.” I wholeheartedly agree. By the way, I’m German, and reading over most of these comments it seems to me that Germany is slightly underrepresented, so I’m going to give it a go.

    These following statements are stereotypes that I’ve heard, NOT my personal opinion!!!

    Austria: Our smaller but closely related neighbor. Lovely people who speak an interesting dialect. You don’t hear much from them, except that they tend to kidnap people and put them into their basements. Hitler was born in Austria and spoke a weird Austrian dialect which makes it hard for us to understand his speeches.

    Belarus: Somewhere next to Ukraine. Cold and grey; dubious politics.

    Belgium: Small country but very important in European affairs. They speak French and German and Dutch and have a king. Also very cosmopolitan.

    Bosnia: Sadly, was involved in bloody civil wars in the 90s and still hasn’t completely recovered.

    Bulgaria: Lags behind the European standard of living. Also seems to be very far away from us. Many Germans don’t seem to see differences between the Slavic countries.

    Croatia: Next to Bosnia. Previously a tourist destination and slowly becoming one again. Nice coast there and friendly people.

    Cyprus: An island that’s divided between Turkey and Greece. It’s a sad affair; they just can’t seem to find an agreement. The country itself seems to be beautiful and Mediterranean.

    Czech Republic: Has a highly beautiful capital called Prague.

    Denmark: Beautiful small country to our north. Its inhabitants are descendants of the Vikings and have a high standard of living. Also patriotic – they put their flag everywhere. Denmark mostly consists of countryside. Some wonderful beaches. Their capital is on an island. Danes come over the border to Germany to buy beer there. They also visit Germany to see mountains.

    Estonia: One of the three Baltic countries, but which one? Now in the EU. Also the name of a ferry which tragically sank in the Baltic sea in the 90s.

    Finland: Nordic country. Their economy is based on producing cell phones and every Finn has at least three. Also a pretty cold country with a lot of forests and lakes. The people are wealthy and have the best school system in the world. Sadly, also a high suicide rate. Finns seem to tend towards depression. Kings of sauna.

    France: Our beloved neighbors and good friends. France and we run the EU together. Fine food, fine wine, fine beaches. Everything is very centralized there; all the roads meet in Paris. Tons of stuff to see there. Sadly, French people refuse to speak a word of English (or any language other than French) even though it is compulsory in schools. Also way too many nuclear power stations.

    Greece: Beautiful Mediterranean country. Beaches, museums, a history that is thousands of years old. Also impossible amounts of smog in Athens. Extremely relaxed people. Greeks don’t seem to like working. Because of this they need to be supported by EU money, the most of which comes from Germany. Many Germans don’t really understand why we have to pay for them.

    Hungary: Mostly unknown country in south-western Europe; however, you can spend cheap vacations there. Also, home of goulash.

    Iceland: Almost America but somehow still Europe. Home of Eyjafallajökull and Björk. The last Vikings live there. Iceland consists of Rejkjavík, volcanoes and geysers and unfortunately is very expensive to travel to.

    Ireland: Island country on the furthest edge of Europe. Beautiful green countryside. Home to Irish folk music which is pretty popular in Germany. They also have the coolest Euro coins (with a harp). Irish people are nice and relaxed but very catholic. Many Germans actually believe that the conflicts take place in the Republic of Ireland instead of Northern Ireland.

    Italy: First foreign experience for many Germans. Hot and catholic, home of the pope. Countless tourist attractions and some of the best food in the world. Italy used to be cheap but is now on the same level as everything else. Sadly, Italians have a problem with waste disposal and ship their waste off to Germany. Silvio Berlusconi rules there and has turned politics into a soap opera. Italians love football almost as much as Germans.

    Latvia: Another one of the three … hmm, which one?

    Lithunia: And the third one. There are frequently trucks wearing a Lithuanian license plate on German autobahns.

    Luxembourg: Very small country which is the center of the EU. Luxembourgers are bilingual and not so different from Belgians.

    Malta: Small island in the Mediterranean. Consists only of its capital, Valetta. People speak English there.

    Netherlands: Our friendly neighbors. Germans feel generally very positive towards the Dutch, although some do criticize the drug traffic. The Netherlands are known for having greater success in integration affairs than Germany. The Netherlands are also very flat and will be swallowed by the sea once it rises due to global warming.

    Norway: Very wealthy country due to oil and gas. Beautiful country too. One of the top emigration destinations for Germans. People all speak perfect English.

    Poland: Eastern European country with very difficult historical ties to Germany. Thousands of polish trucks on our autobahns every day. Many immigrants to Germany. Also some beautiful nature, though Germans still have to discover it.

    Portugal: Mediterranean country that doesn’t belong to Spain but isn’t very different. Tourist destination. Also needs to be supported by the EU.

    Romania: Lagging behind European standards. Located somewhere between Bulgaria, Slovakia and Russia.

    Russia: Big and cold and grey. Consists of Moscow and Siberia. Has large amounts of oil and gas. Moscow is fairly modern but elsewhere the standard of living is pretty low. Putin still runs the country. Home of oligarchs and vodka.

    Serbia: Next to Bosnia and Croatia. Still mentioned on the news at times.

    Slovakia: Located somewhere behind the Czech Republic.

    Slovenia: A member of the EU, that much we know.

    Spain: For many Germans only consists of Mallorca, Paella and Flamenco. Oh and bullfight (abolished now).

    Sweden: Wealthy northern country with nice people who all speak perfect English. Beautiful landscapes and elks. Home of Ikea. Every German university student wants to spend a semester in Sweden because of the country’s great reputation.

    Switzerland: Patriotic high-tech country. People are mostly friendly towards Germans and speak their own German language which is hard to understand (they also speak French and Italian). The Swiss banks are legendary. Germans go to Switzerland to do skiing and hiking. Very close political and economical ties.

    Ukraine: Next to Belarus. Home of Chernobyl.

    United Kingdom: Sadly, most Germans have never heard of the term “UK” and call the country England, even though it should be known that it’s also Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. English people don’t like the EU and would rather be American. They also live in the past – that is to say, in WW2 – and still have strong anti-German feelings. (Scots and Welsh, not so much. They’re nicer to us.) It probably has something to do with British media (which e.g. constantly compares football matches to war battles). It’s really sad that Brits just don’t understand that the war has been over for 65 years and that it was our ancestors who did that, not us.

    As for me, I prefer to judge people individually, if at all, and I try to be as open-minded and tolerant as possible. I did a student exchange program and met people from all over Europe and all of them were nice and beautiful. If only all people could be tolerant and unbiased – I do believe life would be easier.

    Comment by Owl — October 26, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  555. “”French people refuse to speak a word of English””
    ________________

    Maybe because we are tired to see millions of tourists visiting our country and none of them say “bonjour”…is it too difficult? For us it’s impolite…

    Comment by Gavroche — November 4, 2011 @ 6:45 am

  556. I’m british and from london and this is all so silly. None of us have a REAL problem with eachother. We tease eachother – yes but none of us actually believe in these streotypes! And we obvs love the french, there is a reason we have the eurostar! X

    Comment by Elena — November 8, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  557. French people refuse to speak a word of English, but they’ll happily look down on any other french-speaker, especially native french-speakers.

    There used to be a motto among french “comedians” (french comedians usually aren’t funny): when in Swiss, mock the Belgians; when in Belgium, mock the Swiss. Same jokes, just intervert nations. A fine example of french “courage”.

    Please, don’t lump us french-speaking belgians with them; we’re nothing alike. Personally, I’m much more immersed in british culture than french.

    Comment by Cheese-eating surrender monkeys — November 14, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  558. Thorpey: the normans weren’t french; they were Vikings!
    The crown of France did what it does best: surrender Normandy to Rollo, a norwegian King that had invaded in the tenth century.
    By the time of Hastings 1066, Normandy was still independent from the crown of France.

    Comment by Cheese-eating surrender monkeys — November 14, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

  559. I see why the Euro is dying. You all are STARK RAVING MAD!!

    Comment by King Charles — November 15, 2011 @ 3:27 am

  560. Im British and my parents are Scottish but I was raised in England most of my life. Ive been around most of Europe and lived in America and Turkey (my fiance is Turkish). Most of the stereotypes are sort of accurate, but some are off the mark. From a British perspective I can tell you how we see things.

    Spain – Cool people, like us they love football and they like having a good time. Loud people and always talking, the ones I knew liked Brits but really disliked the French. We like them generally speaking, except when they keep trying to buy all your players! (Arsenal fan)

    France – Women are a bit up themselves but are also a little insecure once you see through their exterior. Quite nationalist people and i dont think they really give a toss about other countries, as France is the centre of the universe. I have a french mate and we were out once and he met some french blokes after we left he said they told him why are you hanging out with these British assholes! But then again my mate is a top lad and loves a bit of banter regarding us rosbifs and lefrogs so i think the French are a bit arrogant but thats just history and rivalry.

    Germans – Hard working although unable to work outside the box, great engineering industry, like weird porn, drink a lot like us, they stare a lot which is weird and they really do seem a bit robotic. Occasionally you will find one with a good sense of humour. Living in Turkey they visit a lot and get done over by the taxi drivers and people working in the markets.

    Swedes – Cold people, bit weird and always seem depressed, arrogant but have no idea they are so.

    Turks – Friendly but are so patriotic and always think Turkey will be some huge superpower in the future, too conservative and not individual people. Will do anything to help you, unless your a naieve tourist.

    Italians – short mamas boys, use a lot of gel, but great culture

    Dutch – easy going and laid back, Brits like dutch people

    Poles – always wanting to fight, look like drug addicts and a bit thick

    Czechs – cool people who drink a lot

    Americans – loud thinks everyone wants to know them as they are american, patriotic but also have no real culture or history

    Comment by andy — November 15, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

  561. Dear Cheese- Eating Surrender Monkeys, you are spot on, this of course means that we were invaded by the vikings again!
    regards

    Comment by thorpey — November 18, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  562. actually, we do have a lot of jokes about Germans. And I mean it, a lot. We have stereotype that they are brutal, arrogant, humourless, stupid, rule-obeying and hardworking. The one of cliches is “the German, the Pole and the Russian” jokes, where Pole is smart, German is militaristic dumb, while Russian is likeably ultra-strng and tough but dumb (i do not say it’s true, it’s just how they are portraited in these jokes)

    Comment by szopen — November 21, 2011 @ 3:31 am

  563. When I lived in Belgium, it is obvious that the Flemish and Belgians don’t like each other. The Belgians and French are at odds as you mentioned, and some Belgians hate the Germans. Travelled to Czech also, our host hated the Germans from the war.

    Comment by Todd — November 21, 2011 @ 6:26 am

  564. It’s pretty true, though you forgot to say that the Germans really love the French, except for those in the South West near the border to France. For enjoying life a lot we say “Leben wie Gott in Frankreich” which means “living like God in France” (it’s a bit old-fashioned though).

    As far as the old WWII hatred against Germans is concerned, my experience from Norway and Britain (probably it’s the same in Denmark and the Netherlands) is that hardly anyone younger than 50 would have anything against the Germans because of the war. There is some teasing though but it doesn’t seem to be hateful. It’s just that we normally don’t really have a good answer to the jokes, that makes this kind of situation a bit awkward. We don’t really want to say something like “Oh yes, my Grandpa loved his stay in Denmark, the people were even more Aryan than in Germany!” or “No, I don’t kill people in concentration camps, I have my Dutch collaborators for this kind of work.” We sometimes have the feeling that we should still be more sensitive than others. There are some Germans who are quite vulnerable to WWII jokes, some people would feel hurt and/or consider it more hateful than it really is meant to be.

    I would just sit back, let people tease and enjoy. After all it shows that the old hate is gone and people can laugh about it.

    By the way, besides Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are also popular destinations for European foreigners. There are also quite a few Dutch tourists who go to the hilly areas in Southern Germany on vacation.

    Comment by Ze German — November 22, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

  565. I forget to mention Belgians dislike Americans. *gasp*

    Comment by Todd — November 22, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

  566. LOL@Greek hate. It’s getting kinda funny after a while. “ZOMG1!1! ZE LAZY GVEEKS! R STEELING AR MANEY!1!1!ONE1!1!”

    Comment by Kool — December 8, 2011 @ 3:00 am

  567. I’m from Italy, and I’ve so many things to say… but it would take too much to write everything.
    I only want to underline one point: English (I mean by U. S. A., not U. K.) has “infected” lots of other languages, and reactions has been different: Spanish and French has “refused” most of English words (“computer” is “ordenador” or “ordinateur”) or they simply changed words according to their own pronunciation and spelling (“stress” has become “estrés in Spanish”); in Italian, English words are everywhere, still in their original spelling, and they are “fashionable” among teenagers; but most of the people (not youth) above all from South Italy , really dislike speaking English.
    That’s why I think that Spaniard, French and “old-generation” Italians are united (in spite of the differences among them) against U. S. A. dominance; but nowadays U. S. A. are Italians’ “Idol”.

    Comment by fresno1606 — December 8, 2011 @ 6:27 am

  568. Ive insulted the French the Germans the Spaniards and even our cousins the Americans before on this ezene and said nice things about the Scandinavians and the Portuguese, I said at the time that I would give the rest of the europeans a slagging off (with a few exeptions) at a later date, and now is a good time. The European Union summit has ended in David Camerons apparent ‘isolation’
    from the rest of Europe, the leaders after the summit were quick to point this out as though they wanted the world to know that they had collectively punished our Dave for fighting his own country’s corner. Mr & Mrs Merkozy ( I think it must have been consumated by now !) were loving everyminute of it. We even had a leader from one of the baltic states, I never caught her name so I will refer to her as Mrs Baltic, getting in on the act. To her and all the others I say these simple facts, David Cameron was born in a country called England, its a very small part of Europe Geographically, in terms of its infuence on the world in the past & present it is a land of giants. To qualify that last statement I will name a just a few people that have come from his country, Sir Isaac Newton, one of the greatest minds of all time, William Shakespear a playwright of some renown, Charles Darwin another scientist with an interesting theory… can you see where ime going with this or shall I chuck in a load more? we wont talk about world expansion the industrial revolution, the mother of parliaments ect. ect. add infinitum, but lets chuck in the Beatles for good luck, a working class pop group from somewher up north. Those are just a few of our finest. In this country the Baltic states and a lot of the others are only known for the flood of their citizens that seek to make a new life in England & nothing else. So as far as Mrs Baltic & Mr & Mrs Merkozy and their colleagues are concerned you can stick the eurozone and its ‘Leaders’ where the sun doesn’t shine. I can say with high confidence that I am speaking for a very high percentage of British people. There are 50 nations in europe and most are in a category in which no one really knows anything about because in terms of what they have achieved past or present they are hugely insignificant. Notable exeptions (apart from the ones I mentioned in the previous post) are Greece & Italy the parents of european civilization former great countries both historically & culturally that everyone owes a debt of gratitude to, its a shame to see them fall so far. Before the Romans invaded us were bare to the waist and covered in tatoos & warpaint (some of us still are after a couple of drinks).
    The eastern europeans, the baltic states, the balkans and all the others are lower division players. Lets not forget Russia though the largest country in Europe (& Asia) they are still a major player to be ignored at our peril, its just a matter of time before they are at it again, they definitely have an aversion to being democratic. You will all be glad to know that this will be my final post on this site as I must have outstayed my welcolme with some of the comments. finally I leave you with Remys comment from a previous post
    France IS NOT Sarkozy, and ABOVE ALL, Sarkozy is DEFINITIVELY NOT France. Sarkozy is a deep idiot and a racist egocentric president ruling his country like a monarchic King of the 18th century … (Remy is of course French) it just showes that in spite of our differences we can all find common ground somewhere. I total agree with you Remy, and Dave, you played a Blinder.
    Good Luck to you all happy posting.

    Comment by thorpey — December 12, 2011 @ 5:51 am

  569. Very good. Best single-page summary of intra-European chauvinism I’ve read. Can I add one on my (British) view of Hungarians – they all seem to be frighteningly clever. I’ve never met a stupid Magyar.

    Comment by Tom R — December 13, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  570. I’m Portuguese thanks for forgetting us by the way
    So here’s what some of us think
    Spanish- like brothers we don’t feel any less significant
    Brazilians- even though there not European slot of people think there beter than them
    Greeks- what can I say slot of us can’t stand them we think their just idiots
    Italians- we are very similar and get along well

    Comment by Al — December 17, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  571. That last post…its in Hetalia…the anime of ultimate European stereotypes….

    Comment by Hope L. — December 25, 2011 @ 1:22 am

  572. Well, I’m French and I will try to tell you how the French see the other Europeans and other peoples around the world.

    The Belgians: Very positive opinion in general. We consider them as nice and they have great beers and chocolates. We have jokes about them but it’s friendly. They also have jokes about French people.

    The Germans: Despite the two world wars, we generally appreciate them. They are seen as hard-working and their country is safe. They generally speak well other languages. Nevertheless, as tourists, they are sometimes seen as untidy.

    The Italians: concerning the positive aspects, they are friendly and have a beautiful language and culture. A lot of French are of Italian descent. But concerning the negative aspects, they are seen as loud and having a displaced sense of nationalism.

    The Dutch: no particular hostility against them but they are generally considered as cold and avaricious. They have the chutzpah to say that “Holland has not been build by God but by the Dutch” AND “France would be better without the French”. We do not consider them as the most friendly Germanic people and the Dutch language have a bad reputation. Nevertheless, we agree to say they’re industrious, skilled in language and honest.

    The Irish: they are among the most appreciated peoples by the French. We love their sense of hospitality, their music and their culture. Just one thing to say: the anti-football French people think that football should not destroy a relation between peoples.

    The Spaniards: almost the same perception we have concerning the Italians. Spain means for a lot of Frenchmen holidays.

    The Portuguese: they are kind for us. But some French who have met some Portuguese will say the Portuguese tend to be very indifferent to the other peoples.

    The English: we have a love/hate relation with them. We agree they behaved bravely during WWII. Some French think the English are scornful and snobs. Some other French, particularly the youngsters, tend to like the culture and London. The English are known to speak only English. However, the French agree to say they are generally polite. The French from the political right side say the politically correct ideology is even worst in GB than in France.

    The Scandinavians: Well, we do not really distinguish the Danes, the Norwegians and the Swedes concerning the mentality. We generally admire their living system even if some French of the political right side worry about multiculturalism in these countries. Some French who has been living in Scandinavia would perhaps tell the Danes are a bit colder than their cousins.
    Sweden is particularly appreciated for its culture.

    The Finns: French readers love their literature and French metalheads admire their metal bands (Korpiklaani, Nightwish, Turisas). the Finnish language sounds cool to the French ears. Nevertheless, we do not have further contacts with them.

    The Swiss: we highly admire their democracy and their sense of tidiness. nevertheless, some French complain about their anti-French feelings.

    The Icelanders: the French consider Iceland as the coldest country in the world. We tend to appreciated the Icelandic faculty to live in their island (the volcano crisis). The Icelanders are know for their literature.

    The Russians: the French consider them as courageous. We find their women beautiful and Moscow an amazing city. They appreciate to see the Russians dealing proudly with the trials of their history.

    The Greeks: despite negative prejudices because of the crisis, we tend to find the Greeks friendly. We consider them as a French-friendly nation.

    The Turks: some French consider them as arrogant and sub-developed. Some other French find the Turks friendly and cultivated. We agree Ataturk was a great leader but more and more French worry about Erdogan’s attitude.

    The Japaneses: we highly admire their culture and their sense of honor and respect. In Europe, we are the first readers of mangas. We consider though a bit eccentric and cold but nothing bad.

    The Chinese: some French consider them as industrious and humble. But in France, their products have bad reputation and we don’t like very much their government. Generally, the French expats in China are a lot more pro-Chinese than the other French.

    The Australians: they are seen as laid-back and welcoming.

    The Canadians and the Quebecois: same perception than concerning the Australians. We see them as welcoming even if we are aware they have some prejudices towards us.

    The Americans: we share a love/hate relationship with them. The anti-American French consider them as unkind, arrogant and aggressive towards the rest of the world. The pro-American French think they are kind, very welcoming and have a great sense of family and patriotism. The American culture is both loved and loathed. It depends on which facets (music, cinema, literature)

    The Algerians: the French perception navigates between indifference and hostility. A lot of French wonder why they seem traumatized by the French colonization while thousands of Algerians come in France and get the French nationality.

    The Israelis: in France, the only thing told in the media are about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So there is a lot of prejudices towards Israel, aggravated by our huge Muslim population. But I don’t think there is really a cultural hostility towards the Israelis in France. For example, the Medicis Prize (a literature prize) was granted to an Israeli author this year. And the Israeli band Orphaned Land has a lot of French fans.

    The Brazilians: well, we have almost the same view towards them as the other Europeans have. They are relax and optimistic.

    The Peruvians: French expats hailed their kindness

    The Argentinians: the French are generally more at ease with them than with the other Latin American peoples because Argentina is the Latin American country with the greatest population of French descent. Their wine is famous here.

    **************************
    I often read the French are arrogant. Well, French arrogance exists but more against ourselves than against the foreigners. The French looooove to think they are better in diverse things comparing to their compatriots . Some French love foreign countries in order to be snob against their neighbors. There is a famous citation by De Gaulle “The French are calves”. We forget the primary reason of this citation to apply this each time we consider our compatriots behave stupidly or cowardly.
    I hate French-bashing but I must admit the French suffer of individualism. When it happens to the others, they won’t lift a finger, only when it happens to themselves or their families.
    But generally, the French are not xenophobic. We have a lot of citizens of Spanish, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Vietnamian and African descent.

    Comment by Alexandre — December 29, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  573. I am a Croat, and I would like to say that Croats think very positive about other nations, but have difficulties with their neighbour. First with the Serbs, due to the fact that they are very agressive and impolite, ignorant and able to manipulate with informations.
    We look with a lot of respect to Germans, but also to Western Slavs, ,due to their history. We are keen to learn foreign languages, and able to integrate to new cultures. Also, it is not true that we hate Serbs, we are just affraid of they agressive manipulations. You will see how they react close to a Croat person. It is torture to Croats.

    Comment by anja — December 29, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

  574. I am a Croat, and I would like to say that Croats think very positive about other nations, but have difficulties with their neighbor. First with the Serbs, due to the fact that they are very aggressive and impolite, ignorant and able to manipulate with information.
    We look with a lot of respect to Germans, but also to Western Slavs, due to their history. We are keen to learn foreign languages, and able to integrate to new cultures. Also, it is not true that we hate Serbs, we are just afraid of they aggressive manipulations. You will see how they react close to a Croat person. It is torture to Croats.

    Comment by Ivan — December 30, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  575. haha!
    hey, I was laughing at this because it reminded me of this anime were the characters are based on their stereotypes and represent a country (it’s called Hetalia btw).
    Oh, and I’m Spanish and live in America and it true what they say.
    one day my mom and i went to a grocery store and some Mexican women asked us if we were Argentinan and yeah, you can imagined what happened.

    Comment by chinaIchooseyou — January 3, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  576. …personally I’ve always hated the people Andorra with their unhealthy mountain fixation, but they’re nothing compared to the most evil nation on the face of the earth – I’m talking of course talking about Lichtenstein – what a bunch of b*stards!

    In the words of Jack Nicholson “why can’t we just get along” – though I suppose if we did history would be really tedious and boring – a lot like Luxembourg (don’t get me going about them…)

    Thanks from th UK for all the posts – certainly made me smile.

    ps – If you’re from the US military and are reading the above countries don’t exist and what I have written should not be considered intel or form any part of your future strategic planning.

    Comment by Nick — January 6, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  577. Hi,

    I love this article. You could write a book about this. Most of this is true.
    I’m a Pole living in the UK. I worked with many Europeans mentioned by you and this is the brutal truth.
    From a Polish perspective I have to add though I don’t feel any dislike towards the Czech, Slovaks or any other that you mentioned. We might laugh a bit at the way they speak (very similar to Polish), but the people from all the countries you mentioned I feel no dislike. On the contrary, I found it easy to work and socialize with:
    Germans – best engineers ever existed. I’ve made a lot of German friends here in the UK and see little difference between our cultures and food. Note however the area I come from used to belong to Germany and my granddad was German. I feel sad when I hear that they don’t like us in Germany (can’t blame them though…). Give us a chance Dear Neighbours! The country is the cleanest in Europe. Hardworking, but not good at customer service at all (just like Poles). Hard language to learn. After so many years of studying, my German is still not 100%. Very punctual. I love Munich. It’s just like upgraded Gdansk. ? It’s my dream to move there. I liked people in the south better than in Berlin. Best chocolate on the planet. There are a few childish jokes about the Germans, but we generally don’t make fun of them. Someone here mentioned: “It’s usually along the lines of: “So there is a German, a Russian and a Pole…”. I’ve heard they don’t like Turks and the Greeks? About Polish… They like us in the UK for sure once they get to know us well. I’ve more German friends here than Polish. I also had many Germans coming to my parents B&B during the summer. They always come back the year after and bring more and more friends. They seem to like Poland a lot. Foods good, they’re treated well and everything used to be cheaper (I use past tense here on purpose).
    Czechs & Slovaks – no dislike. Nice people. Funny languages (sorry, had to say it!) and sound alike. The closest cultures to my own. Probably the only two countries we do make fun of and because the languages sound so funny (childlike). I hear they find it easier to understand us than the other way round. I hope I don’t offend anyone here!
    Ukrainians – 2 of my English teachers were Ukrainian LOL. No dislike, nice people, feel sorry for their economic situation. Some idiots might look down at them, because they are from the “east” and poor. I personally liked all Ukrainians I met so far.
    Bulgarians – similar feeling as to the Ukrainians.
    Russians – OMG and here it starts. Poland’s by far the most disliked country, due to their government’s politics. NEVER EVER tell the Poles they’re like or are similar to Russians unless you want to seriously offend them! On the other hand, as much as the Poles might dislike the government, they tend to say that an average Russian citizen is really… nice and likable. Paradox really. People tend to look down at them in Poland too (similar story to Ukrainians I guess). I met a few Russians and found them to be a bit pushy. Imperialists. Probably have the best educational system in Europe.
    Hungarians – Poles really like them! We even have an old saying in Polish that the Poles and Hungarians are like close cousins… I met 2 ladies from Hungary – the loveliest women on the whole planet.
    Spanish – nice and warm. Relaxed. Liked them a lot. Loud. They usually have a strong accent when speak German and English. Unpunctual.
    Portuguese – met a few. Very friendly, always smiling. A big YES. ?
    Italians – chaos. Haha. But nice people, warm. My best mate is marrying an Italian (who surprisingly is quiet and very modest). They’re famous for living with their mums until they’re 40+. Talk a lot. Worst drivers in the whole planet. Loud. Unpunctual.
    Norwegians – I hear Poles complaining and saying frequently “really demanding towards others, but never themselves”, although I personally never met a single Norwegian here in the UK.
    UK – goes into extremes. Half of the citizens are very hard working the other half does (literally) nothing – both at home or at work. Half are very tolerant and nice, smile a lot, the other half of the country hates everybody else on this planet (apart from Canadians and Aussies where they like to emigrate) and complain about everything and everybody. Half are sometimes blunt, the other half the most twofaced people I ever met in my entire life. Poles are not their favourites – we’re job stealers! Really good at customer service. Restaurants tend to be dirty. A lot of them have a lot of self confidence to the point of arrogance. Imperialists. Scots are my favourite in the whole country (warm, drink a lot and are generally very friendly), although I have one at work who is a racist and doesn’t like Poles… He tolerates me though. Food is horrible in the UK. Education is really bad until A-levels. People here can’t spell their own native language and often ask us (yes us, Poles!) how to spell words like Belgium!!! Universities (e.g. MBA programmes) are good. They’re generally smart, but the general knowledge (esp. geography) is not good at all (saying it diplomatically). Punctual. They’re not similar to other Europeans at all (apart from the Swedes I hear). Definitely not heaven here, but BBC rocks!
    Irish – nice, warm, very friendly people. Relaxed. Drink a lot, but are really lovely. One of my favourites in Europe! ?
    French are so far the biggest “challenge” to me. Some of them (have parents from other countries) are really lovely. Arrogant, selfish, proud and vain – they think they’re the centre of the whole universe. Paranoid, insecure. And dare say what you think about them… Then wait and observe the fury and revenge! Haha. They think the Portuguese, Polish, Bulgarians and others are good at cleaning the toilets only. Very racist, the concept of team work doesn’t exist in their minds. Man can be either very Macho or feminine. They have good food and wine though. Dress nice and have good taste. Terrible customer service and as chaotic as the Italians! Little advice: never ask the French for help unless you’re a close friend. Extremely R U D E … Parisians are just horrible people. And no I didn’t speak English to them. I speak good French. Cleanness is not their strongest side either. Imperialists. The last place on the planet where I could live.
    Swiss. I work with them every day too. French speaking Swiss (see the description of the French above). German speaking – the best organized nationals in the whole universe. Amazing. I really admire them for that. Very punctual. When they are travellers they are really likable, but at home they tend to have their “noses up”. Well, they do have many things they can be proud of – and they are the most neutral country of the whole Europe. Italian speaking – nice, friendly and talk a lot. I hear the Brits saying they’re more direct than I am (to the point of being rude).
    Poles – I live outside Poland, so I hope if you forgive me if I add something I observe every time I go back. Rude drivers and bad at customer service. Our roads… OMG. Disaster, although a lot has already improved. They like foreigners they don’t know and are exotic or anybody from the West, although this has started to change the more and more contact they have with people from outside Poland. Germans in my area are respected. The British started slowly ruining their very good reputation (drastic change compared to 10 years ago). They have nothing against our southern neighbours and Lithuanians, Estonians or Latvians. Tend to look down at the eastern neighbours (can sometimes be called Ruscy). Hungarians (although most Poles in the north never even met one…) are liked a lot. Usually very frank, but still polite. People from our dear capital Warsaw are seen as rude and arrogant. Gypsies the least tolerated group. They have a really bad reputation for being stealers, liars and refuse to integrate. I feel sorry for them in a way, but it’s their own fault. Some Poles make racist comments about Jews. I never understood why and I don’t think anyone really knows why they don’t like Jews. I even haven’t met a single one in Poland! We clearly have an inferiority complex – leftovers after the wars, years of Russian’s unwanted (oh yes!) invasion. Somewhat punctual. Very hospitable. They admire the French until they hear my experience with them. :P Still very pro-American, although this changes now. Hard working – yes, but even more abroad! Poles from the north like people from Krakow and mountains area and vice versa from what I observe. We are quite quiet abroad and compared to most of the nationalities I mentioned here. Very religious (not to say fanatics!) and value family life a lot. We’re quite reserved at the beginning, but we get warmer the better people get to know themselves. The country tends to be clean.
    Dutch – I met one in Germany and he was lovely. Got along with him easily.
    Belgian – had contact with one lady from there. Simply horrible and rude. Very bossy. Reminded me of the French. “I am B E L G E!”, she once shouted. Oh God, nothing to be proud of clearly. No manners.
    Cannot say more about other nationalities from Europe as I didn’t have much contact with them.

    About myself? I’m Polish, but never ever thought about stealing anything. I’ve never even stolen a job. ? All I had so far were newly created due to my language skills.
    If you need more info, give me a shout!
    Regards x

    Comment by European — January 8, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  578. To European 577th comment

    I’m French and even if I consider that my compatriots have faults, I think your description is completely caricatural.
    In which year have you been in France ? In 1910 ?

    Comment by Alexandre — January 10, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  579. This is a delightful post, made by the American literate.
    Trying to speaching English, I are from Portugal.

    Comment by European son — January 14, 2012 @ 6:55 am

  580. Re to Alexandre 577: 2010.

    Comment by European — January 14, 2012 @ 11:11 am

  581. hahah polish people dont mind germans and probably still fear them??? good one. polish people mostly do not like germans as they are considered stuck-up, boring, officious, lacking sense of humour and again BORING

    Comment by fghj — January 14, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  582. @European

    “I feel sad when I hear that they don’t like us in Germany (can’t blame them though…). Give us a chance Dear Neighbours!”

    youve got to be kidding me.

    you cant blame them? and exactly how is that that you cannot possibly blame them? Oh hang on! of course! poland invaded their country and gassed half of the nation. no wonder they dont like poland in germany.

    Give us a chance Dear Neighbours!

    Comment by fghj — January 14, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  583. Wow, you really don’t know how german-polish relations look like. Polish peapole hate germans, more then germans hate polish. Trust me i’m half-polish, half-german. Polish don’t fear germans, and also they don’t hate other western european nations. This is really wrong. Polish peapole aren’r concider quiet aswell.

    Comment by natalia — January 15, 2012 @ 4:46 am

  584. ”Poles don’t have much good to say about them”

    Not true. Poles really like Czechs. According to the CBOS (Public opinion research center), the Czechs are the most liked people by Poles. 51% of Poles declare sympathies to the Czechs, 12% dislike, 31% neutral and 6% have no opinion

    “probably still fear them a bit — you never, ever hear jokes about Germans in Poland”

    We have jokes about the Germans (he was a Pole, German and Russian …, how to distinguish a German woman from German cows? On earrings, germany, why can not cope with floods? Because their can not shoot).

    Poles (despite appearances) do not hate the Germans, according to CBOS 38% of Poles like Germans, 27% not like, 31% are neutral and 4% have no opinion.

    do not know if anyone is interested but will give the relationship Poles to other nations (especially European)

    so:

    CBOS (2011year):

    WHAT’S YOUR ATTITUDE TO OTHER NATIONS
    sympathy neutralny negative don’t know
    Czechs 51% 31% 12% 6%
    Slovaks 49% 33% 11% 7%
    Spanish 47% 35% 9% 9%
    Italians 47% 33% 13% 7%
    Hungarians 46% 33% 12% 9%
    French 45% 33% 14% 8%
    Dutch 45% 35% 11% 9%
    English 44% 33% 16% 7%
    Americans 43% 31% 19% 7%
    Greeks 43% 33% 14% 10%
    Norwegians 42% 36% 11% 11%
    Swedes 41% 35% 14% 10%
    Belgians 40% 36% 12% 12%
    Finns 40% 36% 13% 12%
    Irish 40% 36% 13% 11%
    Japanese 40% 32% 17% 11%
    Austrians 39% 38% 14% 9%
    Danes 38% 37% 13% 12%
    Germans 38% 31% 27% 4%
    Croatians 36% 37% 15% 12%
    Lithuanians 36% 35% 19% 10%
    Georgians 34% 35% 18% 13%
    Bulgarians 33% 37% 20% 10%
    Estonians 33% 36% 17% 14%
    Russians 32% 29% 34% 5%
    Ukrainians 32% 29% 33% 6%
    Belarusians 31% 34% 26% 9%
    Chinese 31% 32% 26% 11%
    Latvians 31% 36% 18% 15%
    Jews 31% 31% 31% 7%
    Vietnamese 30% 33% 26% 11%
    Turks 29% 28% 33% 10%
    Chechens 28% 29% 31% 12%
    Armenians 28% 31% 25% 16%
    Serbs 28% 35% 24% 13%
    Romanians 24% 28% 40% 8%
    Arabs 23% 25% 42% 10%
    Roma/Gypsies 22% 24% 49% 5%

    Among nations most liked by the poles are Czechs and Slovaks. About half declare they like these nationalites. Slightly fewer people say they like the Spanish, Italians, Hungarians,the French and the Dutch. In all these cases positive opinions are several times more frequend than negative ones.

    At least two fifth of adult Poles have positive opinions about the English,Americans, Greeks, Norwegians, Swedes, Belgians, Finns, the Irish and the Japanese. The number of positive opinions about Austrians, Danes, Croatians, Lithuanians, Georgians, Bulgarians, Estonians and Latvians is still higher than negative views but there are almost as many people who admit they have a neutral attitude to these nations. With regard to the Germans, there are more people who like this nationality than do not like it, but positive opinions out number the negative ones only by 11 percentage points.

    Neutrality is the most frequently expressed feeling towards Belarusians, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, Armenians, and Serbs and positive are only slightly more frequent than the negative attitude. In case of Russians, Ukrainians,Turks and Chechens, respondents are divided into three, comparably large, groups (negative feelings are expressed only slightly more often than positive or neutral feelings). However, with regard to Jews the division of opinions is perfectly even.

    The Roma, Arabs and Romanians are the least liked nations of all the nationalities included in the survey

    http://www.cbos.pl/PL/publikacje/public_opinion/2011/02_2011.pdf

    if you have such tests in your countries to Give

    I greet all and sorry for my bad English

    Comment by Pole — January 18, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  585. To Pole

    Thanks for this interesting survey.

    Comment by Alexandre — January 19, 2012 @ 2:25 am

  586. Hi :) I am a portuguese teen and i’ve already saw that you forgot us . That’s really nice of your side –’
    I know that Portugal is totally invisible in the world and the countries that know Portugal just know us for the crisis that it’s going through.
    I am here just to show you that Portugal is more than that.
    Portugal is fado, the sad and melancholic music that you heard in Lisbon, Portugal is “saudade” ( is the feeling of missing something) , Portugal is Alentejo, the beautiful landescapes and hot temperatures, is Algarve, the beaches that all british people love to go in the summer, Portugal is north, that especifically accent that we know by ” o sotaque do norte” , Portugal is Açores and Madeira, where it came the famous Cristiano Ronaldo that you know, Portugal is a lot of other beautiful cities. Portugal is rancho (i don’t especifically like, but…), is the famous ” cozido à portuguesa”, Portugal was and is the great Luís de Camões, are the kind and friendly persons ( sometime not very polite, like many of you said), and much more.
    I know that in the last years, it’s been dark in here, but i am sure that we will overpass that.

    Now the question of “nuestros hermanos”. It’s a kinf of sad that E.U.A. and other countries think that we do’nt have a language, we are simply spanish. For those, i recommend that you read some of our great writters, and then, we can talk. And it’s true that we don’t like you very much. I am not saying why, i think that if you read some articles you will understand why.
    In respect to music, we are not the bests and our music isn’t real known but we sure have good singers, like Rui Veloso, Pedro Abrunhosa, José Cid, Sara Tavares, etc.
    Now some stereotypes, it’s true that when you talk to a portuguese about history, you’re doing a big mistake. The older people have the habit to discuss that. It’s a lost cause so, if your smart, you won’t talk about that.

    So come and visit us, you won’t regret. Really. ;)

    Comment by Joana C. ;) — January 19, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

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  588. famous american saying: Opinions are like assholes… everybody has one.
    loved this and the american version post. very funny

    Comment by theresa — January 22, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  589. British are ‘anti-European because the U.S. tells them to be so’ Is that a joke?

    I find this really interesting. Even though stereotyping can’t be helped, Every Scottish person I have met hasn’t declared hatred for England, but i have heard that is their general feeling. Personally I think there’s nothing wrong in saying i am European, as that is the continent I am from, and even though I don’t completely understand the feeling ‘to be European’, I’m sure this could be said for all European countries as we are all distinct in culture. The only country I may hold some contempt for would be America. Not hatred for it’s beauty, which I have traveled extensively, or for my own american friends (those Americans whom I felt could be my friend anyhow) but for the disgusting commercialism, complete stupidity when it comes to their stubborn dedication to their faith, and the outright dishonesty of their media. For example, Tv shows which defend circumcision and lie about it despite the scientific truths of the immorality of it. The failed debates with Dawkins and Hitchens on evidence against the bible (fair enough accepting that god could have spurred on evolution, but educated philosophers spreading the literal truth of the bible is just mind-bogglingly idiotic). LYING about British healthcare on news stations (A girl on British TV was outraged that her words were edited to show a bad view of british healthcare) just to brainwash their own people into believing that they should pay crazy sums of money to protect their own lives, knowing this money is going into the hands of big corporations and even State governers, and are just left to die if jobless and ill. I do love America but these things are detrimental to the country. Though myself an expat i am fully aware of the downfalls of the UK.

    DailyCandor: Portraying Brits as being Americans’ lapdogs isn’t true but it’s a charge that does elicit its desired effect. I’d say your comment demonstrates that nicely.

    Comment by Daniela — January 25, 2012 @ 1:22 am

  590. I’m a Pole and i can’t agree with what was said about nations disliked by Poles. I fact, there is tendency not to like Russia because of historical reasons (personally I don’t share this feeling: Russia is in a way a very interesting country). Nevertheless, I don’t know why the author stated that we don’t like our southern neighbours: Czechs and Slovakians. Not true is also the fact about our indifferent attitude to Germany. This country isn’t popular here. One more thing: there is a somehow interesting bond between us and Hungarians.

    DailyCandor: I lived in Poland near the Czech and Slovak borders, and there was a lot of antipathy against “Pepiks.” Maybe further away from the border, sentiments were neutral or even positive.

    Comment by Piotr — January 26, 2012 @ 2:59 am

  591. hi im from germany!

    i just wasted an hour by reading this! but i SERIOUSLY have to study for my final examen now!!

    I WANT MY HOUR BACK!! that was a joke by the way…you see one tries to be funny here in germany as well.

    have a good one everyone

    Comment by rai — February 1, 2012 @ 5:37 am

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  593. Well… I was googleing for searching something about “english sayings” and landed to this site, started to read it and it captured me !! 1+ hour nice reading indeed.

    With some precautions all of you is right, we finally all act the same way in this world, a tiny 1% difference once amplified can bring to surface some shadings, that DailyCandor and your 591 posts expanded further.

    I am italian and can find some traits of myself and the-italian-way in your posts, amplified of course !
    This because each of us here reported her/his own personal view, direct experience, believe, understanding, guessing etc etc that is, has amplified and made a caricature of that 1% I mentioned above.

    Power of internet … we can all share our views in a very openly manner.
    That’s freedom, we all want it, we all like it, we all must allow for it; this is one of the most important things all people have (and must have) in common.

    Ciao

    Comment by Gianni — February 2, 2012 @ 3:52 am

  594. View of Russian:
    French – Good people, we have historical ties.
    Germans – Always under bad influence, we dont trust them
    Italians – Very Noise people, but good as noise.
    Belgian – Nothing special
    Chezh – Brothers, Beers, but they dont like us after 68
    Slovaks – Good people, patriots, we respect them, BROTHERS!
    Serbians – We In the Balkan
    Poles – Always was against us.
    Spanish – Footbal. Good people.
    Denmark – Good friends.
    Croats – good people, but we hate fascist.
    Slovenians – Nothing special
    Romanians – Gypsy
    Hungarians – Turk, Mongols whatever.

    Comment by Russkiy — February 5, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  595. I was born in Croatia to mix parents, Croat father and Serb mother. I guess I have an unique perspective. Generally speaking, as a child I was never accepted by either side, although my dad’s parents really loved me and didn’t ever allow anyone to make me feel bad in any way. Even though they never really accepted my mother (according to her). Though in time I came to realize the difference was not the fact that she was Serb but that she was not catholic (hence I suppose something you need to take up with Vatican). Heck, it was a known family story that my grandpa during WW2 at great personal risk has hid and fed (for a whole month) a Serb fleeing concentration camp in Jasenovac and then helped him escape to safe territory. Had he been discovered I probably would never have been born. So that is to all of you who think of Croats as stereotypical ustasha.
    My mom parents were somewhat more stuck up although in time I came to know my grandfather better. He was kinda quiet fella and most of his time spent reading books, I guess I’ve inherited a lot of his genes in that regards.
    When I grew up, my father was told in no uncertain terms that I (As his son and “Croat”) would never get a job because I was not serb. Heck, my mom was not loved by her own siblings much because of marrying my dad. In fact, any kind of acceptance was what we called “artificial English tight-lipped politeness” that hid real feelings.
    Fast forward, when new Croatian government came, I was finally able to get passport and leave all that craziness behind, or so I thought. When I came to “English speaking world” I was faced with a host of new stereotypes. I was being viewed as an idiot from Balkans (you know place where was a war etc…), despite the fact I had degree in Mechanical Engineering. For three years I worked the lowest possible job in a factory until I’ve saved enough and enrolled at University, thinking once I have their education I would be accepted better. Well, another bachelor and two Master degrees later (management and engineering) I’ve come to realize that problem for employers was not my “incompatible degree from Balkans” but the fact that I was born there. Never mind that I speak fluent English and French, probably better than 90% of population here.
    So even today at my workplace I have to be (and I am) 10 better than people I work with (for the same salary), just to be accepted, again not as same and equal but as somewhat inferior (yeah, just a touch you know, its like carrot and donkey thing, you never quite measure up). The fact that I live here for the last 17 year (i.e. few years less than in “Balkans”) doesn’t matter to most people as long as I have hint of accent ( a very faint by now).
    So there you have it. I don’t think racism or national hatred is a monopoly of any nation (and other comments above testify it loud and clear). It’s everywhere, and it’s scary. Scary, not so much for me, at this stage I really don’t care anymore, but for my child who is going to inherit this “bright new world”. Think about it is this really what you want your children and their children to go through. Isn’t really now the moment we all sober up and stop this bullshit. Thinking just how connected this world is where one hick up can disturb the whole economy and then thinking about how divided we all really are makes me shudder.
    In immortal words of Ronald Regan “I occasionally think how quickly our differences, worldwide, would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world”
    Of course, it is never going to happen, and we need to learn how to live together before we all the way of the dodo.

    Comment by John — February 5, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  596. I am from England, but go to a pretty cosmopolitan university, so I interact with quite a few nationalities. On the British perspective, perhaps it is the fact I am surrounded by younger 18-24 year olds, but there never seems to be any kind of real prejudice or even negative conceptions over most European countries. The opposite in fact most of the time. For example, in the engineering courses, Germans are highly praised for their skills. We do actually think Germans are very hard working and efficient. Just like their cars! No one ever brings up WW2 or any of that kind of crap, we know how long ago it was. I think many Europeans may have their opinions swayed by the British tabloid newspapers, such as the Sun, which always big up these kind of rivalries.

    I’m originally from London, and while I admit that among the general population there is some negativity towards poles and eastern Europeans in general, I really do think it is mostly whipped up hysteria from the newspapers. Especially the right wing ones such as the daily mail. That is a bloody crap newspaper! I’ve worked with a few polish people before I went to university, and loads of the waiters around my area are eastern European too. They are very fast and VERY hard working. In fact, they sometimes work too hard, and people want to give them more money! However, quite a few of them need to brush up on their english skills, but that’s not really a failing, they’ll learn the intricacies more the longer they stay here.

    Again, Uni students don’t really have negative perceptions on many other European countries, we really like the Netherlands/Holland because of the pot and red light district. I’m going on a subsidised trip to Amsterdam this year, and it already has dozens of people going! I have a French room mate, and while I find him quite blunt, he is a nice fellow and has a good sense of humour.

    I know it’s not really European at all, but we have tonnes of Chinese/Vietnamese students here, and we all think of them as very shy, and they almost always stay within their own groups. Not that this is a bad thing, as they always come top in classes etc., but come on, socialise a bit with us english! We’re not that bad! ;)

    Obviously since most universities are rather liberal, we have quite a bad opinion of bible belt Americans e.g. from the southern and south western USA regions. And as a previous poster said, we hate watching the denounce our NHS as rubbish, it is not! However, most students probably have good perceptions of most other Americans, and are probably jealous of how much space they have! I would love to just go walking/ biking and loose myself in the wilderness, not possible in most areas of the UK, too crowded!

    Comment by Jon — February 5, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  597. it’s funny how ppl keep postin on this site after 4 years! i dont have much to say at the moment though. maybe just one thing: i am german and i hate my own country quite a bit. just wanted to give you all different perspective. someone who cant stand his own ppl! i came around a lot (half of my family is from another country) and i lived in different other countries for several years, so i allow myself to anylse my own ppl here a bit.

    germans are incredibly low on self esteem since their abysmal world wars. in my opinion that is where everything that is so unbearable about german behavior originates from. if you look deep into a germans soul you will not find a spark of self esteem. but since it would be very un-german to admit your default, germany these days boast as if they were the center of the universere and as if they had invented every single item on this planet. they consider themselves much more important on the world stage then they are.

    by the way german does not have any culture of its own these days. germany successfully fucked itself up with its world-domination plans and is now just a piece of ****. i could rant about this stupid little country forever, that could have been a decent, respected country with good lifestyle and stuff. but this country choose to be the global-dork. i need to move out asap.

    Comment by Nobody — February 6, 2012 @ 3:07 am

  598. I thought this was very amusing, until I saw the part about Greece… tell me who actually does not consider Greece or Cyprus part of Europe? I see this is supposed to be funny so maybe that part was a joke? Or is it because the person who wrote this is actually even lazier than the Greeks and just didn’t want to spend the time in writing about them? I would have liked this article but that was a complete fail for the ending.

    DailyCandor: Actually, I wrote this several years ago, and you’ll probably find more and more Europeans who want Europe to have NOTHING to do with Greece.

    Comment by Lena — February 7, 2012 @ 12:29 am

  599. It’s strange how easily an entire country can become infamous in under three years… Before 2009 there were hardly any comments about Greece. Now with the financial crisis it suddenly became everyone’s favourite target. Kick em while they’re down huh? Why not, those arrogant b______s!

    How dare they persume to be European! Just because of geography! Or just because of having given the name Europe to the continent! …

    Or just because of having exported the alphabet and civilisation to the rest of Europe (through Rome or even directly)… Or just because of inventing the scientific method and every teacher in every “western” society now has to explain to his students just why Mathematics is called Mathematics and not Calculations for instance…

    Or just because of acting like a buffer zone for every invading army from the Persians to the Ottomans and now to every non-EU economic immigrant considered unwelcome to the EU (they are mostly deported to Greece rather to their home countries directly)…

    Or just because they actually FOUGHT AGAINST ALL INVADING ARMIES in the field of battle rather than having their king for instance surrender his crown to an enemy SOLDIER… Or just because they coined the term BARBARIANS to the Germanic people for THE END OF TIME (see Bavaria – Barbaria for more info)…

    Or just because ……………

    It is only natural to dispise someone who makes you feel less in comparison. So bring it! And thank you ;-)

    But I really feel angry towards some Greeks. Because instead of just uniting and getting back in charge of our country (I specificly left out Democracy out of the list above, simply because real Democracy is actually NOT PRACTISED anywere in the world – except maybe Switserland), they expect God to save them… But as Ben Franklin said “God helps those who help themselves”.

    Oh wait, ??? ????? ??? ????? ?????… DAMN GREEKS!! THIS ONE TOO???

    Comment by Giannis — February 8, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  600. Ah, no Greek character support huh?

    Well, SIN ATHINA KE HIRA KINI loipon…

    Comment by Giannis — February 8, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  601. By the way, the crown thing was NOT a refferance to 300. See early WWII nazi invasions of northern … European countries.

    Comment by Giannis — February 8, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  602. Thank god you didn’t start talking about Cyprus… we may be considered Europeans, Middle Eastern, Greeks, Turks, Russia’s lapdog – any conceivable type of identity really. the only thing that most other Europeans know us for is our sandy beaches, scorching heat, a cheesy party town overrun by Brits (ayia napa), and continuous MOANING about a 40-year long conflict that never comes to an end (which is what the anti-Turks in Europe use as an excuse against accession…) and no, we don’t ride donkeys to work (i’ve been asked that a couple of times)!

    Comment by Alexandros Efstathiou — February 12, 2012 @ 4:15 am

  603. Whoever published did not have a clue about Poland.
    According to research the two nations Poles like most out of all nations all over the world are Czechs and Slovakians. Apart from that Poles have loads of jokes about Germans and they love to take the piss out of them. They are not scared…
    I dont know where u got ur information from but according Poland its crap

    Comment by PolefromGermany — February 13, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  604. I am Greek and when I read the topic about the Greeks I just laughed…you see this is the truth about us…Europeans never really liked the Greeks for reasons that I’m not able to know as a simple citizen.and now that we are dealing with such huge financial problems and we have to tolerate the Germans,whose actions and choices are extremely fascist,Europeans do NOTHING to help….

    Comment by antigoni — February 16, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  605. Big parts of this are sadly pretty true as far as I experienced. But don’t be too prejudiced against german humor! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s not like we don’t have any… (look at our chancellor)

    Also I have to add that, it’s only been the French who tend to use the word “Nazi” when I tell them I’m german and not the British. I’ve lived in the UK for 5 months now and haven’t heard it once!

    French people are considered rather stupid in Germany; the language too silly-sounding to learn and the food consisting of snails and frogs’ legs. Don’t blame me, I love pretty much everything about France!

    Talking about the Dutch, german people think of weed-smoking, cheese-eating windmill-owners that talk “german in a funny way”. The part about the language is really not far from the truth: A German and a Dutch could easily have a conversation without more than 10% or 20% of the words being misunderstood!

    I must agree with you saying that Germans don’t think very positive about polish people but if you ask a German in private, he will name you at least one friend (I’ve got two) with polish roots or tell you about a holiday in Poland (I’ve had a lovely time in Masuria, Warsaw, Gdansk and along the Baltic Coast) or, in my case, will tell you that her granddad was forced to leave his village in north-east germany during WW2 when the Polish occupied it and killed his brothers and sisters in a concentration camp. But that’s individual storys, the main trend is probably the clichée of car-stealing pissheads.

    The sad thing about Germany is, that the heritage of WW2 is causing a major lack of self-esteem. Most of the Germans feel ashamed to the point of not being proud of anything “typically german” and consider every fellow citizen who prefers a german product over a foreign one for whatever reason, a racist.

    I discovered this article 4 years too late but thanks for making me laugh!

    Comment by Swetlida — February 20, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  606. FACT OF THE MATTER IS MOST IRISH LIKE THE ENGLISH, APART FROM A FEW DIE HARD REPULICANS BUT THEY ARE PRETTY SCATTERED…NOWADAYS !!! In Ireland 2012 we read all the British newspapers watch all the British TV & Shop in British stores and follow British sport. I in particular like the English people their mannerly cultured and reserved and say it like it is.Im 100% Irish born and bred here and .alot of my family are married to English people and all get on like a house on fire.. I dont on the other hand like the Scots or N. Irish as much… AS REGARDS POLISH AND EASTERN EUROPEANS COMING INTO IRELAND …They dont mix or integrate with us and nor us with them and are very CLIQUE AND NOT REALLY LIKED BY US !!! They are a different culture … But the people DISLIKED MOST BY IRISH PEOPLE ARE THE IRISH AMERICANS WHO PRETEND THEY ARE IRISH… CANT STAND THEM …..REALLY ANNOY US

    Comment by Steve G — February 21, 2012 @ 7:16 am

  607. LOL in reading Alexandros Efstathiou comment about Cyprus. Well, i always had an impression Cyprus is somehow a excentric country, a Greek Island with a Turkish ”bit” claimed by Turkey. Lefkosia (uhhh, Nicosia) looks like a beautiful city to me. A weird thing is that ”line” by U.N. that divides the country … a sort of ”Berlin Wall”. And the donkey thing… i even had falled here, imagined they climbing the island mountains xD

    As for the Greek, as i said, Brazilians always had good relations with them. My own city has many greek descendant people, and even a Neolea/ traditional dance club.

    Well, that’s it. Europe, put your hope (and money) in Ellada. Europeans, stop being such a blind nationalists. Greece and Greeks, hope is the last thing that reamained in Pandora’s Box. Don’t give up.

    Na ‘Se Kala! Agkalies apo Vrasilias! ;)

    Comment by BrazilianSurfer — February 22, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  608. I am an American, and have had quite a bit of interest in Europe in my life, to say the LEAST. Admittedly, I still have a rather romantic view of Europe due to several reasons, I blame Disney… :D (Just kidding, Disney is awesome. :D I think Europe needs to be more like it used to be in some respects though, and I am referring to WESTERN Europe here, NOT Eastern Europe, Most of Eastern Europe is still, thankfully, not too “Americanized/modernized” (I hope)…) I’m roughly half British Isles (Scotland, England and Wales) and half German (mostly Bavarian and Swiss German) regarding my ancestry. So, from my limited perspective on Europeans, having known people of most European nationalities, some more than others (German, English, Celtic and Scandinavian folks/cultures/general dispositions are pretty familiar to most Americans from the west (Plains and Rockies to the Pacific Ocean), also the Italians and Dutch to a certain extent), here is what I think of the Europeans:

    1.) English: As a general rule, I LOVE the English, everything about them, but not modern England so much. (I’ve pretty much always been this way.) I don’t like it when the English try to be “American” in a certain sense, it kind of just… doesn’t… feel completely “right” to me… :D Though I keep those thoughts pretty much to myself, most of the time. I LOVE Medieval England (the fantasy element, of course, same thing for the rest of Europe, etc.), and the way England seemed to be to me before 1960 or so… Maybe 1965. (I’m NOT a liberal hippie, in case you didn’t pick that one up already…) Victorian manners/customs, etc. are AWESOME, but sure, I’m not completely fond of them all the time… Being a musician, I am EXTREMELY fond of Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, lots of those guys. Love the whole “spit and polish” thing… But I don’t dress in a suit and tie everyday. :) Incidentally, If you go to Utah, Idaho, Arizona, etc., you will likely meet many, many Mormons (I am Mormon), and you will no doubt encounter a LOT of Mormons who are QUITE fond of the English as well as other surrounding peoples, the Celts, Germans, Scandinavians, etc. We tend to talk a lot about family history, but it has more to do with being “connected” with ancestors and those we are close to, etc. in a very emotional/spiritual sense, more that kind of thing, than most anything else. Other things about the English… Generally more friendly than cold, a little “ritzy” or sophisticated sometimes, more conservative than most Europeans (still), highly Christian and connected with old customs, creatures of habit, but intellectually VERY curious, moderately adventurous, polite/well-mannered, a little nerdy sometimes, hmmm… The soccer hooligans are pretty rough, sure… The English overall are very intelligent, perceptive, peaceful, and shrewd as a general rule, and can be crafty and scheming just as easily as elegant, refined and virtuous, etc. I like the elegant and refined/virtuous thing MUCH more, go figure… And yes, there are a LOT of English youth that are very, very aggressive, vulgar and intense, sure… Not sure why it has to be like that in modern times, esp. in the cities of Europe…

    2.) Scottish: I still feel like I should understand the Scots more, its kind of this ongoing feeling I have… I feel, very strongly, like it is hard to define the Scottish “character” without having some kind of relation to the English “character”… But, I can say with some degree of certainty, that the Scots are more “rustic”, like their Welsh and Irish cousins (compared to the English), and tend to be lovers of nature, animals, plants, farming, the outdoors, music, crafts, the “simple” pleasures, etc. There is a deep sense of justice, fairness, personal liberty, dignity, etc. that the Scots have, that I believe many other peoples share as well-the Welsh, the English, and so on… (Though the English government has not been very kind to the Celts over the years, to say the LEAST.) The British Isles is a bastian of Christianity and liberty, really… And Scotland is brimming with a deep, DEEP love of Christianity and living an honorable life, etc. Very few other peoples value freedom so highly… Other things… Ruggedness, toughness, stubbornness, going with your “gut”, imagination, warmth, kindness, courage, following the path of a “different” drummer/being different from everyone else, a certain “taciturn” aspect, showing and feeling particularly strong emotions, the conservative thing (like the English), being creatures of habit, hmmmm… Yeah, I think that kind of sums up the Scots, its kind of like, they are similar to the English in many respects, but still, not at all like them (very much a rich vs. poor or urban vs. rural thing still…).

    3.) Welsh: Not as knowledgeable about them, but the Welsh are very close to the Scots and Irish, also the English… Also the Britons in France. I see the Welsh as being very peaceful and easy going overall, very musical and imaginative as well. :)

    4.) Irish: The Irish make me feel like I am too “stuffy”… I love the Irish in general, they are just great, GREAT people, but some of them are pretty wild and crazy… :D

    5.) French: Haven’t known too many French… They’re ok, I’m pretty sure the snobby thing is very overrated… I like their VERY “artsy” culture, I always have… French culture is kind of a culture of indulgence and taking the time to enjoy life, with a bit of eccentricity… Live the good life… :D

    6.) German: The other VERY familiar culture to me in Europe, other than Britain. Germans are best defined by their regional origins and cultures (Prussian, Rhinelander, Bavarian, Saxon, etc.). But overall, I tend to not joke much with Germans, only when I feel like I have a good sense of what they find humorous (which is, often, very similar to my own sense of humor, as it is…). :) Germans want to get things DONE… Otherwise, they feel kind of useless or a burden on society, etc. Actually, its also kind of an intellectual “boredom” thing, I really believe that some cultures (like the German culture) are almost driven by independent thought, imagination, innovation, attention to detail, the constant drive to improve and make stuff better… There isn’t much tolerance for laziness, esp. LONG TERM laziness… There is the scientific, calculating, scrutinizing, highly detailed thing about the Germans, sure… To me, Germany feels very much like a second homeland, more especially, Bavaria and Southern Germany, Switzerland as well…

    7.) Polish: The Poles are like the Germans, just a little less “intense”… :D

    8.) Russian: The Russians, like many other Northern and Eastern Europeans, are rather stubborn about their notions and opinions on things. This being said, I still love Russians, quite a bit in fact, but they can be kind of intense in a very similar but “different” way than Germans… Both peoples have this REALLY intense “stare down” thing, the Finns, etc. prob. do it too sometimes. The evil eye, the icy look, etc. Sometimes, its just a matter of pride or a defensive mechanism. …Sometimes, not too often, it is actually more of a loathing thing, or meant to “size up” someone, have them “measure up” to you, so to speak… Basically, to MANY folks north of the Alps and east of the Rhine, talk is cheap and actions are what counts, and its best to be polite, but still not have to “back down” so to speak, from being assertive, even aggressive on occasion, etc. I think the Russians tend to be people of few words, but are very sincere, emotional, tough, determined, intense, sober-minded, good, no-nonsense people on the whole.

    9.) Italian: VERY friendly, social, chatty, fun loving, etc. Its hard to dislike Italians, though perhaps they tend to not take some things so seriously as the Germans, Russians, etc. I’ve noticed the strong desires to look “cool”, to have the latest and greatest designer clothes, car (sports car), jewelry, etc., among Italians… What can I say, Italians love to look GOOD. :) Oh, and a little pizza pie here and there is really, really great too. :) Also, I seriously think the Mafia thing is not a very big thing any more…

    10.) Spanish: I don’t know very many Spaniards, but I have a VERY high opinion of them. :)

    11.) Greek: Friendly, loud, fun loving, casual, relaxed, spontaneous, sporty, sophisticated, I love everything about Greeks and Greek culture. Though, like the Italians, I’m not sure how much “kidding” I could “endure”, dep. on who was the brunt of the joke… :D (I seriously doubt I’d ever “lose” it in a FRIENDLY setting anyway with any folks from the Mediterranean…) :D

    12.) Dutch: Neat and tidy, easy-going, often tall and thin (more the Frisians), intelligent, the Dutch are quite different from the Germans, for instance, regarding social interactions (the Dutch are bigger on the small talk thing perhaps, than the Germans, Germans tend to not go much for small talk), and there is a similar “reserved” or generally mellow, affable emotional state the Dutch tend to have in a social sense, much like many English, for example, compared with the more “driven” or “get to the point” Germans and Russians… I’ve always liked the Dutch, but often don’t feel to “close” to them, in the sense that I feel close to Germans and Scots…

    13.) Danes: Kinda like the Dutch, but more like “in between” the Dutch and Germans… The Danes are pretty sharp folks, very similar to the English also, more the “fancy” or polished/debonair thing… Very musical/artsy, scientific and intelligent folks in general… I love Denmark very much, and still feel a drive to connect with the Danes a bit more in general in my life. And yes, I’m sure that many of them love sailing, the outdoors, etc.

    14.) Norwegians: Yep, they’re a bit more like the country bumpkins, I know… But I love ‘em on the whole. :)

    15.) Swedes: I can’t, for the life of me, figure out the Swedish mind. I’ve really, really tried, believe me, I have. But it is a complete mystery to me. Someday I might understand them, I but I sure as heck don’t understand them well right now…

    16.) Finns: I LOVE the Finns, they are great folks. :) (But I don’t want to get on their “bad” side… :D )

    17.) Czechs: Haven’t known many Czechs. But I’m sure they are a lot like the Poles and Germans.

    18.) Balkans (Romania, Serbia, Croatia, etc.): Haven’t known many folks from these countries, but they seem to be decent folks overall. :) (I think that guys tend to feel less “inhibited” in muslim countries, as well as much of the Balkans, by the way-women’s rights, etc., is not as “developed” persay, as much as in the west… Though the Balkans are prob. doing ok compared to a lot of other areas more in Asia, parts of Africa, etc.)

    19.) Hungary: They’re a lot like the Germans too, just more “Central Asian/Turkic” like, I suppose, I dunno… Haven’t known too many folks from Hungary, but honestly, they’d fit right in in Bavaria, etc. Nice folks, from what I know.

    20.) Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia): Kinda like in between the Swedes and Russians… Serious, sincere, blonde/blue-eyed, and kind enough overall, the key is to just be relaxed, kindly and non-confrontational, and they will tend to be as well. I think this can apply to Russians as well, quite often… Though I think sometimes Russians still get a bad rap regarding the whole “Anti-American thing”, not sure how much that is deserved sometimes…

    Any other cultures in Europe, well, I suppose its a familiarity thing. I think I’ve got the biggies though. :)

    Comment by Ben Gessel — February 25, 2012 @ 8:57 am

  609. Interesting read…although I have to say that a lot of people seem to take the whole topic way too serious. Stereotyping people because of their origin doesn’t work, cause there’s no such thing as “the Germans” or “the Italians” etc.
    I am German, from Bavaria to be precise, and the people here are very different from the ones in northern Germany, for example. I guess the same is true for any other country. So the whole prejudice thing is just something that should be taken for what it is: funny, but not true at all.

    That being said, I wanna let you all in on some Bavarian stereotyping (may sometimes be the same for the rest of Germany, but I can’t be sure). And remember, it’s all just in good fun ;)

    French: Kind of arrogant, but very elegant people, eat strange stuff like escargot and frog legs. Refuse to speak any other language than French, even if they could (witnessed that personally in southern France, some woman let my mom stammer out her request in her poor tourist French for about five minutes before revealing that she was actually fluent in German)

    Italians: Very passionate people, kind of childish and unorganized, men are all machos with an unhealthy relationship to their mothers, love scooters, can’t drive safely, have great food

    Austrians: Western Austria is virtually the same as Bavaria (there’s even a joke here that when God made the Bavarian people, he threw the ones that weren’t perfect back over the alps, so the Austrians are kind of second class Bavarians), eastern Austria is full of slavic people who speak a strange dialect

    Swiss: Speak funny, are very slow, make great cheese

    Belgium: Not much to say, make great chocolate

    Dutch: Home of cheese and tulips, live in trailers, seem hardly ever to be home because they’re constantly jamming up the Autobahn

    English: UK and Engalnd are pretty much viewed as the same thing, bad food, great sense of humor

    Poles: Used to steal our cars, now many of them live and work here but have their cars registered with their relatives in Poland to avoid the higher German tax (even though many Germans are very angry about that, they would do the same thing if it were the other way round)

    Czech: Not much to say, really…

    Croats/Serbs/Slovenians: Seem to hate each other, but are generally viewed as nice people by the Germans

    Spanish: Love paella and bull fighting; most peole only think of Mallorca when thinking of Spain

    Portugese: no real opinion that I know of

    Russia/Ukraine/Belarus: pretty much one thing. Very poor people, some filthy rich oligarchs, not nice countries at all. Russians in Germany are percieved as loud and ill mannered

    Romania: Lags behind European standards, send their children to beg in Germans cities

    Scandinavia: Admired for their better education, generally percieved as nice, beautiful people

    Finnish: Strange language, very depressed cause it’s always dark there, love saunas and alcohol. Also envied for their education standards

    I also wanna say something about Amercians, since they seem to be involved in this discussion as well: Germans think that a lot of American stuff is really cool (like music, movies, sitcoms, etc.), but hate American politics (G.W. Bush and Sarah Palin, anyone?) and think that a lot of Americans are very poorly educated and ignorant (knowing virtually nothing about the rest of the world, apart from what is discussed here), also superficial, lazy (drive anywhere, detest walking) and unhealthy (=too fat for their own good)

    Maybe there’s some truth in all that stereotyping (I do think, for example, that some Germans are kind of robotic and not funny at all), but mostly it’s just crap. We’re basically much more alike than we’d like to think :)

    Comment by Fine — February 26, 2012 @ 7:14 am

  610. “DailyCandor: Actually, I wrote this several years ago, and you’ll probably find more and more Europeans who want Europe to have NOTHING to do with Greece.”

    What does that even mean? First of all, you’ll find that most of what you describe as “Europeans” don’t think of themselves as Europeans. They think of themselves as Germans, Italians, etc. The homogeneity you assume is non-existent.

    Second, Greece has been part of the EU since 1981. The real grievance at the moment is not with “Europe” (which is a meaningless term as far as I’m concerned unless you define what Europe is – if it’s a geographical area then it’s nonsense to talk about Greece being out of it since all maps of Europe include Greece. If it’s political then I say Greece has been in the EU since the 80s and AFAIK, there has never been any reason to exclude it from the Union) but with the eurozone – i.e. the common currency. The person you responded to didn’t mention the eurozone (of which it is true that Greece should never have been a member) but rather Europe which as I said is a meaningless term unless you define it though neither of you have done so far.

    Third, If it is the case that most EU members (not “Europeans”) do not want Greece in the eurozone that doesn’t mean that “Europe” doesn’t want anything to do with Greece. Certainly, Greece can fix it’s economy and then a monetary union could be possible. In the meantime, Greece will remain in the European Union and AFAIK, nobody thinks that they should be removed from it (I fail to see what would be accomplished by such a bold move)

    Fourth, you’re the epitome of what the world thinks is wrong about Americans. Supremely ignorant and superficial but very opinionated red necks. Good job.

    DailyCandor: Tossing out a racist argument at the end undermines any attempt to sound credible, doesn’t it? You sound like a petty, bitter person, and bashing an American for telling you an uncomfortable truth will not make Germans and other fellow EU members who are paying for your collective fiscal incompetence like you any more.

    Comment by EM — February 29, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  611. 1. “Your collective fiscal incompetence” – who’s “your”?
    2. What’s the uncomfortable truth? that you fail to distinguish between the EU and the eurozone and the fact that the former has existed without the latter for decades and even right now the EU is comprised of 27 members only 17 of which are in the eurozone? Nobody is against, as far as I know, Greece being in the EU. Not now, not ever. It’s a non-issue and if you can tell me what would be accomplished by Greece leaving the EU, I may accept it. So far, you’ve only acted insulted (more on this below). “Europe” is a meaningless term and as I said, if what you mean by Europe is the EU, then you talk complete and utter nonsense as nobody wants Greece out of the EU. Some want Greece out of the eurozone but that doesn’t say anything about the EU or indeed, “Europe’. Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, etc are not in the eurozone. Does that mean they are not “European”?
    3. I think I was careful enough to say that that is what the world thinks about Americans. I did not say what I, personally, think about them. I do not believe that these stereotypes are true at all but arguably the rest of the world does. What YOU do however, is make them credible through your own personal ignorance and superficiality. I do not think that people’s personal failings have much to do with their nationality. As I said, you’re the one making such arguments look respectful through your own behaviour. So please don’t act as though I’ve insulted an entire nation. That’s what you do though you don’t even realise it.

    DailyCandor: This was really amusing tripe. Thank you for making my morning!

    Comment by EM — March 1, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  612. Everyone, listen up… I’m very, very, German and proud of it, i believe all Germans are proud of their ethnicity. We make top of the line machinery and have one of the best economies in the world. Really the only bad thing that you can say about us would be about WWII(the Nazis). To tell you the truth I still don’t understand why everyone is mocking us out about that. Yes, I do understand that the nazis were very bad people and did very bad things. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I’m on their side. But what I am trying to say is not all Germans are that bad. In the 40′s, they were basically brainwashed by hitler. They had no clue what they were doing. In conclusion, all I’m trying to say is please spread the word that Germans aren’t all bad.

    PS. For all u Germans out there… Alle anderen lander sind doch nur neidisch, dass wir Europa zu dominieren.

    Comment by Greg — March 5, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  613. Hello!I’m Greek and i would like to say the stereotypes of the Europeans from Greeks

    Italians:A nation very similar to us,especially the south part,great people,great language,lovely food,very loud

    Spanish:Famous here for the ‘th’ sound (similar to greek sounds) and the very big names(that actually do noty exist in Spain but in Latin America)

    French:Snob,very chic language,good food

    Germans:Barbarians,bad people who hate Greece

    British:loud only when they’re coming to Greece,London is a very common tourist place for Greeks,the center of Europe,celebrities home,awful weather

    Cypriots:Our brothers

    Portuguese:We feel we share the same things and we have the same problems and in general we have a lot of common things

    Scandinavian:Norwegian/Danish the most don’t even remember them Swedish:beautiful girls and boys with blue eyes and very tall who come in Greece for sex :P,theu supposed to be very cold people

    Balkans:Close to us,similar but not similar too,very poor.The most(unfortunately) dislike the most of Balkanians with the exception of Serbians

    Russians:COOOOOLD PLACE,vodka place,sexy russian girls etc. :P

    I think that’s all i had to say.I still can’t understand why Greece has nothing to do with Europe and i would like Daily condor to answer me in this since i really could not say that Greece is in Africa or in Asia?Personally i believe Greece is for sure a European country who is been influeced by lots of countries :Arabs,Italians,Turkish,Bulgarians,Russians,Spanish,French even Germans
    Great site! ;)

    Comment by Constantine — March 5, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  614. Its really funny how the stereotypes are so old fashioned. British cooking is now up there with the best that europe can offer, we now have some of the best modernist chefs around, but no european would ever like to admit it.
    I have travelled throughout europe and have really enjoyed spending time with french, spanish and germans. I have always found common ground with all europeans. I never actually hear a bad word about our european neighbours. Yes you might hear the stereotypes once but hardly ever, more as a bit of fun, not exactly for serious. I love both france and the US, but for different reasons, france for their way of life, their love of good conversation, and the US for its music and pop culture. So that fact is a bit hit and miss. You find that the uneducated in any country tend to drag it’s name through the mud. Intelligent brits love their european neighbours. Also the younger generation of brits living abroad only speak of positive experiences when I talk about their experience of another culture. Most brits now spend large periods travelling the world before they settle for a career, you will find they are open minded and always love a drink and a laugh. These stereotypes are really funny, but they will never present you with a true picture of reality.
    On a personal note, I have never understood the whole italian thing, I have always found the men to be really old fashioned with macho image, trying to play the lover, I know that most women find them quite funny to laugh at and struggle to take their persona seriously.
    I have found, french and educated english women the most appealing, as they are subtle and mysterious. They can also laugh at themselves which is extremely attractive.
    But on the whole, never hear bad remarks about any of europe, only positives, maybe things have moved on.

    Comment by chopzy — March 13, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  615. Hello everybody! I am SERBIAN..this is our view of europe:
    generally Serbs:
    Love : russians and greeks the most..we are orthodox brothers :D

    scandinavia: we dont know much about those countries, but we really respect them cuz they have good life standard

    portugal/spain : nothing special..tourism… novelas are the first thing that comes on (but we know that those come mainly from mexico)

    italy: nice clothes to buy there….boys mainly look like gay…….pizza

    germany/austria/switzerland: hard workers, our ppl come there to work……..germans (and americans) are those who were responsible for the mess in balkans and break of yugoslavia (and with lil bit of our help :)) …because of their geo-political stuff and economy … if it werent for them yugoslavia would be today 4th economy and military in EU as it was before the break . Unfortunately serbs are mostly blamed for that mess……….but generally we dont hate germans, we really respect their country

    eastern europe: just soviet , nothing more than that …RUSSIA the boss! hehe

    france: i dont know…eiffel tower, sunny … good lifestyle, have money, ….ugly ppl and hard language ( they speak only french)

    england: cold , fat, ugly ppl…..i dont know…seem to be very decent ppl…i love their accent….

    and balkans lol : what a messy land …hahahha :
    romania/bulgaria: they are OK, but they have lots of gypsies
    Slovenia: respect, we love them…
    croatia: :))) lol pussies who hide behind “their protectors” who just use them to make a mess in yugoslavia…very weak and coward, traitors…..We love so much beating them in sports and we do that always ;) They EXTRIMELY hate us, but A LOTTT heheh … but generally we dont hate them (or there are very few ppl who do)…..they are inferior…no history and glory..

    Bosnia and Herzegovina : love that land…cuz its half ours ( but soon Republika Srpska will be independent)…we dont hate muslims in bosnia ( they are just traitors, ex christians, who transfered to islam when turks were here cuz of misereable benefits) …i dont have an opinion

    Montenegro: SERBIAN SPARTA! :D..very brave, lazy, love them..just politics separated us, but its better like this….we go there to the seaside, there are many russians there now, they bought all coast ..hehhe
    FYROM or macedonia:call it however (sorry greeks)..they should change the name cuz macedonia is greece…. however: Serbs love those ppl….end of story

    albania: miserable, insignificant, primitive, we have a big population of them in our south region kosovo because they interbreed like insects…what to say : KOSOVO IS SERBIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sorry to those countries i didnt mention: i dont have and opinion

    And finally Serbia, what we think about ourselves: we love our country sooo much, we would do everything for our land..we dont hate anyone and u shouldnt listen to anti serbian propaganda(especially in USA), you will make sure that u were wrong in that ,when u visit serbia…we like sports so much and to be in competition… courageous, sometimes stubborn, warm, with a big heart, temperamental, someone would say that we are prepotent and that we overestimete ourselves and our country but its cuz serbia through the history was always in trouble and we always fought for indipendence and our goals no metter with WHO
    …Its the country of sports, beautiful nature,mountains, churches,monasteires,art, famous for music EXIT festival and Gucha, and many other things to offer, good and hospitable ppl, its not very expensive for europeans and u could have an awesome time for a little money.

    It doesnt metter where are u coming from, YOU ARE WELCOME! :)

    Comment by dumaaa — March 16, 2012 @ 2:52 am

  616. The followibg is the negative perceptions of the following countries:

    English: Loud, arrogant, disrespectful of others,
    French: Arrogant, rude, obnoxious
    German: Boring, no humour,
    Italian: lazy, corrupt
    Spanish: racist, uncompromising
    Portuguese: simple, too laid back
    Greek: liars, con artists, hate everyone including their own
    Balkans: dangerous, very unfriendly
    Russians: corrupt, criminals
    Scandinavians: no negatives
    Eastern Europeans: uneducated, cold hearted

    Positives:
    English: Fun

    Comment by Adriano — March 17, 2012 @ 2:34 am

  617. Okay everything was true except the comment about the Greeks. Seriously? It’s the birthplace of your little western civilization. The English language is 60% Greek. Our history is monumental, and you DARE say that? Ignorant, rude, arrogant asshole. Uneducated too! Just because you’re bitter because you’re poor and are having a little debt trouble, doesnt mean you have to be disrespectful. Bye :-)

    DailyCandor: Translation – “All stereotypes are funny and true except those about us.”

    Comment by Dana — March 21, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  618. Oh by th way giannis, beautiful post. I take my hat off to you.

    Comment by Dana — March 21, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  619. Funny!! But the Greek one is kinda lazy :-P can you please write something more about Greeks, daily candor? Surely you have more thoughts on them :) pretty please? They ARE technically in Europe after all :D

    Comment by Elisa — March 22, 2012 @ 8:44 am

  620. Okay I am a greek,First of all “europe” is a greek word,Herodotus was the first historian to classify europe,asia ect.Secondly,We greeks caused our economic situation,we should have been barred from entering the euro,don’t know why other countries kept lending our government money when our government is inadequate.

    Turks:We don’t hate them!!!! Sick and tired of europeans asking me or assuming we hate turks.What happened in the past is the past,and now we are in the future.Come on guys! We are in the 21 st century!

    Albanians:Majority of them are illegal immigrants,who have a reputation for thieving.To be fair alot of them were taken advantage of from us asshole’s. :)

    Macedonians:Fake name,fake culture.Enough said.

    Italians:Absolutely love the Italians! Adore them,their culture,they are like us,enjoy life so much.(Partly what got us in this crisis) Se latreuo!!!

    Scandinavian Countries:Introverts,softly spoken,need to loosen up a bit,but have amazing standards of living.Plus love their effeciency.

    Belgium,Netherlands,Switz:Grow a backbone! Stop being so neutral! Don’t you have an opinion on anything?Oh and stop bending over backwards for your immigrants.

    Austria:Hitler was born here.

    Germany:Caused ww2 and the holocaust.Amazing people.So effiecent,Powerhouse of Europe,yet are starting to be resented by us greeks because we don’t want the bailout or the euro.But love Germans!Even if they don’t love us anymore.

    Eastern europe:Slavs,all speak a similar language,look similar and are known for: sorry guys :)….cheap women.

    Brits: I like them,but when they come to my country the women turn into sluts,the men are all over the place and they are generally drunk most of the time.Don’t have much respect for local people.

    Portugal:What portugal? A miniture spain.

    Spain:Another mediterranean people who know how,and like to party.Are cultured people.

    France:I like the people,love the food,nice culture,are a bit arrogent :) refuse to speak english,when they can :)

    And finally Greeks: We are loud,outgoing,assholes’,rude(especially athenians!),Friendly,love to party and enjoy life.We are proud due to historical reasons,have a strong culture,are close to our religion(Orthodox Christianity).We also have strong family ties.Sometimes the family can be a pain in the ass,but we are family,we love eachother,and stick together.We also stand up for what we believe in,and REFUSE to be bullied.We are passionate and strong willed.( Did I forget assholes?)

    We generally get a long with most people.Our country is a HUGE mess in every aspect:economiclally,socially and politicaly.So sorry if we come across as a little crazy :) We have a joke in greece. “When were were creating democracy,maths,science,poetry,theatre ect.They were all swinging in trees”. :) Did I mention we are assholes?
    Oh one more thing: Yes,we still practise anal sex,but now its done between men and women.

    Comment by Anastasia — March 22, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

  621. Well, this article is a piece of bullshit, at least as far as Poland is considered. I’m 100% Pole and this is simply lie that Poles don’t like Czechs, Slovaks and Lithuanians. Czechs are actually one of our favourite nations. Same about the statement that we like Germans. Most Poles (especially older generation) don’t like them. Younger Poles usually feel neutral about them, I’ve never heard “I like Germans” from any of my friends. I can just imagine that these notes about other countries are same bullshit.

    DailyCandor: Never said the Polish like Germans. You admire and emulate them, and fear them a bit. As for supposedly loving Czechs, well, that wasn’t my experience.

    Comment by Pole — March 24, 2012 @ 4:36 am

  622. well from my northern ireland, i’ll gave our stance,

    we hate being called either a) british or b) irish depending on what religion you are, protestants consider themselves being british and catholics being irish,

    northern irish protestants hate being called irish by the english and hates it when other nationals, especially amercians say for example, belfast ireland, instead of belfast northern ireland, one island two countries,

    northern irish catholics hate being referred to as british and part of the untied kingdom

    in general to other nations, we see
    english as twats
    welsh people with funny accents
    scottish as drunks or druggies
    germans are humourless uptight and rigid, and normally the butt of jokes regarding the world wars.
    french as rude cowards and arrogant
    dutch as laid back and stoners
    italians as sexy, good food
    turks as perverts
    swedish hot blonds
    poles and other former soviet east europeans as untrustworthy and dangerous especially when drunk
    spanish, portuguese, , danish, swiss, austrians, belgians no real opinion

    just to comment on americans

    we either hate them or love, nothing new there

    Comment by marty86 — March 29, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  623. I’m sorry to have to correct you on this one but Swedes tend to feel strongly superior to most other countries especially when we’re abroad. All you who have visited Sweden didn’t you find us all just a little bit overly clear when you asked for help or directions? I don’t know how the other scandinavian countries are when it comes to this but they should have just as good a reason to feel superior… Denmark has a strong economy just like all northern countries, they were a big power in their past just likethe Swedes. The Norwegians have always been pushed around by Denmark and Sweden but recently they found oil and joined the other strong northern economies plus they always have this interesting feel of smugness towards Swedes. You were right about the finns though, they are kinda cold and actually really uncomfortable to be around at a party until they get drunk at which point they do tstrangest things ever.
    So yeah Swedes act really condescending towards foreigners and are disliked in all the other nordic countries to the point where it can be hard to get a good drink in Denmark… luckily I’m from Skåne (scania) and we’re okay by most danes and norwegians and it’s fun to confuse them with our difficult to understand Skånska dialect

    Comment by Ulf — April 1, 2012 @ 4:07 am

  624. In my opinion, all the borders of the European nations are wrong. That’s why Europeans hate each other so much. For example: Nice and Corsica should be Italian, but they are French. South Tyrol should be Austrian, but it’s Italian. Northern Ireland should be part of the Republic of Irland, but is under the United Kingdom. Then, look at Greece vs Macedonia, Kosovo vs Serbia, Greece vs Turkey for Istanbul (Constantinople!!! \o/) or in Cyprus for the fake-Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus… etcetc.
    In addition, we fought against each other all the time since the fall of the Roman Empire until 20 years ago.

    I’m a Europeanist and I love all European countries and people. We should create a centralized state, not like shitty E.U., that includes all of Europe (from Portugal to Belarus / Ukraine [+ Russia if Russians wish], from Cyprus to Iceland, + Armenia and Georgia. Except Turkey, but before we have to take back Istanbul and Northern Cyprus, because they don’t belong to the Turks. These areas are European and Turks aren’t European, so to unify Europe, we must expel them from Europe, and confine them in Anatolia). I think that all the peoples of Europe have strengths and weaknesses, and only with the fusion of European countries into a single super-state and all citizens in one people, we can complement one another and we can create a superpower to dominate the world. As in the past, the world was dominated by individual european powers, in the future it will be dominated once again by Europe, no longer divided but united…and no one will stop us!!!

    It’s true, we have different languages??, but we can learn a common language in a democratic way, for example, Esperanto for doing wrong to none about the common language to speak.

    BTW Greetings from Italy, I love you all european friends (I’m not gay <_< I don't use gel and I dont' tan my skin like 20% of italian population…yes, in Italy who tans their skin and use the gel is a minority, they are objects of derision in Italy too.), and I hate all the scum that is immigrating from Africa into Europe (niggers and muslims).
    Bye!! \o

    Comment by EUROPE FTW!!! — April 3, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  625. I am scottish, I do agree on most parts of the post and coming from my point of view, we love mostly everywhere but ofcourse england. But I wouldnt say all of it just the north and another would be german for obvious reasons which as usual because of the past. Other than both of those countrys we dont have a reason to hate any other country or to be hated back but I dont know thats just my opinion!

    Comment by Jason95 — April 3, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

  626. @@@@Comment by marty86 — March 29, 2012 @ 3:02 pm funny as how you never mentioned how you northern irish see yourselves.. im souther irish co.cork born and bred and give me the english people who you refer to as prats any day … most southern irish dont like northern irish whatever side your on .. i find all northern irish accents grate on me and alot of them have a chip on their shoulders .. fact is most of the south dont really want northern ireland back and most people over in england dont give a dam about northern ireland either and would glady hand it back .. as for americans trying to be irish they are just the most annoying people of all more so then the norther irish !! ….. as regards some of the nicest people in europe give me the spanish any day ..

    Comment by JAMES SMITH — April 5, 2012 @ 6:13 am

  627. To be honest, this website is dead funny, but it’s annoying when some people are taking these stereotypes so seriously!! it’s wrong, to hate an entire nation, based of an old war or assumptions ect…

    But yeah, as someone from england, I can definatly see, why we’re sterotyped as drunk and easy or whatever, and it’s probably because, when we go to another country on holiday, we often go with the intention to get drunk and party!! especialy if we’re holidaying in spain and portugal, there’s a lot of night clubs there!! (at least were i was staying!!)
    What we think of the rest of europe?
    To be honest, I’d say we didn’t have an opionion, on most of it, or at least we don’t think about it alot,…
    but heres what I think of them..

    France: lovely place, great culture.. but the people?..not so great. I’m sure most french people, arn’t snobby and arrogent ect, but when I went there, I found them to be that way… I think the nicest people there, were the asylum-seekers, and immagrents and homeless, who treid to con you out of money under the eiffel tower, because at least they were polite!

    Spain: I LOVE spain!! The people are freindly, and the whole place is sunny, and there is a lot of night-life, according to hear, spanish people are racist, but I’ve never seen that myself..

    Portugal: seem’d a lot like spain, or maybe it’s just because I visited a tourest area..

    Germany: I’ve never really spoken to a german, other than online, they seem polite if not a little arrogent and uptight, a lot of the older generation in britaian hate the germans for obvouis reasons, but thats in the past now..

    Italians; They seem kinda like a mix between the french and the spanish.. freindly but a little lazy, with good cooks and a rich colture.. The only italians i know are pretty much arseholes, but I’m not gonna base a country of them..

    Irish: my ancestors where irish that came over during the potato famine,(the famine was basicly englands fault!) I see them as happy hard-working people, and i have a lot of southern-irish teachers at my school, there all religouse, but nice, as teachers go…

    so yeah setoe-types, i wouldn’t take them serously, we’re all just people and we all seem to think our countrys the best
    (I don’t i want to live in america, were its sunny, but they still speak english!XD)

    oh yeah!! and I don’t care if the rest of the world hates it, british cooking is tasty!!! fish an chips forever!!XD

    Comment by hannah o'brain — April 7, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  628. I try not to base people of there nationalities, some people here, are taking it all to seriuoriusly, and are maikng themselves look stupid, by bigging up there own countrys, and bellittling others, I hate it when people act arrogent! Just remember we’re all people no matter where we come from, were not so different from eachother!! stero-types are fine as a joke, but i don’t get why some people have so much hate!! yeaht his websites funny, and I’m not personaly offended by setroe-typees of my countyry, it’s just the attatude, of some people here really makes me cringe!!

    Comment by alice k — April 7, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  629. The standard joke in Poland starts “Pole, Russian and German enter the bar(or anything else)…” hatred towards Ukrainians, Slovaks and Lithuanians is made up, I never met any sentiments like that in Poland.

    Comment by BackyardAsshole — April 19, 2012 @ 4:26 am

  630. Well I’m Indonesian and I have a German exchange student friend, his name is Felix. Well I must say that he’s a very nice boy with very nice sense of humor, even though he can be a bit cheeky sometimes. Felix and I used to play chess and bingo together in the class during recess, he cheated me during the game I can still recall :P that. He is also very knowledgeable, he knows quite a lot everything about Europe and Indonesia. I used to tell stories and asking everything about Europe with him, he also likes to show me all the good stuff from Germany and Europe. Me and my classmates love him so much, we really miss him when he went back home to Germany. We had so many nice memories with him, we used to joked about him, but we still accept him as a team mate, classmate, and as a best friend. There’s only one downside of him, he is extremely LAZY.

    Comment by Tiffany Cheng — April 23, 2012 @ 12:45 am

  631. Best Car: Germany and Japan (Audi, Toyota, BMW, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Honda)
    Best Cosmetics: France and UK (Lancome, The Body Shop, L’Oreal, Marks and Spencer, L’Occitane, MAC)
    Best Fashion: Italy and France (Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Channel, Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana)
    Best Chocolate: Belgium and Switzerland
    Best Butter: Netherlands and Denmark
    Best Furniture: Sweden (IKEA)
    Best Engine: Japan, Germany, and USA
    Best Musics: UK and USA

    Comment by mary — April 23, 2012 @ 1:24 am

  632. Fuck you! We Poles don’t fear the German pigs!

    Comment by Pole — April 23, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

  633. To commentator no. 609:

    Americans are considered ignorant because of the brainwashing from the media they have back in their country. The media always try to succumb the American society to be the sheep in the line, following all the media that’s really saddening. Especially Right-Winger medias like the Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are brainwashing the American society. Also, you must aware with the fact that there is a very strong anti-intellectualism in the U.S which contributes the American ignorance, they always think that being smart is “not cool”. The phenomenon is being called “Dumbing down Americans”.

    American are viewed as superficial because Americans are pressured to fit the “social standard”. So, they become more superficial due to the “social demand” in order to pursue the “social standard”. In America, if you don’t fit the social standard you might be shunned.

    Americans are viewed as being ill-educated because of the education system in USA, which doesn’t support the needs of the American society. Poor teaching method, lagging minority student (such as: Hispanic students, Black American students, etc.), poor teacher ability, and the amount of the tenure teachers A.K.A short term teachers in American schools. But now, Americans are struggling to fix their education system.

    I know my explanations are out of the topic, but at least I can give the answers of why some of the Germans view Americans like that.

    Comment by Tiffany Cheng — April 26, 2012 @ 10:45 am

  634. Greeks not Europeans? FAIL..even the word “Europe” is greek, anyway, here’s what we Greeks think of each nation:

    Germans: Efficient and smart. We like their country a lot, but most of us now think they hate us and want to kill us all lol

    Italians: Brothers! Many similarities and they are very cool people.

    Spanish, Portuguese: “Crisis Brothers” lol Anyway, we like them a lot, they are like us. I’ve been to Spain and people there respect Greek culture and like us a lot. It’s my favorite country!

    Turks: ENEMIES and Asians, don’t belong to Europe.

    Russians: Vodka, hot girls.

    Serbs: “Orthodox brothers” ! However, i see them just like any other slavic nation because i am an atheist…

    Croats: Beautiful country. Don’t know any Croats though..

    Albanians: Thiefs, immigrants, poor and muslims.

    FYR Macedonia: HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE THEM! OUR NATIONAL ENEMY, THIEFS AND BULGARIANS WHO PRETEND TO BE MACEDONIANS.

    Scandinavians: Rich, drunk all the time and cold.

    French: A bit arrogant but OK. Much more friendly towards Greeks comparing to Germans. And a really really beautiful country. They must be really proud.

    British: Love tea, love coming to Greece and having fun (too much fun, most of the time). Personally, i like them a lot, cool people.

    Bulgarians: Poor. What we don’t want to end up like as a country.

    Poles, Hungarians, Czechs etc: Nice countries….umm..that’s it :D

    Comment by El Greco — April 27, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  635. i think we need a (european) group hug after reading this …… gather round now ……..

    Comment by pottymania — April 28, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  636. P.S. @tats, (regarding Theo’s March 28, 2009 comment quote “[...] Romania: near Transylvania [...]” end quote) posted April 16, 2009, quote “I am American. [...] Transilvania is a town in Romania not next to. Making it seem like Americans are that ignorant is harsh.” : … why ?

    @BogdyBBA , you made me laugh.

    After two days going through this, this is the one I wanted to answer, even after so many years.

    I assumed the first statement was a joke. My fellow Americans, Transylvania is “near” Romania the same way California is “near” the United States. It is PART of Romania. It is not a town. It is a REGION. Like a little kingdom, get it? Ruled over by Count Dracula and his army of Chernobyl mutant vampires, who sparkle in the sunlight!

    Comment by Whygod — April 30, 2012 @ 8:28 am

  637. I have impressions about European countries like this:

    Austria: Home of the Mozart, Opera, and my favorite foods Chicken Schnitzel and Apple Strudel. But my friend told me that Austria is re-known for producing crappy musical Band Groups unfortunately. It’s mountainous area, Salzburg ever became the shooting location of The Sound of Music.

    Belarus: Ex-USSR country, very cold like Russia

    Belgium: Land of Chocolate, Beer, and The Smurfs. My friend said that Belgium has lots of tasty restaurants and places.

    Czech Republic: Beautiful capital Prague, spectacular nightlife.

    Denmark: Scandinavian country, produce nice Lurepark butter, my school shoes ECCO are made here. Famous for its Viking and Carlsberg beer, most of the people in Denmark are extremely happy go lucky from what I heard.

    Finland: Nokia land, that’s what my friend from Germany calls :D, sauna freaks. My Dad said that Finland is extremely cold, also very good education system. Quite famous for its unique but colorful clothes named Marimeko, my mom has one at home. I also think that Finnish people must extremely smart and serious.

    France: Very nice country with nice fashion and culture. French are arrogant, but their arrogant because of their nationalism sense, can a bit distance. Also, the French love good food so much, they always gather at the restaurant enjoying food while debating or discussing. I have some kind of special impression about France ever since I watched Madeline cartoon on the TV when I was young at Australia ( I was born at Australia). I also admire for their health care and quality of life. The women are re-known for being elegant, petite, and stylish. Famous for its perfumes and cosmetics, Eiffel Tower as well. My Dad ever told me that French are also very quality and culture conscious high class people, dad also ever said that city of Paris has the cleanest air among metropolitan cities that he ever visited, which is true when I heard that there’s a hot air balloon that can check the air condition, throughout the Eiffel light during evening . I wished if I could go to France next time.

    Germany: Nice cars, beers, and machinery that’s what I know about Germany. I always have good impression about Germany ever since I learn German at school, despite the fact that Germany had a dictator like Hitler. Hometown of my dear friend, Felix from Dresden of East Germany. My Dad ever told me if German food is too salty, too fatty, and too bland. Although I love German sausages like Bockwurst and Currywurst. Plus, I always heard from many people that Germans are usually “square-headed” just like what my Dad used to joke about Germans. The women are re-known for having big build and looked masculine.

    Greece: Ancient western civilization came from here, lots of statues and monuments. Parthenon is my personal favorite, but I also like Mykonos Island shown from the brochure that my Dad brought for me. Love Greek food, Greek Salad and Feta cheese are my favorites. I have my first funny impression about Greece since I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie.

    Hungary: Goulash and Bratislava, first impression about this country according to my friend. I always think that Hungary is famous for the meatball soup. My Grandpa had friend from Hungary, he told me that his friend was very intelligent and had a good sense of humor.

    Iceland: Small, cold northern country away from mainland Europe famous for its Geyser and Banks. Nearly bankrupt, but has a very strong independence. Bjork always remind me about this precious country, from what I heard the capital of Reykjavik voted as the cleanest city in the world.

    Ireland: Small country near Great Britain, far away at the northwest. Home of the redheads, drunks, Guinness, and green color obsessed people. Had a terrible history back during the Great Potato Famine. But Irish people always perceived as fun-loving, warm, and peaceful people. I also remember this country when I watched Leap Year movie stared by Amy Adams, my favorite movie.

    Italy: Pizza, Spaghetti, and Lasagna are my first impression about Italy. Very beautiful and ancient country, I love Colosseum and Pisa tower. I always wished if I could go to Italy for vacation, to see all the things from Italy. Italians are famous for being loud, witness from my dad when he visited Italy, he said that almost everyone in Italy speaks loudly. But sadly, the government there is very corrupted and infamous for its Mafioso. This country also remind me of Lizzie McGuire film from the Disney channel.

    Luxembourg: Mega rich European country, near Netherlands and Belgium forming Benelux group. Speaks a weird form of German from what I know. Luxembourgian also enjoy their wealth so much until they scared if they lost their money.

    Monaco: Casino, Monte Carlo come up in my mind about this country. Small Monarchy country at Southern of France, paradise of the gamblers, and has beautiful beach. I always remember this country from movie Monte Carlo, starred by Selena Gomez..

    Netherlands: Flat Northern European country below the sea level, always surrounded by the Dams and Windmill. Famous for its tasty cheeses like Gouda and Edam. Liberal people as well as tolerant with everyone, love flowers and weeds so much, they are also very tall, with the addiction of Beers. Wooden shoes all come from this country from what I know, also the national costumes are so admirable. Produces nice butters too, yummy.

    Norway: Rich Scandinavian country, produces oil and natural gas, famous for the salmon fishes. Has the highest human development index in the world, stunning Fjords, as well clean environment. There are lots of blonde haired blue eyed people here. Fond of Fish and seafood.

    Portugal: Mediterranean country, near Spain on Iberian peninsula. Crisis ridden, but has nice vacation spot for European tourist. Famous for its tea as well, very warm welcoming people, and they also love good music and dancing. Nice Port wine also come from here.

    Russia: Emerging economy boom after the fall of communism, famous for the vodka and ultra stunning women, although the people there are overly racist, cold, and rude. Love Moscow, colorful St. Petersburg Cathedral, and tasty food called Borscht soup. Very cold, far at the north, almost like freezing all the time brrrr. Famous supermodels come from here, highly paid for magazines.

    Spain: Matador, Paella, Flamenco, and Sunshine yup that’s Spain. Love the men, so handsome, romantic, and passionate. Sexy women all come from here from what I heard think about Penelope Cruz and Paz Vega . Very loud and welcoming people. But, most of them are very lazy, love to enjoy life, and never think about tomorrow. Fond of nap, look up siesta.

    Sweden: Scandinavian country, famous for IKEA and its stunning blonde girls. Likes meatball, lingonberry jam and caviar paste. My favorite group band ABBA comes from here, also home of Roxette my mother’s favorite group band when she was young. Feminism is quite extreme here, there lots of women who become feminist in this country. Swedish are the master of hockey too, they always excel in hockey. Home of the political correctness and gender equality.

    Switzerland: Rich country border to France at the west, Germany at the north, Austria at the east, and Italy at the south. Famous for its bank, cheeses, watches, and chocolates. People here talk very slow, clean, efficient, and precise. My dad always has a excellent impression about the Swiss (my dad has lots of Swiss co-workers), smart, and somewhat quite perfectionist. Has the most beautiful mountain called the Alps, famous spot for skiing. Nice Chalets are here, especially at Davos from what I heard. Wished to go to Switzerland if I have money.

    UK: Famous for the Queen, The Beatles, Mr.Bean, Big Ben, and London Bridge. Has lots of top universities like Oxford and Cambridge, or others. Conquered so many countries in the 19th century, forming Commonwealth Nations. Fish and Chips, Roast Beef, and English Breakfast become the national food of this country. I also have uncle lives here with my aunt. My Dad always has impression that British people are somewhat stuck-up and old-fashion, but very open and friendly. Too bad, they always like to get drunk way too much and have very bad lifestyle.

    Comment by Tiffany Cheng — May 6, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

  638. We, Poles, are really oversensitive and generally suffering from severe inferiority complex, I must confess:-) Nice article, educating comments on it;-)

    On the other hand – it’s a pity, that we were and still are recognised in Western Europe (Germany, Holland, UK, Scandinavia) mainly through our immigrants. To tell the truth: who generally has left our country and gone abroad? Not the intelectual elite at all;-) Scums, losers, semi-analphabets, fakers, thiefs – not able to cope with themselves here, in Poland, dreaming about a western paradise, going abroad without a penny and taking any job unseen – that is the main sort of our ‘ambassadors’ in the Europe. Of course, not all of them, but I’d say it’s ca. 60 per cent, unfortunately. With such an immigration, it’s really hard to have a better image in Europe:-) Unfair and generalizing, but true:-) The same refers probably to the Romanians, Bulgarians, Hungarians and other similar post-communist nations, who must be often ashamed to hear or read bitter words about them, based on some immigration-affairs.
    Reassuming to all: to get to know a country – just go to it, do not judge us by our immigrants:-)

    Comment by Slavek — May 7, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  639. Someone asked what Finns think about Estonians. I would say we mostly like them. Alcohol is cheap (like everything, though not as cheap anymore) and we like to come there on a cruise and obviously buy HEAPS of it. We find their language funny. There are many Estonian cleaners in Finland.
    I’ve heard stories of the “old Estonia”, when they couldn’t believe how high living standards we had in Finland.
    I love that Estonians speak quite often Finnish with Finns, and they understand it much better than we understand Estonian. Some (young) Estonians are very rude anyway.

    Finns hate Russia as a country. Yet we (most of us) don’t hate Russians. I have many Russian friends

    Finnish guys think Swedish guys are gay pussies. Yet they think Swedish girls are damn hot.
    Finnish girls think Swedish guys are gay pussies, but at least damn good-looking gay pussies. Swedish girls have carrot-orange skin, 10 kilos of make up and bleached yellow hair.
    Swedes are polite, though in Stockholm they want to speak English to me though I speak fluent Swedish (Finnish accent).
    It’s true that we don’t really care about winning, we just want Sweden to lose. Some Finns don’t want to admit it, but we kinda still like Sweden as a sibling.

    And to all you Skandinavians who complain about Finland being counted in Skandinavia; in English language Skandinavia actually often is used as a synonym to Nordic countries. Does it really matter? Most people bit further away wont probably even make any difference between example Finland and Norway or Sweden.

    Comment by suomalainen — May 18, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  640. @@@@638.We, Poles, are really oversensitive and generally suffering from severe inferiority complex, I must confess:-) Nice article, educating comments on it;-)

    On the other hand – it’s a pity, that we were and still are recognised in Western Europe (Germany, Holland, UK, Scandinavia) mainly through our immigrants. To tell the truth: who generally has left our country and gone abroad? Not the intelectual elite at all;-) Scums, losers, semi-analphabets, fakers, thiefs – not able to cope with themselves here, in Poland, dreaming about a western paradise, going abroad without a penny and taking any job unseen – that is the main sort of our ‘ambassadors’ in the Europe. Of course, not all of them, but I’d say it’s ca. 60 per cent, unfortunately. With such an immigration, it’s really hard to have a better image in Europe:-) Unfair and generalizing, but true:-) The same refers probably to the Romanians, Bulgarians, Hungarians and other similar post-communist nations, who must be often ashamed to hear or read bitter words about them, based on some immigration-affairs.
    Reassuming to all: to get to know a country – just go to it, do not judge us by our immigrants:-)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> YOU JUST ABOUT SUMMED IT UP WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW BUT U DIDNT INCLUDE IRELAND IN IT.. WE HAVE SO MANY POLISH OVER HERE ON WELFARE FREE BENEFITS 188EURO A WEEK FREE HOUSES FREE MEDICAL CARD SAND FREE CHILDRENS ALLOWANCE YOU ONLY NEED TO GO INTO ANY BENEFITS OFFICE IN IRELAND TO REALISE THIS .. OUR POPULATION IN IRELAND HAS GONE FROM 1% NON NATIONALS TO NOW 17% NON NATIONALS IN 10YEAR AND VERY SCARY STATISTICS WE ARE OVER RUN WITH POLISH MAINLY AND YOU WONDER WHY MY COUNTRY IS SO IN DEBT .. WE CAN THANK THE EU FOR ALOT OF WHATS HAPPENING IN EUROPE AND IRELAND HAVING TO HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY TO POLAND A COUNTRY WITH 52MILLION PEOPLE ,.. WHAT A JOKE ..

    Comment by JAMES SMITH — May 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  641. ********************************
    ***** G * R * E * E * C * E *****
    *********************************
    IS THE MOTHER OF EUROPE
    And anyone who Doesn’t know
    that is simply Uneducated !
    Read what the BRITISH PROFESSOR
    LIVINGSTONE says about
    ********************************
    ***** G * R * E * E * C * E *****
    ********************************
    It’s Not only Europe’s Creator
    It’s the Cradle of the Whole
    WESTERN CIVILIZATION
    Worldwide ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Comment by MARK — May 23, 2012 @ 3:53 am

  642. EVERYBODY IN THE WHOLE WORLD IS SPEAKING ***GREEK***
    PROBABLY WITHOUT BEING AWARE OF IT ! ! ! !

    For Example…. In Every Language Worldwide the Word TELEPHONE
    Derives from the ***GREEK*** TELE Which Means DISTANCE
    and PHONI which Means VOICE in the ***GREEK***LANGUAGE***

    Another ***GREEK*** Word is EGOIST
    EGO means I , ME, MYSELF IN ***GREEK***

    OREXI IN ***GREEK*** MEANS APETITE
    YOU ALL USE THE TERM ANOREXIA
    (NON-APETITE IN GREEK)

    And almost 45.000 other ***GREEK*** words
    that EVERYBODY in the world is using daily !

    And of course ALL the Terms in Sciences and Medicine are ***GREEK***
    Gynecology ——> GYNEKA = WOMAN / LOGOS = ABOUT, WORD, FOR
    Psychology ——> PSYCHE = SOUL, INNER WORLD, MENTAL
    Biology ————> BIOS = LIFE

    ….. and so on……

    Comment by MARK — May 23, 2012 @ 4:04 am

  643. very interesting stuff… well there’s always a hint of truth in every joke… after all it wouldn’t be around if it’s total lie :)

    i also see a lot of slavic stereotypes around here, and since i’m from Serbia (well, actually Vojvodina, northern province of Serbia… and i say it cause it matters :D ) i’m also gonna share some stereotypes with you folks…

    well, first of all, my hometown is multiethnic, multireligious and kind of a, in the end, multicultural place (Serbs, Croats and Hungarians). as far as we talk about religion we have catholic, orthodox and protestant churches, mosque and synagogue. nobody’s really taking this too seriously… or at least a lot of people see it as a part of your upbringing, but not that serious to be considered a path in your life which you must follow… more like a tradition that got stuck with you…

    like i said, i read a lot of stereotypes about slavic people, and i can just confirm them from my point of view… oh btw i’m what’s sometimes said to be a “real Vojvodinian”, or a little bit of everything (Serb, Croat + a drop of Hungarian background, raised in catholic religion)…

    Yugoslavians – well like in every other nation you’re shaped by you’re surrounding, so that being said there’s a lot of difference between people born and raised in city, or a town, or a village… but setting this aside south slavs tend to show great hospitality as long as you pay respect to some usual, or let’s say universal, manners… actually this goes for all other ex-YU nations… being good host is expected from everybody… as far as drinking goes, south slavs are no different then anybody else, but maybe with slight alteration, when they drink, they usually end up being drunk, but i would blame this love for good times and celebrations… party maniacs in one sentence…. now smoking tends to be a bit more serious issue cause here almost every second person smokes… lower prices of cigarettes and loose smoking restrictions make this thing a nation spread habit… cuisine is pretty much similar in all ex-yu countries and it’s widely influenced by past ruling nations (Turkey, Hungaria, etc.)… it also takes a central part of people life’s… now some things that are more-less part of whole nation

    Serbs – a lot of time tend to be very stubborn… this is usually the case with people that were raised in much more traditional way…. also things like bravery, religion and national pride play a vital part in traditional serbian family… also short tempered sometimes… this might be the reason why a lot of foreigners see Serbs as loud, violent, nationalists plus when you add some traditional-styled rituals…. it’s just exaggeration of things that every nation on this planet has….

    Montenegrins – first thing that is said about every Montenegrin (which is actually part of every joke) is that they tend to be very lazy and to avoid all sorts of work…. in rural parts of Montenegro women will do a lot of physical work… there is a lot of emphasis on one’s and one’s family pride…

    Bosniaks – tends to be described as dumb and naive (in jokes, even sometimes by themselves) but good hearted and positive people… and as first part varies from person to person, Bosniaks are usually very social and open to new people and will usually get along with everybody and show great hospitality (it is sometimes said that people from B&H with their mentality ones that were integral part in keeping Yugoslavia alive)

    Croats – beside possessing very similar if not the same social mentality, Croats, especially from the capital city of Zagreb, are usually seen as uptight, looking down upon their eastern and southern neighbours but yet praising western nations like Germany, UK and USA… beautiful women, beautiful sea, love of song, wine and food especially on the Adriatic coast…

    Slovenes – in Serbia usually seen as very quiet, reserved and serious… the richest republic in former Yugoslavia… people were much more influenced by Austria so their country is very clean, very well organized and they are somehow opposite side of their south-eastern neighbours… very liberal and art loving nation… because of some liberal views traditional people from Serbia will call them sometime gays…

    Macedonia – pleasure loving people… devoted to food preparing, making and enjoying good music…. very beautiful women and social people… sometimes seen a bit distant…

    some other countries

    Romania – well since gypsies make up a large part of romanian population the whole nation ended up being called gypsies…

    Bulgaria – usually underdeveloped… also older people will call them backstabbers… ther is a saying among older population “when war breaks out just attack Bulgarians, you won’t go wrong…”

    Albania – well i guess there is a lot Serbs can say about Albanians, especially because of the recent dispute over souther Serbian province, Kosovo…. but, usually they are seen as poor, undeveloped nation, with family having at least 5 children… also they usually own bakery…

    Hungarians – good looking and promiscuous women… excellent cuisine… beside that i can say few things more since i live in town that has hungarian ethnic majority… Hungarians are seen as very proud and somehow quiet (passive) nationalists… there is a lot of them born and raised in Serbia and yet they speak no (or very bad) serbian language… a lot of times they refuse to speak serbian even if they know it… also sometimes quiet and reserved… usually they have very thick accent when they speak serbian language, and on top of that they tend to mix some words (pronouns he/she/it cause they have only one pronoun) and mispronounce certain letters…

    as far as we talk about some other countries stereotypes go like this…

    Russia – big brother of Serbia… same religion, similar language…slavic brothers… very brave people… living mostly on vodka…

    USA – dumb, fat, ignorant… tend to think that majority of americans get education from action movies…

    UK – drunks…good music

    Germany – good electronics, good cars, porn movies

    Italy – Serbians tend to call them “frogeaters” …pizza, mafia…

    Greece – brothers because of the same religion…

    China – undeveloped… funny looking, funny talking… cat and dog eaters… rice eaters…

    Japan – good electronics

    Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Scandinavia, Canada,… – the true west for Serbians… bad weather, cold, but high standard…

    Comment by marko — May 25, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  644. Ni hao, I’m from Tianjin, China and I have quite a lot impression about European countries. Since there are so many Chinese people go to European countries for holiday or living abroad. We love each of the places, even though some Chinese people abroad have bad reputation for being rude and impolite, I’m really sorry for that but at least Chinese people love to appreciate European countries, enjoy their time so much there.
    We also have quite a number of influence from Europe here in China, especially at the coastal area where you can see quite a lot of European legacy in this area, we also have a very long and complex relationship with the Europeans since the ancient times, dynasty era, until now. The China is also connected to the Europe via Silk road which creates the Eurasia relationship, there are lots of Europeans traveled ( mainly Marco Polo) to the east and China particularly through this road in the ancient times, as you can see a lot of ancient European legacy. Created Sino-Europa relationship.
    Here in China the Europeans are often being called lao wai (old foreigner friend) or yang ren (people from accross the ocean), but we also have a bad name for them like calling them guilao (a.k.a the ghost man).
    There are some considerable amount European people living in China too, as far as you know. Here are what the Chinese people think about European countries:

    German: Beer guzzling industrious people, they always come to Qingdao, Shandong province for studying, working, or living abroad. Since Qingdao is famous for its Qingdao beer, so Qingdao attracts so many Germans coming to China and note that the Germans were first time settled in China, arrived at Qingdao. There is a German influence in China particulary in Qingdao Shandong province from the German settlers in China, which can be traced back at the 19th-20th century, the Germans inherited the violin and the beer making industry to the Chinese people in Qingdao, Shandong and finally it became the part of the Shandong province “ancesteral treasury” for the violin and the “ancesteral culture for the beer industry” in Qingdao. They also give a bit of their influence to China in Hainan island, they gave the Hainanese people piano and finally became one of the “ancesteral treasury” in Hainan. We also had some bad memories with the Germans during the Opium War which can be explained why some of the Chinese elderly quite dislike the Germans. There some Germans living in Shanghai too for working and investing, but too bad most of Chinese people in Shanghai have a bit of bad memories with them, which is can be traced back during the Western and the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and Opium War years ago, the Germans also give their influence in Shanghai if you see there are quite a lot of old mansions of the German dwellers at the old town of Shanghai in both Puxi and Pudong. We also have a German influence here in Tianjin, since you can also see the German mansion in the old town of Tianjin. In ancient time, the German Johannes Gutenberg ever discovered the old Chinese printing machine, and brought it back to Europe and claimed it as his own invention. Germans also love to come to China visiting Forbidden City and Great Wall of China, I love the Germans they’re very nice although there are so many Chinese people complaining about them for being stingy and sloppy when they’re coming as a tourist. Germans are often admired for their industrial behavior and the German products are loved here since the products are always made in a very good quality.

    France: The Chinese love the cosmetic and the fashion products, there are so many Chinese ladies of young and old age come to mall or the store for buying the products (as you note the considerable amount of the Chinese ladies coming out from L’Occitane and Channel). Chinese people also like to come to the French Supermarket, called Carrefour for buying food and snacks. The French are also highly admired for their culture here in China, as well as their way of life. Many Chinese people going to France for Holiday, and they’re also a lot of Chinese people living in France. Deng Xiaoping the Chinese leader ever studied politics in France, before he went back to China rebuilding China after Mao’s death. Chinese people always think that the French are very classy but a bit stuck-up and wearing too much perfume, however the Chinese admired their sense of style, we think the men are very romantic and the women are very elegant (they always associate french women with Carla Bruni :D). There is some French influence in Shanghai and here in Tianjin as you can see there are quite a lot French mansions, they also inherit the sense of the fashion that many of the Shanghainese posses now or the French restaurants in Pudong, Shanghai. However, we also have a bit of love-hate realtionship with France since the Chinese ever boycotted the French products during the Sarkozy visit to Tibet and during the Beijing Olympic in the year of 2008. French people also come to China as an Expatriate or as a tourist, they like Shanghai the most because Shanghai is considered as the Paris of the east, but they also like visiting Beijing. The Chinese people from Shanghai also have the same trait as the French people from Paris like rude, arrogant, fashionable, luxurious, and refuse to speak English when they actually can. Chinese people and Chinese ambassador always associate France with classy and sophisticated. Wo ai fa guo, vive la France:).

    Italy: China had a very long relationship with Italy since the Marco polo ever traveled here to China during the ancient time, their food like Pizza and Spaghetti got influence from Chinese Shaobing (Flat bread) and Chinese Lamian (Hand-made noodles). Italy also has a very long history like China as well (look up Roman Empire), they also have a grand history and grand culture like China as well. There are lots of Italian explorers came to China, particularly Marco polo learning Chinese culture and Chinese Philosophy which created a somewhat historical ties with us. There’s also one Italian explorer who ever met Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty in the real person. The Italians are highly admired for their history, culture, and fashion just as the way we appreciate the French. We also think the same about Italian men as the same thing we think about French men for being romantic, we also think the women are classy like the French women but more exotic and warmful. The Italian spaghetti is being called the Zha Jiang mian of the west, and the pizza is being called the Shaobing of the west in China. The Italians also give influence here in Tianjin as you can see there quite a number of Italian mansions here, as well as the Italian legacies. In Xi’an especially at the Silk Road area there a number of Italian influence too mostly because of the whole Marco Polo thing. I love Italians they’re awesome people just like the Chinese as well, they’re often come to China too for visiting Beijing and Xi’an. Chinese people and Chinese ambassador always associate Italy with exotic, ancient, grand, and well cultured despite the fact that they have mafioso. Italy is awesome, yi da li wo ai ni :).

    UK: We also have somewhat a number of influence from the British since long time a go particularly at Hongkong S.A.R where the British colonized there, as well as memories with the British both bad and good. Here in China we also have British influence in Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Beijing, Dalian, Hongkong and Hokien province as you can see many British legacy and old British style mansions or building especially in the old city part. In Shanghai there are many British style building and British style mansion especially at Pudong area of Shanghai, there are also quite a number of British style garden, but sadly people in Shanghai often have bad memories with the British and quite dislike the British due to the Opium War during the fall of Qing Dynasty and the western occupation of China. In Qingdao the British gave the Shandong people piano and modern musical notes, then finally become one of the Shandong province “ancesteral treasure”, the British also ever established their British Navy port during the Qing Dynasty. While in Tianjin the British gave their influence to the Chinese Navy army by teaching the Chinese navy the skill of fighting, during the Qing Dynasty era, they even gave the Chinese Navy military ship during the Qing Dynasty, here in Tianjin you can also see a lot of British old mansion. In Beijing the British ever almost seized China during the Opium War, end of the Qing Dynasty, they fought with the Chinese but they won, until we had to give Hongkong to them, but we got Opiums, this is the major reason where was the Forbidden City originated. In Dalian, they ever settled there and established their navy port and taught the Chinese army about fighting skills, you can also see the British mansion in Dalian. In Hongkong, the British influence is very strong due to the British colonization, lots of Hongers easily associate with the British culture, you can see a a lot of British establishment and British legacy at Hongkong, the Hongers can speak English because of them. Hongkong was the proletariat of the UK before the Hongkong hand-out to China in the year of 1997, there are also a lot of British people living in Hongkong. In Hokkien the British ever settled there during the Opium War era, so that is why the Cantonese still a bit sour with the British, even the British (and the westerners as a whole) being called “Angmo” (a.k.a red hair) in Hokkien dialect. Other than that, I just love UK I wished if I could.

    Russia: China also share the same history with Russia especially in the China communism era, where Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin maintained a close relationship. Russian are the ones who introduced communism to China in the end of World War 2, we had the same ideological view with Russia as well that time. Here in China, there are a lot of Russian live especially at the Northern China and the Western China border with Russia, I’ve seen quite a lot of them here at Tianjin. The Russians are often worked in China as a labor, they’re quite hardworking but sadly enough the women of Russia are known for being highly promiscuous here. And there are also Chinese people living in Russia, but they’re in minority. China and Russia always try to maintain a good relationship since we have the same background with Russians. Chinese men always find Russian women are extremely attractive, they always seek a Russian wife to live with.

    Sweden: Chinese people always come to Sweden for shopping, they also like the Swedish IKEA, buy the furniture in IKEA. There’s IKEA here in China too particularly in Beijing. Swedish people also like to come to China for holiday, I just really love them they’re very nice people as well as intelligent.

    I always read that the Europeans have somewhat a bad view on China, yes I do understand that’s because of our government. You should know that the Chinese society is now facing the oppression from the government. However, I still love Europe and I do believe that there are some Europeans who love China as well.

    Comment by Xinmei — May 27, 2012 @ 7:06 am

  645. I forgot, I have more explanation about Europe once more. My Goodness!

    The Germans together with the British are the ones who taught the Qingdao population of beer making, even though we made beer in the ancient time, but the Germans together with the British taught the modern technique . The French also taught the Chinese of modern wine brewing, although we also made wine from rice and grape in the ancient times but the French gave us the modern technique. The Russians also taught the Chinese of how to brew beer as well, especially at Harbin province along with the Germans.

    Bonus

    Greece: Same with Italians, awesome people with awesome history and culture just like China, they along with the Italians are the one who created the great European civilization. There is always a saying like this “the world would not ever exist without the Egyptians, the Italians, the Greeks, the Arabs, the Indians, and the Chinese”.

    Switzerland: Watch making Alpine dwellers, the Chinese like to come to Switzerland for holiday and skiing, we also like their Rolex and Tag Heuer watches. The Swiss also discovered the Chinese clock invention and they brought back to Switzerland then claimed it as their invention. Note that Chinese also ever made clock, water clock to be excact, if you believe it or not it’s up to you. But then the Swiss made it even perfect, after that they brought it to China and introduced it to the Emperor, the Emperor loved it so much. They also ever brought their first watches to China, the Chinese loved it so much, and the Emperor even highly praised for it.

    That’s all my impression about Europe, xie xie da jia have a nice day :)

    Comment by Xinmei — May 27, 2012 @ 7:48 am

  646. I am English and first want to point out that in EVERY one of these countries, the views of other countries will be DIFFERENT depending on the class of the people you are asking. The young working class in England will not even be able to tell you where most of these nations are. The old upper class will have views directly influenced by the world wars.
    I have traveled to many countries in Europe as well as outside of it, in fact, I’m living in the USA now , (I’m not a drunk trouble maker, though I accept this stereotype as many English people are) so here is my view on our continental cousins.

    The Welsh – Meh. People forget they’re there. They only come up in conversations about rugby, but they’re known on the negative for being too rural and having questionable relations with sheep, however on the positive, they are known for not causing trouble like the Scots.

    The Scots – Trouble makers, mainly due to the independence talk, which would be the final blow to the “empire” and a betrayal. Stereotyped as being kilt-wearing, log-tossing french-lovers. Also, they get a bad reputation for Glasgow having a lower life expectancy than Baghdad. Seen as universally unhealthy.

    The Northern Irish – Pretty good relationship, although this depends on religion. I have had a protestant Northern Irishman thank me for my country coming to make sure those nasty Catholics didn’t make them bow to the pope. Personally, I think they should readopt their previous flag, so as to set them apart as one of the four nations within the UK. They’re good people.

    The Irish – Luke warm relationships here. Much like the Scottish, our relationship mainly involves more hate directed at us than from us. The Irish potato famine and nail bombings are still a sore spot, as well as Catholic Irishmen who complain about treacherous protestants in Northern Ireland. They are known for their drunkenness (mainly because we have to have someone to point to and say “they’re more drunk than us!”). Some bad feeling for them not helping in WWII.

    The Spanish – Not quite as good as our relationship with the Portuguese. They’re seen as a little too laid back, and we envy their football victories. Other than that, not much to say, although any self-respecting Englishman will take a Spaniard to task if they try to “negotiate” the Gibraltar issue. Some might bring up their lost armada.

    The Portuguese – Great relationship. They’re seen as not being as lazy as the other Southern Europeans, and are fun loving people who forgive Englishmen of their many faults.

    The Andorrans – A combination of the best Spain and France have to offer. They’re not too consequential.

    The French – Very complicated relations. I agree with what someone above said. Totally opposed in culture, but we’re both self-involved and pretentious, so there is some common ground. They are stereotyped as cowards who surrender a lot, drink coffee and smoke to no end, although we’ll admit their cooking is much better than ours. Paris is also a nicer city than London. I think our tensions are more playful than most people think. It’s not real hatred anymore. It’s teasing and poking.

    The Monacans – There’s no such thing. Everyone in the country is a rich billionaire dodging taxes.

    The Luxembourgers – The most self-obsessed people in Europe. Will not ever stop telling you how rich and famous they are while they do that Zoolander “Blue Steel” look. We don’t like them much, but will tolerate their presence.

    The Belgians – We like the Belgians. We hate the Belgian government. It’s unfortunate that our historical love-in with the Belgians, who are ace chocolateers and spirited fighters, has been strained by the EU body in Brussels. The Belgian people themselves are nice, friendly, humble, and even if they can be dim, it allows us to dominate the conversation, which we love doing, because we’re arseholes like that.

    The Dutch – Mixed feelings. We admire their Germanic efficiency, but consider them the filth of Europe because they are associated with prostitutes and heavy drug use. It is considered to be common for the Dutch to give dildos on Christmas because they are horrendously open about things like that, which makes us uncomfortable because it is not ‘proper’. At least they are not as uptight as the Germans though.

    The Germans – It’s strange, but like a magnet, whatever major historical differences, something about Germany makes us love and envy it. We wish we were as efficient and hard-working. Yes, we fought in WWII (which does come up), but the French get more WWII crap than the Germans from us. Perhaps this is due to the fact that we are Germanic in origin. We find German to be our favourite of the European languages because it’s easy to understand, and we find the harsh authoritarian sound the accent has rather hilarious. We do wish the Germans would lighten up and not be so aggressive however. They’ll look for a fight with anyone.

    The Danes – We like the Danes, but don’t recognize them as real Scandinavians, or of Viking descent. They also refused the Euro, so we have a kind of kinship there in that neither of us thinks the Euro will succeed, and laugh a little as things fall apart. Danes are regarded as humble, although they have a strong dislike of Germans. We can mediate between the two.

    The Swedes – Literally, the Swedes are only known for having beautiful women and great furniture. There are no other feelings apart from arousal and a desire for well-made chairs when it comes to Sweden.

    The Norwegians – One of our favourite neighbours. We consider ourselves closer to the Northern European, Scandinavians than to the French or anyone else, and Norway is our favourite. We don’t remember the Vikings, and regard the Norwegians are rather placid and fun-loving, if a little traditional for our taste. They wear too much knitted clothing, and look alike, but we salute them for the Christmas tree they send us every year as a thanks for helping to liberate them from the Nazis. I’ll tell you this. I think the English get along with the Norwegians better than any other European.

    The Finns – Seen as very introverted, quiet, have Russia’s drinking problem, but aren’t violent. We recognize their strong hatred of Russia. We kind of like them, and will defend the FACT that they are Western European, even if geography says otherwise.

    The Swiss – We do secretly love the Swiss, even if we won’t say. They’re good at making clocks and are always neutral. They have great mountains and are really good at saving money! If we’re being politically incorrect, it is widely known that if you find a Swiss Jew to be your accountant, you’ve struck gold.

    The Liechtensteiners – Not much is known about them.

    The Italians – Terrible at fighting. We compare them to the French. Great cooks, but cannot fight a war to save their lives. We see them as lazy, incapable, and almost child-like, having to be taken care of constantly. Other than that, we can have a good time with Italians.

    The Sammarinese – Italians under a different name.

    The Vaticans – Italians who serve the Pope fanatically.

    The Austrians – Ethnically obsessed pianists who we have a reasonable relationship with. We like their accent because it sounds pretentious, like ours, but they’re nowhere near as efficient as the Germans. Vienna is known by all because of the Ultravox song, “This means nothing to me…. ahhh, Vienna.” Austrians are seen as rather friendly to other white people on the continent, but Heaven help you if you are a minority.

    The Hungarians – For some reason, they’re always hungry, and they have a very, very, very, very strong hatred of Romanians, particularly of the Roma persuasion. We can relate a little, because we don’t like gypsies, who short-change us on the Helter Skelter every time the carnival comes to town! We get along well with Hungarians.

    The Czechs – We regard Prague as one of the best cities in Europe, and the Czechs are people we feel a little indebted toward because we didn’t help them when they were invaded by Hitler. I guess we’re kind of indifferent beyond that.

    The Slovaks – Crazy, murdering former-commies. Yes, our stereotype has been completely coloured by the film, Hostel. But hey, it’s probably true. Slovakia has beautiful women, but is apparently devoid of men, and everything from the burned out factories to the corrupt police make it a depressing country, with some depressing people.

    The Slovenes – For some reason, they are thought of as ugly. I’m not sure why. This was probably a vicious rumour spread by Croatian immigrants wanting to discredit their neighbours. They are seen as friendly however, if a little introverted like the Finns.

    The Croats – There is a bad feeling towards all of Eastern Europe when it comes to the Eurovision song contest, and it mainly falls on Croatia. We feel they all vote for each other and cheat us out of a win (even though our entry is usually terrible) Croats are seen as kind of bland and uninteresting, if a little more confrontational than the Slovenes.

    The Serbians – Troublemakers. We don’t like them because they are more confrontational and angry than the Germans. They might just be our least favourite Balkan nation.

    The Kosovars – Very indifferent. We never meet any.

    The Montenegrans – They are a nicer version of Serbians, but aren’t very interesting at all.

    The Bosnians/Herzegovinians – Another group of people who we are largely indifferent towards, but we generally do not like countries that are overly friendly with Serbia.

    The Albanians – An Islamic enclave in Europe. Beyond their cool flag, we see them as sneaky, underhanded, and inherently evil.

    The Macedonians – We don’t know much about them. They seem to be a hybrid of Greeks and Slavic people, which makes for an interesting group who are both laid-back, but depressed. They do mention Alexander the Great a lot, and don’t like Greek laziness, which gives us some common ground.

    The Greeks – We don’t view them as being Balkan. They are fun and great to be around, but they are extremely lazy and demand the government cater to their every need. This means we will have a great time with Greeks, but will not form long-term friendships with them, as they become clingy scroungers after a while.

    The Cypriots – Good people in the southern area. Bad people in the north. In the south, they are like the Greeks, but not as lazy. In the north, they are crazy Muslims who swear allegiance to Turkey.

    The Maltese – They invented Malteasers. What’s not to like?

    The Bulgarians – We can relate to the Bulgarian wariness of the Islamic religion, so we’ll get along better than with most other Balkan countries. They are seen as more reliable than Romanians, and less likely to steal your stuff.

    The Romanians – Stereotyped as all being Roma or vampire. Kids in Romania sniff paint and glue in public in the capital, and paedophiles prowl every urban area. They are known for being money-grabbing and untrustworthy, but not as inherently evil as the Albanians. We’ll side with Hungary in an argument, and we’ll sooner hire a Polish immigrant than a Romanian.

    The Polish – Surprisingly, we have a lot of respect for the Poles, who work harder than most British people, but are a little more light-hearted than the average German. They have good fun, and I think we both like each other to some extent. We’ll fiercely defend Poland in a dispute with Russia.

    The Lithuanians – Seen in a very sympathetic light. We instinctively defend them in an argument because they are very much an underdog country, suffering under years of Russian oppression. They are seen as very loyal and loving, but defenceless in every respect. They are a child nation, like Italy, but we wouldn’t put them up for adoption.

    The Latvians – Very quiet, withdrawn, but lovable people. They are good natured, but shy, and like the Lithuanians, we feel a need to defend them. In fact, I once defended a Latvian who was being shouted at by some Russian supremacist.

    The Estonians – The Most capable and independent Baltic state. They get on with it. They’re intelligent, resourceful and mature and will avoid confrontation with Russians whenever possible, unlike Latvians and Lithuanians, who usually put their foot in their mouths and bad mouth the Motherland. We like them, but in a cold, distant way.

    The Belarussians – People who have no sense of national identity. They want to become one with Russia again, because it makes them strong. They are run by a dictatorship, and are generally more hostile than Ukrainians, who we like.

    The Ukrainians – We like them, as I said. We feel sorry for how they were brutalized by the Soviets and we also regard them as being rather beautiful.

    The Moldovans – Interesting little piece of information. Ukrainians HATE Moldovans. Especially if they live in the Crimea. They view them as identity-thieves and liars, as well as idiots. We don’t have much to say about them.

    The Russians – Finally, our vodka drinking, communist Cold War enemies. We can get along with them sometimes, but will quickly be scared off by how confrontational and arrogant they can be. They also drink worse than us, having vodka with every meal. The girls in particular are cheats and are often spoiled. The boys are condescending and jealous most of the time. Whenever a Russian threatens one of our Eastern European friends, we’ll jump in and call them a commie wanker.

    Sorry if these are TOTALLY false. We all have stereotypes. These are the ones I’ve found to be most commonly held among the people I know in England, but in all fairness. every country has good and bad people. That’s the way of the world.

    Comment by Dan Savlot — May 27, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  647. here in Poland we hate the germans a lot! only the germans!!

    DailyCandor: How come you’re posting from Germany, then? Maybe a German happy to justify hatred against Polish people?

    Comment by 1488 — May 29, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  648. @1488 – I heard the Polish did not like the Germans. I guess I was right.

    BTW, I’d like to retract what I said about Serbians. They can be very arrogant, aggressive and insulting, but after talking with a Serb, I understand why. They HATE Albanians, and anyone who supported Kosovo’s secession. This is why they’re pissed.

    Comment by Dan Savlot — May 29, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  649. Once again

    Netherlands: The Dutch ever settled in China during the 15th century in Hokkien province due to the spice trade along with the Portuguese, they also ever settled in Taiwan along with the Portuguese. And the Dutch were being called “angmo” (red haired) in Hokkien province and Taiwan just like the way they called the British, because lots of Taiwanese and Hokkien people associate the Dutch with reddish hair. They ever established the spice trade with the Spaniards and the Portuguese at the 15th century. Dutch people also were being stereotyped as a barbarian just like the way they stereotyped the Spaniards and the Portuguese. The Dutch like to smoke weed, just like the Chinese from Sichuan province.

    Spain: In the 15th-16th century the Spaniards were being stereotyped as the southern barbarians or the “nanban” by the Chinese because the Chinese greatly disliked them due to their barbarian like behavior. The Spaniards ever did the spice trade with the Dutch and the Portuguese at the southern province of China ( Hokkien and Canton particularly). But they’re also seen as lazy and welcoming people, they like to enjoy life and enjoy all the good things.

    Portugal: The Portuguese ever conquered Macau island as you can see the Portuguese influence in Macao and you can also see the Portuguese legacy in Macao,there are lots of Portuguese cathedrals too in Macau. Some of the Macanese also have Portuguese blood, they can associate themselves with the Portuguese traditions. Portuguese people also ever established a spice trade in the southern coastal area of China with the Spaniards and the Dutch. We also view the Portuguese the same like we view the Spaniards.

    That’s all

    Comment by Xinmei — May 31, 2012 @ 10:25 am

  650. @@@Comment by Dan Savlot — May 27, 2012 @ 9:04 pm you dont seem to have a good word to say about anyone haha !! cheer up mate !, i know lots of english people and believe i dont think your views are typical english as most i know are the same as us irish and we do not like the polish people coming over.. also we irish are nothing like the scottish and you english drink as much as us,, i know lots of english and i have family married to english people and i think your way off the mark, for starters we irish have no problems with english people as we have a enough problems at moment sorting out the economy .. plus the queens visit to ireland last year also proved that.. ill agree there are a few irish who are anti british but they are a small minority.. in ireland outside of irish .. english are the largest non nationals living in ireland then the polish… why polish are drawn to a tiny country over here in the west of europe i will never know the culture is different the language is different and just about everything else is different …someone posted on here that as regards polish we dont get the doctors lawyers or accountants or the educated ones we get all the crap, druggies and low life polish who most love out welfare system.. in poliand polish get 50euro a week dole over here in ireland they get 188 free housing free childrens allowance .. so we know why they like ireland.. yesterday in our news we had 150 brothels busted by the police and most were run ny polish and eastern europeans today we had a 1.5million euro drigs bust again all by 3 polish were arrested.. you only need to look at our local newspapers and every second crime in there is commited by polish be it for drink driving drugs robberies or other things … i persoanlly hope the eu collapses and all these polish have to get out and go home … as we are sick to the teeth of them underming the culture of a small country like ireland ..

    Comment by JAMES SMITH — May 31, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  651. My opinion as a portuguese is as follows. Spanish are equal to us and normally we don’t compare to them, but when comparisons are made we don’t like to fall behind, just like a younger brother. However, I never noticed any kind of real hatred between the two people. Regarding the rest of Europe, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweeden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lituania, and all the remaining northern countries are regarded as civilized and a role model. Germany is also considered to be very civilized, but at the same time powerful and intimidating. Italy and Greece are the nice cousins of Portugal. Concerning the eastern countries, we respect them as they seem to respect us. The only countries I have a strong opinion about are France and England, because we always had strong connections with them. They are both regarded as arrogant, but civilized and polite at the same time. I’m not sure if it is them that have a superiority complex or if it is us who have an inferiority complex. This crysis has really deteriorated our image and very few portuguese feel confortable in declaring their nationality outside of Portugal.

    Comment by XAVIER — June 2, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  652. POLISH ATTITUDE TO OTHER NATIONALITIES
    CBOS – POLISH OPINION RESEARCH CENTER

    CBOS (2012 year):
    WHAT’S YOUR ATTITUDE TO OTHER NATIONS
    sympathy neutral negative don’t know
    Czechs 58% 25% 11% 6%
    Slovaks 57% 25% 10% 8% Italians 55% 27% 11% 7% English 54% 24% 15% 7%
    Spaniards 53% 27% 10% 10% French 53% 27% 13% 7% Norwegians 52% 26% 10% 12% Swiss 52% 26% 11% 11%
    Hungarians 52% 27% 13% 8% Swedes 51% 27% 13% 9% Americans 51% 27% 16% 6%
    Dutch 49% 31% 10% 10% Austrians 48% 30% 13% 9% Danes 48% 27% 14% 11% Belgians 47% 29% 14% 10% Irish 47% 28% 14% 11% Japanese 47% 26% 18% 9% Finns 45% 29% 13% 13% Croats 44% 27% 18% 11% Germans 43% 28% 24% 5%
    Greeks 40% 30% 21% 9%
    Lithuanians 40% 28% 23% 9% Bulgarians 38% 32% 20% 10%
    Georgians 37% 29% 21% 13% Russians 34% 27% 33% 6% Belarusians 33% 32% 26% 9% Jews 33% 30% 29% 8% Armenians 33% 28% 25% 15% Chinese 32% 27% 31% 10%
    Ukrainians 32% 29% 32% 7%
    Egyptians 31% 29% 24% 16% Serbs 31% 30% 26% 13%
    Vietnamese 29% 27% 31% 13%
    Turks 28% 25% 37% 10%
    Libyans 26% 26% 32% 16%
    Romanians 26% 26% 39% 9%
    Roma 24% 20% 50% 6% Arabs 23% 20% 46% 11%

    ATTITUDE TO OTHER NATIONALITIES
    The best-liked foreign nationalities are Czechs and Slovaks: almost three-fifths have a positive attitude towards them. The attitude is only slightly worse in case of Italians, the English, Spaniards, the French, Norwegians, the Swiss, Hungarians, Swedes and Americans. Almost half of respondents sympathise with the Dutch, Austrians, Danes, Belgians, the Irish, the Japanese, and Finns. Sympathy to the nations mentioned above is several times more common than antipathy. About two- f i f ths of respondents express positive e m o t i o n s a b o u t C r o a t s ,Germans, Greeks, Lithuanians, B u l g a r i a n s a n d Ge o rg i a n s . Positive attitude is twice as common as negative. A b o u t o n e – t h i r d o f respondents express sympathy
    to Russians, Byelorussians, Jews, Armenians, the Chinese, Ukrainians, Egyptians, Serbs
    and the Vietnamese. Attitude to these nations is characterized by a small plurality of positive feelings, and in some cases
    positive and negative feelings are equally common. I n c a s e o f f i v e
    nationalities antipathy prevails. They a r e : Turks , Libyans , Romanians, Roma and Arabs. Antipathy to Roma and Arabs is
    twice as common as sympathy. A t t i t u d e s t o o t h e r nationalities are shaped by national stereotypes, historical l e g a c i e s , c u r r e n t s o c i o – e c o n omi c e v e n t s , p e r s o n a l experiences, and many other factors. For many years, Poles have had better attitude to nationalities living to the north and west of Poland, than to those in the east. Feelings towards nationalities to the south are ambiguous. This distribution of sympathy is associated with the stereotypical image of the rich, developed “West” and poor, backward “East”. This stereotype is confirmed by objective measures of socio-economic development, such as UN Human Development Index. From a longer perspective, it is clear that the attitude to a vast majority of nationalities has improved. Neighbouring states and their inhabitants are increasingly seen positively. In 1993, Czechs and Slovaks were the only nationalities from neighbour states who enjoyed the prevalence of sympathy.At present, positive attitude dominates in attitudes

    source: write in google: “ATTITUDE TO OTHER NATIONALITIES FEBRUARY 2012 – CBOS”

    Comment by JACK — June 9, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  653. In China the Russians were once being called “lao da ge” or big brother because the Russians also ever conquered China during the fall of the Qing Dynasty, and became our boss. Our relationship with Russians also ever cracked in the year of 1963 during the end of the Sino-Russia relationship.

    I also often read that Chinese people eat dogs and cats, yes some Chinese people may eat dogs and cats but not all of us. Only some people from the southern province of China, Guangdong (Canton) in particular. Nowadays, in the big cities of Southern China eating dogs and cats is forbidden, because it is considered violent. Northern Chinese people don’t have this peculiar eating habit, except the ones at Korean border of China.

    Chinese people maybe rude, but some of us are very nice people too you know, you should know that because of the bad habit that we still hold from ancient time until now, particularly at the north of China. As for the dirty thing yes I do understand, only the Chinese from the countryside of China are disgustingly dirty, but Chinese from the cities aren’t that dirty.

    Please don’t afraid to visit our China, our China is great too, there are lots of place that worth enough to visit, you’ll have your good time there I’ll promise. Me as a Chinese welcome you all :D, zhong guo wan wan sui.

    Comment by Xinmei — June 18, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  654. The Germans divide Spain in half by having half the country admiring their achievements and the other half hating their guts and thinking they are still Nazis. Same goes with the British which is another nations that divides Spain, as a whole we admire the British working basis but we think they are stuck up, racist and arrogant, two things they in return think of us, and that they drink way too much. Many people mistrust them due to historical reasons, and others think they are just American wannabes…which rings true…and keeping in mind the deep mistrust that Spaniards have for Americans, who we tend to see as warmongering and uncultured, things are no better this way…

    French are actually loathed by almost everyone in Spain but we tend to keep it grudgingly hidden because a lot of Spaniards have French family members, they are like our bullying big brothers, they are rude, arrogant and can’t grasp minimals of hygiene and somewhat they are sexy, refined and cultured at the same time. The fact that they engineered the fall of our Empire doesn’t help at all.

    The Portuguese are loved in Spain and Spaniards see them as brothers, Portuguese in turn see the Spaniards as condescended and hate them when they are in other countries other than Portugal or Spain, or when they are with non Spanish population.

    Spaniards LOVE the Irish also deeply, the Irish as far as I know have mixed feelings with the Spaniards. Spain has a deep love and fear for Russia…its complicated, we admire them deeply, even the ones that like Germany too, but at the same time we believe they are out of their minds the a day they are not sleeping…we would like to admire their achievements from a safer distance (let’s say…New Zealand)

    Serbians in Spain are seen as compulsive rapists, all Balkan countries (except Greece and Bulgaria) and Romania are considered burglars for statistical good reasons.

    Italians are considered pimps and are said to be amazing lovers, and curiously enough, soldiers, but also to consume many drugs, and that they fear commitment in relationships which isn’t actually a bad thing in Spain, mind you. We somewhat believe that they are similar to us even though Italy is way more industrial and rich than Spain…don’t ask me why…We also respect them deeply as we consider them some kind of father\cousin thing as we know that without them we would still be humping our horses and living in trees, to the point Castilian and Spanish kings declared the Empire to be an extension of the Roman Empire, which is bullshit but here you go.

    Poles are often seen as either Russians by Spaniards who haven’t traveled there or some kind of Baltic Italians, without the drug thing, they are seen as excellent lovers and a very work and party hard people but also as people who dislike commitment in relationships which we don’t have a problem at all really…

    Greeks even now a days are considered some kind of cradle for us, if Italians are our fathers, Greeks are our Grandfathers and the people we consider Western Civilization owes the most, even if our Queen was expelled from there. The first places of civilization in the Peninsula were Greek outposts and colonies.

    Dutch are highly admired for their social liberties and their achievements, and we strive to be like them and use them as example in the same way Britons use the Germans, for the good examples I mean. History freaks have a love\hate relationship, admiring that they got independence after fighting with us for 150 years and becoming some kind of “Vietnam” for the Spaniards. Even nowadays Spaniards love Dutch culture and art, the Netherlands is what we want to be when we grow up, except the ones that like Germany for some reason.

    Germans if I recall correctly started considering the Irish human beings well after the reunification of Germany, having them featuring in German zoos before that (they had the famous “No dogs or Irish” signs in pubs and everywhere)

    Polish: Poles as far as I know hate either Germans, Russians, or both actually, but this is just the older generations though, the new ones seem to get along with everyone.

    Comment by lol — June 18, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  655. As a Croatian living overseas I find it really sickening reading what most of so called Europeans think of each other. I guess current crisis is in a way reflection of all these attitudes. In all my years I haven’t seen one family that endured for long where people couldn’t stand each other to such an extent and I’m guessing any other union would not either.
    It is rather ironic that far away from Europe all these nationalities find easy to co-exist and in fact cooperate without any difficulties while most people back in EU can’t…What is wrong with all of you?

    Comment by Mato — June 18, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

  656. And oh, there’s still a myth about German women never shave their armpits and legs or even not taking shower by a daily basis. I know this rumor since someone ever told me that Germans have a questionable hygiene.

    Comment by mary — June 19, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  657. This is so funny, it really made me laugh out loud…please do not take this too seriously!
    I was born and raised in Germany but have lived abroad for the last 10 years. Yes, Germans are nerds and they do have a strange sense of humor, but once you get to know them they are quite nice.
    The truth is that we all tease and poke and make fun of each other, but really, we all respect each other in one way or another. Coming to think of it, we are all related in one way or another too, depending on what part of Europe you are from. Northern Europeans can trace their ancestry back to the germanic tribes (has nothing to do with GERMANY as we know it today though, I think the GERMANS were just too lazy to come up with a better name!) that is why english, danish, dutch, german, etc. are so “similar”. Anyway, so we are all cousins and who doesn’t enjoy making fun of their own family members. ;)
    Group hug and then let’s have a beer.

    Comment by Lola — June 19, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  658. 6. 27. 12

    Hi! I read the whole 107 pages of comments about what Europeans think of each other, who is left out, etc., etc…

    Regarding the Portuguese who still think about their empire, why shouldn’t they? It was an achievement. Others like the French talk about their achievements all the time–best wine, best food–and all that jazz. Portuguese wonder why they are not as well known as Spaniards, French or English for their empire. Well, part of their policies was to keep a low profile so that they would be forgotten and not attacked. That is why they did not lose as much as Spain did.

    Regarding which European nations or people I like the best, I would say: Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Germanic. I met a guy in France one time who told me that with his job he met English and German on vacation in France. When a French guy would come with his car and asked how long it would take to fix it, he would always get mad because it could not be fixed right away. With English and German, they would say: “Could you, please, tell me the nearest hotel where I could stay until my car is ready tomorrow.” I like that flegmatism.

    I feel that Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Germanic peoples are nicer because I like how they are calm in every situation. One of my favorite story took place in World War II in England. After the Fall of France, a Polish refugee in England asked an Englishman if he was worried now that France had fallen and that England was the last one to stand against Germany. The Englishman responded calmly: “No, I am not worried. We are in the Finals and we are playing at home!” I love it , I love it.

    I had the greatest teachers in France–I was born and raised in France. One of them told us that England had not been invaded since 1066. I liked that. Another teacher said that during World War II before the airmen went to fight, they would play soccer–sorry but even though I am French I have been living in America for 24 years– or football as they call it in England. I liked that.

    One time in France, during the 1970s, I met this German guy who was playing the guitar and he was singing Beatles’ songs. I liked that and we became instant friends. I felt then a fascination for German people and their culture.

    Germans are not cold or rigid. I lived with Germans in America. One of them was from Hamburg. Ernie was his name and he was hillarious. The other one was a girl from Bavaria. We had a good time.

    Because the French like to surround themselves with rules that make them appear cold, I think that they are more prepared to accept the German temperament than the British or American who are supposed to be more similar but because they are more laid back, in that situation, the French are closer to the Germans. The French are a serious people who like to look up to the best and try to emulate them.

    The French like to think about the future and save their money. They are not like the Spanish who spend it all and say: “when it comes to money we will worry about it tomorrow.” That is why Spain is in dire straits right now. They do not have the work ethic of the NorthWestern Europeans.

    You can tell about the division in France about the people. It is between North and South. Northern French immigrate to countries like USA, Australia and Canada, whereas Southern French immigrate to South America.

    When I used to live in England–for ten years–I used to hang around South Americans: Brazilians and Bolivians. They told me that in South America people wished they had been conquered by the English or the French because they would be rich. In one book about Brazil, I learned that Spanish and Portuguese are considered inferior Europeans in Brazil.

    In another book on South America, I learned that the Spanish never learn from their mistakes, the French learn from their mistakes after making errors. The English avoid making mistakes.

    I think when it comes to the French and English , I think this is true because the French are abstract and the English are more concrete or practical. The French like ideas and forget the reality. That is why they elected Hollande a socialist–the worst political party to have in power. Everytime they come to power, they have to move back to the center. Their policies do not work. I cannot believe that after Mitterand, they want another socialist. The worst part is that Hollande has no experience, just like Obama

    It is hard to get rid of the nightmare that socialism represents. Mrs. Thatcher had to fight every inch of the way to get things right again. The English learned the lesson. They never elected a truly socialist government again. Tony Blair had to recognize Mrs. Thatcher’s achievements and he never touched any of it.

    I think when it comes to the European Union, they need to create a federal state with English as the national language but with particular care for preserving local languages. Germany being on the continent can make sure to run things right because of their tendency to remain calm, work hard, be disciplined, etc.

    When it comes to the Constitution, the European Union should adopt English law. I have heard about the benefits of Anglo-Saxon law in France many times during the 25 years that I lived there.

    It is clear to me that Greece has been in too much financial trouble for half of its time as an independent country. It does not take that long to get it right. Look at how Germany bounced back after World War II. They had to go through humiliation of defeat and destruction of their land and property.

    Based on that, I do not think it is fair for countries who are not willing to pull their own weight to be in the European Union. They got it wrong when they set up the requirements. To be a democracy is not enough. Because of that I think that the countries that should be part of the European Union should be those who are more like Germany: hard working, save for the future, be disciplined, etc. For other countries to be accepted, they would have to rise to a higher level of achievement economically.

    It is nice to have a culture where people are warm or where they have good food or wine, but they does not pay the bills and that does not bring stability in a region. We need something that gives confidence in a successful system of government like work ethic, financial responsibility. Hang on Mrs. Merkel , you are more right than you think

    Comment by Bertrand Feuvray — June 27, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  659. European’s all have so many opinions about each other because we have all spent so much time killing each other.

    Still, I’m from London and my close friends are French, German, Danish, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian, Hungarian, Australian and American. We do joke about each other’s culture, but it’s light hearted.

    Most of the differences are not nationality, but WHERE in the country you are from.

    People from big cosmopolitan cities (and I mean proper ones like London, Paris, Berlin, where you’ve got a big mix of black, Asian and white) tend to be less racist. Like, it wouldn’t occur to my generation in London that racism is acceptable.
    But people who live in towns and the countryside where everyone’s white, they’re often racist, they sometimes don’t even know it.

    I know loads of Poles/Czechs who moved here, loved Hip-Hop and didn’t think they were racist, then they actually MET black people and hated them!!

    Comment by Battleofstamfordbridge — June 28, 2012 @ 9:14 am

  660. China and Europe is connected through the silk road which can be traced back during the ancient and dynasty era. A lot of our ancestors were trading with the Europeans that time, we exchange our goods with them then in turn they give us their goods. We trade silks, papers, and porcelain then they in turn gave us gold, jewelry, and carpets as a gift to the Emperor. Then the Marco polo came to China in order to discover our land, he returned to Europe and made a journey book about China. Marco polo is the first man who introduced China to the west.

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — June 29, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  661. Well I’m Chinese, at my above posting that’s the entry. Sorry if I didn’t give anything to say because I was a bit confused, but I suddenly remembered what to write based on my experience. I met quite a number of Europeans when I took my European vacations and staying for a few weeks. Here are what I think about some Europeans, just for an impression.

    Dutch: Tall weed smokers and dairy consumers who are very tolerant and liberal, they’re known as very efficient people. But they’re very stingy unlike the Americans who are very “generous”. Sometimes, the Dutch can be very judgmental about everything and they like to complaining quite a lot. In terms of relation, I find the Dutch are friendly welcoming people.

    English: Calm gentlemen who are very calculative and can be a bit two faced if they show up themselves. They’re seen as cold people at the first glance, but after met the English I think the English are very warm people. English people don’t like to gush around with strangers, they just don’t take the piss off it either. They like to enjoy small talk about everything while busy drinking tea or reading newspaper. However, they’re also very stiff and old fashioned people who are proud of their history and culture.

    French: Somewhat boastful and chauvinistic about their identity and their country, the French like to worry too much about everything and a bit judgmental for their own sake. They are seen as very serious people who are sophisticated and elegant by nature. French people are proud about their language, history, and culture until they have to protect them like crazy. They also don’t gush too much with the strangers which make them appear cold and distance. Once I know the French I find them quite nice. French people are a bit snobby sometimes, though I don’t mind because well at least they’re not cheats or crooks.

    Germans: Chinese of the Europe, hardworking people who always want to try their best, very efficient too unlike the Chinese who are not as efficient as the Germans. In China, the Germans are seen as cold, stiff, withdrawn, serious and proud people who don’t take the piss off from other other people. That is why in Shanghai they’re being called ” Ge man” or ” Jie men” which means uninteresting or indifferent. The Germans I met are indeed cold, stiff, and withdrawn at the first glance, after I know them they’re quite interesting and intelligent. Like the French, they’re proud of their history, culture, and language even though not too extreme like the French.

    Italians: Loud, friendly people who are proud about themselves and like to speak with funny gestures. The Italians are not very efficient like the Germans but much more relaxed people. They drive their car like a mad man who got drunk too much, they don’t have much self control. Italians are seen as impatient people who like to rush about everything any time, which I view a bit ridiculous sometimes. But I find the Italians are very interesting and funny people who like eccentricity and loudness just like the Chinese who talked as loud as the Italians. They are also very close to their family, enjoying life together while relaxing their days over. Proud of their culture, language, and history as well. They never ashamed to be Italians.

    Swedish: Polite calm people who are extremely intelligent and tolerant, the ones I know are quite interesting and fun loving. Swedish people are very self controlled, they always want to do it enough just not too much or too little. It got something to do with their “lagom” culture they believe. Most of them I see are very blonde until their hair appears white or colorless to me, maybe that’s because we Chinese people have very dark hair like almost blue-black sometimes.

    Spaniards: Warm and welcoming people, very laid back people who never think about tomorrow just enjoy themselves. Even though some of the Spaniards are quite racist. But when I went to Spain only quite a few are racist, not that much of racism. Like the Italians they’re very loud people who have no volume control, witness that when I sat besides a group of Spaniards. But in the not so good aspect, they’re seen as lazy and spending too much money, in the 3 o’clock they like to sleep until 6 o’clock, this is the part of their habit which is called “siesta”. Spaniards are proud of themselves and their identity for being Spaniards, very nationalistic.

    Swiss: Slow speaking, tidy, precise, and efficient people live in the Alps. The Swiss like to speak slow and do everything in the slow pace unlike the rushed Italians. They do it very carefully it’s like they never miss a thing. I like the Swiss chocolate, Swiss clocks, and the Swiss very nicely made and very high in quality. Swiss people are seen as very clean and punctual people even though they can be a bit weird sometimes. Obsessed with tidiness, punctuality, and perfection which I view as a good thing. Swiss people are diverse from each other because they have the German part, French part, Italian part, and Romansh part.

    Greek: Lazy people, like to enjoy life and are now in crisis stake because of their country is bankrupt. But I think them as a very proud people, who are proud of their past for being the cradle of the European civilization. The Greeks enjoy drinking Ouzo and eating together with their relatives or friends just like the Italians, they like to gather with their families.

    Austrians: Laid back and relaxed version of the Germans, they’re proud of their heritage for having a royal empire of Hapsburg. Austrians at the Vienna are a bit rude at the beginning, after I know them they’re friendly, much a bit friendlier than the Germans. But like the Germans, they are efficient even though they’re not as efficient as the Germans. But I think them as quite efficient at some parts.

    Belgians: Friendly and welcoming chocolate masters, rivals of the Swiss in chocolate making. The Belgians are very laid back people especially the French speaking Belgians. Flanders (Dutch speaking Belgians) are slightly more efficient than the Wallonians (French speaking Belgians), who are more relaxed than the Flanders. Belgians also like to enjoy beer, chocolates, and restaurants since in Belgium there quite a number of restaurants. Fries obsessed people as well, they like fries so much.

    Portuguese: Same with Spaniards, lazy, and welcoming warm people who like to enjoy life. But I think they’re much calmer and much more introvert compared to the Spaniards. Portuguese people speaks the weird form of Spanish from what I heard them speaking, I find the language sounds unique. They like beaches the most just like the Spaniards, there are lots of nice beaches in Portugal so this is why the reason they like going to the beach.

    Finns: Japanese of the Europe, smart, clean, efficient, but depressed people. I find the Finns are quite open minded, even though they have somewhat a bit grudge with Asians like me at the beginning. I don’t mind it though because the Finns are quite nice to me when I met them. They also share the same trait of Japanese like smart and depressed, have the Russians vodka drinking habit but not violent and harsh like the Russians. Cell phone makers, I like their Nokia phones and their software product Linux (just as nice as the Windows).

    These are based in my experience, so don’t take it too seriously. This is just for impression about Europeans and if there is something not accurate or offending I’m sorry, this just a good fun right? Xie xie

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — June 30, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

  662. sorry if my comments are doubled because my computer sucks, but in the number 662 you can see some correction of the sentences. For once I’m rally sorry, xie xie.

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — June 30, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  663. Spanish people are not all white. When I took my class on the Spanish Southwest (Southwest part of USA), we also had to learn about Spanish people. We learned that Spaniards depending on where they live in Spain are Black, Arab and Europeans. Because the Moorish Past had to be suppressed with the Reconquest by the Christians, people of African, Arab ancestry had to become Christian and therefore Spanish.

    Because of that Spanish people with dark skin think they are better than Mestizo from Spanish America because these Mestizo are part Indian even if their skin is less dark than those Dark skinned Spaniards.

    Without looking hard to prove this, I found two Spaniards–one male one female–who proved this point. The spanish guy said he had lived in Argentina and that there there were Indians with dark skin and he was condescending about it. I could not believe it when his hair was frizzy and his skin was black. The Spanish girl took a German class with me. I was running the French club during that time and a mestizo from Ecuador came to my class. We talked and found out that we knew that arrogant Spanish girl. The girl from Ecuador told me that she was roommate with that arrogant Spanish girl. They argued about their skin color and about their origin. The Spanish girl said something like: “yes I may be black but you are a mestizo.” The girl from Ecuador told me that many Spanish speaking South Americans go to Spain and when they go back to Spanish America they have nothing good to say about Spaniards.

    As a Frenchman–naturalized American citizen– I do not like Spanish people because of what they did to the Indians in the American Continent. Spanish culture is a typical example of an inferior culture that took over superior cultures. They won not because they were better but because they had horses and guns. But their legacy in Spanish America is terrible. They exported their laziness there. That is why in Spanish America people there consider Spanish people to be inferior and they say that if they had been conquered by the French or English, they would be rich today.

    Spanish people do not learn the lesson. They keep repeating the same mistake again and again. No wonder that they are poor when they say that they have always been poor and that they will always be poor and consequently why do anything about it. I feel sorry for North Americans to have such countries as neighbours which inherited that mentality because it does not matter how much money you give them they will never make it. Even when they do better it does not last. They just do not have the stamina to keep going.

    I do not think much of Italians either. I feel sorry for the Germans in World War II to have had Italians as allies. They were useless. Every time the Germans took important positions back and leave it to Italians to defend they would lose it again. In the end they used Italians as office cleaners.

    In World War I when General Pershing of the U.S. Army arrived in Europe, he made the following discovery: the English and the French had separate commands and helped each other at times. Concerning the Belgian Army, the French could not wait for the day they would leave France. And when it came to the Italians, he found that they were below contempt. A typical report from the Italian headquarters went like this: “today we did not lose a single ship, they never left the harbour.”

    When I took German, we had to translate stories from German into English. One of them was about a German on vacation in the Canaries–a Spanish owned island off the coast of Africa. He started to watch a very different phenomenon that he had never seen before. This Spanish man would go to fish at about 9 O’ clock in the morning until noon. At noon he would pack his fishing gear and lay down on the sand and spend the afternoon there. He did that for a week and finally the German went to ask him a few questions. The Spanish man explained that in Spain people have their siesta, etc. Work days are short, etc.
    The German explained that instead of sleeping all afternoon, he could fish some more to earn more money and save it for the future if he did not need it now. The Spanish man said; “No, here we work in the morning and that’s it. We do not worry about tomorrow but for only today.” The German said: “yes but with all that money saved up you could eventually buy a boat and to at sea to use nets and catch even more fish.” The Spanish again said: “no I have enough for today. ” Then the German said that ” when you have made a lot of money then you can buy a plane and locate the fish and send the boats there.” The Spanish insisted that what he earned was enough.

    People in France are so stupid, they think that the Italians and the Spanish are like their brothers because they speak latin based languages. Maybe the languages may have something in common but not the mentality of the people of these three nations. The French like to think of the future. They like to save. On vacations, other people have known to have said that the French have money. We may not work as hard as the Germans but we are nevertheless more like them.

    That is why France’s orientation in Europe is always toward countries that do better because France wants to emulate them. They may make a lot of mistakes and be stupid about things but there there are right to look for good examples to follow.

    That is why I think that countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece and other Eastern Countries with similar mentalities should have never been allowed to join the European Union.

    France has mixed ancestry like the Franks who give France its military culture genius and Gallic–Gaulish from Gaul–who gave France its sense of humour and mentality or temperament. But it is not the dominant influence–Gallic–that makes France excel. It is the Germanic influence from the Franks that makes France excel. If there was more Frankish influence and less Gallic influence, France would be a more successful country. Because of that it is too bad that Germany did not make France more German in 1870 because it would have been a good time to do so when France experienced a very low birth rate and Germany had then one of the highest birth rate in Europe.

    A more Germanic or more Frankish France would have brought more stability in Europe. There would not be that lack of respect toward authority. After all if the French insist in being French which is a word that comes from the name France and if they insist in calling their country France, they should know that as Franks, they are Germans and should speak a German-based language. Not much of French has a german influence, only the accent. All the rest comes from Latin or Greek. French does not have a large number of words. They could do what the English did and join two languages together –Norman French and Anglo-Saxon–to create one. English has about five times as many words as French.

    If it had been as I say above, France would not be there to be a pain in the ass in European affairs. In most issues in Europe France is always the trouble maker and England the problem resolver.

    One way that the Germans could have avoided English jealousy if Germany had taken France and kept in 1870 would be to divide France into two parts and give the English the Western part from the coast near Belgium all the way to the Spanish border and use the Rhone River as a border between the English and the German part. And then they could have sent immigrants there to outnumber the French and get rid of that frivolous culture. Germany would have had access to the Mediterranean and would have been able to be a better counter weight to the Russian threat. Too bad politicians would not take the time to see what better things could have been achieved.

    Comment by Bertrand Feuvray — July 1, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

  664. There are 3 major races in Europe which have formed countries like:

    -The Germanics (Germany, Austria, Denmark etc )
    -The Latins and Latinized (Italy, France, Spain etc)
    -The Slavs (Bulgaria, Russia, Poland etc)

    Greeks are not part of those races. Also when when the populations of those races expanded in Europe the Greeks diminished due to the Turkish occupation.

    Of course there is the fact that Germanics and Latins competed with the Greeks over the use of the term Roman Empire for their countries during the middle ages. Yet the Greeks fall to the Turks so the Germano/Latins won that contest and expanded further.

    The Greeks don’t relate to Germano/Latins due to Race and Religion (catholics) and relate a little bit with the Slavs because of Religion, but not Race.
    This makes the Greeks a stand alone country and Race.
    Yet we are Europeans.
    There are some negative eastern cultural leftovers due to the 500 year occupation by the Turks but hopefully after some time they will go away.

    As far as other countries go

    Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese: We like them. We consider them warm, fun and with rich culture and history

    Germans: Until recently we respected them like we do the Scandinavians for their organization and standard of living. Now, since they are bleeding the country due to a debt that the people didn’t create, we conceder them Nazis who put money before human lives and have no regards for any kind of justice.

    Dutch: Drugs hookers and pedophilia. Something isn’t quite alright with them

    French: We like them. Rich culture, cuisine and we consider them cultivated. The heart of Europe. We do however consider them a bit “soft”.

    Swiss: Neutral, and global Bank reserves. Tax evader’s dream.

    Irish: We think they are crazy in a good way

    British: We dislike the fact that they come to Greece in the summer get drunk and run around naked shitting the streets and behaving like animals. Plus they stole ancient monuments which they still haven’t returned. Uncultivated and imperialistic snobs. Other than that they have good football teams.

    Scandinavians: We like them. We respect their organization, society and high standard of living. We think they are a bit cold and most likely to be depressed.

    Albanians: We dislike them. We have tons of illegal Albanian immigrants here which cause many crimes.

    Serbians: We like them. Great basketball players and we have good relations since the Middle Ages

    Russians: Orthodox power house. We consider them an ally since the Americans tend to screw us over and over again. Lots and lots of Vodka.

    Skopians: We dislike them. They are Slavs who try to usurp Greek history and culture by claiming that they are Macedonians, when even the dumbest people know that Macedonia was an ancient Greek kingdom. They can’t even pronounce the name Alexandros properly and they claim they decent from Macedonia.

    Other Slavs: We only know that they were communist.

    Romanias: Dracula!!! People think that they are Slavs when in fact they are not.

    Turks: Definitely not European by any reason. I think people would rather have Satan or the orcs from lord of the rings dominate the world rather than the Turks. They nearly destroyed our entire culture and almost annihilated the population with genocides. Now they keep threatening us with war over the Aegean Petrol reserves. We spend a shitload of money for military because of them. They are still occupying half of Cyprus. Turk is a synonym for savage here. Capable of any kind of atrocities.

    Comment by Haris — July 2, 2012 @ 6:54 am

  665. The English are the funniest people in the world and very inventive. The French have great style and culture. Germans are organised, the Italians unorganised. The Spanish and Portuguese have a rich history and good climate. The swedes and Norwegians are a bit strange but the finns and icelandics are weird.
    The Russians are cold, the polish are decent people the Czechs cultured. Belgiums are boring but not as boring as the Swiss.
    The Bulgarians are crooks and the Albanians and Romanians can’t be trusted, the Serbs are to serious about themselves and a little paranoid. Croatians outside of Dubrovnik are good welcoming people and the Bosnians are a bit like the Irish always thirsty and amusing.

    It’s a great debate but a shame that an American as caused a discussion between ourselves. As for the Greeks I can’t help having some sympathy for the turmoil in there country. Generally there are good and bad people in each of these countries an some of the charachatures are true to a small extent. On my travels I have come across exceptional acts of kindness from people in England ( not so cold people) , I have met a funny German ( just the one though) , French woman I have found to be friendly ( even the married ones! The Dutch are laid back but blunt but good people! Some I have missed out due to lack of knowledge.

    I have travelled around the world and lived in America for a while but Europe is the best for history, culture, diversity, humour and colour. It’s great to be European!

    Comment by Euro master — July 5, 2012 @ 6:45 am

  666. I am half Irish and half English . I have lived in both countries and also Scotland and in my experience the scots drink more then both the irish and English.
    Also in my opinion there are small differences between the Irish and English but largely they are the same. The Irish are less self conscious then the English and will care less what people will think of them. The English humour is faster and sharper but only just. Both have generally a good caring attitude and love to laugh!

    Comment by Anglopaddy — July 5, 2012 @ 7:35 am

  667. I am English and I am European. I have lived in the USA and I would never go back there. We have such rich diversity here in Europe and anyone that harbours stupid hatred towards other countries is uneducated. All countries have at some stage offended others through crazy or greedy governments, surely no one takes stereotypes seriously?
    On my own people I have met lovely kind and inspiring people as well as nasty unpleasant ones.
    I have met lovely French , German , Danish , Irish , Croatian , Portuguese and so on! Governments make mistakes people are people! X

    Comment by Greatbrit — July 5, 2012 @ 8:35 am

  668. I´m swedish and a friend of mine (a croat) once told me about ” the thing” between serbs and bosnians. According to him they are the same kind of people exept that the serbs thinks (as the new sellouts croats) that the bosnians are kind of sellouts. A long time back since the ottoman-era, when the turks conquered that region – one part of the people stood up and fought for their freedom (serbs), while the other part joined the turks, changed religion to Islam and got paid for it instead of fighting the mob. I dont know if this story is true but its a possible reason and shows more how complex the Yugoslav- history is (and other nations histories for that matter).

    Comment by Mattias Mushroom — July 12, 2012 @ 7:41 am

  669. I live in France and i must say that french ARE arrogant. I doesn’t mean that they are bad people, but they are usually rude with everybody. They are used to be like that. In some countries people try to be polite with others, in France that is seem as a form of hypocrism. (not exactly, but don’t know how to explain). Why would you be nice to a person that you don’t know? They are also very direct.

    Im not saying every french is like that, but I do believe that it is kind of a general tendency.

    French dislike the Swiss, British, Portuguese (for being poor in France) and Americans.

    Comment by Pierre — July 17, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  670. We, French, are so rude and obnoxious that France remains in 2011 the first touristic destination. Not bad for a hateful nation.

    I don’t think the English, the Dutch, the Spaniards, the Italians, the Poles, the Swedes and the other Europeans are more hospitable and humble towards foreigners.
    When you’re in a country, you have to deserve respect.

    France is neither a Club Med, nor a motel and nor a museum. It’s a counry who has been built by one people during more than 20 centuries.
    I notice that those who blame the French for being nationalistic are also nationalistic. For example, the British, the Italians, the Poles and the Spanish think it’s normal to take their flags each time their countries celebrates a national day or celebrate a sporting victory. However, some don’t accept the same case about the French.

    Comment by Alexandre — July 18, 2012 @ 2:26 am

  671. “The most striking characteristic (to their minds) was how the Portuguese have an incredibly strong tie their history – namely their long-defunct empire. Numerous anecdotes, such as the Weather Reporter who after giving the forecast in the Azores and Cape Verde always says, and now the forecast on the “Continent” – referring to Portugal.”

    Sorry, pal! Wrong analisys. The Azores and Madeira are islands and are part of Portugal. They are authonomic, which means that they have a regional parliament and president, but they are part of Portugal. They send MPs to the national parliament in Lisbon, and their regional laws must comply with the national Portuguese laws.
    Because the Azores and Madeira are islands, they are referred to as island (insular) Portugal, whereas the part of Portugal in the euro-asian continent is referred to as continental Portugal.
    The Cape Verde islands are a different story. It’s a former Portuguese colony, but it’s nowadays an independent country. It’s never mentioned in weather reports as island Portugal. The weather reports on the Portuguese TV related to Portugal never include Cape Verde. It’s Madeira and the Azores what are included, not Cape Verde. Your friends are mistaken.

    Comment by Joao — July 20, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  672. “think you got the part on the Spanish wrong. They tend to stay in their country, do not speak any other languages and whenever they leave Spain they keep talking about Spanish food and how bad it is everywhere else. They tend to ignore the Portuguese even though they are their only neighbours except for France. To go to Portugal on holiday for the Spanish is like going to Poland for a German.

    Comment by Alex — February 20, 2008 @ 9:13 am ”

    Not really! Portugal is full of Spanish tourists. However they only started to come Portugal in huge quantities in first years of the 21st century. Before that they used to come only by easter to Lisbon. Spain is also full of Portuguese tourists. Spain sells cheap holiday packages (often cheaper than the Portuguese ones) throughout Europe, and Portugal is no exception. Some items such as gasoline and the VAT have always been lower in Spain than in Portugal.
    If you hear an European saying that the Portuguese never go to Spain on holiday, he’s just making a wrong assumption.

    Comment by Joao — July 20, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

  673. “259.The Portuguese hate the spanish for messing up their reputation and the english for messing up their night clubs and beaches with loud-mouthed-drunkness, the south parts are practically ruled by brittish tourists in the summer.

    The portuguese are considered brazilian by the spanish and spanish by the rest of europe. Portuguese however wish to have nothing to do with their former colony and are very piky about the fact that their language is different from both spanish and brazilian dialect, even if the difference is minute to a foreigner.

    For some reason they seem to have a soft spot for the italians and eastern europeans, possibly because of sharing their standard of living, set much below most of the rest of europe, especially germany and the nordic countries.”

    We don’t hate the Spanish. They’re really nice people. We just do not like that pushy insistence done by Europeans and Americans to watch Portugal (and Brazil) through a Spanish “colour filter”. You may go to South Africa, India, China or Japan to find out that Portugal is quite known, often more known than Spain. It’s in Europe (baaaahhh…) and the US that Portugal is overlooked and “Spanified”. OK, I admit I really hate that…

    Also we do not have the standard of living of the Italians. Italy has higher living standards than Spain because it’s in the center of Europe. It’s tends to be looked down though, while Spain is sometimes overrated. Germany is also overrated. The area of Dresden for instance has slightly lower living standards than many areas of Portugal. Are you forgotten about the years long economic stall in Germany?
    Eastern Europe is a very large area with many countries, cities and regions, and very disparate living standards among them. Would you put in the same bag the living standards of the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Moscow, Moldova, Georgia or Ikraine?
    Only the ignorant ones do that.

    Regarding Brazil, yes, many Portuguese think that they do not speak correct Portuguese, but that’s not my opinion. Brazilians speak Portuguese. It’s dialectal. They have their own version of the language, with a different accent and a few different words. It’s yet the same language.

    Comment by Joao — July 20, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  674. I’ve posted three comments here. It’s strange that two of those comments were deleted. Why?

    Comment by Joao — July 20, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  675. I think that this European Union is a complete nonsense. As a Frenchman who became a naturalized American citizen, I laugh when Americans refer to us–the French, the English, the Germans, etc.–as Europeans. There is no such thing as Europeans, just a geographical area on the massive land called Eurasia. The English are English and the French are French. It is too late to unite. Look at the mess in countries like Italy, Spain and Portugal and Greece and Ireland. They blew any chance to build this so called “Europe”. Nothing surprises me. The only intelligent people in all this are the British who stayed out of that Euro zone

    The English tried to think of things before deciding. A good idea is a good idea only if it is going to work practically. The French who think they are somebody think of an idea and if they think it is great they implement it. Bad, bad bad!!!

    Luckily the French learn from their mistakes. This is better than the Spanish who never learn from their mistakes. Other nations who do not learn from their mistakes are peoples like the Portuguese, Italians, Greeks.

    So right there, you can see that we are not on the same wavelength. ON the continent of Europe the only you can trust are Germany and the Germanic countries and, Scandinavia. The rest are big troubles.

    They should never have allowed countries who cannot save for the future like Spain become a member of the European Union. Spanish people only worry about today. Regarding tomorrow ,they say “we will worry about it tomorrow.” At least the French like to save and think about tomorrow. But they are at the bottom of the list of the capable countries of Western Europe…

    Bertrand Feuvray

    Comment by Bertrand Feuvray — July 25, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  676. I secretly put my respect on the Scandinavians (particularly the Swedish), the Swiss, and the Dutch. I viewed the Scandinavians, the Swiss, and the Dutch as my role-model that I can learn from them. I also like the Spaniards, the Italians, the British, the Greeks, the Austrians, and the Portuguese. I also like to admire the French and the Germans, but I sometimes feel a bit intimidated by the French because of their “haughty” upbringing. And I also feel a bit intimidated with the Germans as well, because of their cold and uptight upbringing. I feel cool with the Dutch, the Spaniards, the British, the Greeks, the Austrians, and the Italians they’re kind of pleasing to me. The French and the Germans stunned me a lot, but they also surprised me quite much.

    I respect:

    Scandinavians: Because they’re known for their extremely high living standards and their sense of calmness, they’re also very self-controlled about doing everything. They like to do everything the best for any kindness, trying to make the world is a better place. I also find the Scandinavians are extremely attractive and well-behaved, they’re cool people by nature also kind and considerate. Scandinavians are also very strong educated people who has the dedication of the efficiency and durability.

    Swiss: Because of their sense of tidiness, punctuality, organization, efficiency, and they’re sense of cleanness. The Swiss are also very competitive, innovative, and well-educated people who like to try doing their best. They like to appreciate talented and creative people who wants to struggle in life to achieve the best. Swiss people are very well-organized, they like to do everything very carefully and avoid making any mistake. They’re also very disciplined and punctual, they never get late or being lazy. And I also like they way they live, they’re healthy clean people who has some of the highest life expectancy in the world, second/third after the Japanese.

    Dutch: Because of their sense of tolerance and friendliness, they’re very kind to the other people who are different than them. Even though I find the whole “stingy” thing is the drawback for them but still I don’t mind if they’re “stingy”. They like to express their expression of life, never afraid to be different than the others. The Dutch are also very hospitable, well-educated and knowledgeable people.

    I like:

    The Spaniards: Because they’re laid back and fun to be around, they’re also very warm welcoming people. They know how to enjoy life and taking their time for having fun. The whole racist and lazy thing I find to their drawback, must be corrected next time. Spaniards never get to much stress and over worrying about everything, finding something else to enjoyed in life.

    The Italians: Because they’re warm, cultured, unique, and eccentric people who like the sense of artistic and creativity of aesthetic. They’re proud of their history, culture, and language always maintained as their main tradition. But Italians are careless and lazy which I find as their another drawback. They know how to enjoy life and making something which is artistic and pleasing.

    The Greeks: Because of their sense of pride, culture and nationality as the people who invented the European past. They’re laid back and warm as well like other Southern Europeans. Due to the crisis, they’re very wasteful of money and only depending on the government this must be corrected next time. However, they’re very family oriented and well-cultured people, never denied they’re own identity as the Greeks.

    The Portuguese: Because they’re calm, welcoming, and know how to enjoy life. Just like Spaniards they’re fun to be around and never get stressed too much in life.

    The British: Because they’re calm, friendly, and has a excellent sense of humor which I simply cannot forget. They’re also very calm people who never take the piss-off from other nonsense people. They’re comical people, always make me laughed and amused all the time. However, they have the craziness of football and beer.

    The Austrians: Because they’re friendly and care for the environment, just like the Swiss but less competitive. They’re also very fun to be around, amusing in the not very comical way.

    I admired:

    The French: Because they’re very refined and elegant people who has the great sense of culture and aesthetic creativity, pretty much like Italians. The women are classy/elegant, know how dress well and the men are very refined/groomed with a very excellent taste. But I find the whole arrogant and pretentious thing to be their biggest drawback, should be toned down next time. French people are also very serious and conscious people who try to make something more pleasing for the culture, which I view is good. At the same time I also like with the fact that French people are cultured and well-mannered. They have their biggest pride of their identity, culture, history, and language always make something become artistic like the Italians.

    The Germans: Because they’re hardworking, industrious, never give-up, diligent, and try to do their best in everything they working on. Germans are very efficient people too with the great sense of technological conscious. They like to think and invent something different for the humankind, that is why a lot great scientist come from Germany. Germans are very good at making mechanical things and has some of the best products around, gaining a lot of fans in China. I know that Germans had a terrible past for being Nazis, but I already forget that because Germans are nice people now. They’re always struggling in life, after defeated so badly in the war they suddenly wake-up and start building their country. That is why Germany now become the economical and industrial giant in the Europe.

    About other Asian countries I give my opinion, since I’m Asian myself (Chinese in particular):

    We share our greatest complex relationship with the Japanese, they’re being hated so much because of the historical wars they committed. But in the same time, some Chinese people especially the young ones admire their technology and culture viewed them as courteous. We also quite like the way they live nowadays, they live in a better condition than us and are very intelligent. A lot Japanese like come to China for holidays and seeing the monuments, we also like coming to Japan for buying electronics.

    We also have the complex relationship with the Koreans, they’re hated by us because of some historical reasons. But we like to admire the South Korea dunno for the North Korea, in China we like Korean electronics and Korean entertainment (Films and Musics). Some Koreans also live in China as a labor or as a entrepreneur, they’re stereotyped as a rude Kimchi eating people.

    We highly admired the Singaporeans, but dislike the fact that they’re become anti-mainlanders in the recent years. We admire they’re standard of living, disciplinary, economical progress, and efficiency also jealous the fact that they’re better educated than us. Singaporeans are also viewed as discipline, intelligent, honest, trustworthy, and hard-working even though they’re very robotic. We like to come to Singapore for seeking jobs or shopping, there are so much things to do in Singapore I love it there. There some of us living in Singapore too as well, but in better condition and better behavior.

    We also like to admire the Hongkongers for their efficiency and living standard, but hate the fact that they hate us and look down on us. Hongkongers are also viewed the same with Singaporeans but less robotic. Some Chinese people like to make fun the Hongkong men for being effeminate and “pussy”. They’re sometimes being stereotyped as “dog-like” and arrogant in the not so good aspect, but I find it not all true. Some of us live in Hongkong as a worker or as a entrepreneur, but in better living condition.

    Taiwanese are hated in China because they’re seen as overly nationalistic, arrogant, chauvinistic, and they like to hate us. But we quite like their technology and their products in China, they’re also admired for their sense of efficiency.

    That’s all I want to say

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — July 27, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  677. Bertrand, the problem is not about country x or y. It’s the dysfuctional structure of the euro, imposed on European countries without referendums and supported by bribed politicians, that it’s the problem.
    It’s is pointless to make southern Europe the scapegoats by a self-destructive system imposed in most part by Northern Europe.
    The debt crisis is created by artificially raising interest rates on Southern Europe based on biased ratings done by non-independent and non-impartial American rating agencies. Most of the debt owed by Southern Europe nowadays was not borrowed, it’s the self fulfilling result of high interest. The consequence is misplaced as the cause. We can see that the financial system can easy manipulate the flow of money everytime there’s a financial crisis (the Anglo-Saxonic one, aka, the real one). This is not denial. It’s fact.

    We have now Northern European countries such as Germany, earning loads of money with the difference in interest rates, while southern Europe strugles. Very convenient as cushion against the Anglo-Saxonic crash of 2008. In the case of Germany, with many loooong years of economic stagnation and high unemployment, this comes as if they have won the lottery.
    No wonder why it’s Germany who wants to keep the euro – not the other way around. The notices in contrary are just plain media bluff.
    Greetings from Portugal.

    Comment by Miguel — July 29, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  678. I’ve found this to be an extremely entertaining thread, so I’ve decided to provide a (stereotypical) Finnish perspective.

    Russians – Without any doubt, Russia is the country that is most despised here in Finland due to historical grievances. Recently, our relations with the Russians have become warmer but we still don’t welcome them with open arms when they come to our country speaking Russian and thinking that we can speak it as well. We sneer at them very often and perceive them as unintelligent communists that don’t have general knowledge about anything else except vodka and their own country. Surely not all Finns think this harshly (at least I don’t) but it’s clear as a day that we don’t like Russians. The only positive thing we can come up with when speaking of Russia are the gorgeous women.

    Swedes – Kind of a mixed bag. We don’t exactly hate them, but we are not very fond of them either. Most of the dislike we’ve formed against Sweden stems from their language – we absolutely HATE the fact studying Swedish is mandatory in school. We Finns also ridicule Swedish men because of their mannerisms, high-pitched speaking voices and appearance, which we find to be effeminate and homosexual.

    Danes – We are generally on good terms with them.

    Norwegians – We have nothing against them.

    Icelandic people – They’re a friendly, mysterious and beautiful people. We like them!

    Estonians – We generally like them. To the delight of many Finns the booze in Estonia is cheap and women are pretty. We also like the fact that the Estonian language resembles Finnish. Some Finns think of Estonia as sort of a smaller brother to Finland due to the perceived similarities between the two countries.

    Germans – It’s difficult to say exactly why but we Finns often look up to Germans and think of Germany as sort of a big brother to Finland. I guess we’ve always had more or less warmer relations with Germany than any other European country – after all, they did aid us during World War II. Additionally, German cuisine is very popular here.

    Americans – Another mixed bag. We generally find them to be friendly and extroverted (which, surprisingly, are traits that appease us even though we are often perceived to be extremely shy and introverted) yet we also have a tendency to think of them as… well, a bit arrogant and not knowing virtually anything about Europe. We will also likely be extremely irritated if an American mistakes Finnish language as Swedish, which has happened to me on more than one occasion. Despite these “quirks” we often seek acceptance and recognition from Americans and other historically strong countries.

    Dutch – Tall, blonde and blue-eyed. Enjoy cycling and smoking weed. We have nothing against them.

    Poland – Polish immigrants are sometimes sneered at but I can’t say we dislike Poland either.

    Brits – Similar to Germans, British people are also often looked up to by us Finns yet it’s hard to say why. Well, maybe not looked up to but still liked.

    Well, there’s a few countries and some Finnish perspectives on them. Don’t take what I posted to heart, most of the things listed here are pretty much nothing but stereotypes and I am most certain that not all Finns feel this way :D

    What do I as a full-blooded Finn think of the people of my country? The stereotypical perspective of Finns is that we are quite shy, insecure and uptight. I myself do not find this stereotype to be exactly true having met hundreds and hundreds of Finns over my lifetime. It is true that we are shy at first – which usually diminishes quite quickly with familiarity, however – and that we really don’t have any sort of small-talk culture here which is why I guess tourists may get the picture of us being quiet and rude. One thing that does match the “ordinary Finn” stereotype is our fondness of alcohol. We consume a lot of it and the consequences are sometimes unwanted – we have a tendency to get aggressive and intrusive when drunk which irritates me to no end.

    Yet there are a lot of good sides when it comes to Finland and Finnish people. The educational system is excellent, sports are popular and the country in general is very safe and peaceful. One thing that almost all Finns are more or less proud of is our unique language. And despite the shyness perceived in the majority of us, to my experience there are also plenty of extroverted, fun-loving an relaxed Finns out there – it depends pretty much on where you look. I guess the older generations of Finland are closer to the stereotypical quiet and shy Finns whereas younger generations (of which I am a part of) are more laid-back and outgoing. It seems like the traditionally quiet, shy and introverted Finns are finally learning the noble art of relaxation after all :D

    DailyCandor: Quiet and shy, yes, but uptight? I wasn’t aware that was a stereotypical trait of Finns.

    Comment by Deth — July 31, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  679. About Romanians: resent the Russians because of historical reasons, but love the Russian writers, painters etc.
    Dislike the Hungarians because those still think Transilvania should belong to Hungary and because they consider them to be arrogant and self-delusional brain-washed pricks.
    Like: Spaniards, Germans, Austrians, Serbs, French and Italians (less and less though, because of their racist attitudes), Turks, Bulgarians, Greeks, Portuguese..
    Hate: the gypsies and the confusion many Europeans make betwen “Roma” term and “Romanian”.

    Comment by Vicky — August 6, 2012 @ 7:16 am

  680. About Slovenians: They are in a way proud of themselves, they are very educated and they are extremely clean and seem very distant people. They are rather blond than dark like other west slavic people. They are very sure and very proud about their routes and beautiful women and hard-working people. They like Americans.

    Comment by Adriano — August 12, 2012 @ 7:31 am

  681. From a Greek perspective (not MY perspective but merely the general feeling Greeks can be said to have of these nations):

    The French – They’re quite well received by the Greeks. No particular stereotyping from the Greeks. Maybe something like “Their language sounds gay”

    The Italians – For some imagined historical reasons, we think we’re culturally close (I don’t). There’s also the idea that we’re somewhat though not entirely, genetically related (Magna Grecia, etc). No negative stereotypes.

    The Germans – Appearances to the contrary, we do not at all dislike the Germans. On the contrary, we wanted to emulate them and we have always liked the German people. Do not rely on the media or the newspaper for the views of the average Greek. Media = circus whose customers lust after exuberant gestures and name calling. The only negative stereotype I can think of is not really negative (imo). It’s the classic Germans being robot-like & cold.

    The Scandinavians – We like em. Our former PM, George Papandreou (he is part-Swedish) even said he wanted to make Greece the Denmark of the South (to which I would respond… “LOL”). Women are hot and people in general are quite decent. I think the same Germanic stereotype would apply here though, imo, as I said, I don’t think it’s particularly damning. Being “cold” often is the manifestation of not being a complete joke.

    The Belgians – I don’t think anyone has anything to say about them. Neither good nor bad. Though it must be said that the Greeks are generally biased towards Europeans of any kind – in a good sense. They associate “European” with good things. So the Belgians, being Europeans, would be assumed to be… “good”. But not much else will be known. Love waffles :D.

    The Dutch – Same with the Belgians.

    The Swiss – Bankers. Rich. Making money from corrupt politicians and Arab monarchs. Or something like that. Again falling into the Belgian/Dutch camp.

    The Spaniards – Greeks seem to think we’re close to the Spaniards (because they’re Mediterranean) but I personally don’t. Chicks hot, cuisine’s nice. We also like their sports teams (football, basketball, etc).

    The Poles – not to be taken as an offense (I don’t agree with it and I do think it’s offensive) but due to the influx of Eastern (Poles are central but same thing applies) European immigrants after the fall of the SU, Greeks tend to stereotype Eastern Europeans as being either cleaners or prostitutes. Now this does not mean that if you tell a Greek you’re EE, he’s gonna think of you in this way. Unlikely. But many immigrants from these places do menial jobs.

    The Czechs – Nobody knows much about them. I think Greeks believe Czechs are Russians or something. But no stereotypes as far as I am concerned. BTW, author, the Czechs can not be considered a bright spot in Eastern Europe since the Republic is located in Central Europe.

    The Austrians – Much like the Germans? I think Greeks believe that Austrians and Germans are pretty much the same (I have no idea, personally).

    The British – We know them the most out of the aforementioned groups (along with the French and the Germans).
    For some reason, the British but not the French or the Germans are stereotyped as imperialists. It should be noted that the Great Powers (England, France, Russia, Germany) were heavily involved in the creation of modern Greece. It’s a very long story but the Greeks view the British as always trying to interfere in our internal affairs – we think they treat us like children. Some Britons have written remarkably racist things about Greece and in general, Britain was always seen as very fond of the Turks to actually be a “real” ally.
    Again I don’t actually agree with that but I’m giving a general picture. British women are not held in very high esteem (even though there are many marriages between Britons and Greeks – just from my school years, I knew several students of both Greek and British descent) and men are seen as … gay (homosexual) and strange (again, I don’t agree). Also young Britons are stereotyped as hooligans with no sense of those around them (I actually agree with this as far as British tourists are concerned)

    The Irish – Not much is known except that the Irish are heavy drinkers and that Oscar Wilde was an Irishman! (not many people know about Joyce even though he wrote Ulysses). But otherwise we’re quite indifferent to them.

    Comment by Em — August 13, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  682. What kind of research was done on this? Is there a scientific report which proves this is correct? or are these just your own personal, self acknowledge thoughts based on what you have seen and asked the…10 europeans you know?

    If it really is a scientific research, what were the parameters? Which variables were taken and which were left out? (Keep in mind I’m just talking out of my ass; I wouldn’t know scientific research if it bit me in the ass.)

    Comment by Dutchy of Netherlands — August 14, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  683. People in China are generally picky about Europeans due to the past and the contacts we had with them. Though they their contribution is enormous China, we have tons of European legacy here. Chinese in general like the Scandinavians, Swiss, Dutch, Austrians and Belgians becasue they’re known as civilized, intelligent, and refined. Also find the Spanish, Portuguese and Italians to be amuzing yet sexy or romantic, we think them as a warm fun-loving people. They are very highly opinionated about the French, Germans, Russians, and the British due to their agressive past especially in China. British are viewed as snobs, imperialist, calculative, and cold but very well-mannered and cultured, while Germans are viewed as cold, proud, distant, agressive, but very serious and punctual. Russians are viewed as cold, violent, agressive, and imperialist but their women are known as good looking and the men are known as being strong even though they’re extremelly alcoholic. French people are viewed as arrogant, chauvinistic, hypocritical, cold and pompous but cultured, romantic, charming, and refined.

    In Europe, the Chinese are known as humble, hard working, polite, and modest in the good aspects. But also known as greedy, backwards, dirty, agressive, and calculative slicks in the not so good aspects. This the general views from them based in my experience with them. They also don’t really like our goverment, but as a Chinese I must say well that is due to the result of communism rule in China by Mao Zedong as the pioneer. Europeans are weary with our products because of the quality, yes but not to generalize not all Chinese products are badly made some are good depends on the brand.

    About other westerners outside Europe we generally like the Australians, Canadians, and the New Zealanders because they’re known as open, welcoming, and laid back people. Some Chinese peoople like to emigrate to these countries for studying, working, or coming as a immigrant citizens. Americans are greatly hated/disliked in China because they’re seen as greedy, imperialistic, arrogant, shallow, and ignorant. Yet we share our great love/hate realtionship with the Americans since they’re our rivals in economy. We pretty much like their musics and movies, their sense of freedom, and their awesome technologies but we don’t like their government especially George. W. Bush who gave a bad name to Americans everywhere. Some Chinese people think that USA is a cool place for holiday and studying, they also like to migrate to USA for seeking better life oppurtunity.

    P.S: Not all of us eating cats and dogs it is just the Cantonese thing not Chinese in general, plus we don’t eat babies anymore it’s disgusting and getting old.

    Comment by Xinying — August 17, 2012 @ 12:09 am

  684. The other countries in Europe are rarely discussed in these terms in England as far as I am aware, Although the press sometimes sensationalises stories from abroad. The only thing i noticed was the french portrayal of our country during the olympics, everything about us seems to be despised by them. Food, transport system, people, economy, athletes, weather, all are denegrated in every article i have read about us. I do not hate the french or france, but like most other Brits, getting tired of this constant barrage of abuse.

    Comment by jeff — August 17, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  685. Chinese people in the modern days now tend to respect the Europeans as whole, we think that Europeans are civilized and laid back people. But we Chinese also like to think that that they’re somewhat lazy and living under the welfare state, in the not so good aspect. A lot Chinese people concerned with the European Sovereign Crisis (especially Greece), and scared that one day Europe will be doomed. That is why we must create a better relationship in order to save the economy, we don’t hate you we love you. There are also a lot Chinse going to Europe for studying nad living as a an expatriates, they do this in order to find their future.
    But as Chinese, we sometimes have somewhat inferiority complex with the Europeans and concerned with their views about China. Racism and prejudices are the two main concerns of the Chinese when they’re abroad, a lot Chinese think they have bad image in the Europe. Some of us still worried that europeans like look down on us and treat us like a second class citizens. However, I do still believe that people changed nowadays due to the globalization and that image can be changed.

    Comment by ?? — August 19, 2012 @ 12:54 am

  686. People in China are generally a bit picky with westerners (especially Europeans) due to the contacts they had with them. I live in Sichuan by the way, there quite a number of European expats here. Now I’ll give you my take regarding European Nations, this is based on what the Chinese perceive them plus my personal experience. If there’s something offensive, I’m really sorry at least I’ll give my best to try.
    Dutch, Scandinavians, Belgians, Swiss, and Austrians are greatly liked in China, they’re seen as intelligent civilized people who are very reserved and efficient. A lot Chinese view them as well educated and have the best living standard in the world.

    They’re very highly opinionated with the French, British, and Germans due to their aggressive past. Germans in China are viewed as punctual, arrogant, cold, proud, and serious, they’re the ones who are settled at Shandong during the 19th century. German products are loved in China, a lot Chinese like to drive German cars and using German technology for industry. French people are seen as arrogant, chauvinistic, refined, hypocritical, cold, yet romantic and elegant a lot Chinese have fascination with the French culture (especially among the well educated ones). French people like Shanghai and Beijing the most, I’ve meet quite a lot of French expatriates there. British people are seen as cold, arrogant, distant, judgmental, imperialistic, yet polite and calm they’re the ones who make the most expatriate community in China along with Americans and Australians. These people are sometimes criticized for their past and their country policy, sometimes loathed and sometimes accepted as well.

    Russians are viewed as the big brother of China due for historical and political reasons, both china and Russia have political and economical ties also share almost the same history. There quite a number of Russians living here especially at North Eastern and Western China border to Russia. China and Russia both tried their best to mend such a good relationship since very long time ago, even though our relationship once cracked in the 1960s.

    Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, and Portuguese people are seen as amusing and frivolous by the Chinese in general. We pretty much like their culture and their “live for partying” soul. Their culture are highly admired in China, lots of us also wished to go to their country for holiday and enjoying sunshine.

    That’s all I want to say, bye.

    Comment by xinying — August 21, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  687. most fuck to gipsy serbia

    1 fak gayrmany
    2 fak gayreece
    3 fak rusia pussia
    4 fak bulgayria
    5 fak fyrom

    from swiss we hate europe because its shit swiss has more money

    Comment by fakgermany — September 1, 2012 @ 4:07 am

  688. im half serbia half grecee we hate sliteyes and muslims

    Comment by sliteye — September 1, 2012 @ 4:08 am

  689. Why are you serbians and greeks so racist?

    Comment by @sliteye — September 1, 2012 @ 4:13 am

  690. A fun read, especially the comments!

    As regards the Polish-German relation, it puzzles me that nobody even mentioned the ethnic cleansing of the eastern parts of Germany after WWII, when Poland was moved westwards, 14 million Germans lost their homes and two millions were killed (after the war was over). How is it possible to not even see the sufferings of the other side?

    I am Austrian. Many Austrians dislike the Germans from the north due to the rivalry in the 19th century which led to German unification and Austria being kicked out of the second German empire. Many Austrians consider Germans as rude smartasses. On the other hand, I have heard many Germans have the same opinion about Austrians.

    People in Austria feel superior to people from eastern Europe and from southern countries. Austrians, especially from the east, love Hungarians. There are many similarities with the Czechs and the Slovaks, but conflicts too: After WWII, there was an ethnic cleansing of the German minority in Czechoslovakia (these people were, in fact, Austrians) and some years ago, there were frightening articles in the Austrian press about insecure nuclear power plants who seemed to be likely to cause a new Chernobyl-catastrophe. And nobody on the other side of the border seemed to give a shit.

    There is much love for Dutch tourists in the western part of Austria: They come to ski and break their legs. :) Much more Austrians in that areas get married with Dutch than with Germans.

    I also heard, the Swiss make jokes about the stupid Austrians, whereas many Austrians regard the Swiss as backwards and humourless.

    Comment by FHS — September 4, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

  691. Hi

    What a nice post here. I loved it so I’m adding my opinion here. I’m Spanish and…sorry, my english isn’t good :

    First of all: Stereotypes are wrong. It we use them to make fun of ourselves, like most people here, OK, thats fun. But when thinking about Europe I seriously think that we all europeans must remember this: Its the first time in History that we have such a long period of time with no wars or almost no wars in Europe, between Europeans countries. THATS what should be our main focus here. Peace. Peace and more peace. And then, we can make jokes with stereotypes and stuff, as long as we treat each other fine whenever we travel or move to different countries…etc etc. Lets use this E.U thing right :)!

    My opinion on what most people in Spain think, is that as some brits here said, it depends on the educational background. I don’t support clasism or elitism, but there has to admit that people who have traveled around Europe, at least here in Spain, tend to be people studying an erasmus or just people from middle to upper-middle classes with a degree and more money and time to travel around. Anyway, talking about the general population, my opinion is more or less this:

    France: People use to say “I love everything in France but the french” they go there thinking that French are rude, and of course they get rudeness. People think Paris is beautiful, and french cathedrals and culture, art etc are great, but that French are arrogant. People in Spain aren’t sure if France is a Latin country or not, so we don’t really know if they’re like culture/brothers or not. Its as absurd as it seem. Yes, french comes from latin, but they don’t look like as latin as we do, do they?
    My own opinion: I’ve had exelent relationships with the frenchs that I’ve known, and they weren’t so different from us.

    Germany: Before the crisis, the general opinion was 50/50%. The positive was “They are the richest country in Europe so they must do things right. Like cars and machinery” and the negative part was “nazis, nazis, nazis” and I’m afraid that the second one was stronger. THEN THAT was before the crisis. After the crisis started…………………..lets say it politely, most people think “they won’t stop till they destroy us all, along with the rest of South Europe” something that I’ve heard quite a lote of times, and sometimes in very educated forums is “What germans were not able to do with their Panzers, they are doing it now, with their Banks”

    My own opinion:. I’ve only known well one german, whose opinion on world matters was exacty the same as mine. I know Germany has many people with differents points of view, as Spain has, so you cannot generalize with them or anyone, for that matter.

    Portugal: People don’t think about Portugal much. And when they do….come on people, how can so many of you say that we hate each other? I’ve never in my life, never, known any spaniard who hated or disliked the Portuguese, and the only reason why we don’t think about them is ’cause they’re so near, and they’re so simmilar to us, that we don’t really think that if you visit Portugal you’ll be making the trip of your life. It will probably be like traveling around Spain, ’cause we are almost the same but with a different language. My own opinion is that.
    I was in Portugal when Spain won the european cup in football. We were at a bar with many Portuguese….and they were like:
    -ah….you go to hell you spanish bastards………………so are you on holidays?
    -Yeah, nice place, really, having a great time here.
    - Yeah thanks, what a pity you won, hahaha, just joking. Enjoy your time here, cheers!!!
    -Smiles
    -Smiles back.

    Sweeden/Norway/Denmark/Iceland/finland: That lucky bastard who really are perfect in everything. No one knows anyone from there, maybe a couple of us, but everyone think that they are the best countries in the world because of their living standars. People here think that their system is perfect ’cause it mixes capitalism with a strong social system. Beautiful people, but maybe a little to BIG, I mean, like, tall and all that, they look a little scary for some spanish, I think. Too different to us. My own opinion is that There is no perfect country, things are more complex than that. About people from those countries, the ones I’ve known were very nice and polite….but shy, serious and reserved, so its not so easy to make friends with them.

    Greece:

    Previous to the Crisis, what people thought was. YES they are Europeans, of course they are Europeans. They are the roots of Europe and most people in Spain when thinking about Greece used to think about that. Greece and Rome, Western civilization. Latin and Greek. Like the two of them in the same pack.
    Most people here don’t know a Greek in person, but we used to think “Mediterraneas so…..probably simmilar to us”. As simple as that.

    After the crisis: See below.

    Ireland: They are seen as that country with wonderful music, celts origins, wonderful green scenery (that many spanish love) and a difficult and complicated relationship with UK. Due to our own politics, we are well aware of the old existence of IRA and etc etc. Nowadays they seen as very catholic, more than us and simmilar to brits but more easy going. My own opinion is simmilar to that too. I’d add that I think they are a little xenophic since I’ve been verbally abused there twice, the only place in the world. For my bad english.

    UK: Sadly, many people can’t tell the difference between UK and England. And about english people have two basic opinions. Else they are seen as Holligans who drink too much and jump from our balconies in the hotels while at holidays and come here to invade Canary islands along with the Germans. Or they are seen as wonderful upper class gentlemen and ladies who have tea at five, study at Oxford and Cambridge and are polite and lovely.
    Politically they are seen as…………..(sorry guys, really) spies, like they are in the EU but they hate us and are here just to help U.S and not Europe.

    But then, there are many Anglophiles. I mean, some people here are fans, like teenage fans of Japan (manga, anime, J.rock) some are fans of USA (New York, Freedom, Hollywood…) and some are fans of UK (Harry Potter, their history, their accent, Doctor Who, London, Onty Python…..etc etc)

    As part of the angophiles. Its hard for me to give a serious opinion on UK. I love it, but I know, seriously speaking, that there are many kinds of people there. Some good, some bad. I think they tend to speak about classes and educational levels more than other europeans. Like….they seem not to hide classism as much as others. They are seen as classist by some people for that reason too. And too nationalistic, like too proud of the old empire. But then again, I’m sure it depends on the person. There are right wing and left wing everywhere. Rich people and poor people….etc etc.

    Italy: Previous to the Crisis. Basically the most simmilar to us country in Europe. A little more conservative than us but we tend to think thats ’cause they’ve got the Vatican City there. A little more Catholic than us still. We do have a strong sense of common origin there.

    There have been many races and nationalities in Spain. Greeks, Celts, Iberians, Arabs………but most spaniards consider themselves as coming from Ancient Rome (Rome invaded the peninsula, and we are happy they did, yeah!). And they are mediterraneas so….yeah, like our brothers. Thats our general opinion. Mine too.

    Switzerland
    Neutral. But simmular to the germans. People here always think about their banks, when thinking about Switherland. My own opinion is that they are very kind, speak many languages and have a wonderful scenery. They love skying, too.

    Spain: We have a problem. Houston. A serious problem. Not only we have this issues about independentism Vs spanish nationalism. BUt also………..we had a civil war not so long ago….so….buf. Complicated.

    Russia: They were communist. There was a Cold war and they took part on it *lol*. Their women are sexy and their maffia is sooooo agresive and dangerous!!

    Thats what most people think about Russia here. Many people here, I must add, don’t think about the communist thing in a negative way. That people use to think about brave cosmonauts and Lenin and the red army wining the war and not U.S and U.K. My own opinon: Ok, a mixture. I know things are complex, but I respect their past and the role they played in XX century history. They character? don’t have any idea. Don’t know any Russian.

    And last but not least POST CRISIS ERA:

    Old stereotipes are a little bigger now. Sadly for some countries, and not so sadly for others.

    This PIIGS name has made people to relate even more to Mediterranean Countries and……….less to Germany. People have a very very strong feeling of friendship towards Italy, Portugal, and Greece, we are fellow PIIGS, brothers, comrades in the same side of a battle. Its hard to explain, but that is happening. Its true. And Mediterranean sea helps to that.

    Germany……on the contrary. Oh God. as I said before. General opinion on Germany has gone to hell. Like they are trying to kill us all so they banks get richer and richer. My own opinion is: Things are complex, its not about nationaly, its about….economy and how it works.

    Ok, I should be studying….look at me!!! *lol* that all, I guess.

    Comment by Rice — September 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  692. It should be mentioned that Norwegians hate Russia as well. A lot of Norwegians distrust Russia even today because of the hostility between the two during the cold war. Although most Norwegians doesn’t consider Russia a serious threat, we don’t really like them and often joke about that they will invade us someday :)

    Comment by Finn Erik — September 11, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  693. Chinese people may dislike the French, yet they go to France for holiday, buying French cosmetic products, love French culture, learning French language, eating French food, and they shop at French supermarket (Carrefour).
    Chinese people may dislike the British, yet they like watching Mr. Bean, listening to British pop singers, love British Harry Potter, go to UK for college, love British football players, and they like drinking British tea.
    Chinese people may dislike the Russians, yet they like Russian models, reading Russian literature, and admiring Russian ladies.
    Chinese people may dislike the Germans, yet they driving German cars, using German machine technology, drinking German beer, admiring German Karl Marx and German Beethoven.
    Chinese people may feel strange about the Swedish, yet they buy Swedish furniture at IKEA, listening to ABBA, driving Volvo car, and admiring Swedish welfare system.
    Chinese people may feel strange with the Irish, yet they like Irish pub, go to Ireland for holidays, and some of them like drinking Irish Guinness.
    Chinese people may be unfamiliar with the Swiss, yet they like eating Swiss chocolate, wearing Swiss watch, buying Swiss army knife, and go to Switzerland for holidays.
    Chinese people may be unfamiliar with the Belgians, yet they like eating Belgian chocolate, drinking Belgian beer, eating Belgian waffles, eating Belgian fries, and reading Belgian Tintin.
    Chinese people may be unfamiliar with the Poles, yet they like Polish scientist and Chopin.
    Chinese people may be feel strange about the Dutch, yet they like eating Dutch cheese, wearing Dutch clogs, and going to Netherlands for holidays.
    Chinese people love Italians, we love their fashion, their food, their culture, and we love Italian men.
    Chinese people love Spaniards, we love Spanish men, Fernando Torres, and we love eating Paella.
    But there’s one question, do Europeans love Chinese people ??

    Comment by meimei — September 13, 2012 @ 6:45 am

  694. I don’t think so.
    Europeans like chinese food and buy chinese products because are cheap but considered of not good quality.
    We think that chinese are from very different culture and rather not interesting people to be with.
    China is viewed as an emerging economic superpower but I don’t know anyone who wants to live there or admires the chinese way of life. One whould move there only to make money.

    Comment by John — September 14, 2012 @ 3:09 am

  695. @John

    As a emerging economic country yes, but you must know that China still has a lot of things to learn from European countries. Start from our living standard, our living standard is actually quite low compared to developing countries. But things are getting better nowadays, because China used to be worse around 20 years ago where almost everyone was poor and ill educated. We just have to work a lot on this, but we just have to be patient and have to learn a lot things, that’s all.

    As a Chinese I also have to admit that our government is indeed still corrupted and greedy, that’s because China still has to learn and political reform in China need to be taken step by step. Chinese government hasn’t reach that level yet, so just be patient, we Chinese people also wished the same for our government. We always wish the best for our government and our country, don’t lost hope China will finally learn from its mistake and will continue its rising improvement.

    Sadly, our society now is pretty messed up since the economic reform, love can be bought, respect can be bought, and even political image can be bought as well. That’s because the Chinese were so poor back then for such a long time, so now they entered a crazy chase of wealth in order to prosper.

    Chinese people don’t hate Europeans or Westerners in general, but we just have somewhat gap and miscommunication between us. There are still some Europeans who like to look China bad, and we resent that because we don’t want to be discouraged in our improvements. We all wished that Europeans will stop discouraging us and started to understand China deeper, rather than believe in their biased opinion about China. A lot Chinese out there wished if they could communicate and share their thoughts with Europeans, but they still somewhat feel uncomfortable due to the miscommunication. The same for people in China, they also need to understand the Europeans or Westerners even more.

    As for the products yes, our products may be not so good and cheap, but there is a reason behind it. You know why, that’s because China is a developing country that has a little experience about business and industrialization. Plus, most of the industry in China is run by a ill educated farmers that wanted to start business in order to seek a better life. The technological development in China is also still has to catch up with other developing countries in order to make better products. China hasn’t reach that level yet and has a lot of things to be improved, just wait we will improved it as soon as we can. Don’t think it is a bad thing, once the Chinese gain more experience and better education they will understand what went wrong with it.

    Basically, China is not a bad country and Chinese people are not all bad. We actually just want to gain more experience and wanting to learn something more for our country’s better future. China will improve its rising, it just takes time to be developed, just any other countries used to be.

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — September 16, 2012 @ 4:46 am

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  697. @John, @Zheng Youshan I’ll add something about the relationship between Europe (or western countries) and China.

    I am really sorry to say that I think that Chine is viewed and its gonna be judged, as the new Cold War opponent. Our media and the most common opinion say that the more China progress, the worse for western countries. Its about …….resources. Sources aren’t infinite, and everyone knows China is huge and there are 3000 million chinese people in China. The moment China gets our living standars (asuming our living standars were the same in Europe, what they are not) will be a problem for us. ’cause there is not enough …..of anything, for all.

    THAT IS NOT MY PERSONAL OPINION, but I think its western countries opinion as a whole. Of course its wrong, of course that opinion says that Africa and the rest of the World shouldn’t have a better life, but I think, what makes Europe to….kindly dislike China is Fear. Fear to loose resources, fear if China decides to become a military power (’cause if she does….it’ll be the biggest power in the earth) fear for many different reasons. Just ’cause China is huge and there are so many chinese. I think people is almost sure that China will end being the new big enemy, as the USRR once was.

    Thats the opinion on China as a whole, I think, but chinese people living in our countries aren’t seen very bad anyway. But………I don’t know how to explain it. For western people chinese are too different and misterious. As if there was something dark about you. Really, I know, Sheng Youshan, you must be thinking this is the most stupid think you’ve read, I know is wrong, but there is even tales about what chinese do or don’t do. Like “they don’t bury their dead ones in our graveyards……what do they do with them?” and dark stuff like that.

    Some people however, educated people, knows better. And is interested in China in other ways. People studying economics, are starting to make travels to China, Shanghai and some factories. And a couple of frined of mine study chinese ’cause they think it’ll be very useful in the future. We all asume you’re the next big economic power. That is taken for granted. Yes. But people prefer US than China as an economic power, ’cause be have been taught to see ourselves as the WEST, as a unity. That unity isn’t real. I mean, I’m spanish and I don’t really think Spain and Norway are closer culturaly than Spain and China. Are south Italy and US more similar than China and Italy? I don’t really think so. But be have been educated to think so. We are the “western countries” and people are generally ok (or at least not seriously annoyed at it) with U.S being the super power, but are afraid of China being the new power. Afraid of that uncertain future.

    Other people like the far east countries, and study chinese, calligraphy, or tai-chi..or something very traditional, like chinese buddhism or things like that. That people love China too. But….most uneducated people, the mayority of people, just think China is a dark huge country who will easily become an enemy once it gets as rich as Europe………………:(………………………… U_Uu.

    Comment by Rice — October 3, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  698. @Zheng Youshan One name they use for China is the “sleeping dragon” It says it all. A dragon about to wake up. And dragons are dangerous and not part of our culture ….U_U

    Comment by Rice — October 3, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  699. I’m a git. The relationship between Poland and Germany is exactly like the relationship between Mexico and USA. Completely bloody the same thing.

    Comment by Marlowe — October 5, 2012 @ 3:00 am

  700. Dear Rice,

    You should know that during the Cold War era when China “closed” its door to the world, China had learned “something” in order to prosper. Chinese people learned from both sides of the communism and the western capitalism during that time, step by step, time by time. Mao Zedong himself tried his own best to built China again (even though he made major mistakes like Great Leap forward and Cultural revolution policy), and he gave the foundation of modern PRC. Throughout the years we have to sacrificed a lot of our life in order to build in China “in our way”, we have to sacrifice ourselves and our beloved ones for China’s bright future. We Chinese people never forget our struggles in the past, and tried our best way to learn our mistakes by trying the best ways.

    We had tried to emulate the best way of communism in the 1950s-1960s (beginning) by allied with the USSR and followed their model. Then we tried to emulate the best way of western capitalism in the 1960s-1970s by shaking our hands to the USA and Europeans. After that came Deng Xiaoping, the guy who helped China opened its door to the world through his Open Door Policy, which can helped China to view the world even wider. He was the ones who helped Chinese people gain more experience to modernize and be more developed than ever. Although we were end up in the very dark moment during the Tienanmen Square, that killed a lot of people. But luckily, after tragedies past throughout the years, Chinese people and government corrected their mistakes again and reforming again the country’s system and policies, by creating stability.

    China maybe not as “democratic” as western countries, but you should know that China in the present is much more democratic than in the last time of Mao’s era. We have our own model of democracy, which is based on the collectivism not individualism (like the westerners embraced). China is not as communist as the USSR, so don’t view China as a major treat okay? We also have our own model of freedom and human rights practice, based on our country’s history, conditions, and cultural background. It is maybe more oppressive than the Western model, but it is beneficial for our country due to our huge population and complex conditions. Our freedom practice and human rights is also different than western countries, because China still has a lot of problems that haven’t solved yet (like separatism movements in Xinjiang and Tibet which has to be resolved soon, or corruption practices by the numbers of government officials which has to be overcome).

    Don’t view this as a treat, because China will be friendly to any other countries that are friendly to China and the Chinese. Chinese people hold their strong values of Confucius in order to mend our great relationship with the rest of world. China is not as communist as it before, and China won’t turn aggressive like the USSR in the past, because we already had learned that before. Ideology is not very important to the Chinese, as long as we mend great relationship in the world, then everything’s fine. And Chinese people won’t be hostile to others, as long others are not trying to be hostile to China by putting China down. As long as you understand China and the Chinese, we have no problem with all of you, even with our “suppose to be rivals” the Americans. Don’t view this as a bad thing, and don’t use as treat to harm China and the 1,4 billions of us.

    China may has it flaws, but Chinese people and Chinese government are trying their best way to overcome that flaw with our own way. Chinese people know what is the best for the country and the future, we learned that already and we will just get the hang of it.

    And btw, cheer up for your country Spain, it is the most beautiful country that I’ve ever been to and I absolutely love it. Too bad it is undergone a bad economical crisis, it must be tough for you I know. Don’t worry! As a Chinese I wish the better future for your country, and wished your lovely country can overcome the hardship in the middle of the crisis. I will always pray for your country success and your country’s good luck, just believe in yourself and your country.

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — October 7, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  701. Plus, China only uses the military power for defense, not for conquer and conquest. Because if you read up the China’s history, you’ll find out that China has tried so many defensive ways to keep the country safe. So, we won’t try to attack you, instead we try our best way to defend any country in order to maintain good relationship.

    Comment by Zheng Youshan — October 7, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  702. Im polish and you are a bit off, German and Polish people have mutualism towards eachother pretty much an exchange of goods and services for cheap both ways. Poles hate most East neighbors especially the russians. From what my family has told me the Brits and Spaniards hate us. The French, Portugese, and Hungarians like us.

    Comment by Sebastian — October 7, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  703. Hello Europeans! I’m Chinese from mainland China of Shanghai. And I’m here for expressing my opinions about Europeans and Europe in general. Since here in Shanghai we have quite a number of European expats living, that’s where I get my first impression and contacts about/with them. Do you want to know my opinions? Okay, I’ll explain them one by one, if there’s something offending or unpleasant pardon me.

    Northern Europeans a.k.a Scandinavians (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians, and Finns):
    I view them as calm, efficient, yet very introverted people who don’t want to get into any troubles and very self-controlled. I like their living standards, secretly envy them, wished if my country China could catch up with them. Most of them I know are tall, good looking, polite, blonde, blue eyed, pale and calm I really like them. Some of them are also serious and quiet or shy like the Finns, some of them are also trendy and fun loving like the Swedes. Some of them are also laid back and comical like the Danes, then some of them are traditional and humble like the Norwegians. Among all Scandinavians I personally like the Swedes and the Danes the most, they are amusing always satisfying. Norwegians are okay, but I find them can be a bit boring sometimes, or maybe too strange. Finns are fine, but I somewhat think them too melancholic, or even depressive at the moment.

    Southern Europeans (Spaniards, Greeks, Italians, and Portuguese):
    Laid back, somewhat lazy, warm hearted people who never worry too much about their lives. They like to enjoy their life the most, while gathering around with their families and friends. Have great sense of art and taste, love all kinds of luxuries or artistic things especially the Italians. But unfortunately, I sometimes view them as lazy, loud, and frivolous or careless for that matter they never think carefully that’s the bad side of them. In same token, I secretly envy their sense of joie de vivre, wished if I could appreciate my own life like the way they do, since here in China I have to work hard time 24/7 in the middle of the Shanghai crowd. Italians stand out as the most amusing Southern Europeans because they’re known as snappy fashionistas, great cooks, great artist, and great designers they’re special people.

    Western Europeans (British, French, Germans, Swiss, Austrians, Dutch, Belgians, and Irish):
    In case of the British I view them as somewhat cold, calm, yet friendly and understanding. But in the not very good aspect I find them can be hypocritical and judgmental about anything which make me suspicious sometimes. Or even some of them also have somewhat superiority complexes among themselves, especially with us the native. British people are known as the “gentlemen” in Shanghai because in the old times they’re viewed as aristocratic, refined, and sophisticated even though things have changed nowadays. Then, I also think that British people are very curious and adventurous always wondering something that they don’t know or they’re really curious about it.
    In case of the French I view them as refined, cultured, elegant, sophisticated, and classy people with more “sense of superiority” as compared to the British. They’re known as people with fine taste and relaxed attitude somewhat like Italians but more distant and cold. In the bad aspect they can be arrogant, judgmental, and hypocritical like the British in the first glance, after I knew them they’re fine I guess. French people also like to appreciate something which is unusual for them after I knew even better.
    In case of the Swiss I view them somewhat similar to the Scandinavians but more rigid and stiff like the Germans. They’re seen as efficient and hardworking people with the great passion of money and banking. Can be introverted too in some occasions, or maybe can be a bit boring if they’re not interested with something. They like mountains and clean nature the most since Switzerland has lots of mountains and clean environment. And I also secretly envy their living standard like the way I envied the Scandinavians too, wished if I could follow their path. Most of them are also healthy and clean, that’s why a lot Swiss can live so long enjoying their pastimes. Swiss people also have lots of money, thanks to the awesome banking system in Switzerland. If I can spot the Swiss by my trick, I can see them wearing watches and bringing Swiss knives everywhere they go, since they’re great at making those things. And I also love their chocolates, especially Toblerone and Lindt I sometimes but them at the mini market if I have some money.
    In the case of the Dutch, I think they’re extremely liberal and tolerant like a bad ass. They’re so horrendously open about sex, they like to talk about sex without feel any shame, which make me feel a bit shy with them. They also like drugs the most such as Marijuana or Cocaine, they like to smoke them during their past times as their habit I guess. But in the same token, I find them very amusing and fun to be around, just like any other westerners with lax attitudes.
    In the case of Germans, hmm there’s something intimidating yet awesome about them, which make me curious. They’re extremely cold, rigid, distant, arrogant, and proud just like the stereotypical Germans that we had known in the past, when they settled here during 19th century. In the eyes of most Chinese, Germans are known as hardworking, trustworthy, efficient, and precise people with lots of money and cutting edge technology. Chinese people love German cars and they also demand German technologies for our industrial machines, so we can produce more products. And, we also think they’re much more reliable compared to the Japanese when it comes to settle a business or making a deal.
    In case of Austrians, they’re somewhat similar to the Germans but more friendly and laid back compared to the Germans. Austrians are extremely comical and amusing unlike the Germans who are too stiff for my opinion, they’re just the more amusing version of the Germans.
    In the case of Irish, I view them as funny people with frivolous nature who know how to enjoy themselves. But they like to get drunk way too much like the British, I knew this when I met a couple of Irish tourist at the Shanghai bond. Irish people are also more amusing and laid back compared to British, just like the Austrians.
    In the case of Belgians, they seems very humble and amusing to me, they can make a great playmates like the Irish, the Danes, and the Austrians. I really like their chocolate, maybe not as good as the Swiss but it just taste good to me especially the Belgian dark chocolate. Belgians like to drink beer and eat everything with French Fries from what I know, I notice this when I went to the restaurants at Brussels. Belgians are also laid back, they like to enjoy their life the most yet industrial like the Germans or the Dutch.

    Eastern Europeans (Russians included):
    Alcoholic people with lively spirit, some of them are quite aggressive but some of them are quite friendly as well. I personally think they’re kind of intimidating at the first, quite okay when I approach them. In the case of the Poles, they’re friendly and humble thought they have great passion of drinking like most Eastern Euros. Poles are also hardworking inventive people, which can explain why they had Chopine and Marie Curie. But with Russians, the ones I know are more aggressive and alcoholic compared to the other Eastern Euros, as they like drinking Vodka everywhere they go. Russians are usually come in two types, the smart and the humble ones embrace communism, while the dumb and the superficial ones love capitalism. Plus, we have quite a few of Russians living in China as you can see them somewhere at the Northeast China or Western China border to Russia.

    That’s all I can say, thanks for let me spending my time writing these things I explain above.

    Comment by Chinaman — October 9, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  704. About other western people outside Europe, well let me give you my opinion, may I? If so, thank you so much for the time.

    In the case of Australians, I like them I see them as very cool, friendly, laid back people who likes surfing and wicked sense of humor. They like throwing up parties that I simply forget, even some of them enjoying all the wild things like getting drunk or playing crazy games. Chinese people also like to go to Australia for holiday and studying English in Australia’s top universities, or immigrating as expats. We also benefited a lot from the Australians from their coal and steel mine business for our industry materials, which pretty much saved the Australians from the economical crisis. I also like Australia for its Kangaroo, beaches, surfing, and Koalas wish if I could see them.

    In the case of the Canadians I view them just the same like Australians but more reserved, they’re known as very liberal and tolerant people with open mind. I pretty much enjoy my conversations with some Canadians, they give me somewhat more interesting knowledge outside my own country. And I also like to exchange my thoughts with some Canadians, sharing my ideas of life and experience. They’re also polite like the Swiss or the Japanese but in the more relaxed manner, unlike some Japanese or Swiss.

    In the case of Americans I must say in my personal experience that Americans are usually come in two types, the arrogant hypocritical ignorant ones and the tolerant friendly understanding ones. Americans pretty much give me somewhat mixed impression, some can be annoying but some can be pleasing. The annoying arrogant hypocritical Americans are usually ignorant about China and like to ask ridiculous questions such as: ” Is that true that people in China eat babies?” or “Do people in China have freedom of speech?” or “Is China really that oppressive?”. I was pretty much a bit annoyed with the questions, but well I just answered them in somewhat understanding manner with my own knowledge about my own country and common sense. Some arrogant inconsiderate Americans like to say that my country is just the same like North Korea or USSR when its not, and they also can be self-righteous in certain ways. Then on the other hand, the pleasing friendly open minded understanding Americans are more interested in my country’s culture, history, and politics and sometimes like to exchange theirs. The things that I like about America is their pop culture, weaponry, and their sense of freedom I admire those things in some facade. But on the flip side the thing that I don’t like America is their government policies, American government in China is well known for some of their bad reputations. American government in China is viewed as being arrogant, warmongering, inconsiderate, aggressive, greedy, and threatening in most aspects. I also don’t really like some American medias like CNN, ABC news, or CNBC that constantly make false reports and twisted prejudiced facts about China, just to make China looks bad globally. The lifestyle of some Americans are also not very pleasing to me like their junk food eating habits, dependency on cars or SUV, consumptive behaviors, and their ignorance about the world outside America.

    That’s all that I can say, if there’s something offensive I’m really sorry everyone. Because those are just my honest opinion based on my very honest experience.

    Comment by Chinaman — October 28, 2012 @ 5:59 am

  705. @Chinaman I really liked your post and it was interesting to read. For me,it would be interesting to hear your opinion on your asian neighbours.

    Comment by Inforano — October 29, 2012 @ 8:05 am

  706. @Inforano, do you want to hear my opinions about other Asians? Okay, I’ll give you my two cents. To any Asians who reading this, I’m really sorry if there’s something offensive here in my posting.

    East Asians (Japanese and Koreans):
    In the case of the Japanese, Chinese people in general have the most tragic relationships with the Japanese. There are still a lot of people in China hold their heavy grudges towards the Japanese, especially the old ones. But these bad relationships are shaped due to the historical wars and conflicts that we had with the Japanese in the past. Chinese still remembered the day when the Japanese invaded China and passing the Chinese with unequal treaties. Chinese still remembered the day when Japanese took some parts of China, turned them into their puppet states. Chinese also still remembered the day when the Japanese slaughtered, enslaved, and massacred them in the WW2. Until now, Chinese are still pissed of with the Japanese government hypocrisies such as: Japanese school text-book faking about WW2 and Chinese massacre, Japanese government still holds refusal to apologize to the Chinese of their sins in the WW2, Japanese government visited the Yasukuni shrine to “honor” the war crimes in China during WW2 and Sino-Japanese wars. I know this is kind of mean, but as a Chinese I personally forgive them no matter how violent they were to us. However in the bright side, some Chinese like to admire their living standards, technology, anime, music, fashions, hygiene, culture, food, comics, and politeness. Just like the way some Japanese admire our culture, history, food, frugality, and national monuments as their exchange. In my personal experience with some Japanese, I think that they are some kind of trustworthy businessmen and investor. They are much more reliable, honest, trustworthy, and considerate compared to the Americans who are more on the crooked side. Japanese are also very understanding and calm, though some of them still have uncomfortable feelings with the Chinese and vice versa. I also like their products and cars, they’re always come in the good quality like the German ones that’s pretty cool, I put my salute on them along with the Germans. I just think their contributions and products in China pretty much paid- off their sins to us, even though they don’t have to apologize so badly. And I also felt some kind of amusement towards them, when they showed-off their pavilion in China during the Shanghai Expo 2010 :D.

    In the case of the Koreans (both north and south), I somewhat have mixed feelings with them. As for the North Koreans, some Chinese viewed them as our poor little brother that constantly need our help. But some Chinese though, also like to view the North Koreans as our crazy neighbor with bigger guns that constantly burdening us. Some of us have to help the North Koreans by giving them our food supplies, in order to prevent the serious malnutrition happening in North Korea. When I had a few contact with my acquaintance from North Korea, I must say that they can be very cold and distant in many ways. As for the South Koreans, some of us are annoyed with them because they like to “copy” our culture (to me they don’t) and we also don’t really like some of their chauvinist/racist attitudes. And there’s some weird stereotypes in China that all South Koreans like to undergone plastic surgeries and eyelid widening. We also pretty much like their TV-shows, musics, fashion, cosmetics, technology, electronics, and their cars. I also like the South Korean airport at Incheon, it is very efficient and very modern I like so much as I stepped my foot there. In my personal experience with the South Koreans, they’re kind of cool people like some Japanese, but in more bewildered and temperamental way. South Koreans are also interesting people to be with, they like all the crazy stuffs though not as crazy as the Aussies. But in the negative side, some South Koreans can be racist and close-minded, as they have superiority complex towards other Asians other than them.

    Others East Asians (Singaporeans, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese):
    In the case of Singaporeans I view them as very progressive people, with amazing living standard and economical progress. I also admired the Singaporeans for their social order, educational system, efficiency, and their disciplinary which can be emulated in China someday. Most Singaporeans I know are extremely well educated, polite, trustworthy, clean, and some of them are considerate based in my experience with them. Think about the Asian Swiss (minus the cheese, chocolate, and the watch), they are extremely rigid, robotic, perfectionist, and stiff in a lot of certain ways like the Swiss. Also, like the Swiss they’re obsessed with finance and banking, since the banking system in Singapore is just as great as in the Switzerland. Singaporeans are also very precise and tidy, they like to do everything carefully like the Swiss too that’s kind of surprised me at the first place. I also like their cool airport in Changi when I step my foot for the first time there, wow it was eye popping and the service was awesome too.

    In the case of Hong Kongers well since they have cultural similarities and historical ties with us, I view them as my brother. Even though we have some gaps and miscommunication with them, due to the British rule of Hong Kong in the past pretty much created those obstacles. We like to admire the Hong Kongers sense of efficiency, living standard, social order, and their respect of law, maybe not as rigid or robotic as the Singaporeans in that way. Unfortunately, there are some Hong Kongers who still like to look down on the Mainland Chinese like us for being poorer than them, and some of them like badmouth us. However, I still view them as my beloved country brothers no matter how much they still resent us in some ways.

    In the case of Taiwanese we have somewhat tragical and complex relationships with them, due to the political and historical gap that we had with them. This relationship shaped because of the Japanese rule in Taiwan after the fall of Qing dynasty, and the heritage of Chinese civil war. KMT during the civil war was supported by the American forces, after they got defeated by the CCP Mao Zedong they retreated to Taiwan. Then, the Americans funded the Taiwanese regime by giving them economical and political support, trying to keep them away from us the mainland Chinese. That time, both us and the Taiwanese were being brainwashed to keep away ourselves from each other, make me feel guilty until today because of this. The American government pretty much ruined our relationship, they give their support to Taiwan and showing their hostility to the mainland China. It is very sad really, both of us embrace Chinese culture, both of us speak the same language, and both of us have the same life values. As a mainland Chinese from Shanghai, I sincerely hope that one day, both China and Taiwan can co-exist peacefully with each other without any fear or hostility.

    Southeast Asians ( Indonesians, Thais, Vietnamese, Khmer, Malaysians, etc.):
    In general I view them as laid-back, friendly, and welcoming people with a sense of hospitality. They are very friendly towards foreigners and like to showing their great respect to their friends and family, I like them. They have great culture and great lifestyle with a great sense of joie de vivre that I simply dreamed of. But in the negative side, I view them somewhat lazy and backward thinking without any desire to keep improving themselves. They’re kind of amusing people to me, I think they can make a great playmates if I could join them and befriended them.

    that’s what I think about other Asians in general, hope you understand of what I’m saying. Xie xie everyone and have a nice day.

    Comment by Chinaman — October 30, 2012 @ 7:11 am

  707. @Chinaman Thanks for answering me

    Comment by Inforano — October 31, 2012 @ 9:27 am

  708. I’m Chinese girl from Sichuan province and I just stumbled upon this website just to find out about Europe and Europeans. Because as a Chinese myself I actually have somewhat great curiosity about Europe, I just want to express about what I know in general about Europe. Maybe I’m not as knowledgeable as you guys, but I’m just trying to tell you just as much as I know, thanks for the time by the way.

    French: Elegant, sexy, romantic, refined and cultured yet arrogant, flaky, and lazy. The thing that I like about the french is their lifestyle, culture, fashion, and arts. French men are well-known as romantic lovers and French women are known as beautiful elegant mistress. French people make the best pastry and cuisine from I know, which make me often like to imagine that if I could eat them up.

    British: Calm, inventive, calculative, and understanding yet hypocritical, judgmental, and distant. I generally like British pop-musics, TV-shows, tea, Big Ben, and James Bond as my amusement towards them. British are also well-known for their great curiosity about everything, and they also can make a good talkers.

    Swedish: Tall, blonde, blue-eyed, attractive, well-mannered yet cool, trendy, and fun-loving people. They have the highest living standard in the world from what I know, generally well-educated too with very great social order and governing system. I only thing that I know about their products are IKEA, Volvo, and SAAB that I often see at the mall.

    Germans: Punctual, well-organized, hard working, intelligent yet cold, rigid, distant, and arrogant. Germans make the best machinery and cars from I know because they like to sell those things here. Germans are also known as trustworthy businessmen with lots of money like the Japanese businessmen, when they come for investing their industry here.

    Russians: Inventive, strong, brave, artistic, have better manners than most Chinese yet they’re “poorer” compared to us, cold, distant, and alcoholic. Russians are famous for their awesome military skills, literature, stunning girls, their great oil and natural gas industry as I heard. Here in China, I’ve seen quite a number of them somewhere at western and northeastern China border to Russia.

    Swiss: Combination between Swedish and German, with more passion of money and banking. They like to make cheese, watches, chocolates, and army knives as I know so far. Most of them are also healthy and efficient, which can explain they have great living standard and environmental hygiene. Swiss people also like hiking and nature walking the most, which can explain why they live longer than us.

    That’s all I can explain, I’m sorry if I make mistake because I’m just trying for my very fist time here. Bye!

    Comment by Xu Lei — November 1, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  709. Don’t worry Xu Lei. Your comment was very interesting and your English is pretty good comparing to the English skills of many Europeans.

    Comment by Alexandre — November 2, 2012 @ 1:45 am

  710. Good to read your opinion but I think the subject is “What Europeans think of each other” and not “what Chinese think about Europeans”.

    Comment by John — November 2, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  711. There should be other two topics about that: One about what Asians think of Europeans, the other about what Asians think of each other.

    Comment by Joao — November 4, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  712. From a Dutch perspective:

    Belgians; they tend to dislike the Dutch more than vice versa. Though once you get to know them they are fun to be around. Slightly introverted, with a (justifiable) love for their locally produced beer. The Dutch and the Belgians subtitle each other on TV, eventhough we can comprehend each other perfectly.

    Germans: their reputation is on the rise. WWII is mostly forgotten, except by the elderly. The Dutch generally like the Germans, though we despise them in football stadiums. They are known for their unpleasant language, bureaucracy, beer and sauerkraut, driving like grannies on no-speed-limit-highways (in a traffic jam, Germans always flock to the right – we Dutch just pass them on the left..). They are very fond of our beaches and like to dig huge holes in them..

    British: overall considered nice people, often drunk, which makes them a great source of revenue for Amsterdam, unnaturally pale with an unexplainable urge to tan.. However, they usually end up as red as a lobster (sunblock or umbrellas won’t kill you!)
    Very nationalistic. Have the tendency to consider themselves above other Europeans (Glorious Revolution, in your face!)

    Irish: we love the Irish, full stop.

    Fenno-Scandinavians; considered fairly similar to us. Dutch society has many aspects in common with the Nordic countries. We envy their pristine nature (esp. Norway and Finland) but we feel sorry for their sky high alcohol prices..

    The French; considered chauvinistic and unwilling to adapt to other people. The French are widely regarded as romantic wine sipping people who enjoy multiple-hour lunch breaks.

    Poles: their image is improving. Poles are known for their work ethic and their after-work drinking. Polish wodka is awesome but the people are considered very bland. They do tend to pick up languages fairly easily.

    Swiss/Austrians: in essence Germans with a funny accent and a better reputation. We love their mountains and snow, and especially their après-ski.

    Czechs/Slovaks/Hungarians/Slovenes/Estonians: the most respected ex-communist nations. We generally like them a lot (Prague and Budapest are great contributors to this appreciation)

    Spanish/Portuguese: dating someone from Spain or Portugal is considered a catch. We love those Iberians!

    Italians: the men are considered effeminate and the women hairy. Greatly appeciated for their food, art, architecture and history. Though we often view Italy as a ‘banana republic’ (very pejorative), Italians are quite fun to be around.

    Romanians/Bulgarians: typically viewed as criminals (though obviously most are not)

    Greeks: we blame the Greeks for the crisis but deep in our hearts we all know it’s not their fault. At least not the fault of the common Greek.. We love their food, beaches and olive oil. And Chersonissos, Crete, is a modern Dutch colony..

    Comment by Rbn — November 6, 2012 @ 4:55 am

  713. Hey, very interesting comments. I would like to share our stereotypical point of view. I am from the very heart of Europe, the Czech Republic, city of Prague. Please don´t feel offended and take it easy, it´s about stereotypes.

    Germany (except Bavaria and ex-DDR regions): our most respected western neighbour. Great mutual business cooperation. High quality products. People are generally OK, extremely disciplined, polite, hard working, productive, effective, saving, least corrupt, innovative, but clueless when things don´t go according to fixed organized plan. Also usually quite cold and a bit boring in private life. Horrible cuisine. We like them and refer to Germany as an example.

    Bavaria: beautiful countryside, rich region, high quality life, but unreformed way of thinking since 1939, quite intolerant, fanatically over organized, still very problematic relations between us and Bavarians, mostly due to historical issues.

    Ex-DDR regions: generally pretty much ignored here. More or less the population is seen as over too much patronizing with superior attitude toward other countries in the region due to fast modernisation and development … but hey, who paid the whole bill for that?…Western Germany Empty small towns as everyone hast left to Western Germany. Lacking high quality labour force.

    Netherlands: well respected civilized country. Very flat, beautiful coastline. People are generally friendly, tall and good looking (except for Geert Wilders). We often refer to NL as an example of how things should be done.

    France: islamic country in the south-western Europe. Chaotic and arrogant people, who are always astonished that the World does not speak French. They like to give tourists wrong instructions when they ask locals for directions in English. Strikes and multiple-hour lunch breaks are their top hobby. Haute-cuisine, beautiful countryside, lots of history. High-spending, indebted country, potential leader of the southern version of Euro.

    U.K. and Ireland: generally friendly people, with good manners until you meet groups of young totally drunk males throwing out and pissing on historical monuments in the city. Wearing shorts and T-shirts in cold weather. Bad food. No, we don´t want your jobs in the U.K., that´s Poland who wants it.

    Austria: our south-eastern neighbour. Although Austrian mentality and cutlure is identical to ours, relations between us and them are the coldest and most unfriendly that could ever exist between two neighbouring countries in Europe nowadays. Austrians like to lock some of the family relatives into the house cellars and keep them imprisoned for years. Their activists like to block borders due to nuclear plant. Austrians come into orgasm whenever They can call themselves western, although half of the country is situated east of the Czech Republic and when you travel from Prague to Vienna, you go pure east. All in all, Austrians are not respected at all.

    Poland: our north eastern neighbour. Something Polish means something very cheap and extremely low quality. Although we are always put together in one bag with Poles, the mentality, culture and lifestyle is completely different. Nowadays Poles tend to be over too much self confident mostly because their country was almost untouched by the crisis, but that´s only because Poland has always been way more backwards and poorer than other countries from the region. Overall Poland is ignored here and we feel completely indifferent toward them.

    Slovakia: (upper Hungary), does not exist anymore as all the population is living in the Czech Republic and working in supermarkets,in hospitals as nurses, at McDonald´s, and accepting low paid administration jobs as the quality of life in the Czech Republic is higher than in Slovakia.Their students are occupying Czech universitities and college dormitories. All of them are constantly complaining and critisizing everything in the Czech Republic, but still will stay. Slovakia is a smaller version of Ukraine, but being a member of Eurozone, still has to financially support Greek salaries,even though 2 people in Slovakia are sharing 1 Euro coin. We feel more home in Austria than in Slovakia.

    Hungary: generally friendly, good looking, self confident people. Great tasty food. Heavily struggling with crisis.

    Slovenia: clean beautiful small country, optimally well organized. Friendly, generally good looking people.

    Latvia/Lithuania: severely hit by the crisis but recovering quickly. Now struggling with Russia´s aggresive influence.

    Estonia: the real example for everybody, least indebted country, they see themselves as smaller version of Finland. Russia´s influence is evident though.

    Finland: civlized nordic country. People are friendly but extremely introverted. It takes an eternity until they let you approach them. They have Russia´s drinking problem, but now how to handle it.

    Sweden, Denmark, Norway: well respected Scandinavian countries. Very clean, very civilized. Although the climate is sometimes depressive people can be very friendly and optimistic, but generally you need a lot of time to approach them. After one beer they change completely. Danes tend to be more racist and intolerant though.

    Russia: …and that´s where the story begins. Absolutely most controversial relations. Without any doubt we thank them for having us, together with U.S.Army, liberated from Hitler, but what came after and lasted 40 years was another horror. Therefore they are having absolutely the worst reputation here. We are being already annoyed by constant flow of Russian immigrants seeking better life here and creating their own closed communities. They are bringing their old soviet habits, dirty mafia money, crime, aggresion, unfriendliness and their typical I-can-buy-you-all attitude. Russian tourists are generally welcomed though as they are a high spending clientelle. But we are glad when they leave again. And no, we don´t speak Russian.

    Serbia: violent nation, very aggressive and confrontational, quite uncivilized. They have tight connections with Russia. People are very undisciplined, backwards, but over too much patronizing and too much self confident. Fanatic, aggresive football hooligans. Yes, Kosovo is free and independent.

    Greece: the epicenter of the never ending crisis. The laziest and least productive people on Earth, requesting only more and more money and blaming others for their current problems.

    Switzerland: breathtaking countryside, very clean. Very expensive country living from world dictators´money. People very reserved interested only in social status.

    Spain/Italy/Portugal: generally friendly, good looking people interested only in their siestas, fiestas, parties, late night discotheques. Great food and great holiday opportunities.

    USA: mostly friendly, informal, too much self confident, loud. They like their me-myself-and-I attitude.

    Comment by St. — November 13, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  714. I know the idea of this article is that it’s your subjective opinion but what you wrote about Poles… it’s simply not true. The relations between Poland and Germany are NOTHING like those between the US and Mexico for so many reasons that I don’t even want to start naming them. In short, it’s a completely different historical, social, geographical and economical context.

    Surely, the image of Poles in Germany is still quite negative but it’s much better than described here. I am Polish, and lived in Germany for year and never really noticed the “hatred” your talking about.

    Also, it’s utter rubbish that Poles hate all their neighbors. Poles love Czechs and Slovaks (I know this from specialist polls, not just my intuition), most of us like Ukrainians and are rather neutral with Lithuanians. The only nation the Poles dislike (still, not everyone does!) is the Russians.

    And as for Poles being liked/disliked in other countries, my impression is the following:
    1. Germany: rather negative/netural, but not very negative; changing for the better
    2. The UK: rather positive/netural
    3. Ireland: rather positive
    4. The Netherlands: negative
    5. Ukrainiee: positive
    6. Czech Republic: neutral
    7: Hungary: positive
    8. Lithania: negative
    9: Slovaka: netural
    10. France: neutral/negative
    11. Italy: positive/netural

    Comment by Michal — December 1, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  715. I’m Irish living in the UK, think its unreasonable to say that the Spanish are loved everywhere, certainly know that the droves of loud disrespectful teenage English language students that arrive to both Ireland and the UK are not very well loved. Each summer large cities are overrun by these shouting teens. They should be taught not just English, but also the acceptable volume at which to hold their conversations so as not to alienate the locals.

    Comment by cake lady — December 20, 2012 @ 5:48 am

  716. Im German and as i read all this comments, i really have to laugh, because these articles are all some kind of true, but not for general. My opinion to the…
    french: (i really like france because of their nice culture,language,land and they have gorgeous women!) but they dont like us, but we like them
    …dutch: I like dutch, we make a lot of jokes about them and i think they like us (but i just have been there for a few weeks and i just know they are kind and friendly)
    …british: Both sides think pretty neutral about each other compared to all the other european countries
    …italian: the stereotypes of us are pretty the opposite, they are open, friendly, lazy and dont care about punctuality and come very late, in contrast to the german stereotypes, we are not open, very punctual, and work a lot. But actually both sides (as far as i know italians what they think about us) like each other.
    But i really love Europe, because of our difficulties unlike the Asians,Americans, South Americans or Arab(the culture and the people are actually same, or not that different than we Europeans are) Instead of lookin up to America or something like that, we should look up to our lovely neighbors. All this statements i said are just my opinion and how i see that in my view, just take it easy.

    Comment by Benjamin — December 24, 2012 @ 6:55 am

  717. I hate Europeans
    I hate Scandinavians, especially Swedes
    I hate Muslims
    I hate Asians
    I hate russians
    I hate Negroes
    I hate school
    I hate people
    I hate christmas & new year
    I hate pop-music, techno & rap
    I hate animal abusers
    I hate your stupid world with stupid boundaries.
    I`m so fed up with you
    Life ain`t worth living & you`re all worthless

    DailyCandor: You ARE Russian. Do you hate yourself, too?

    Comment by Cadaveria — December 25, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  718. As for the comment of Michal (715) on the shouting spanish teens that overrun the peaceful British Isles every summer, I can only empathize with him and acknowledge that the young language students should be aware when going abroad that they have to respect local culture and habits. Volume of conversation is a cultural trait that possibly differenciates some mediterraneans from non mediterranean europeans, and we spaniards should take that into account in order to avoid disturbing everybody else.

    Having said that, I beg the same sympathy for those spaniards who have to bear the brunt of taking up with droves of young adults from the British Isles in summer time, who disrupt local life in Spain by getting drunk and singing drunk songs aloud in the small hours. No offense please, I am just trying to say that tourism brings sometimes about some side effects that we all regretfully suffer in Spain as well anywhere else.

    Now some comments about countries.
    Ireland: one of most loved countries in Spain. For historical reasons we shared a common enemy in the past, (sorry UK). Enjoy their traditional music, their sense of humour and find striking similarities in many aspects between northern Spain and Ireland.

    UK: in spite of the strong differences between english, scots and other nacionalities, we usually call them all english, which I guess drive them crazy. Cities and towns very tidy, prestigious old universities, being London one of the most atractive cities in Europe. Food have a bad reputation, which I think does not deserve it.

    Portugal: Our brothers that kept themselves busy in the past building fortresses to prevent us from taking Lisbon. Language and people very similar to us. I think some older spaniards still look down deeming them as backward, while on the contrary is a very beautiful country which keeps a traditional flavor regretfully lost to globalization in most Europe.

    France: beautiful women, good food, tidy lanscapes, a perfect combination between mediterranean and nordic Europe with upsides from both. Regretfully they did not cause a good impression when Napoleon paid us a visit two centuries ago.

    Italy: close brothers, but they are richer in the northern part and we are less mafiossi in the south. Similar atachment to the “mamma”.

    Greeks: amazingly, greek language sounds the same as spanish regarding accents and pronunciation. But if you get closer to the speaker, you just catch a few words as paradigma or sintagma. We share, especially in the south, a similar landscape, way of living and lately the same economic slump.

    Northern central Europe: north European countries lose before spanish eyes their differences. We deem them all as cold, boring and efficient countries.

    Central-Eastern Europe: neither much known distinction , though we have had the opportunity in the last decade to get familiar with many rumanian inmigrants. Very hard working and honest, with good reputation regretfully tarnished by some thugs who came along with the hard workers hidden inside the trunk of their cars.

    And finally let me confirm that, as already commented, funnily In the USA many assume that the spanish speaking world is homogeneus and affiliate it all to Mexican stereotypes, regardless you are a american indian alpaca herder from the Andes, a aragonese peasant from Spanish Pyrinees, an african-cuban fishermen from the Caribe or a german mennonite settler in Paraguay.

    Comment by Toño — December 26, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  719. Admin, don`t insult me. Your eyes might have betrayed you ;)

    DailyCandor: Your IP address seems to have betrayed you. :)

    Comment by Cadaveria — December 29, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  720. IP address means nothing.
    By the way I`m not russian… hmmm, I wonder why people are interested in such crappy things as nationalities (sigh)
    Yeah, I hate myself & do all my best to die the sooner the better.

    DailyCandor: Wouldn’t you be an example of a person who’s interested in nationalities? I guess you’ve just insulted yourself again. But, please, you can drop the cynical shtick – I won’t tell anyone.

    Comment by Cadaveria — December 31, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  721. You have not guessed (sigh) I`m interested in Evil & nothing except Evil (Black Metal, horror films, vampires & so on)
    Farewell.

    Comment by Cadaveria — January 7, 2013 @ 8:59 am

  722. The Dutch are racist bigots ! However,they will never admit it ! Remember: “EUROPEAN-ONLY TOILETS” during apartheid in South Africa,set up by the Dutch Boer Afrikaaners ? OH YES…although Dismantled,the white settlers there did not want the races to mix-in any way,shape or form ! What did they think…white asses didn’t stink…only black ones ? One Afrikaaner told me they believed the blacks in South Afrika were not fully human.They were a pre-evolved missing link of sorts (fully 33% gorilla),and thus,could never be considered equal with whites from Europe.They were perceived as dirty,ugly and dumb.With a vile odor,similar to a zoo beast.The old signs on beaches once posted: “NET BLANKES IND DE STRAND EEN ZEE” ["WHITES ONLY ON THE BEACH AND IN THE SEA"] Imagine….telling people they can’t go in the ocean if they are not white ! A wicked and evil policy !

    Comment by Marko — January 15, 2013 @ 8:55 am

  723. Well, I am born to an Italian father and Slovak mother in the UK. Some important viewpoints from me:

    - France. Once you get past the arrogance and accept that they do have some things to be admired, they can be interesting and enjoyable companions. Personally, I find French women to be some of the most attractive in Europe and for a West Europe country they are not masculine or feminist like in the UK. The North Africans have ruined many in the young generation though as they have encouraged the ridiculous fake ghetto culture, which you can now even see in old, wealthy and beautiful cities like Dijon.

    - Germany. It’s a good country and they will not lie to you. A bit smug maybe. but all young Germans I meet are decent people with a good heart. I think they should embrace their germanic side more though, it is embarassing when you see them try to declare a European identity and try to kiss and be loud like Southern Europeans.

    - Serbia. My favourite country in Europe. Don’t believe the media, this is full of the warmest, intelligent (but not fake intellectual) and original people in the world. The girls are stunning, the food is incredible and you can find both modern and sexy Belgrade as well as trdaitional villages where the life didnt change much in many years. A country of great pride, tradition and bravery I will love it forever. I really hope it does not join the EU and lose its balls.

    UK – I don’t know what to think about ‘my’ country. Sometimes you can feel really a part of it and proud of a British identity. Sometimes you think that there is nothing really to be proud of. Most males of my generation (20) are quite emasculated and many girls totally without charm or something that makes you want to spend more than 2 days with them. I don’t like the history of backstabbing other countries but for sure UK has done some glorious things. We will see, better to ask me in 50 years.

    Comment by ciccio — January 16, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

  724. I loved this. Most of it is probably true. And really funny.
    Now, I was rather surprised that you included Austria, but since you did, I might as well tell you that you left out one really important thing (you couldn’t possibly know, unless you’ve lived in Austria):
    Austrians don’t like Germany. At all. Now, Germany actually really likes Austria, and Germans usually aren’t aware that Austrians don’t like their country, but Austria really doen’t like Germany, and it has nothing to do with the Second World War.
    It’s only because foreigners keep saying “Austria? Oh, this little country next to Germany…” or “So, how do you celebrate Christmas in Germany? Yes, I know you’re from Austria, but isn’t Austria the same as Germany?” And Austrians have some national pride. We’ve got the feeling that the Germans are replacing us in the minds of people (which they are), so we feel really resentful towards then and have a huge amount of rather evil jokes about them. It’s quite mean actually.

    Comment by Casutama — February 2, 2013 @ 8:49 am

  725. This article is very funny .
    I`am a romanian :
    -We hate hungarians and the hungarian minority because of Transilvania ( we have many jokes about them)
    -With bulgarians we are mixed ,a little more negative.
    -We like the serbs maybe because the ortodox church and good ties in comunist era.
    -The russians and ukranians are very bad seen .
    -And a mixed opinion about the other countries(europe) .
    Recently we started to hate the british and the dutch because of they opinion about our country in E.U .

    Comment by Django — February 4, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  726. As a Spaniard myself and inhabitant of the Canary Islands I must say I totally agree with this article. 90% of spaniards feel utterly insulted if you dare to compare them or confuse them for a South American

    Comment by Torres — February 13, 2013 @ 1:20 am

  727. The Azores are part of Portugal.

    Comment by Carlota — February 18, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  728. Hello from Bavaria,Germany. You have to know that the most of them are sneaky people. The dirty sort of this kind of people. In the real life they play the normal people, but in the Internet they show their real face. I even found a classmate in the Internet. I thought that she was very nice, until i read a comment, how to solve the immigrant problems. The answer was deporting and castration. They often try to make other nations bad and when you start to defend your country, you are an Anti-German. This arrogant “hard working” people work as much as the foreigners in their country. (expect the people who misuse the system, but are not afflicted from insults, which real hard working non-Germans hear often.) They are rude people. Even their woman dont like them. The top of their fascism, they reach in football cups. When their flags are waving everywhere, they are the biggest fascists on earth. If you are foreigner, you have to cheer for the “German” (Where are the Germans?) team. And beware of a mass of them. If you are alone as a foreigner in a mass of Germans, they will try to bash you and your country. They are not better than the other foreigners, who can be seen in their TV as subhumans. Their media is full of lies about every country. Trust me, they are not Nazis anymore, but their hidden fascism is in every aspect of their life. If you want to come to Germany for work, forget it! Go to Scandinavia, Canada, USA, Australia or New Zealand! The good Germans are everywhere, but not in Germany. I knew some of them. They left Germany. This country had no perspectives for them. Most of them settle to Scandinavia or to the South Pacific. To me: Im a Student in beginning. I have not many German friends, because, how i said, the most of them are sneaky people. I was often the target of many fascist teachers here. (Its not uncommon in the upper school) My mother cries every 2nd week because of insults. (Because she is the only foreign woman there.)

    But, not all of them are how i described the Germans. Some of them are like a shining pearl in the darkness. One of my best friends was an old man. A nice, poor, but very! intelligent man, who lived alone. The Germans dont care for their grandparents, like in many parts of Europe. Sadly he died, when my final exams started. Tip for jobless people who want to come to Germany: If you are well educated, go to Australia or Canada.

    To the Germans who will read this, I have to say that I will leave your country. I am sorry, that I grew/grow up here and wasted your time. You know self that this is the truth.God bless their good individuals. Now you can start with your bashing

    Comment by FascistGermany — February 18, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  729. As an American, I think it’s cute in the way Europeans each cling to their national identities.It’s too bad for you people that globalization and multiculturalism will eventually destroy any individuality you now enjoy. There are lots of anti American sentiments here, but it’s totally understandable, as all countries in Europe are just small, insignificant players in the world and cannot compare with the strength and might of America. All you have is your history and you cling to your nationalism like a baby clinging to it’s mother’s teat, it’s your lifeline. What happens when your populations are eventually over run by immigrants such as France and Sweden with it’s growing Muslim populations, your countries and identities will be forever changed, then what will you have? Nada, nothing.

    DailyCandor: Do you think it’s cute the way Americans cling to their national identity? Especially embittered, right-wing Teabaggers?

    Comment by Vee in Maine — February 19, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

  730. OK I admit being a little angry. I think that’s cute. P

    Comment by Vee in Maine — February 19, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

  731. The japanese in general have respect for European countries, and we learned from them a lot in past. We also like to think that Europe is a very interesting continent with lots of enchanting cultures and places. From the northern tip of Norway to the southern tip if Italy, the western tip of Ireland to the east in Russia all are very special to us. Each of the country have very special things that we japanese simply admire, and we tried to emulate all the good aspects of each culture as a appreciation.
    But in general, japanese feel closer to UK more than any other European countries. Because we and the british have similar society structure, both of us also share the “island mentality” of being polite and thoughtful. This is vey meaningful to us, as we have a very deep respect towards the British for so long time. Just like the way we have a begrudging respect towards China (even if we don’t want to admit it), because we learned a lot from China too.
    I do understand that people in the Europe continent like to appreciate our culture, and I think it is good. So, people can understand Japanese and Japan much better as much as we tried to understand you. We Japanese are really grateful that you enjoyed our culture, because we Japanese are very proud of it. I just hope that us Japanese and Europeans can communicate more to understand each other, creating a much better relationship. Thanks for the time everyone, sayonara.

    Comment by Shirou — February 20, 2013 @ 7:57 am

  732. I’m a fucking idiot that knows nothing about different nations!!!!!

    Comment by Dave — February 24, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  733. Even though nobody is inferior because of their race, in a way, there is an inferior approach to life based on results when efficient thinking is not used. Some people are pessimistic and some are optimistic.

    What I think of other Europeans has a lot to do with that. I, myself as a Frenchman from France, prefers people from the British isles, Scandinavia and German-speaking countries and countries like Holland, etc. because they are more optimistic.

    In the Economist magazine, a survey taken among Europeans was discussed to show that the difference of opinions on one particular subject also reflects the attitude toward economic life, etc. The survey wanted to know who believed that when you work hard you should be successul in life. The British, Germans and people of similar thinking feel that when you work hard you can be successful in life. They are the positive people of Europe and the pillar without which everything would come crumbling down. The (inferior) French, Italian, Greek and people from countries with similar attitudes felt that you cannot be successful even though you work hard.

    I just can see the impact that such difference has on the Euro and the European Union. I think there should be two European Union. The People who feel like the British and Germans should join the Union of Positive Peoples and the peoples like the inferior French, Italian and Greeks should join the Union for Peoples with Negative thinking. And then when they see the results of their thinking they will see who got it right. And maybe some of these peoples with negative thinking may learn the better way if they have it in themselves to see the light.

    Comment by Bertrand Feuvray — March 18, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

  734. Greetings, everyone. As an American living in a rather shabby, down-at-the-heels part of (western) Germany, I have had the opportunity to meet quite a different variety of European than what I usually encountered back in my native USA. What strikes me most forcefully about Germans is that deep down they hate themselves, presumably because of the war and its associated horrors. From my perspective, people here have it pretty good: health care, sanitation, food, cost of living in relation to take-home wages, short work hours, public transportation, etc., are all, pound for pound, more optimal than where I come from. Despite all the griping about taxes and “Gebühren” (fees), the fact remains that it is much easier to get by here on a modest income than in many parts of the US. Yet everyone walks around with a glum mien, acting as if the world is coming to an end…never in my life have I heard so much whining and griping about petty annoyances or nothing at all. Put another way, everything is really nice here, but many Germans make it hell for themselves by acting so grouchily and dissatisfied all the time. At first I attributed this to a passion for hard work and high standards, but after several months working in an all-German environment, I am having second thoughts. In America, due to the preponderance of war films, we have gradually acquired an image of Germans as strong, powerful, efficient, stoic and hard-working. At my office, they whine constantly, especially about the cold (I come from a warm climate and I never find it uncomfortable in the office), call in sick (“krank schreiben”) for the most trifling ailment, and between the chitchat and the long breaks, I rather doubt that anyone puts in more than six hours of real work a day. One employee has had two weeks of vacation and three weeks of sick leave just since New Year’s. On top of all that, they bad-mouth the boss openly! Even stranger–bear with me here–it seems to me that many of the characteristics that Jew-haters attribute to Jews are exactly what other Europeans assert about Germans. Various “Ausländer” here have informed me that Germans are greedy, selfish, money-obsessed, hoarding misers who exploit and squeeze the less fortunate (such as the southern European countries), that the women are all whores who cheat on their emasculated, henpecked menfolk, that they’re clannish and regard themselves as superior to everyone else, that although they’re intelligent and capable it is put to malevolent use, etc. Personally, I don’t hate the Germans, and I don’t find the language THAT difficult, but I will concede that they can be “ein schwieriges Volk” — difficult people at times. Like anywhere, though, you have to take social strata and class differences into account…despite the vaunted egalitarianism of the “social market economy,” there is a sharp cleavage among social classes and education levels. Generally, the wealthier and better educated a German is, the better he will speak English, understand the vantage points of others, and, perhaps most importantly, not be as defensive or petty. But you can say that about the wealthy or better off in most other countries…go to California and talk to rich Mexicans (yes, there are quite a few of them), and you will not believe that they come from the same country as their poor countrymen.

    Comment by Trueblood — March 23, 2013 @ 4:22 am

  735. Dont u think poles hate russians?

    ok, evryone hates russians -.-

    Comment by Filip Langdalen — April 6, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  736. Hello! Since I am Greek I would like to make an intervention. At all posts I’ve seen greeks to be described as lazy. Have you ever wondered about the facts? Have you ever actually met any Greek who didn’t work? The most common fact here in Greece is people working in two jobs instead of one and in most jobs here 8 hour shifts do not exist, it’s 12 hour shifts at least. What you view is people that even though working so hard always find the time and the mood to have fun or relax. You hear all kinds of propaganda saying that Greeks find ways to get payed without working but think of it please. Is it true? There were some phenomena that were promoted by media and you are all victims of those. Even Greeks blame each other under this propaganda but ask even them: do they actually know many people who don’t work here in Greece? It’s obvious that I’m referring to post crisis period. The only people we know of not working properly are workers having posts coming out from government favors. This is actually to blame not an entire nation. Are there many Greeks that you know of going abroad for work that are lazy? What happens when a Greek goes abroad? Does he change character? Greeks are hard working people who like to enjoy life. This could hardly recommend a lazy feature. Most people here had their jobs and unfairly lost them and now they struggle to make a living. Oh and if you don’t consider us as Europeans then you are hardly worthy of your civilization because you deny of its origin.

    Comment by at — April 17, 2013 @ 2:04 am

  737. And what Greeks think of foreigners : Cyprus=Greeks
    Italians=twins,
    Turks=potential enemy, when a Greek visits their country they are extremely friendly and polite but you get a Sense of acting policy
    Serbs=respect due to common struggles
    FYROM=exploits of a name and propagandists
    Bulgarian, Slavs, Albanians=enemies,hostiles, prostitutes
    French=admiration of their country and culture. Some of us think for French they are snob some of us don’t. Personally I have the best opinion for French people because I encountered the most friendly and warm people. Same for Belgium.
    Germany=Nazi people. This is the general opinion and actually what I received from Berlin with 2 or 3 exceptions. But when I went to Munich..people were wonderful and welcoming.
    British=polite and punctual. Most of them don’t care about your origin but some of them are quite obnoxious.
    Spanish=party people and warm hearted.
    Netherlands=obnoxious
    Danish=friendly and kind.
    Switzerland=strict, unwelcoming and obnoxious even in tourist jobs.

    Comment by at — April 17, 2013 @ 2:34 am

  738. And here is a comment to be made by a Turkish Guy:

    People of Turkey: Well, for years Turkish people admired European Union as the member countries were highly integrated with open borders, united currency & high gdp per capita. After 2002, Turkey started to grow with high percentages in GDP. Today, looking at the economy Turkish people realize that the EU is not the only option with new markets in Middle East, Asia and Africa on rise. Watching the economic problems in Europe (Especially southern europe), people feel that the European integration is not even necessary anymore… We may, hopefully, structure a new union with western asian and middle eastern countries as Germany did back in 60s. At the end, Europe today is becoming more and more German Europe…

    Kurdish People: Brothers in the Country. Had always been together in the history, Inshallah we will never be divided.
    Azeri & Turkmen/Uzbek/Kazak/Kyrgyz People: Brothers in lineage.
    Arab World: Brothers in Religion. As-salamun Aleykum ya anta habibi!
    Bosnia/Albania: Brothers in history/Culture
    Georgians: Cousins in culture, we need to get even closer for possible treats.
    Greece: Common culture, people had been together on this land for years during Roman, Byzatium and Ottoman Era. Past had seen good and bad scenes but we should find common grounds for better tomorrows.
    Bulgarians/Romanians/Ukrainians: Common culture, nice people, good friends.
    Italians/Spanish/Portugese: Common mediterranean characteristics, you know what I mean :)
    Belgium: To me, Brussels is the best city in the Central Europe. Was very much like ?stanbul, New and Old is together. People are very much on the streets 24/7. It is small but diverse! Favourite in Central Europe.
    Germans: Mechanic mind; subnormal heart. conscience? disliking the Nazi people there. People were not bad when I visited the country, were almost friendly. They can show a little more sympathy.
    UK: Cannot really generalize, are very diverse in London. Reasonable people though…
    France: This is a country that is very hard to comment. I think everyone (except for maybe French) may understand what I meant…
    Netherlands: Nice people when I visited, reasonable, friendly, biking is a great idea. Only problem is that there is just too much freedom that it is almost anarchy there. (Sorry, I am not a guy that enjoys drinking,gambling or prostitution; I am muslim you know… :) ) People are nice though, hope that we will not see protectionism increasing there due to the people like Mr. Wilders.
    Scandinavia: What can we say, good integration, good education, high incomes, high diversity,good health system, good people. We are sorry for the A. Breivik situation. Hope that nazism wont increase there. It is just that people should know there hearts better. People should feel little more sympathy for surronding people and others.
    Russia: We like the no visa regulation. Seeing more russians in TR which is good. But, the extreme right in Moscow is not a good thing for tomorrow.

    DailyCandor: Well, since you’re counting Turkey as Europe, then maybe you should also count Armenia. Pray tell, what is the Turkish view of Armenians?

    Comment by Turkish Guy — April 19, 2013 @ 12:00 am

  739. The Portuguese perceive themselves as not being overly liked in any other country, with the exception of Brasil, Mocambique and Angola, the former colonies. Partially because most people that immigrated from Portugal to other foreign countries usually departed looking for jobs in the construction industry, often being the poorest in the country.

    The Portuguese people, in general, have a very strong empathy for anyone from their former colonies and racism is very very poorly perceived or tolerated. Historically, the Portuguese have married and had children with the inhabitants of their colonies. Only extreme right wing neo-nazis tend to advocate hatred over the black people. The common people find the Nazis and extreme-right as being trash not worth listening to.

    Moreover, the Portuguese are highly tolerant concerning foreigners from other nationalities (Ukraine and Poland, for example).

    The Portuguese have ambivalent feelings towards the Spanish, and tend to consider them relatively dumb as a result of the fact that a Portuguese shall understand 80% of what the Spanish says without ever learning their language, but the Spanish will understand 5% or less.

    Germans, in particular, are also not very well liked.
    The Germans are perceived as being the Nation Reponsabile for two world wars, the mass murdering of Jews and being, still today, a very racist country with a superiority complex and a selective short memory.
    Because the Portuguese have little to no tolerance in regards of racism, the Japanese are also considered with some ambivalence due to their actions in the WWII towards the asian people of China and the fact that they never apologised for their actions.

    Germans are also considered to have over exploited the lack of ethics of the Portuguese politians when Portugal entered the euro, having traded money with strings attached on compromises for ruining most of the indusrty and aggriculture that existed in the country. The consequence of it being that the country started using most of that money to import the products manufactured by the German enterpries.

    The Portuguese consider that entering the Euro, and the subsequent defense of the National interest by their Politicians is the equivalent to the, “Instead of teaching me how to fish, just serve me diner” and more and more pro leaving the currency and looking for tarde Partners in South America as well as with the Former Colonies.

    The Portuguese love the sea and beaches.
    And of course, they are well aware of how much corruption seems to poison their Political system.

    The Portuguese are very traditional and have deep love for family. Boys are always very attached to their mothers.
    Women are hard to get and normally do an excellent job replacing momma.

    Comment by Whatever — April 21, 2013 @ 3:44 am

  740. I’m Korean and this is what I think about Europeans and in general, I have been to several European countries and here is my impression about them. Sorry if there are any offenssive words / sentences here, that you for the time:

    Dutch: Tall, I mean extremelly tall people with friendly attitudes and they speak amazing English. They like their bicycles so much, and they like to eat everything with cheese ( just like the way us Koreans like to eat everything with Kimchi). The Dutch are also quite extreme people, they have legal prostitution, legal weeds, and even legal alcohol too. Dutch people are very laid back people with great sense with friendship, they make great friends. They are not very racist, very welcoming towards other people other than their own kind unlike some Americans. But on the negative side, the Dutch can be cranky and stubborn on a lot of things as they think they are always right. The Dutch always think that whatever they know everything, and sometimes they have the “I am better than you” atittudes. Their dairy products are amazing especially the cheese, I like Edam and Gouda cheese the most. I like their tulips and windmills by the way, those are cool.

    French: Koreans always relate French people with romance or un amour as the impression. They have great fashions and great cuisine, their cuisine is much better than our kimchi I must admit. French cosmetic products also have great reputation among Korean women, especially Lancome and Estee Laudeer. Wine is great too, the champange is even better I like Champage very much. But on the not so good aspect, they can be arrogant and chauvinsitic compared to other Europeans. think they are superior in everything. French people can fussy and demanding on a lot of things, as they never get satisfied with everything surrounds them. Pompous too, always pretentious and can be very vain on many situations. The women are sophisticated and men are very trim, their temperaments are similar to the Swan. French men are romatic and cool, I like them and they also know how to groomed themselves very well. French women dont get fat and are very sophisticalted, with great sense of fashion along with great atittudes. Their pastries and cakes are tasty, when I ate the cake at a Brassiere in Paris I simply tempted with them mmm….yum.

    Italians: Amazing food and fashion (French people come in close second in these areas), I like their clothings and pizza. Koreans like to drool over pizza when they think about Italy, and I like spaghetti and lasagna too. Great culture, laid back living lifestyles with great emphasize on family unity. But too bad, there are too many mafioso in the South as I have been there and most of the cities there are quite dirty and unorderly. Loud people, they like to eat a lot of garlics as much as us Koreans and French people as well. They have the same temperaments like the Koreans, as they never know how cool themselves down (unlike British people). Italians are unorganized and very clumsy people, they never do everything carefully always in trouble. Sometimes, they can be spoiled to as they have the Mama’s boy attittude and always depending on other people to do things properly.Their wine is also great, as they like to eat while they sip their wines like the French do.

    Germans: A lot Europeans called them Nazi due to their WW2 crimes, but it is over now they have already learned their lessons. Germans in general make great cars and products, Koreans think Mercedes is cool (just as cool as our KIA cars) and I like their technology too. But their food is bland and boring, I mean seriously sausage and cabbage oh please! What else do you guys have? At least we Koreans have much varied food than yours. Despite that, their beer is great and their cakes are good too ( Baumkuchen and Black Forest are my favourites). Hard working people, always rigid in their standards as they always expect the best in doing everything (pretty much like the Japs). I also think the German language is quite fascinating too (unlike what the others used to think). Germans also like to drink beer a lot, especially during the Oktoberfest in Bavaria.

    British: Pale people with great sense of humor and mild manners, at the first place they may appear stiff and rigid. But after you know them , they are amazing and hilarious. Koreans like to go to UK for study in the university, because UK has the most great universities like Cambridge, Oxford, etc. (USA has equally great universities too). British have the best literature like Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, etc. and Koreans appreaciate the British for that. Like to drink tea a lot, while eating their favorite “Crumpets” in the evening time LOL. Too bad, their cuisine is too balnd and almost crappy (worse than Germans) except for the Fish and Chips (though its greasy). Fish with Chips, Full Breakfast, and Roast beef are my only favourite British dishes. They have weird obssession over curry, they eat so much curry for every meal like addictited with it. They have great musics like The Beatles, The Rolling Stone, John Lennon, Cat Steven, John elton, etc. which I admire them. To me, the best British singer is Elton John, I like his song a lot especially Candle in the Wind. They have great commedians too, like Rowan Atkinson as the Mr.Bean, and Koreans think that Mr. Bean is the funniest guy ever.

    Swiss: Watch, banks, snow, chocolates, mountains, cheese, and watches are the first things that Koreans think about the Swiss. Swiss people speak very slow and steady, unlike Koreans who like speak very fast with no speed limits. There is a one expat guy from Switzerland who can speak Korean and English very fluent, and when he speaks Korean he sounds very slow. Until I laughed at him the way he speaks Korean, he is increably slow like turtle. Other than that, Swiss people are usually very well mannered and calm, they never rushed over things in contrast to the Koreans. Great watches and chocolates, Koreans like Toblerone and Tag Heuer watches the most as well as other chocolate and watch brands too. Swiss people have the highest living standard and the cleanest environment ever, thats amazing. When I visisted Switzerland, I was amazed by how clean the environment there, much cleaner than the other European countries that I have visisted. The water was clear and drinkable, the air was fresh, and the streets were extremely spotless. The Swiss are just like the Germans too, very hardworking and always do their the best in everything. Very rich people, they have lots of money, they always bring Swiss knives and waer watches everywhere they go. They like cheese too, and I also think their cheese is very good and tasty.

    Swedes: Attractive, blonde haired people with amazing smiles and mild manners. The people of Sweden are some of the most attractive that I have ever seen. They have slim bodies, refined facial features, tall stature (but not too tall like the Dutch), bright blue eyes, and beautiful flowing blonde hair (some have brown hair as well). Koreans are actually very envy with the Swedish, because they are just naturally gorgeous and Koreans strive to be just as gorgeous as them. They have great iving standards and trendy looking cities, Stockholm and Malmo are some of the coolest cities that I have ever been to. IKEA and ABBA are the things that I know about Sweden, I like ABBA songs especially Mama Mia song. Kottbular and Smorgasbord are my favorite Swedish dishes that I ever ate when I was at Sweden.

    Russians: Koreans find Russian women are extremely attractive and mysterious, they often have stunning face and great bodies. Those are the features that Koreans simply envy for, especially when they are talking about the Russian top super models. Great Vodkas too, Koreans think Russia is the paradise for Vodka and cold acoholic drinks and they know it. Russian men on the other hand, are very aggressive and expressive as they like to speak in the animated ways like most Koreans. Russian women sounds very sexy when they speak English with their Russian accent, I got thrilled with that. Russians like to drink a lot of Vodka, I always see Russians bring their Vodkas to everywhere they go (like the Koreans bring their Kimchis to everywhere they go). I like Moscow, it is the most beautiful city that I have been to (second after Paris in comparison) but its too cold especially in the winters.

    Spaniards: Spaniards are actually very laid back people who never worried about tomorrow, but some of them can be extremely racist. I once ever got racist remarks by a one guy when I visited Barcelona, but I just didn’t care him much. They got nice lifestyle, amazing cuisine (especially Tapas and the Seafoods), good lifestyle, and great wine (just like the French). But Spaniards are extremelly lazy, as they like to do fiesta for every hours in the evening. Spaniards never work hard and do their best, unlike the Germans on the comparison. On the bright side, the Spaniards are actually artisitc, passionate, and tasteful people with laid back manners. Thay are pretty cool people once I get along with them, though I must say they are quite loud. And I also find Spanish men to be the hottest men that I have seen during my trips in Europe. And they also have the most amazing soccer team ever, Fernando Torres is my personal favorite soccer player from spain.

    Irish: Pretty much the same like Koreans in many ways, loud, drunk, temperamental, and passionate. Irish people and Koreans also share the same history as the both of us got invaded by the neighbouring Island nations. And both of our nations are got separated too, due to the foreign powers who tried to separate us until now. Irish people like to drink a lot alcohols as much as Koreans too, and they are drunktards. I find irish people to be welcoming and warm hearted, I know this very well when I visited ireland durong my trip. Their music is amazing, pretty much like the British especially from the Westlife band. A lot people think that us Koreans are the Irish of the east, which I think is quite true especially in history backgrounds, drunkness,and temperaments part.

    Norwegians: Pretty much the same like Swedish, but more traditional minded and modest. They like simple life and beautiful nature the most (pretty much like Swiss people), and they are suprisingly intelligent as well. Norwegians speak very good English, well mannered, humble, and modest compared to the other Scandinavians. I like their fjords, natures, and clean environment the most those they are amazing. Norwegians are rich and have high living standards, but compared to the Swedish they are very shy and less approcable. I like their salmon and seafood dishes, except for Lutefisk which I think it is the most disgusting food that I have ever eaten. I also heard that Norway is rich due to the oil from the North Sea, is that true?

    Danes: The most laid back and happy go lucky people in the whole Scandinavia, they like drinking beers like the Germans. I also notice that the Danes and the Dutch have the same mannerism and sense of liberty. But they also somewhat rigid and cold like their neighboring Germans. The Danes like to eat a lot pork (like the Chinese), bacons, cheese, and butters as they have so many of these things in their meals. Smorrebrod or Danish sandwich is my favorite meal, and I also like their roast pork (as what the Danes called “flaeskesteg”). Danes sometimes can be racist as well, as I have heard about the racism in Denmark and the whole Jylland Posten carricature thing. Then, I think the Danes are some of the friendliest and some of the most attractive people that I have ever known. The Danes are often very good looking with refined features, slim bodies, bright blue eyes, and attractive smiles. Though I think that Danish women can be masculine sometimes, they still look pretty otherwise. Originators of the Legos, Koreans think that Danes are the masters of Lego making. I like the Lego park when I visited Denmark, it is very unique with full of Lego made attractions.

    Belgians: When Koreans think about Belgians, the first thing that popped in their mind is chocolate, fries, and beer. Belgians make very good chocolate, and they are they make very good rivals for the Swiss on this one. Their beer is good too, but German and Danish beers are equally good. They make much better beers than the British or the Swedish, and they like to drink it a lot. Oddly enough, people always think that fries was invented by the French when actually it was the Belgians who invented it. Laid back and friendly people with great sense of humor, unlike the cranky Dutch and the pompous French. Belgians like to eat everything with fries (to Belgians, fries is equal to the Kimchi in Korea), but it tastes good especailly with mayonnaise or tomato ketchup. Belgians are very hillarious too, they have very wicked sense of humor like the British and they make great playmates. Despite of the political instability that they faced now, I just think they are just a adorable bunch.

    Greeks: Koreans do understand that the Greeks have too much hard time due to the economic crisis. Despite that, Koreans think that Greeks have amazing history, culture, and lifestyle with very welcoming attitude. I’ve personally been to Greece and I think that Greeks are welcoming warm hearted people, with amazing history. The whole Greek civilization, Pathernon, and Athens stunned the Koreans a lot. They along with the Chinese, Egyptian, Indians, and Arabs are some of the people with the most incredible history.Athens is the most ancient city that I have been to, I like Pathernons which has the most ancient feel in it. The beaches are also amazing especially at the Mykonos, which has the most spectacular view in the Europe. Greeks also have the strong sense of family unity like the Italians, they love their family so much and always together with them. I should admit that I have my first impression about the Greeks from the Games and the My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie.

    Finns: Cold, introverted, melancholic, intelligent, and mild mannered people from the far North of Europe. But once I know them, they are friendly and calm people actually though they can be weird at times. The Finns make great cellphones like Nokia (though our LG and Samsung cellphones are equally good as well), tech savvy too like the Japanese. When I went Finland, I notice that Japanese and Finns have similar temperamentals, though the Japanese are not depressive like the Finns. And I also known that The Finns have the best education in the world, as I read on the OECD news (though my country South Korea come in close second). Finns like to drink a lot Vodka like the Russians, which can explain why the Finns like to get depressed. Have amazing lakes and sceneries, I must admit that Finland (along with Norway and Switzerland) have the most spectacular natures in the Europe.

    Poles: Although Koreans don’t think much about them, I think that Poles are quite friendly people. They are much friendlier compared to the Russians in my opinion, and somewhat a bit introverted. Poles have quite good cuisine, very healthy with lots of vegetables. And I think that Warsaw is quite a nice city, though it is somewhat backwards compared to other European cities. Poles also like to drink a lot Vodka, like Russians or other East Slavic people which I think maybe it is their habits or tradiotns or something like that. Their Vodkas are nice, even though is cheaper than the Russian ones. But too bad, they have bad reputation in the Europe as the illegal immigrants which I think it can be annoying at times. On the bright side though, I have heard that Europeans said that they are hardworking people. I have visisted Poland, I know this quite well.

    Czech: Amazing people with amazing beers too, their beer is just as good as the Germans, the Danes, and the Belgians. Though they make it cheaper than their German counterparts, pretty much like Belgian beers in price. Czech women are also attractive and stunning like their Russian counterparts, but more open minded. They have the most amazing capital, the Prague especially during the night. I have been to Prague, I like the city a lot and its night view is very spectacular (pretty much like Paris or London at night).

    Portuguese: Laid back and warm hearted people, much more welcoming as compared to the Spaniards. But compared to the Spaniards, the Portuguese are usually more introverted and calm. They love beaches the most, pretty much like Spaniards too especially during the summertime. Unfortunately, Portuguese people are lazy and never think about tomorrow they like to spend their money too much, and never safe their money. Their cusine is fine, though is not as elaborate as their Spanish counterparts and the wine is quite nice as well. According to my touring experience, Portugal has some of the most beautiful beaches, along with Greece and Spain.

    Austrians: Just the laid back version of the Germans, they are friendlier compared to Germans and more lax in their mannerism. The Austrians are also hardworking like the Germans, but they are not as uptight as their German counterparts or Swiss for that matter. I like their cuisine like Wienner Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel, the beer is also amazing like the German ones. Austrians are also humorous like British, and more numorous than their German counterparts who have no sense of humor at all! Vienna is also amazing, I like it especially the Vienna Hapsburg palace which is as grand as the Versailles in France. In my eyes, austrians are just the more laid back, friendlier, warm hearted, and humorous brother of the Germans.

    That’s all the words I give you, thank you and bye…..

    Comment by Seong Un — April 27, 2013 @ 2:51 am

  741. As a Korean, I will also give my opinion about my East Asian neighbours. As I have been to China and Japan for a couple of times:

    Chinese: Koreans think they are poor, rude, unhygieneic, and oppressed by their communist regimes. Koreans don’t really the CCP and the support towards the North Korea brutal regime. Despite that, Koreans think Chinese culture and history are quite amazing and China is a nice country for vacation. Some Koreans also like to come to China for studying Chinese culture and enjoy the cheap living standard there. Chinese cuisine is great as well, I like Cantonese and Sichuan food the most even though Koreans think they like to eat the weird stuffs. Chinese people also have a long history of conquering us Koreans, but we have no problem with it it just history anyway. Some Chinese are also quite welcoming and friendly people with laid back atittudes, especially those in Hainan island, Shandong, and Sichuan. Business minded people too, they like to talk so much things about business. Chinese in general are also quite humble and hardworking bunch of people. I have quite a number of Chinese friends from mainland China and I am fine with them. They also like to talked to me a lot and are very curious with everything. But I just think they need to groom and clean themselves next time, so they might look better.

    Japanese: Koreans in general still have grudge against the Japanese due to history and disputes. Koreans now still have disputes with Japanese over the Dokdo (or Takeshima in Japanese), which still pisses us quite a lot. Koreans think Japanese people are somewhat hypocritical and distant in their mannerism. But on the positive side, Koreans think that Japanese people are well-mannered, orderly, calm, intelligent, and hardworking. Japanese culture is also very rich and amazing, they preserve their culture much better than we do. Unfortunately, Japanese people are overwhemingly small and short even their guys are so small. I just think it is fine, Japanese people are cute anyways (no pun intented) they just look fine to me. Koreans think that Japanese fashion is somewhat too cute for Korean taste (as Koreans prefer natural and mature look instead). And I also think that J pop is quite amazing.

    Comment by Seong Un — April 27, 2013 @ 3:31 am

  742. Japanese here, I am from Kyoto by the way. I think this is kind of interesting, there are so many different point of views from different people. Now I will give you mine:

    French: Japanese think they are romantic, stuck-up, classy, vain, full of themselves, tasteful, artistic, cool, and passionate. Japanese like French cuisine and think that French fashions/trends tend to be simple but classic. But I think that French people are kind of lazy and warm hearted, well groomed and trim. French fashion, literature, culture, and pastries are very popular in Japan lots of Japanese are fascinated with it. Good wines and champagne, Japanese people like French wines and champagne they always come in good quality.

    Dutch: They are very tall (Japanese people look like dwarfs next to them, because we Japanese are so short and tiny!), love bicycles, love cheese, have wicked sense of humor, speak better English than most Japanese, polite, don’t like to rush over anything, friendly, welcoming. But they can be crazy at many times, I mean seriously?!!!!Legal prostitution, gambling, and weeds!!!!Those are totally out of mind, Japanes people could never imagine that. Otherwise, Dutch people are cool and laid back, they know how to enjoy themselves and go with the flow. Tulips, clogs, and windmills are the things that Japanese used to refered when they talk about Netherlands.

    British: Japanese have the most close sense with them, they generally share the same common ground with the Japanese. They love tea like us, put emphasize on formalism like us, eat curry as much as we do, love uniforms as much as we do, and they generally very warm hearted. But, the British are more open minded and direct minded compared to the Japanese who are usually more reserved and cautious. Japanese people also love Harry Potter and British musicians, especially The Beatles. We also like British cuisine, despite of its crappy reputation abroad but we like it. They got amazing villages too, we Japanese simply envy them.

    Germans: Somewhat arrogant, stubborn, stiff upper lip, cautious, but very well organized, smart, tech savvy, cool, civilized, reserved, well planned, trustworthy. Germans make the best beer and cakes, Japanese people like their Baumküchen the most and we like sausages with sauerkraut (just for more experience). German technology and cars are well appreciated by the Japanese, especially in engineering and machinery stuff. Maybe at the first place they seemed to be cold and distant, but after I know them I must say they are pretty cool.

    Swedes: They are the hottest Europeans ever! Nothing can be more attractive than a beautiful blonde hair, blue eyes, and pretty face of the Swedes. Swedes are also very welcoming, cool, well mannered, soft spoken, speak good English, well educated, and intelligent. Japanese people salute them for their high living standards, clean environment, social awareness, education level, physical and personality attractiveness. But beneath their cool and reserved manners, I finally found out that Swedes can be cheerful, fun loving, and interesting too. They are amazing, I have my great impression of them after I have spent my time at Sweden.

    Swiss: Similar to Germans in many ways, but with funnier accent, modest attitudes, and mild temperaments. Swiss people speak very slow, but Japanese people think they don’t to rush over anything and very soft spoken. They have clean environment, high living standard, beautiful mountains, skiing, chalets, modest life, great trains. I like their chocolates, cheeses, and watches they always make it in a good quality. But I have been told that they have secret banking, is that true? Because someone ever told me that. Some Japanese people also like to come to Switzerland for experiencing the life of Swiss while becoming expats for work reasons.

    Spaniards: Ole! Cool, welcoming, warm hearted, loud, frivolous, laid back, fun loving people who speak silly accent of English. Japanese people think that Spaniards have amazing cultures and beaches, much happier in that sense as opposed to ours. But in the down side, they seem to be lazy and demanding while they don’t know how to work hard and determined. Spaniards also tend to spend their money to much while partying themselves off, as opposed to the Japanese who are more tight with their budgets. Other than that, I think they are cool and fun to be around with while I spent my wonderful time at Spain. Their cuisine is good and nutritious especially the seafood soup and paella. Great wines too, pretty good like the French ones. I have good impression about them, though they are lazier and flakier than the average Japanese.

    Italians: Mamma Mia! Japanese people think that they are cool fashionistas and designers, they are famous for that sense. They cook very well food, Pizza and Spaghetti are Japanese people’s favorite Italian cuisine. Italians are very welcoming, loud, frivolous, cheerful, hot tempered, passionate, friendly, cool people with great sense of family unity. Italians are very close to their family, they like to gather around while spending their times together. Great culture and lifestyle, they have the most beautiful country too with amazing scenery. Italians like Japanese people, they even always say “konichiwa” to me when I passed by them and I’m impressed.

    Greeks: I know that they are still worry about the economy crisis that hit them in the previous. Otherwise, Japanese people still think that Greeks are amazing people with amazing history and civilization. When I visited Greece, I think that Greek people in general are very laid back and welcoming. They have great cuisine, beautiful cities, great culture, lifestyle, beaches, and climate. I love Myknos the most, Athens is pretty cool as well. Pathernon amazed me a lot, I can feel something ancient yet spectacular about it. Greek people have positive review from the Japanese, despite the fact they know that Greeks are still struggling with the crisis.

    Danes: Combination between Swedish, Dutch, and Germans in certain ways. They are very polite, friendly, welcoming, speak good English, smart, cool, and mild tempered. Danes love bacon, cheese, pork, butter, salmon, potato the most which can explain why they are a bit chubby. Liberal minded with lax attitude of handling thing in their ways, love to drink beer as much as Dutch, Germans, and British do. Danes are also very artistic, scinetific, and creative people, which surprised me quite a lot in that sense. I also appreciate their clean environment, toy like cities, high living standards, great society order, and safety.

    Norwegians: Humble, modest, reserved, speak good English, traditional minded, cool, well mannered, intelligent, soft spoken people. Japanese people like their salmon and seafood products, Norwegians also like to eat seafood as much as Japanese people do. They have amazing living standards, social order, nature, fjords, traditional costumes, and city scape which Japanese appreciate a lot. Japanese and Norwegians are also very culture oriented people, both of us like the preserve our culture and live modestly as a nation. That is the common thing we both share together, even though we are different.

    Finns: Introverted, melancholic, sensitive, well mannered, soft spoken, intelligent, calm, no-nonsense people. To the ears of the Japanese, some Finish words sounds like Japanese which is surprising at the first place. I like their clean environment, beautiful nature, refreshing lake, high living standard, amazing education system (they have the best education system as I know), and great society. Good saunas too, they like public Saunas as much as we Japanese love for Onsen (warm public bath) as the common ground. Vodka lovers too, they like to drink Vodka as much as Russians do but less violent and aggressive. To me, they are similar to Japanese in many ways as well.

    Icelanders: Japanese think they are mysterious people, but when I visited Iceland I was surprised by how friendly the people there. They are just like Scandinavians in many ways, even though they are far away from the Europe which amazed me. They have the most beautiful capital Reykjavik and amazing geysers too. Icelanders in general also know how to speak English well, just as good as other Scandinavians or Europeans. They love whaling too, just as much as Japanese people as their common ground with us. Iceland has good impression to me, I would to visit there again next time.

    As for other two East Asians, I will give a bit my impression just for addition:

    Chinese: They don’t like us and we think they are blinded by their crazy commie regime. Chinese people in Japan don’t have very good impression in general, we precieve them as backwards and uncivilized. Japanese people like to despise them, and some of us also unfairly prejudiced them. We know that they still despise us, due to the historical thing in the past decades which is tragical. And I also hate their government, their government is a total nuts! Even crazier than a Nazi in that sense. Despite that, Japanese people have begrudging respect towards Chinese cultures and history ( even if Chinese don’t know that). Japanese people also love Chinese cuisine, especially Dim Sum and Mapo Tofu. Deep inside in our hearts, we just think that Chinese people in general are just our blinded country cousins and we pity them for that. And I think that they are problems are mostly caused by their communist regime, which is suffering. On the bright side, Chinese people become very friendly towards me when I meet them as a person. I was surprised with that, but I just think that’s because they finally realized that their commie propagandas are totally false! Chinese people owe us and we owe them too. (Sigh) too rough history against each other pretty much wasted our emotions, I believe Chinese also think the same even if they never know. Japanese people deep down also crave to be closer with them like we were used to be in the past. I also believe that there are some Chinese who also think the same with us, even if they don’t even want to admit it. I don’t discriminate them, neither do I like them either but I just tolerate them and accept the way they are. After I have seen Chinese movies like Shaolin Soccer and Crouching tiger, my impression about them is quite improving. Chinese people also like to come to Japan for jobs and holidays, we just welcome them with open hands.

    Koreans: Same with Chinese people, they despise us and we also like to sneer at them. Koreans also don’t have great reputation among Japanese people, and we also tend to look down on them. Koreans in general are perceive to be inferior, ill tempered, ill mannered, and backwards. But their images are quite improving nowadays, due to the K-pop and other Korean pop culture boom in Asia. We also think that Koreans have great fashion sense, great cosmetics, and we also like Kimchi but we call it Kimuchi. Koreans also come to Japan for jobs and holidays (same for Chinese people as well), and we just welcome them with open hands. Koreans also finally changed their views about the Japanese, once after they meet me in person which is suprisingly me (same in the case of Chinese people). Too much rough history pretty much wasted our emotion as well, but Koreans owe us a lot and we owe them too. I don’t discriminate them, neither so I like them but I just tolerate them like they way they are. Japanese people deep inside also want to be closer to Koreans and Chinese as the three of us share something in common as the Northeast Asian nations.

    Comment by Yukiko — April 29, 2013 @ 7:55 am

  743. To: Bertrand Feuvray
    Now that you said all that it is time to get your prescribed medication.

    Comment by Demetrius — April 29, 2013 @ 8:11 am

  744. Nice write up… and somewhat accurate.

    Your comments on the British being drunken fools abroad are very accurate – and I usually avoid where the British are gathering in large numbers for ill considered sessions of drinking at 1 Euro a pint…

    It’s a class thing tho. Too much money.. too little sense.

    As for our Euro neighbours most British “just dont care”. Most have historically been allies or foes at one point in our history lessons at school. The days of Empire may be long gone… but it will take centuries for this to work it’s way out of the national conscious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYiOCctlPR0

    I could go on at length… but who reads this crap anyway?

    Comment by EnglishEuropean — May 4, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

  745. As a British person (English specifically), I can safely say that the description of the British is more or less spot on (kudos). I am also a quarter Polish, though you seem to know more about them than I do. All in all, well done. Sterling stuff.

    Comment by British Teacher — May 21, 2013 @ 3:58 am

  746. these are very dated opinions. they might seem somewhat true to an american tourist, but overall this article is definitely not accurate.

    Comment by DG — May 23, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  747. you also forgot to consider how greatly the opinions countries have of other countries differ depending on which age demographic you ask. that’s a very important variable to consider.

    Comment by DG — May 23, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

  748. Turkey: Simply not European! Probably Europeans wannabe. Keep getting more Islamic and you’ll end up like Saudi Arabia. Just during the last week they prohibited drinking, smoking and kissing(!) in public places!! This is definitely not Europe! Do you even know what human rights protection mean? Not even at the slightest like Greeks ($26,251 per capita, 29th in Human Development Index) let alone Spaniards($31,820, 23rd), Portuguese($22,226, 43rd) and Italians($36,124, 25th). Somebody compared Turkey ($10,524, 90th) with these countries I wanted to laugh. The worst country in Europe is by far better than Turkey. And, finally, please get this: nobody wants you in the EU, so stop dreaming if you haven’t already, cause you can kiss EU accession goodbye! The only ones that want you in the EU are Brits and that’s because they are not really into EU things. It’s not about religion, language or history, please don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Turks or their country, I just think as other people do that they have no place in the EU. Maybe a close economic relation? Let’s just solve our current problems and stop causing more, huh? :) btw really amusing site! xx

    Comment by GJ — May 28, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

  749. @ 748,
    you may wanna read comment 738…
    There is no prohibition of alcoholic drinks in TR, it is a regulation on sale of it during certain times as this actually exists many places in EU. Smoking is only prohibited indoors. I am just laughing the kissing part. Even if alcohol or smoking was banned, what is bad about it? Do you call it undemocratic when heroin is banned??? NO. Alcohol kills just like heroin does… So it is better to ban it… Turkey may have lower GDP per capita, than many small countries in EU. This is not because it is under developed than many of them. It is like comparing liechtenstein to china and call china less developed than liechtenstein because the GDP per capita is lower. China is way greater than liechtenstein in many aspects. Looking at just GDP per capita is a blind way of comparing…

    People of Turkey do know their other options, and the EU is not a must anymore. As you said, we let you solve your problems first, as we keep on advancing with other partners who are not as arrogant…

    Comment by commenor on 738 — June 17, 2013 @ 2:58 am

  750. Anyone thinking the Spanish are cuddly just take a view on youtube of their police shooting at some kids on a skijet in Gibraltar Bay.

    Comment by Frank Marsden — June 25, 2013 @ 5:40 am

  751. Im Danish and this is what I/we/most of us think of the rest of Europe
    Before you get offended, PLEASE NOTICE THAT WE DON’T HATE any European countries in general.

    Belgium: They are just Germans, but a smaller country. We love their beer, though.

    Denmark (ourselves): We think we are one of the best countries in the world. Don’t tell us we aren’t lol :D

    England: They are considered our friends, mostly because they helped Denmark (the resistance-groups) alot during WW2.

    France: We like the French, especially their food. Many Danes travel to Paris or the Mediterranean coast. But we think they are arrogant and not very good at speaking English.

    Germany: Sehr Schön. Many people think Danes hate Germans, but it’s a big fat lie. The only people in Denmark who hate Germany is the oldest ones (who somehow ‘suffers’ from the WW2) and the right-wing extremists. Most Danes would
    actually prefer Germany winning in sports from most other European countries. 90 % of students here learn German in school.

    Greece: Most Danes consider them as lazy, ‘stupid’. We also think that they – and most Southern European countries too – should not be part of the EU, because “they just want to scrounge” (To obtain (something) by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation, SOURCE: http://www.thefreedictionairy.com) from the ‘rich’ countries – especially Germany.

    Holland / Netherlands: We like them very much. Although many Danes find them irritating, noisy or dominating at hotels (at the swimming pools), tourist attractions, etc. – apart from that, the Dutch are very much like us; the people, the language and their society.

    Italy: We love Italy! Thousands of Danes go there on vacation every year (they make some good money on us).
    Everywhere in Denmark, Italian food is adored.

    Norway: Our ‘brothers’. Like Sweden, they are considered as a great ally. Most Danes prefer Norwegians over Swedes, but we love both. We also make jokes about Norwegians being stupid. Example:
    Q: Why did the Norwegian crawl on the floor through the supermarket?
    A: Because they’re looking for the low prices.

    Poland: Most Danes don’t like Poles. Like most of Eastern Europe. Here are 3 main reasons: 1. “they steal our jobs”. 2. Because of the high number of Polish gypsies in Denmark. 3. Their attitude and like the Dutch (but even worse), their behaviour at hotels, tourist attractions etc…..

    Russia: No general opinion, but like everyone else, we think that the Russians are crazy.

    Spain: Spaniards are considered lazy too. We like their food and the beaches and stuff, all in all, Danes have nothing against Spaniards.

    Sweden: We love them, just until they beat us in Football or Handball. Especially the people in Skåne (Scania).

    Comment by The great DANE — July 12, 2013 @ 1:58 am

  752. A quick description of how Dutch people (from the Netherlands) perceive other countries/folks:
    - Germany: we don’t dislike them as much as we did before — we see Germans as hard working, polite and inventive. We have a friendly rivalry when it comes to soccer. We don’t like German tourists that automatically switch to German while speaking to us, assuming that Dutch is nothing more than a strange dialect. Also, to us Dutchmen, German people are a bit too stiff and formal.
    - Belgium: our friendly neighbor. We don’t have negative thoughts about Belgians, we see Flemish people especially as our closest neighbors. Belgians are polite and their cuisine/beer is much better. As for the people from the French-speaking part, we mock them for their inability to speak or understand Dutch despite being a bilingual country.
    - UK: it’s a bit of a mixed bag. We love their sense of humor, which we feel is comparable with our sense of humor. We see them as way too polite, although we think we can learn from them in terms of politeness. On the other hand, we also think that British people are pale, fat, often drunk and covered with ugly tattoos. And what’s up with all those teenage pregnancies?
    - France: we absolutely love the country, but not the people. French people are arrogant and are not willing to help you or get to know you if you don’t speak French fluently. . But we praise France for their good high speed train network, good wine and cheese, and their ability to do massive strikes or street protests. The only reason why they want to visit our country in return is the marihuana.
    - Spain: we love Spaniards! They seem as loud, honest and out-going as Dutch people are. Spaniards always love to party and to eat dinners up til midnight. But they never seem to be on time if you’re having an appointment, which is a no-no in Dutch society. And their English skills are rubbish.
    - Portugal: beautiful and cheap country for vacation, the language and the people are puzzling though.
    - Italy: we love to take our trailers to this country for summer vacation. The food is great, the people are well dressed but overdramatic and have horrible driving skills. And we still associate Italy with maffia (and bad politicians like Berlusconi).
    - Switzerland and Austria: equally loved for their great skiing areas and apfelstrüdel. Switzerland is hella expensive though, and Austria is full of freaks with a weird accent.
    - Denmark: very the same like the Netherlands in a lot of ways, but emptier and way more expensive. We totally are convinced that their language is the same as Swedish, but once we’re finding out that the language is completely different, we’re in total shock.
    - Sweden: the Dutch love Sweden! IKEA is furniture store #1. Also, people tend to believe that everything is even better in Sweden because of the space, the fresh air, friendly people and the funny language. The only reasons why we don’t want to live there is: 1) it’s too expensive in general, 2) the alcohol prices are insane and 3) it’s even colder than the Netherlands.
    - Norway: much like Sweden, but with breathtaking fjords, even colder and too expensive to live.
    - Finland: good quality of education, mobile phones, sauna,
    - Poland: used to be veeery negative, they were “stealing our jobs”. But we have to admit that Polish people are hard working and try to blend in our society quite well. On the other hand, we still see Poland as gray, cold and too religious.
    - Czech Republic: nice beer, Prague is very nice, but unhappy people.
    - Slovakia: used to be part of Czech Republic, right?
    - Russia: cold, grey, very corrupt and very homophobe. Everybody is alcoholic and loves wodka. They are rude and grumpy.
    - Ukraine: a “light” version of Russia.
    - Baltic countries: do everything to dislike Russia, despite they are very similar.
    - Hungary: country with a weird language, a weird government and goulash. Oh, and Lake Balaton.
    - Former Yugoslavia::: Slovenia: no comment. Croatia: beautiful country, grumpy people. Serbia: stupid nationalists who think Kosovo is still theirs, but we’re keeping your criminals in The Hague. Montenegro: former war zone. Bosnia: still a war zone, our Dutch militairs failed to rescue them. Macedonia: wait, is that the country with lake Ohrid?
    - Albania: no comment
    - Greece: lazy people that have to pay us back. But, they have beautiful islands and the food is great.
    - Romania/Bulgaria: best to avoid these people, since they are all corrupt or thieves.

    Comment by Erwin — July 22, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  753. [...] die Vorurteile. Es existieren viele davon, vor Allem unter uns europäischen Völkern, wie momentan hier nachzulesen ist. Anscheinend hassen Dänen Deutsche. Anscheinend hassen Spanier Franzosen. [...]

    Pingback by Von der Kunst des Akzeptierens | Nachdenk-Blog — July 23, 2013 @ 4:12 am

  754. Umm you added the greeks and did not mention anything about Macedonia ? what the fuck man.. Serbia and Croatia ? Bosnia and Serbia ? Turkey and Greece?

    there is a lot of stuff missing

    DailyCandor: Nothing…NOTHING…pisses off smaller countries’ citizens more than not being lumped in with the big guys. Read my followup post…the link is above.

    Comment by a — August 6, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

  755. Hehe, everyone is butthurt about Germany.

    Looks like our superiority has caused some controvesry :D

    DailyCandor: Americans are used to saying/thinking that. Often about German butthurt. ;)

    Comment by Bernd — August 9, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  756. Germans are very disliked…wonder why? . . . .

    Comment by WilliamNielsen — August 17, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

  757. As a Dutchman this is what I think of the other European countries:

    Belgians: Perceived as friendly neighbors with a weird sense of humor. We joke about them being stupid and they joke about us being stingy. I would call it spending your money wiseley. Look where it got us! I admit that their beer beats the Dutch ones but we make better fries! How can you like dip your fries in sour mayonnaise? Please keep in mind that I am talking about the Flemish people, not the Wallonians who refuse to speak any other language than French.

    Germans: We like them nowadays (It used to be diffrent after the war because we kind of got backstabbed by our friend). I mean even our King has German blood so we are intertwined more or less. They are more strict than us and they think that Dutch is a weird form of German. Hah! Haha!

    Great Britain: We used to be competitors historically. Even though we lost like 50% of our colonies to them we do not hold any grudge against ‘em. I even adore those guys. They are certainly the most loved english-speaking country in the world.

    Denmark: The Netherlands and Denmark are very much alike and how can’t you love that? Denmark is like the Netherlands (or the other way around ofcourse) but a bit farther north. I wish more people of our countries could see that. Danes, just like the other Scandinavians and the Dutch can produce some high-quality English. Maybe it’s because our languages look like eachother and English, I don’t really know.

    Sweden: Just like Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries really, I very much like them. The people are really friendly and the nature is just enviable. I wish we had such great friendships with other countries like the Scandinavians have with eachother. Admittedly I think that the Scandinavian “languages” are pretty much dialects. I’m sure that there are “dialects” in the Netherlands that are more diffrent from Dutch than the Scandinavian “languages” are from eachother. Great country nonetheless.

    Norway: Love ‘em. It’s unfortunate that we don’t hear much from Norway and Denmark because Sweden is pretty much taking the stage. They are like the most entitled to be called “first world”. The prisons are like hotels over there. Historically Norwegians used work on our trading ships and because of that that quite a few Dutchmen have Norwegian ancestors.

    France: Lovely country, except for the people. I think that it’s pretty well-known that they are the worst tourists ever. Well, after the Russians maybe. By the way, learn some English!

    Spain: I used to go on holiday to spain when I was little. I can’t really get the picture of Mexicans out of my head when I think of Spain, it’s undeserved but it’s true.

    Poland: Kind of a mixed bag. The Poles who come to the Netherlands to work really work their asses off (even my old mathematics teacher was Polish, she spoke Dutch with a funny accent even though she lived here for over 20 years at the time) , but I also hear quite some less positive things about them. For instance around 3 months ago there was a frickin’ shooting in our neighbourhood between a couple of Poles.

    Romania: I dislike those guys. I keep hearing bad news with them in it. For example there was a big heist where many million euros worth of paintings were stolen (like Picassos) and because of their incompetence and them unable to controll their nerves they ended up BURNING the paintings! I mean what the hell, how can you be that stupid? I get the feeling that they are born as thieves because not only they steal paintings, but they also master the “art” of pickpocketing. They aren’t just terrorizing the Netherlands but also Great Britain and many other European countries. To be honest I dislike many eastern European countries.

    Italy: I like how they treat their families. Italy has some kind of homey atmosphere and a lovely weather. Much better than the cold rainy windy weather the Netherlands has.

    Greece: What the hell, guys. Stop retiring at the age of frickin’ 45 and pay your taxes already! I am more than sure that if you just grew up and act like the rest of (north-western) Europe you wouldn’t be in this mess you are in right now. *sigh* …

    That’s all, folks.

    Comment by Ruben — August 26, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  758. Oh crap I forgot Finland.

    Finland: I see them as the quet little brother of Scandinavia. I find it funny to read that you guys are forced to learn Swedish and hate to do so. I like Fins and I would love to meet some in person.

    Comment by Ruben — August 26, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

  759. “France: Lovely country, except for the people. I think that it’s pretty well-known that they are the worst tourists ever. Well, after the Russians maybe. By the way, learn some English! ”

    LOL, do you want to see how your fellow countrymen behave in the South of France ? BTW, why are you guys focusing on the French while our opinion is neutral towards the Netherlands ?

    Comment by Alexandre — August 27, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  760. I am from Bulgaria.

    Russia – Thank them and soldiers from Romania, Poland, Finland and other nationalities from Russian Empirefor our Independance.
    UK – I hate Chirchil and Dissraely due to their actions against us but I really love English culture, movies and sence of humor.
    Germany – the most positive opinion. All my relatives and friends, that have lived during the WWII have only positive experience with the Germans, unlike the Russians. The Germans always were on our side, unlike Russia.
    Romanians – we have mixed opinion about them. They are not selfconfident but have a big potential. In fact, they are verry beautiful race.
    Serbians – We are enemies for 1000 years but we like them, their movies, food and respect their stubborn pride.
    Macedonians – they would be ashamed to call themselves Bulgarians.
    Greecks – Enemies for 1350 years. Limited minded. They will always try to assimilate us but we are a little warlike for their taste. I love their food and beatuful towns next to the sea. We have cultural and linguistic influence from them due to the chritianity, not due to the superiority of the culture. At least our culture is more anciant and developed.
    Turkey – 500 years under yoke. Many attrocities. In fact we are positive to them despite the yoke. They have many positive sides and we feel them more friends than foe.
    The Nederlands – Incredible country.
    Sweeden – Same like the Nederlands.
    Portugal – I like them verry much. The best food i have eaten abroad. Great culture and history.
    Poland – Big brothers, like Russia, but they have the chance to develop their economy and to be a factor in Europe.
    Hungary – we like them. We hade a common history about 1500 years ago.
    Armenians – we like them even they are a little trikky.
    Italy – Great culture, industry and design. Not very relyable but nice people.
    Spain – We like them. Great history and culture.
    France – Great influence to our culture and mostly positive attitude. I like Sarckozy.
    Slovakia – Nice people.
    Slovenia – Contrary to Slovakia.
    Ukraine – stubborn like the Slavs do. Great potential but may be their polititians have to be more united.
    Belarus – I have no info about them – sorry.
    Czech Republic – The opinion in Bulgaria about them is realy strange. Some of us say they are Germans among the Slavs, most of us say they are Jews among the Slavs. Anyway they are well organied and relatively rich people. They have verry good industry and beautiful women. Nice Beer.
    Northern Europe – Positive opinion.

    We, Bulgarians, are simply the fastest disapearing nation in the world for last two decades.

    Comment by Peter — September 4, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  761. I’m French, here is my take :

    UK : mixed feelings on this one. In one hand, people like the cliché of upper-class Englishmen drinking tea and making tongue-in-cheek remarks. On the other hand, most Englishmen are seen as rude, beer-drinking hooligans on the verge of alcoholism. The English are seen as treacherous for historic reasons (“La Perfide Albion”) and annoying for their lack of solidarity towards Europe and their unconditional alliance with the US. But most of all, their weather and their food scare the hell out of us.

    Belgium : the bottom of many jokes but we actually like them and revere their beers.

    Germany : hard-working and efficient people, a bit stiff but it’s OK. Our local media tend to see Germany as a model of industrial development and our natural ally in Europe. The nazi-related stigma is pretty much gone. Their food is awful though – sausages, potatoes and beer, that’s what it looks like to us.

    Switzerland : a very well organized tax haven with great scenery. Not messy enough for our taste though.

    Italy : a bunch of smooth-talking, lazy loverboys who talk with their hands. The Southern part has a reputation for pickpockets. Other than that we generally admire their culture, weather and food.

    Spain : party animals, they now have a slightly lazy image because of the financial crisis. They come off a bit like the Italians, but not as dishonest.

    Portugal : hairy people who eat cod and work in construction in France.

    Russia : the women are seemingly all goddesses while the men are alcoholic, blunt, and full of dirty money.

    Greece : lazybones and homosexuals. Great food and beaches though.

    Eastern Europe : it’s a bit fuzzy to us since it’s so far away from our borders, most people couldn’t tell, say Hungary and Romania apart. Their main contribution to French society are prostitutes and gypsies so you can guess their popularity.

    Oh, and I was shocked to read so many times the French couldn’t speak any English to save their lives. It’s getting better and better and most young people have a decent enough grasp. But a warning message to you all tourists in Paris : asking someone in the street in a foreign language for directions without as much as a “Excusez-moi” won’t get you anywhere. Learn to say “Excusez-moi” and “Bonjour” and notice the difference.

    Comment by Leroux — September 15, 2013 @ 8:42 am

  762. As a proud polish person I can say fuck germans I hate you ugly motherfuckers!!

    Comment by Fuck germans — February 19, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

  763. I strongly disagree with your opinion that the Poles dislike Czechs and Slovaks – it’s quite opposite actually. As for Lithuanians, despite some intergovernmental tensions the view of them is mostly positive. Attitude towards the Germans is ambivalent, whereas the northern, Scandinavian neighbours are generally liked. Ukrainians and Belorussians are looked down upon and the Russians are hated, despised and feared.

    Comment by A Polish man from Warsaw — March 3, 2014 @ 12:16 am

  764. I’m greek and I’m really upset about all the negative comments written by some people especially from the northern part of europe but also some of our neighbouring countries. I don’t agree about the lazy part of course you get lazy people all over europe. Our supposedly 8 hours shift are never 8 hours always more like 10 or even 12 and never get paid overtime. We like to live our lives to the full during the summer months. Greeks live in Greece for over 3500 years howcome we’re not considered europeans?? The summer is hot and burns the skin so of course we are darker during the summer but in winter the skin turns white again. Half the greeks are fair haired with green or blue eyes and in northern part of Greece the people even have red hair. Anyway I don’t hate anyone I love all people and accept them as they are respecting their religion, customs and cultures.

    DailyCandor: Since when did fair complexions mean European? The criticism among Europeans against Greece has to do with your finances and the burden it’s put on the EU’s coffers, not the color of your eyes, skin or hair.

    Comment by Anna — April 4, 2014 @ 10:29 am

  765. I’m from Russia and I’d like to write my point of view about other countries. I think it will be more about cultural heritage and just how I feel about them because I’m not good in politics or history.
    UK: love them for music. For me almost all good music comes from UK. Love for Harry Potter. But consider English men as arrogant, snobbish and boring. The country of fogs, tea and rain.They don’t like France.
    France: the capital of fashion, Eiffel tower, the country of love, wine and wonderful language. I think almost every Russian girl want to speak French or somebody whispered her in French – the language of love. They don’t like Britain. I love their old comedies with Pier Rishar, “Taxi” movie, Luc Besson with his wonderful movies and my favourite book of childhood – “Arthur and the Minimoys.” Really good impression about this country.
    Spain: I learn Spanish in university and I’m really confused with this language and I don’t share enthusiasm of my friends about it. But I love works of Salvador Dali and I’m glad his and Picasso wives were Russian. But for me Spaniards and their language are too emotional.
    Netherlands: the weed, drugs, red-light district, Within Temptation, bikes, tulips, mills.
    Germany: hmmm… I don’t hate them but I don’t like them. I have heard or read too much unpleasant stories about them. And it’s matter of history. I like to listen to Lafee but I associate their language with Nazi movies. I understand that it is the past and for me Germany is country with good economics, beer and wurst. I would like to go to Germany some day to look at castles.
    Italy: Pasta!!! (I’m just Hetalia fan XD) Emotional and cheerful people with very emotional gesticulation. Good old Italian songs which were popular in USSR.
    Poland: I’ve just recently learnt that Poles don’t like Russia. I always have good relation to Poland. I love their language the fact that it’ s so similar to Russian and I can understand Polish comments on YouTubeXD, I love Polish dubbing of Disney songs it’s always sounds so nice, I love the Witcher books, earlier I often watched Viva Polska channel. And I just love the fact that Poland is Slavic country.
    Serbia: One of the best Eurovision winner songs for me – Molitva. And as I can see they like/love Russia I love them.
    Greece: I don’ t know why but I associate Greece with something warm and wonderful. May be it’s about childhood memories: “The myths of Ancient Greece” was one of the first books I read. Or we have the same religion. But I love Greece.
    Finland: Nokia, the wonderful rock-music (Rasmus, Nightwish, HIM, Poets of the Fall), boring capital without sightseeings, sauna, funny competitions:)
    Sweden: Polyamory (just because we call it Swedish familyXD), IKEA, Saint Lucia’s day.
    Denmark: hahah really strange country without borders. The counry of Anderson, his fairytales are beautiful and sad. I become really interested in this country after SATW comics so I can not tell about stereotypes but just fact. I associate Denmark with something strange, furious but beautiful.
    Norway – “Nemi” comics – the most favourire non-Japanese comics. The Vikings. I love his character in Hetalia.
    Iceland – the country which I really love. They have beautiful but complicated language, one day I want to master it. I’m proud I can pronounce EyjafjallajökullXD The calm counrtry without conflicts, for me, who live in Russia – it’s a dream. And Sigur Rós – the music of my love.

    Comment by Babochka — April 14, 2014 @ 9:05 am

  766. i am spanish and i hate been called SPANIARD. than sounds horrendous.. it’s like i said englard or frenchard or whatever… Spain admires Germany and the scandinavians too… we don’t feel pretty good about eastheners cuz we find them too different to us and somehow when they come to live her, they don’t seem like willing to learn our language and culture.. they pretend to keep speaking their tongue trying to make us do the work to understand them…. we feel the portuguese, the french and the italinas just as siblings but somehow they are certain things in which portugal and spain just don’t get along pretty well… the english are like so whatever to us.. they are always complainning about our culture but the love moving in here and going to our beaches during hollydays; so we don’t even pay attention to them cuz to us their a like too simpleton… in general we like all the europeans.. we it comes to southamericans it is offensive to us to be called such us just because we are not them… it’s like you call a british= south african just cuz they speak the same language or call a french = haitian cuz of the language too.. that’s what we don’t like. nothing against the southamericans… the USA is well appreciated here but sometines some americans behave so ameriCUNTS that we just cannot stand it.

    Comment by Jd333 — May 14, 2014 @ 9:29 am

  767. btw… Russia for us i like they weren’t europeans.. the language, attitude.. i don’t know.. they are so not alike to the rest of europeans.

    Comment by Jd333 — May 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am

  768. Hello! As a Spaniard, I have to say that it is not insulting at all for Spanish people to be considered Latin American, in fact, we prefer us to be considered Latin American than German for example. They speak spanish sometimes better than the Spaniards themselves. Latin American are brothers to us, but northern Europeans are very different from us, and we considered ourselves white Mediterranean, not white as Nordic.
    And generally we have a good relationship with all European people, but we are in love with Italy and Portugal.

    Comment by Juan From Madrid — June 1, 2014 @ 8:48 am

  769. The poster you saw is a song from the Anime “Hetalia” which is all the countries personified as people. :)

    Comment by Emma — June 3, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

  770. Hey, from Greece here- first I’d like to apologize for the posts of some ignorant nationalists from my country since your average Greek is not like that. Please be understanding, hateful people exist everywhere.
    Also, those are just stereotypes-fun remarks. Not to be trusted or used as guidance, ok? People now don’t judge based on nationality, but the personality of the individual and that’s how it should be.

    Turkey- I start with our neighbors. In general I would say that we have a love-hate relationship :P We have been at war many times, so there’s mutual dislike and the Greeks hold a grudge. We also were close to war in the 90′, so some people at the borders are still scared of invasion and fear/hate the country/government. On the other side, when a Turk visits Greece he is instantly a friend! We like the Turkish people(which is a paradox). They are good people, respectful, family oriented like us and like to have fun. We are watching closely about the politic conflicts in Turkey and hope for a better result and democracy for them.
    Personally so far I like every Turkish person I’ve met. They used to make fun of Greece saying ”oh poor Greece, we conquered you!” and me and other greeks would say other things about turkey, and we would all laugh and chase each other, saying harsh words but with love :P

    France- in general French people are liked, they are considered ”classy” and elegant and many greeks learn their language. On the other side, it is a common truth that they want people to learn french when visiting France, something that greeks don’t like or understand. Greece is a country based a lot on tourism, yet we would think it crazy for people to speak greek just because they came here.
    Personally I did encounter the ”language thing”, but I found the french very cute about it :D We would talk about languages and countries, and they seemed offended that I hadn’t bothered to learn French, while at the same time trying to hide it. They offered to help me with learning, which was a big plus for my views on them. :)

    English/British- hm.. ok, awful traditional food, with superiority complex, the lapdog of the US, kind of cold but their black humor is loved by some :D . They are mostly disliked for their imperialistic time and because they always liked to mingle themselves in the business of other countries in the past.. Also, the greeks don’t undertstand their love for the monarchy and also laugh at them/frown upon them because of it- this is because the greeks had a forced monarchy and abolished it, and don’t consider anyone superior, especially by birthright. Also people dislike them for what they did to native Americans, Indians, and other folk they conquered and especially for being proud about it- why are you proud of mass murder? On the other side, we love their cities and architecture and consider them puctual, polite people, who are harsh and cold on the outside but loving on the inside. They are good people, but hard to approach and make friendships with… Lastly their tourists give them a bad name: they come in greek islands, get wasted and run naked on the streets while singing and doing orgies.. Naturally the locals get mad :P

    Sotts- we like them a lot for their revolutionary spirit, and think that their are more fun and open than the rest of the british.

    Irish- the are considered the ”meditarranean people of northern europe”. Friendly, open, happy. Wear a lot of green, have orange hair and freckles. They have their own language, but nobody speaks it, sadly.

    Italy & Spain- we like them a lot, they are a lot like us. We feel bad for them that they are in a similar economical position with us, but like them more for it(more sympathetic I guess. we also see an ally, since most northeners tend to have very negative views on southern europeans..) They like to sleep during the afternoon, like us and are considered out going and friendly people that you can easily befriend. – (also to clear this out: yes, the southern europeans sleep during the afternoon hours. However that is because afternoons here are very hot,the sun is burning and making you dizzy,the dry air and the sea making you want to go to bed… :P Also, at least in greece it is common for people to eat a lot at afternoon and less at night, which makes them sleepy)
    When I was in germany for an international event where we were supposed to make friends and learn about other cultures, the best friends i made were 5 spanish girls, 1 italian and 1 portuguese. Talk about southern power…:P

    Germany- phew, normally that would be a long one.. In general, they are percieved as people-machines, they dont have fun, are very strict and cold but organised and run a good state, which we admire. Most greeks think that they hate us(probably because of the media) and so hate them back, and still hold a grudge for WW2(greece suffered a lot during german occupation.). However when they see a german, they dont treat him badly of course, they’re friendly and eventually realize they are not bad people and nazis :P On the other side, there are people that like them a lot, but regognise that their mentality is not like the greek one, both in good things(organised) and the bad(are not that open and friendly). They eat mainly a lot of potaoes, snhitzel and sausage. (which is true!) Good beer.
    Personally I have been in west germany for a month and I had the greatest experience. The people were the politest and nicest I had ever met, helpful and pretty normal. Apart for a random kind of rude remark to a non-greek friend of mine, I did not experience any kind of racism(which was a pleasant surprise. at first I was even afraid to say I was greek, haha). MOst people seemed to want to disguss the economical crisis-topic with me, but stopped the conversation after mentioning it looking at me with puppy eyes to see if I was offended, which I found adorably nice xP (in greece people would just be blunt and ask you, no matter how rude it might seem). – i like germans a lot, and while from some they are disliked, they have a lot of admirers:P I defend them when ignorant nationalists start ranting.

    Austria- like germans, but without the ”hate”. Great musicians, nice landscape. Heidi(or was she german?)

    Scandinavia- tall, blond people with blue eyes, very beautiful, family oriented, well behaved when they come as tourists, but kind of distant and cold.- we probably lack the means to approach them. They open up when they drink :D (thank god not like the english)

    Finns- like the scandinavians, but more depressed and even colder. Kind of unlikeable, but maybe their language just sounds this way.

    Dutch- stingy,, cold, blame us for every little evil in the world. i have friends who were stopped on the road in Holland and asked about their origin. When they said greek they started accusing them of stealing money… I mean come on people. We have no problem about disgussing economics and politics, but not with someone hateful and ignorant.. For those that have ties with them or know more about them they are considered worse than germans on the matter.
    However I have some friends from the netherlands that are truly nice and warm people. This does them true injustice.

    The rest of northern europe is pretty much the same for us :)

    Serbs-generally liked, have helped each other in war and still have close ties. Serbian people are very nice, those that I have met. they are concidered proud people that dont back down or succumb to foreign bigger powers(ottoman empire+3rd reich), and we respect and like them for it. the greeks were very against the bombing and refused to participate. still to this day they are very sympathetic to serbians because of it.

    Croats/slovenians/bosnians/other ex-yugoslavs– no information there, just that in general the yugoslavians dont like each other and did bad things to each other during war.. croats are seen with a bit of suspicion because they collaborated with hitler but nothing more than that.

    albanians- the albanians of greece that have been to school and grown up here are liked and not dicriminated(only by idiots), but albanias of Albania are considered mean, primitive, uncultured and violent (sorry guys:( ) they are said to treat the greek minority there very badly, so there’s mutual dislike

    fyromians/macedonians/skopians/whatever- they are pretty mcu ignored now, only the occationa mention about the name. the name dispute has made greek people dislike them a lot and know nothing about them. we think tha they dont have history of their own and make a false claim on others..
    Personally I think the name is stupid- i dont mind the name macedonia, but I’d rather it was ”Slavic Macedonia” or ”Northern Macedonia” so that it could be distingueshed from the greek . Most greeks would disagree with me though. In any way, it’s a shame for us to be fighting like that…

    Russians- are harsh people, love to drink, have a looot of snow in winter and live in constant cold, have very good athletes. Many people have Lenin as an idol (there are many leftists here :P ) and in the past there was a civil war because a great portion of people wanted to jion the USSR- obviously they lost the war. they are liked and respected. a lot of people prefer them because they are anti-american. But I say that we have never been in communism state- if we had been, we would probably be licking america’s boots by now.

    Sorru for not writing some! takes too long…
    I’m aware that Turkey is not in the EU. however it belongs a bit in the european continent, and we share such realationships that I could not leave them out :)

    Also, to the one who posted this article and wrote: ”DailyCandor: Since when did fair complexions mean European? The criticism among Europeans against Greece has to do with your finances and the burden it’s put on the EU’s coffers, not the color of your eyes, skin or hair.”

    Europe is not a country, it’s a continent. Being accepted in the EU and being accepted as part of Europe are different things. It ‘s true that in the EU we are not liked (although they keep us, otherwise their economies will crumble too) ,but we are definitely a part of Europe, European both by appearance, state, culture, education etc. Maybe worse than the others, but still nothing combared to neighboring Africa and Middle East :)
    we can definitely not be classified among those.. so we are european, except if they make a category just for us, which is unlikey and unreasonable. the EU is a generaly new project- people were called europeans long before it existed and we were among them. It’s not a synonym for ”rich” or ‘with nice economy”.
    Greetings and bye !:)

    Comment by Feylep — June 12, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

  771. HI, I’m from Hungary. Most important hungarian feeling is that we are alone in this world. We have no language or ethnic relatives or just very distant relative. Sometimes we can be paranoid, but this tendency is based on history experiences because everybody wanted to destroy us countinously (mongols, turkish, austrians/Habsburgs, russians, romanians, slovakiens, serbians ect..). But we also dont like West Europians/Americans so much, who are just dumm, ignorant and know nothing about history, not just about Central/East Europe’s but not even about their own history, and who at critical moments always betrayed us during the history (they always forgot to send the promised help during the wars against mongols, turkish, and reds in 1956), while we sacrificed ourselves to be able to stop these bastards and our population lost its third part at least three times in the history (and some change) because we had to stop mongols, turkish so west europe did not suck it. But they are still educating us about democracy and human rights…I think we already forgave mongols and turkish but who we hate the most are the neighbors: romanian, slovakian, serbs, ukrainien. So after these blood losses we had to let bastards and thieves like svabish germans, romanians (aka gipsies), slovakians (I had a T-shirt which said „My nephew is older than Slovakia” ), serbians, jews etc coming to our country and mix with them to be able to repopulate the land. But these gipsys populated the area faster than we did, so finally after the WW1 they could steal 2/3 of our country with millions of hungarians who are treated very poorly in these ridicolous artificial countrys which call themselves Romania, Slovakia, Serbia…
    Austrians: dual emotions. One hand stuck up snobs who always looked down every nations lived east from them, and who basically laid the fall of Austrian-Hungarian Empire with the “divide at impera” tactic among hungarians and other ethnic groups in Hungary. On the other hand we always envied their standard of living and admire them for it, especially at communist time in hungary, where there was a big nostalgie after them. I dont really know how austrians feel for hungarians, I am sure until the dual empire1867 they hated us because always the hungarians rebelled against them, but after that the golden age started until 1918. There was an old saying that “there are two group of Habsburgs: one who hated us, and the second group (way much smaller group) who got obsession with Hungary and hungarians (like Sissy, crown prince Rudolf, Otto von Habsburg – I really liked him, he would have made a good king but thats just our luck). The last 20-25 years since we can buy Gorenje refrigerator in Hungary, too we had not much feelings or anything to do with them. But still we dont click with beer bottles or glasses. Oh, one more thing: Habsburgs were very ugly. And we are very beautiful and handsome. ?
    Germans: After hard beginnig (imidietly after statehood, in the 10. Century they attacked us and wanted to conquer but they were not successfull) later they had bigger and bigger influence on us. It is hard to separate austrian and german influence but generally speaking about german language (it was wildly spoken) , cultur, economy..etc had a big impact on hungary. still Germany is our biggest economic partner. Even though we always sucked big time when we allied with them (both WW) still they are respected in hungary. The german machines are the best, they were at least clean while russian are dirty like pigs when we were occupied in the WW2 etc…
    Turkish: Also dual emotions. One hand we dont like them because of the 150 years long occupation when the population of middle partof Hungary basically died out (30% of the population) and repelled . And after they left hungary (1686 ) we had to let more and more of the above mentioned bastards (you know, the romanians, slovakians, serbians etc) come into the country, and since that time hungarians became minority in their own country which led to Trianon (1920) when we lost 2/3 of our country. On the other hand we mixed and assimiliated different nomadian Central Asian turk tribes (like obolgár, kazár, kabar,kun, jász etc…) during wandering from Asia to the Karpathian Base, and basically by the time magyar tribes arrived the Karpathian Base ethnically and culturally we were more or at least as turks as ugors. Even the language got a strong turk impact. I think modern turkish people love us, they think we are brothers, although our feelings for them have been undulating in time. Since only a small modern turkish minority live in Hungary and there is no problem with them we have no problems with them either.
    Mongols: Also dual feelings. One hand they almost totally destroyed our country in 1242 (population 20-50% killed, settlement, villages 50-80% destroyed). West europe countinously delayed to send the promised help . On the other hand mongols love us and also envy us nowadays. They see us as their western brothers (although we are not relatives). And they are envy for our hun-magyar brotherhood legend (Hunor and Magor) because there is no hun-mongol legend.. Both nation claimed in history themselves as heir of huns but actually none of them are really direct descendant of huns although some mixing could have happen.
    Romanians, slovakians, serbs, ukranians: in one world: Land thieves. The most hated ones. Basically all of them have an inferiority complex toward Hungarians and simple envy our history, culture, language etc. They try to compensate this complex with agressive hungarophobia. And also they are scared countinously that one day hungary want those lands back. well, I think they can stop worrying about it because now just simple too many of these bastard live in those land oppressed the hungarian minority, and we dont let them come one more time in our country. Of course it changes time by time which of these bastards we hated the most, but I think it’s usually the romanians. :) eventhough in the last 20 years the serbs (both verbally and phisically) and slovakians (mostly verbally) were more aggressive with hungarian minorities than romanians. Oh well, what can I say? it’s just a pure love forever between hungarians and romanians. It think its just because romanians are the most primitiv among them. Even their language is very primitiv. Ours is uniqe, sexy and complex. Oh, and they are also ugly. ?
    croatians: Mostly positive feelings, the symbiosis worked with them most of the times better in the history then the other neibourghs even though we had some fight. During the ’80s we alwasy went there to buy coffe, brandys and LPs. In the 90s they came to buy butter and meat. And when they had the war against the serbs in the 90’s we started to like them more because we hate serbs. :) I think we even sold weapons to them despite the weapon embergo. And we love their see coast.
    Polish: I have seen some polish comments about the “Hungarian, polish two good freinds who fight and drink wine together”. that’s true, there are some historical reasons. We never had (land) claims against each other (which is very rare in east europe hehe), had the same king in XIV. century when both country developed well and together. More thousand of Polish people fight in hungarian revolution 1848-1849 against habsburgs. Jozsef Bem was one of the most famous general of the revolution, his hungarian nickname was Bem apo which means Bem Papa because he was loved and well respected. Eventhough in the WW2 we fought on different sides and germany put a big pressure onto the hungarian government to attack Poland together with Germany, we not just refused this but let 100.000 polish refugees come to our country. They could organize their life freely and some of them didnt even go home after the war whose descendant stil live in Hungary. During ’56 revolution Polish was the only people in a communist country who started to do sympathy rally for Hungarian revolution. Also the polish and the hungarian mentality is similar, at least in that point that both of us like to think about themselves that we suffered the most in the world. Its kinda a competition. :)
    Russian: never had good relationship with them, they always tried to conquer us and they were in a close relationship with slavian countries and backed them up against us, especially with serbs who we hate and are hated. Russians put down two hungarian revolution 1848-1849. after we won agains austrians, the habsburgs called the russian tzar. And also the reds in 1956. And in the WW2 when they occupied Hungary they raped half of the country. And took the other half for a ’malenkij robot’ to Siberia. primitiv tatars.
    France: We hate them. See, they may not know about it, but we hate them as hell. Trianon. Hungary was german sphere of interst but these french fagotts always thought more about themselves than how much they were and wanted to set up their own sphere of interest in East Europe to counterweight Germany. So after the WW1 the allies leaded by France cut Hungary for pieces and give big pieces to these above mentioned thieves, and these newborn countries were always defended by french until nowadays, when french start to be familiar with the romanian olah gipsies and their lifestyle in their own country. :) I think their beautiful freindship has just ended, especially that france don’t want to let romanians come inside the schengen borders. :) Well, as we, hungarians says: ‘ God does not beat you with a stick.’ hehe
    Jews: That is a very (maybe most) controversial relationship. good times, useful cooperation, golden age, bad times, worst times, nightmares. During our history there were more waves of jewish immigrations to Hungary. First jews came together with the hungarian tribes to the carpathian base from the Kazár Empire. This khazarian tribe name was kabar. But as far as we know they were jewish only by religion, not ethnic jews. origin (Khazar Empire used jewish religion only the show their indipendancy from Islamic arabics and the christian Bryzantium. IX.century) Also possible that the third king of Hungary Aba Samuel (XI. century) was kabar. The first big wave started in the XIII. century from Bryzantium. And after that basically countinously because at that time they could live more safely in Hungary than in West Europe. Second big wave was in XVIII. mostly richer askenazis from German and Moravian area. Third wave from 1830 from east europe, mostly poorer jews. Fourth wave around 1880. By this time 4-5% of the population was jews. The hungarian population was around 48%, the rest were the above mentioned thieves. So Jews were told that if they learn hungarian and claim themselves hungarian ethnic (they could practise fully their religion) they would get the total eqality with hungarians. They did, so hungarians (+jews) could keep hungarian majority by statistic above 50% so above the other ethnics. At that time Jews had the total eqality only in Hungary in Europe and because of the hungarian language knowlegde they were assimilated the most in hungary comparing to other europian countries. During that time big economy and cultural progression were made.This golden age held until end of the WW1 until Trianon. When Hungary lost 2/3 of its land 1/3 of the hungarian population, and all the other etnic groups (OK, this one was not a great loss hehe) and all natural resources. So Hungary became ethnically homogen, only hungarians. The situation got even worse when commies got the power for 3-4 months during this turbulent time (1919). Most of these commie leaders were jews. Jews mostly lived in Budapest (called Judapest) and the separated lands. By this time most of them were hungarian speakers with hungarian izr. identity so they came to small hungary from the separated lands. But on one hand they were not needed anymore as the balance of the scale between hungarians and the other ethnics, on the other hand the country became too small. There were simple not enough jobs (especially intellectual jobs), or university places for students, so after Trianon (1920) and after the fall of the first commie government (1919) the first antisemita laws were born, and this basically lead to the holocaust in hungary in 1944, even though until the german occupation (1944) the jews still relative lived safely compering to west Europe what already was occupied by Germans. But after that it happaned in Hungary, too. Only the jews in budapest were not taken because the governor Horthy stopped it. He was the only Axis leader who was not brougt to court as a war criminal after the war. He was let escape from Hungary and lived and died later in Portugal. He lost his wealth, but he got some money from an Izraeli foundation as a gratitude for stoping taking the jews from budapest to Auschwitz. In the WW2 Hungary lost 10% of its population 850 000 people (600 jews+250 hungarians). After the WW2 all east europe was sold (did not matter lost or win in the war) out to the red bastards by West-Europe and USA, and a lot of the jews in Hungary (well, in Budapest) became commies. (The non-commie survived jews emigrated mostly to the US or Izrael. ) During the hardest and most brutal communist time in the 50s, the jews rate among the commie political leaders and especially in the dreaded and brutal secret police (80%) were extremely high in Hungary, and who wanted revenge. And they had it.
    There is still high tension between (mostly leftist) jews and (mostly rightist) hungarians, arguing about who was the bigger motherfucker and traitor.
    Oh, yes, and USA sold us again to the reds in 1956 because the Suez crisis was just much more important.
    rest of the europians are not so important historically for us, but let’s see:
    Swedish: brainwashed coward faggotts, who can not raise their voice against their delirius, opinion fasist libro, socialist elite, who just lost their common sense. They fell down the other side of their horse.
    Dutch: kinda same like swedish maybe they are a little bit better than them, havent felt down yet but just about it. But seems to be at least awaken from a bad dream.
    Finnish: distant language relative, we were never interested in them. Basically absolutely neutral. We call them „the fishy relatives”. Although I can see some similarities in mentality. Both of us are kinda introvert people with tendency of predisposition to depression and suicide. Donno anything else about them. Oh, and our language way much nicer than theirs.
    Baltic states: absolutely nothing, I can not even remember which is which, tough theoratically I feel for them because of their hard past with those red bastard russians.
    British: Historically not much connection with them, personally I dont like them because they seem to me who are still living in their glorious colonial time in their head. And they are always motherfucker drunk and jerks in other countries as tourist.
    Southern countries (Span, Italy, Greece): lazy asses, but we still like them, and go to their beaches.
    Portugal: C.Ronaldo. Otherwise it’s a little green spot on the map next to Spain.
    South Balkan countries (Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo): Mountain goatf.cker
    Bulgarians: Likeable. Eventhough they are slavian, we do not hate them as much as other slavians. First of all originally they were o-bolgars (turk) nomadian horse riders, close brothers, who sometimes we fight with in the 9-10. centuries, but still respected them. After the settled down in Bulgaria they were not strong enough to assimilate the slavians but they assimilated to them, so nowadays bulgarians are just slavians. But not neighbours so we have never had land claim from each other, and during communism era we loved their see. Nowadays not much connection with them, so neutral or little positive.
    Czech: At the time they were Czechoslovakia I hated them because of the Benes decree (they expelled and killed a lot of hungarians and german civilians after te war, even though they basically did not suffer at all. Coward people, always was. Just like French. . After separation from Slovakia i think our hate is just left towards Slovakians, so Czech became neutral. They always were more intelligent and developed than slovaks.
    By the way the hungarian world for slavians are coming from servant. :)

    DailyCandor: Thank you for sharing the Jobbik view of the world (explains why Hungary started off irrelevant and makes itself more irrelevant every day).

    Comment by Almos vagyok — June 15, 2014 @ 1:47 am

  772. That poor Hungarian kid tries to sound superior but you can see huge inferior complex in every single sentence. Well it is not easy for poor Hungarians, their country these days is most famous for sluty girls with HIV.

    Comment by brch — July 1, 2014 @ 1:02 am

  773. Fascinating what you Europeans think of each other. If you can’t tell I’m British! Lol

    Starting with the UK+Ireland:

    Ireland: Extremely friendly people who like to drink, but are well mannered. Some unpleasantness among them though, with the Northern Ireland issue and IRA attacks in Britain. Still very positive for the most part. Nice people. Oh and we love that accent.

    Northern Ireland: Same as Republic of Ireland but Protestant (well mainly). And Belfast is a bit of a ugly compared to Dublin.

    Scotland: Same as Ireland but not well mannered. Although they think we are the rude ones. Often seen as drunkards

    Wales: A lot of them hate us. We are not sure why. They like sheep.

    Western Europe:
    France: It’s complicated. Our historical rival over centuries. We laugh at them for surrendering during the war. They laugh at us for still having a monarchy. Often seen as rude and obnoxious. To me that is just a stereotype though. There is a grudging respect though deep down, for French culture even if no-one admits it.

    Germany: We hold on to the war because we know they overtaken us at everything ever since. Technology, infrastructure, football, everything. Extremely efficient and we admire them for it.

    Austria: Beautiful landscape although the politics is a bit 1930′s Germany.

    Belgium: Bravely fought against Germany in WW1. Only issue with Belgium is it being the ‘capital of the EU’.

    Holland: Culturally very similar to Britain. Unfortunately the first thing that will come into someone’s head after the colour orange is brothels and drugs.

    Switzerland: In the middle( of powerful Western European neighbours). Quite literally- neutral. Banks and watches

    Portugal: Nice country. Popular tourist destination. Historical ally.

    Spain: Same again, although sometimes regarded as lazy. Attractive women.

    Italy: Similar again. Can be quite rude. Their food is excellent though.

    Scandinavia
    Norway: Nice people. Weather is even colder than ours though.

    Sweden: Stereotypical, blonde haired blue eyed Aryans.

    Denmark: Again nice people. Bacon.

    Finland: Scandinavian country we know least about. Dislike of Russians though so its all good.

    Eastern Europe:
    Estonia/Latvia/Lithiania: Baltic triplets. Which one is which? Anyone?

    Russia: Get the feeling Cold War 2 is here. Thus not depicted in a great light. They also like vodka.

    Ukraine: Sympathised with over the current Ukrainian/Russian stand-off

    Poland: A lot of Polish immigrants but are looked on favourably more than others. Very hard working. Sympathetic to them constantly being carved up by Germany and Russia.

    Czech Republic: Prague is very well regarded as a city. Could have done more for them in 1938.

    Slovakia: Been there, still know nothing about the place. Stunning women though.

    Hungary; Not much to say other than it was once part of a powerful empire. Now we know hardly anything about the country.

    Romania: Bad reputation unfortunately because of Roma peoples.

    Bulgaria: Bad reputation of pickpockets.

    Greece: Popular holiday destination. Sunny.

    Cyprus: Popular again with tourists. Feel sorry for them for having to cope with Turkish expansionism.

    Balkans
    Slovenia: The ‘good Balkan child’ We rarely here about this place. So we assume they must be more like their northern neighbours than their troublesome southern ones.

    Serbia: Not good. Regarded as extremely xenophobic even to this day. Extremely violent past which paints them as the perpetrator.

    Croatia: Serbia North. Different religion, language etc. but still played a part of perpetrator (and victim) and still seen as very right wing.

    Bosnia: Regarded as the biggest victim in the Balkan mess. A lot feel we should have intervened earlier to prevent the genocide that occurred.

    Albania: We associate them with crime.

    Montenegro: Black Mountain?

    Macedonia: Are they Greek? Are they Serbian? Are they just Macedonian? Wasn’t Alexander the Great born here?

    *Disclaimer. I hope no-one feels offended. Just my observations of what people think.

    Comment by Leviathan — July 16, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

  774. I’m from Sweden and so as my parents, but I will talk as a Portuguese because we live in Portugal since I was 3
    These are some stereotypes some portuguese people have, but don’t take it too serious, its just a joke.
    Spain: Nothing against, like a love-hate relationship, some portuguese don’t like spanish because spanish people tend to ignore and say bad things about Portugal, but nothing too serious.
    France: It is where our poor workers go to try to earn money to sustent their families, but despite that, Portuguese know it for the capital, eifel tower, beautiful culture etc etc.
    England: It’s funny because we actually like them really much, they come on vacations to south Portugal and It is always a pleasure to conect with them, they are really funny, we call them ”come-on’s” because they are always saying that and we call some english women ”bifas” because they want to get so tanned that they end up looking like beefs or lobsters, but we really really like them, they are our old allies.
    Germany: We kind of admire them, but I can say portuguese poeple sometimes feel a bit entimidated by them, because of the language that is really different, and some of us have this idea that they are always angry while having a conversation, but nothing agaist, really beautiful people, they are just fine, organized, hardworkers, beer lovers, we like them.
    Finland:Gorgeous women, really rich but too cold, same for sweden and norway.
    Austria: Opera, mountains …We kind of like them a bit more than the germans, there is a dish in portugal called bife panado that looks a lot like their schnitzel, and we like Vienna and their culture, but we don’t know much, they don’t really come to Portugal.
    Italy: we find Italians to be a lot like us, although they do not feel the same, great country, great food, art etc, we really like them.
    Ireland:We really find them funny, good people, nice to hang aroud with, they love south portugal for vacations.
    Greece: great country when it comes to culture, huge history importance, but fucked up economy like Portugal.
    Czech Republic: Nice people, bridges.
    Luxemburg: Rich and where some portuguese come to work.
    Dinmark: Great country
    Russia: a bit weird for us because it is so big and we are so small, fell like it is like a cold desert.
    Turkey: Great spices, outstanding monuments, but how the hell can they walk around with those clothes with 40º degrees.
    Switzerland: Nice chocolate, mountains, great economy, has a lot of Portuguese imigrants as well.

    That’s pretty much it, I didn’t mention other countries because I don’t really have an idea.
    Greetings from Portugal

    Comment by heidi — July 16, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

  775. I don’t like generalizations and dont believe in them. There are simplytoo many good French mechanics and good german lovers (believe me I know).It seems to me you make some summarization of things when you lived in Europe and going around asking people what they tought other people think but I dont think you got to the bottom of it. Fe you say Dutch hate Germans but they actually dont. They openly will seems it this way and making silly jokes but tbelieve me Dutch respect and like Germans also because both societies and people are very similar. As I said I dont believe in generalisations TO SHOW my personal view as a Dutch living in a univercity city near the German border (and having a lot of contact with Germans) some of my perceptions about other countries ( I hope people wont be offended is my own personal opinion):

    - Dutch: rude, loud, irritating thinking everything spins in and around Holland/Amsterdam but efficient innovative and succesfull
    - Germans: honest, perfectionists, friendly, very respectfull and winner mentality like the Dutch
    - Belgiums friendly but somewhat to relaxed (bourgondian)
    - French not many experiences most very friendly but bourgondians like the Belgiums
    - Luxemburg: to small
    - Spain: warm but not efficient like the Germans/Dutch altrough beautifull woman but not as beautifull as Italian
    - Italy: like Spain but more culture and a very beautiful languages in a beautiful land with beautiful people (;)
    - Denmark out of my personal experiences: somewhat rigid/cold but superficial friendly somewhat mre primitive more than Dutch who are real innovaters
    - Norway/Sweden not familiar cold wouldn live there to far away from the heart of europe but stil Germanics like us
    - Swiss: bureaucrats cold maffioso like Blatter rigid cold no identity
    - Austrian; racist, ugly persons and personality very nationalistic and traditional
    - Russia: currupt somewhat evil and violent but the best Anthem in the world I must confess
    - Poland: friendly (my personal experience) altrough poor and somewhat primitive
    - Chechelowakia: between Poles and Germans altough more germans still to many Slavics.
    - Greece: europeans but only living on their rich cultural past, corrupt

    There is more to it: there is a lot of difference in people between the north and south of Germany and the east and west of the Netherlands and maybe more similarities between people living next to eachother which I hear a lot near the borders but only in a different country. I realize this was posted 7 years ago but maybe next time you live 4 years in one country and get to the bottem and get their real feelings and opinions about some other country.

    Comment by Rolf — July 25, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

  776. Oh dear I forgot some countries:

    -England; very friendly people good manners (expecially compared to Dutch/Germans) sensitive positive but dont always say what they think very good humor like here
    - Some Eastern european countries poor violent people friendly but very corrupt still little more European than monstrious Russia.
    - Ireland: very strange and mysterious people think they derive from the Celts but very good music and beer drinkers
    -Scotland ugly people drinking to much whiskey
    - to all I forgot: I think you made no real good impresion to me

    Comment by Rolf — July 25, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

  777. Look at this:

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/05/what-europeans-think-each-other

    The Greeks voted themselves as most thrustworty and all other countries Germany. Greece is a very corrupt sick hypocryte country like I read hear blaming Germany and Holland for the problems in their land while those countries contribute at the most to their lazy corrupt politicians.

    Comment by John — July 25, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

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