10 National Stereotypes ...


10 National Stereotypes ...
10 National Stereotypes ...

Recently I was reading about a brand new guide to the UK, published in the US, and ended up wondering where they did their research. I just couldn’t recognise my country from what they said. It seems that if there’s one stereotype that refuses to die, it’s that of nationality … (PS no offence intended to anyone)

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The British

The British Photo Credit: Irene.B.

At 4pm sharp, right across the land, the entire country stops for this age-old ritual of tea, sandwiches and cakes. According to the above-mentioned guide, that is. Now, I admit that most British people I know can’t get through the day without several cups of tea, but I have never known anyone make afternoon tea. Not once.


The French

The French Photo Credit: Hughes Léglise-Bataille

They do love their strikes, the French, don’t they? On the slightest pretext, they down tools and go for a nice march, waving their banners. The civil servants strike. The transport workers strike. Now everyone’s objecting to the prospect of having to retire at 62. They should think themselves lucky they’re not British – we’ll have to soldier on until we’re 67, with no time for afternoon tea …


The Americans

The Americans Photo Credit: astrycula

Everybody knows that all Americans are obnoxious, overweight, ignorant gun-toting flag-waving patriots who want to invade every other country on earth, right? No, this is the problem with stereotypes – how can 200 million people all be the same? The US is such a vast country, and in my limited experience every American I’ve ever met has been friendly and pleasant.



Mexicans Photo Credit: harrycobra

My mother thinks that all Mexicans are bandits (I think she’s seen too many cowboy films). Everybody else thinks that they are lazy and spend all day sleeping in the sun. On the contrary, every Mexican I have met has been very hard-working. American stereotype them as illegals. Or is that a stereotype itself?



Brazilians Photo Credit: Λl℮Roda®

All Brazilians are unbelievably good-looking, have perfect tanned bodies, and spend all their time lounging around on beaches. I have only met one Brazilian – and trust me, he should never be seen on a beach. If this stereotype were true, what would all the Brazilians who live nowhere near a beach do (it is a very big country …).



Canadians Photo Credit: LunaModule

The poor Canadians must get so tired of their country being portrayed as about nothing more than moose, ice hockey and Mounties. Then there’s being mistaken for Americans, and labelled as boring …


Any Muslim Nation

Any Muslim Nation Photo Credit: Mansour Ali

Most assumptions about nationality are quite funny, if not entirely true, but Muslims are now the subject of the most dangerous stereotype. They are all considered to be at best religious extremists who want to impose their way of life on everyone else, and at worst terrorists. Very sad. It ignores the major contribution of Islam to architecture, medicine and literature, and that the majority are peaceful people.



Italy Photo Credit: BravoPapa

All Italians are terrible drivers. The young people spend their time riding around on scooters. The men are Mamma’s boys, live at home until they are 35, and no-one will ever cook pasta sauce as good as Mamma.



Scandinavians Photo Credit: Heiðr

All Scandinavians are tall, good-looking blondes who love winter sports. They are totally relaxed about their bodies and have no problems being naked in company. Other than this they are totally boring and have never done anything of cultural or historical note.



Africans Photo Credit: Eric Lafforgue

Whichever country they come from, Africans are either primitive tribesmen, gun-toting warmongerers or gigolos looking for rich western women. They are also all musical, spend much of their time dancing, and all live in poverty unless they are part of a corrupt elite.

Well, I’m happy to laugh at how the British are portrayed, but what do you think of the stereotypes of your own country? Do you find them funny, ignorant or offensive?

Top Photo Credit: crustydolphin

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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

The British might be interrested to hear, that all Germans are always taken for Bavarians. I don’t drink beer, ever, especially not for breakfast and I don’t own a pair of leather pants. Also Hitler is really dead and no, I don’t hate people based on their race... But I do love sterotypes. I think they’re funny and you should take them for what they are and just be pleased that you aren’t that obnoxious, superfat American with a bucket of KFC chicken wings in your lab, who asks if there is really electricity in Europe ;)

Im american, For the past 5 years I have lived abroad. 2 years in S.Korea and 3 years in Belgium. One thing I noticed when I returned back to U.S. is that A LOT of Americans are over weight. I have been in many airports around the world, and American air ports have a lot of overweight people in them compared to other places. Its easy for people to give Americans this stereotype, especially if they have never been outside of the airport.

I'm a Malaysian Indian, and I've had a few people ask me if all Malaysians live in trees or huts. I found it funny though!

I hate when people think that Americans are stupid, fat, and ignorant. it's a REALLY big country, and most people aren't like that.

Stereotypes about Americans are offensive! Not all 6 billion of us are overweight, mean, rude and what ever else people think!

the Muslims have it pretty rough right now. its a shame that a few extremists give Islam a bad name

Actually there are 300,000,000 Americans, not 200,000,000.

I'm from Austria and I think it's funny when people think we run around in Dirndl and Lederhosen all the time (we do put those on for festivities though) xD I also have never met anyone who does yodeling. Ever. The funny thing about the stereotypes is that I can see were they come from - I mean, in Austrian cities you can usually get cake or baked goods at every other corner, and culture is very important, a lot of people enjoy classical music or going to the theatre. The society in general has a "back then, in our glory days"-culture and is a very history-focused one (Austria is a very old nation after all)

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