Despite a lot of anti-Americanism that we hear from around the world, Americans have been voted the world’s “coolest nationality” in an international poll.
Social networking site Badoo asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to name the coolest nationality and Americans came out on top. The poll also found that the Spanish were considered the coolest Europeans amd Brazilians the coolest Latin Americans. Meanwhile, the Belgians were voted the globe’s least cool nationality.
“We hear a lot in the media about anti-Americanism,” says Lloyd Price, Badoo’s Director of Marketing. “But we sometimes forget how many people across the world consider Americans seriously cool.”
Of course that’s not to say every American is cool or equally cool. Joe Schmo of Walmart isn’t as cool as your average celebrities or the cool people that embody the various fields from music, movies, gaming to technology.
“America,” says Price, “boasts the world’s coolest leader, Obama; the coolest rappers, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg; and the coolest man in technology, Steve Jobs of Apple, the man who even made geeks cool.”
Brazilians are ranked the second coolest nationality in the Badoo poll and the coolest Latin Americans, ahead of Mexicans and Argentinians. The Spanish, in third place, are the coolest Europeans.
The French are voted cooler than the British, and Canadians cooler than the Belgians. This may come as a relief for Canadians, who are sometimes viewed as chronically uncool.
Or, as Michael Ignatieff, the Canadian politician, once put it: “Paris, Texas stands as a metaphor for broken dreams; Paris, Saskatchewan just sounds ridiculous.”
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