Quotes about the United Kingdom
by British Council
A survey commissioned by the British Council gave rise to a number of quotes from people across the globe on their perceptions of the UK.
• First set of quotes
UAE - When young people say about the British that he's unpleasant or old, it is an impression we have from the time when Great Britain was a great power together with Portugal.
ITALY - I particularly liked the spirit, the liveliness, the people and their open-mindedness.
HUNGARY - It's so fantastic that they are able to look at themselves with self-irony. I think this is exceptional. They write books and make movies that tell a negative picture about them and they show it.
HONG KONG - A lot of them are drunk and cause trouble.
KENYA - It's believed that if you go for further education in Britain, you get quality education.
THAILAND - They seem so cold in general.
SINGAPORE - The British always give me the idea of old and boring.
KOREA - Underlying the British people's ideologies is their deeply rooted tradition, long history, long history of the royal family and democracy, and the class structure.
GREECE - I am thinking about music. It's not by accident that the most innovative trends in music come from England.
VIETNAM - UK is a small island but it has a global trading system.
• Second set of quotes
MEXICO - The British are limited. They don't try new things.
JAPAN - British scientists are enthusiastic, almost manic, in particular categories. But they are doing something that really doesn't matter.
CZECH REPUBLIC - Britain was the first country with a constitution, I think. So there is a real democratic tradition in Britain.
SPAIN - Out of the European countries I think the closest to the US is England; but you can't separate them from Europe.
SINGAPORE - They have a group of white trash, you know, skinheads. That group is very, very racist. But I think the majority is fine. In fact, I know there are some community leaders that are black.
FRANCE - There are many differences between the English, the Irish and the Scottish. Irish and Scottish are much more friendly.
HUNGARY - Their mistrust with strangers is also a characteristic. Usually this is said for the Germans but it is far more true for the English.
NIGERIA - A British product is very high quality. You'll use it and use it until you are tired.
RUSSIA - People are very involved in the life of society, politics. They are very well aware of what is going on.
GERMANY - The really crazy people all come from England.
SAUDI ARABIA - They don't have any famous artists. They like soccer.