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What Are Our Perceptions of Every Country in the World?
What Are Our Perceptions of Every Country in the World?

What Are Our Perceptions of Every Country in the World?

What do we really think about the other countries of the world? We thought it would be interesting to use Google’s autosuggest function to find out.

The phrases included in the autosuggest function are based on the things people search for the most, so it is a great way of gaining an insight into what people are searching for most about different countries, and what they most strongly relate that country with.

By searching ‘Best * COUNTRY NAME’, we were able to see what the public have been searching for most for each particular country.

The results ranged from the bizarre to the insightful, highlighting interesting things about places that we certainly never knew about (Latvia is apparently full of jokers!).

Check out all the results on the graphics below, and all the data is included at the end of the post if you want to scan for a particular place. You can also view the maps in higher resolution here.

North America

The vast array of mountains in Canada has enticed searches for ski resorts, and it’s the iconic U.S. universities that people want to find out more about in the United States.

Elsewhere, Bermuda has proven more associated with holiday resorts than the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, and Dominica is known for its hair salons. The Caribbean countries, rather unsurprisingly, bring up searches for beaches, resorts and hotels. 

South America

Suriname has enticed us with its melodies, with people searching for the best Surinamese songs. If you’re more into sweet food than sweet serenades, then it seems Guyana is the place to be, and how about washing it down with a glass of wine from Chile. 

Europe

With the increasing trend of visiting Lapland and Helsinki, it’s not too surprising that Finland is most associated with vacations. Sweden is also associated with holidays with people searching for the best Swedish travel guides, meanwhile the Netherlands has ranked higher for its Fifa 17 players than its abundance of beautiful tourist attractions. Sunny Croatia and Greece are also associated with holidays, both ranking top for islands. Elsewhere in Europe, food and drink is a popular association with Montenegro being known for its wine, and popular searches for the best food in Luthuania and Denmark. Eurovision also seems to have associated Europe with some great music with Albania’s top search being for the best songs of all time and Romania’s top search also being songs.

Asia

From bologna in Lebanon to pie recipes in Samoa, the countries in Asia have thrown up many food-relates searches. Of course, any trip to Russia must result in procuring the best vodka in the land. Movies have also been a common theme in Asia coming out as the top search associated with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Africa

It seems there’s more to Africa than just safaris. We also want to know more about the best Somali songs, and cichlids from Malawi.

Oceania

You’d think we would most commonly be searching for the best beach to sun ourselves on but it seems soap opera favourites like Home & Away and Neighbours are our biggest interest about Australia.

Have a look at the full results below.

CountryResult CountryResult CountryResult
AfghanistanWar Films Gabon  Football Player  OmanHotels
AlbaniaSongs of All Time Gambia   Footballer Pakistan Dramas
AlgeriaPlayers Georgia  Beaches Palau Resorts
American SamoaBeaches Germany Travel Guide Palestine  Israel Documentary
AndorraSki Resort Ghana Movies Panama Canal Cruise
AngolaMusic Greece Islands Papua New Guinea   Coffee
AnguillaResorts Grenada Hotels Paraguay Goalkeeper
Antigua & BarbudaBeaches Guatemala  Coffee Peru Restaurant 
ArgentinaMalbec Guinea-Bissau Hotels Philippines Resorts 
ArmeniaFood Guyana Sponge cake recipe Poland  Tours
ArubaResorts Haiti Food Portugal  Beaches
AustraliaTV Shows Honduras  Beaches Qatar Hotels
AustriaSki Resorts Hungary Paprika  Romania  Songs
AzerbaijanMovies Iceland  Hotels  Russia Vodka
BahamasResorts India Food near me  Rwanda  Artists
BahrainRestaurants IndonesiaIslands  Saint Kitts and Nevis  Passport
BangladeshFood IranMovies  Saint Lucia Resorts 
BarbadosResorts Iraq War Movies  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   Airport
BelarusFootball Player IrelandVacations  Samoa Pie Recipe 
BelgiumWaffle Maker Israel Movies   San Marino Player Ever
BelizeResorts Italy Tours  Sao Tome and Principe Time To Visit
BeninMusic Jamaica Resorts  Saudi Arabia Soccer Player 
BermudaResorts Japan Movies  Senegal Soccer Players 
 Bhutan Tours Kazakhstan Movies  Serbia Soccer Players 
 Bolivia Food KenyaCoffee  Seychelles  Resort
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Football KiribatiTime To Visit  Sierra Leone  Music
 Botswana Safari  Kosovo War Movies  Singapore Hotels 
 Brazil Soccer Players Kuwait Dating Site  Slovakia Hockey Players 
British Virgin IslandsResorts KyrgyzstanNightlife  Slovenia  Restaurant
BruneiFood Laos Food Solomon Islands  Resort
BulgariaSoccer Player Latvia  Jokes Somalia  Songs
Burkina FasoMusic LebanonBologna South Africa Safari
Burma Beaches  Lesotho Time To Visit South Korea Movies 
BurundiMusic Liberia Music  South Sudan Music
Cabo VerdeMusic Libya Songs Spain  Beaches
CambodiaBeaches Liechtenstein  Work Sri Lanka Tea
CameroonWrapper Cigars Lithuania  Food Sudan Music
CanadaSki Resorts LuxembourgRestaurants Suriname Songs
Cayman IslandsResorts Macedonia Wines Swaziland  Hotels
 Central African Republic  Hotels Madagascar  Movie Sweden Travel Guide
Chile Wines Malawi Cichlid Food  Switzerland  Cities
China Wok Malaysia Hair Syria Refugee Charities
Colombia  Coffee Maldives Resorts Taiwan Drama
Comoros Time To Visit Mali Musicians Tajikistan Movies
Democratic Republic of the CongoLandmarks Malta Hotels Tanzania Safari
Republic of the CongoFacts Marshall Islands  Odyssey Thailand Islands
Costa RicaResorts Mauritania Hotel Timor-Leste  Hotel
Cote d’IvoireRestaurants Mauritius  Resorts Togo Food 
CroatiaIslands Mexico Resorts Tonga Resorts 
CubaCigars Micronesia  Island Trinidad and Tobago  Resorts
CyprusCars Moldova Wines Tunisia  Films
Czech Republic  Footballers Monaco  Hotels Turkmenistan Time To  Visit 
Denmark Restaurant Mongolia Tours Tuvalu  Time to Go
Djibouti Song  Montenegro Footballers Uganda  Music
Dominica Hair Salon  Morocco  Tours Ukraine Dating Sites 
Dominican Republic  All Inclusive Resorts MozambiqueResorts United Arab Emirates  Hotels
East Timor  Beaches Myanmar Beaches United Kingdom    Tours
Ecuador Food  Namibia Safari United States of America  Universities
Egypt  Movies Nauru  Sites Uruguay  Beaches
El Salvador Food  Nepal  Movie Uzbekistan Movies 
Equatorial Guinea  Hotels Netherlands Players Fifa 17 Vanuatu Resorts 
Eritrea Music  New Zealand Movies  Vatican City   Tours  
Estonia  Films NicaraguaBeaches   Venezuela Food
Ethiopia Food Niger Songs Vietnam  Movies 
 Fiji   Resorts NigeriaMovies Yemen  Food 
 Finland Vacations North Korea  Documentary Zambia Safari 
  France  Travel Books Norway Tours Zimbabwe Cricket Players

There were some anomalies that we have left out of the infographic. An example of this is the African country of Chad, which when searched for, results in best Chad quotes, thanks to The Bachelorette. Another African country, Guinea, has also been left out due to the high frequency of searches for guinea pig cages, which skewed the results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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