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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.

Country Result   Country Result   Country Result
Afghanistan War Films   Gabon   Football Player    Oman Hotels
Albania Songs of All Time   Gambia    Footballer   Pakistan  Dramas
Algeria Players   Georgia   Beaches   Palau  Resorts
American Samoa Beaches   Germany  Travel Guide   Palestine   Israel Documentary
Andorra Ski Resort   Ghana  Movies   Panama  Canal Cruise
Angola Music   Greece  Islands   Papua New Guinea    Coffee
Anguilla Resorts   Grenada  Hotels   Paraguay  Goalkeeper
Antigua & Barbuda Beaches   Guatemala   Coffee   Peru  Restaurant 
Argentina Malbec   Guinea-Bissau  Hotels   Philippines  Resorts 
Armenia Food   Guyana  Sponge cake recipe   Poland   Tours
Aruba Resorts   Haiti  Food   Portugal   Beaches
Australia TV Shows   Honduras   Beaches   Qatar  Hotels
Austria Ski Resorts   Hungary  Paprika    Romania   Songs
Azerbaijan Movies   Iceland   Hotels    Russia  Vodka
Bahamas Resorts   India  Food near me    Rwanda   Artists
Bahrain Restaurants   Indonesia Islands    Saint Kitts and Nevis   Passport
Bangladesh Food   Iran Movies    Saint Lucia  Resorts 
Barbados Resorts   Iraq  War Movies    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines    Airport
Belarus Football Player   Ireland Vacations    Samoa  Pie Recipe 
Belgium Waffle Maker   Israel  Movies     San Marino  Player Ever
Belize Resorts   Italy  Tours    Sao Tome and Principe  Time To Visit
Benin Music   Jamaica  Resorts    Saudi Arabia  Soccer Player 
Bermuda Resorts   Japan  Movies    Senegal  Soccer Players 
 Bhutan  Tours   Kazakhstan  Movies    Serbia  Soccer Players 
 Bolivia  Food   Kenya Coffee    Seychelles   Resort
 Bosnia and Herzegovina  Football   Kiribati Time To Visit    Sierra Leone   Music
 Botswana  Safari    Kosovo  War Movies    Singapore  Hotels 
 Brazil  Soccer Players   Kuwait  Dating Site    Slovakia  Hockey Players 
British Virgin Islands Resorts   Kyrgyzstan Nightlife    Slovenia   Restaurant
Brunei Food   Laos  Food   Solomon Islands   Resort
Bulgaria Soccer Player   Latvia   Jokes   Somalia   Songs
Burkina Faso Music   Lebanon Bologna   South Africa  Safari
Burma  Beaches    Lesotho  Time To Visit   South Korea  Movies 
Burundi Music   Liberia  Music    South Sudan  Music
Cabo Verde Music   Libya  Songs   Spain   Beaches
Cambodia Beaches   Liechtenstein   Work   Sri Lanka  Tea
Cameroon Wrapper Cigars   Lithuania   Food   Sudan  Music
Canada Ski Resorts   Luxembourg Restaurants   Suriname  Songs
Cayman Islands Resorts   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 Congo Landmarks   Malta  Hotels   Tanzania  Safari
Republic of the Congo Facts   Marshall Islands   Odyssey   Thailand  Islands
Costa Rica Resorts   Mauritania  Hotel   Timor-Leste   Hotel
Cote d’Ivoire Restaurants   Mauritius   Resorts   Togo  Food 
Croatia Islands   Mexico  Resorts   Tonga  Resorts 
Cuba Cigars   Micronesia   Island   Trinidad and Tobago   Resorts
Cyprus Cars   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   Mozambique Resorts   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   Nicaragua Beaches     Venezuela  Food
Ethiopia  Food   Niger  Songs   Vietnam   Movies 
 Fiji    Resorts   Nigeria Movies   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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