Friday, May 16, 2014

How patriotic are you? Let me show you!

Pride in Nationality graph Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dhahran blogging
Nationalism is in the air. What with Narendra Modi winning Indian elections to be its next prime minister and everything happening in the Ukraine, you can't turn on the news without hearing about it.
In a poll featured on image sharing website imgur, citizens from countries across the world were polled to see how proud they were of their nationality. As you can see, Qatar ranks the highest in the graph with over 95 percent of the population "very proud" to be Qatari. They pretty much have to be with a population of just over 2 million and with 87 percent of the population being expatriate workers. In the top ten are Jordan at number seven and Yemen at number nine. Kuwait ranks at number 15, Turkey at number 16, Morocco at number 21, and Palestine at number 22 (I'm surprised that Palestinians were even polled). Come to think of it, there are A LOT of Middle Eastern countries featured in this graph.

The user who posted this graph does not post much other information other than that the poll was conducted by the WVS, which I assume to be the World Values Survey. You don't know how people were survey or how many and at what time. Either way, I was just surprised to see how low the United States was ranked (at number 24). I looked for Canada as Canadians aren’t really patriotic and it’s not even on this list! (You guys know I’m half Canadian right?) Where is your country on this list and do you think that it accurately reflects how its citizens feel about their nationality? If you live in the Middle East check out which countries round out the list.

24. Egypt

29, Algeria

30. Tunisia

35. Iraq

42. Lebanon (Honestly that was surprising to me. Every Lebanese person I've ever met has been very proud to be Lebanese. My mom calls them Lebaninis.)

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