‘Putting the kettle on and making tea in a crisis’: What the EU admires most about Brits revealed (and what the British think of Europeans)
- Nearly half of Germans admit to loving that Brits put the kettle on in a crisis - and make a cup of tea
- Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Slovenia all praised the British obsession with the Royal Family
- Over a quarter of Brits say Irish friendliness is their favourite European trait, Italian passion is also well-liked
- Interactive maps shows what European countries love most about Brits and vice versa
Britain’s vote for Brexit sent shockwaves around the continent, with Europeans generally very upset about it.
So just what is it that Europeans love so much about the British?
An interactive map, based on the results of a survey, shows that making a cup of tea in a crisis and being obsessed with the royal family are among the best British traits.
A survey has discovered that making a cup of tea in a crisis is one of the best British traits in the eyes of Europeans
In a poll of 2,500 people across Europe, conducted by language services and digital agency TranslateMedia, nearly half the Germans (47 per cent), nearly a third of the Spanish (32 per cent) and over a quarter of the French (27 per cent) most admired the British ability to keep calm and carry on in a crisis by putting the kettle on and making tea.
Six countries, including the republics of Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Slovenia, appreciate Britain’s obsession with, and unwavering loyalty to, the Royal Family.
A sizeable proportion of the member states, including the Italians and Spaniards, admire the ability of Britons to form an orderly queue.
The Czech Republic and The Netherlands both voted for the British habit of cheering on the underdog, perhaps something the Dutch in particular can empathise with, having never won a World Cup.
Six countries, including the republics of Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Slovenia, appreciate Britain’s obsession with, and unwavering loyalty to, the Royal Family
Belgium and Poland, both rather large beer-producing countries, like how Brits embrace a warm beer.
Perhaps this is because of the often chilly weather.
Cyprus and Portugal, meanwhile, which both bask in beautiful summers, applaud the plucky British habit of sunbathing at the slightest hint of sunshine. Even if it’s only 17C.
The survey turned the tables, too, and asked British people what they most liked about Europeans.
Over a quarter of those surveyed cited the world-renowned Irish friendliness (27 per cent).
One fifth of Brits praised Spain’s love for fiestas (parties). Almost one fifth (18 per cent) are fond of Italy’s passion, while 15 per cent commend the efficiency of the Germans.
The French are renowned for their effortlessly chic sense of style and 11 per cent of Brits seem to agree. Paris is of course one of the fashion capitals of the world.
One in ten also appreciate how liberal the Dutch are. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia and allow same-sex marriage (2001).
‘It seems there is much to admire about each other’s countries,’ says Yusuf Bhana from TranslateMedia. ‘So let’s celebrate our differences and enjoy what each has to offer.’
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