The Xenophobe’s Guides are of course the first stop for an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations and the quirks and characteristics of their peoples, but the world wide web also supplies some wonderful insights as well.
Below you will find a collection of insightful and occasionally peculiar links, supplied by readers of our Xenophobe’s Guides, for your amusement. Please note, however, that Xenophobe’s Guides is not responsible for the content or opinions expressed.
What makes the Dutch DUTCH:
World surveys are popular features in the media and in the happiness stakes Dutch children have hit the jackpot.
The 8 Secrets of Dutch Kids, the Happiest Kids in the World
© Rina Mae Acosta and Finding Dutchland, 2013.
Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit. From The Daily Telegraph.
What makes the Italians ITALIAN:
Everyone has heard of The Godfather and Super Mario but do they represent the real Italy? With the help of Martin Solly, the Turin-based author of the Xenophobe’s Guide to the Italians, The Local has debunked (and confirmed) some common Italian stereotypes.
Top ten: Most common Italian Stereotypes. From The Local “Italy’s news in English”.
What makes the Norwegians NORWEGIAN:
From the famed travelogues of the eighteenth century on, most have been guidebooks or serious studies of various sorts. ‘The Xenophobe’s guide to the Norwegians’ published this year is one refreshing exception.
Books in English about Norway are legion. From the Foreigner “Norwegian news in English”.
What makes the Finns FINNISH:
Changing the nappy at Kensington Palace, when the moment comes, may be easier thanks to a gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from the Finnish government, writes Mark Bosworth in Helsinki.
Royal baby: William and Catherine get Finnish baby box. From BBC News Magazine Monitor.