These Are the Most Narcissistic Countries in the World (and How America Stacks Up)
It’s rare that everybody in a group gets along without any tension. So it makes sense that on the world stage, some countries have more friends than others. (In fact, some nations have gained a reputation as the most hated countries in the world.) And it’s not just outsiders’ perspectives that matter. Some countries have a pretty poor internal reputation among their own citizens, while other, more narcissistic countries have a pretty stellar self-images.
The Reputation Institute offer a fascinating look at which countries are the most and least popular among their fellow nations. A report from the group also reveals which countries have a much better internal reputation than external reputation. In other words, these narcissistic countries have much higher opinions of themselves than other nations’ opinions would merit.
Read on to discover which nations are the most narcissistic in the world — and to see how the United States stacks up.
In fifteenth place, Japan begins the list. With a 0.8-point difference between its internal and external valuations, Japan is the first example of a country whose own citizens have a higher opinion of it than citizens in other countries. That means that Japan (just barely) makes it onto the list of the most narcissistic countries in the world. But we can’t really blame Japanese citizens for thinking highly of their country, which Lonely Planet characterizes as “a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world.”
Next: This country’s residents may live up to the stereotypes.
Next on the list is France. This country boasts a 2.6-point difference between its internal and external valuations. That means that the French people rate their country more favorably than citizens of other countries rate the European nation. That may not surprise you if you’re familiar with the stereotype that the French are arrogant. (Or if you’ve felt judged as a tourist in France.) But we have to give it the French: There’s plenty to love about a country that’s rich in history, varied in topography, and easy to navigate even with language barriers.
Next: This country’s amazing history may make you forgive its arrogance.
Portugal takes 13th place among the countries with the highest differences between their internal and external valuations. Portugal’s citizens are more likely to think highly of their country than citizens of other nations. But Portugal is far from highest on the list of the most narcissistic countries. Nonetheless, we can’t fault the Portuguese for loving their country. Lonely Planet notes that if you visit, you can see medieval castles, cobblestone villages, and golden beaches — which sounds pretty magical to us.
Next: Many Americans might feel surprised to see this nearby country make the list.
Some Americans may feel surprised to see Canada on the list of the most narcissistic countries. But our neighbor to the north has a 5.0-point difference between its internal and external valuations. Canadians give their country higher ratings than citizens of other countries who also evaluated the country. And as The Economist reports, Canada’s self-image as a “global benefactor” has been out of date for decades. Nonetheless, tourists find plenty to love about Canada — and the country was even Travel + Leisure’s “destination of the year” in 2017.
Next: This South American country holds itself in high regard.
Next on the list? Argentina, which has a 7.4-point difference between its internal and external valuations. This narcissistic country thinks more highly of itself than its neighbors do. Yet we really don’t blame Argentinians for their pride in their nation. Lonely Planet characterizes Argentina as a “beautiful, defiant, and intense” destination. You can experience unforgettable cities, stunning natural wonders, delicious cuisine, and fascinating cultural activities if you make a visit.
Next: This European country makes the top 10 of the most narcissistic nations in the world.
This one may or may not surprise Americans familiar with Germany’s place in the world, but the European country lands among the top 10 most narcissistic countries in the world. Germany has an 8.1-point difference between its internal and external valuations. That means that Germans have significantly higher opinions of their country than citizens of other countries do. But really, can you fault them for it? Lonely Planet reports that this country boasts “soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.”
Next: This country thinks much more highly of itself than its neighbors do.
9. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom, as it turns out, is just as narcissistic as Germany. Again, that may or may not surprise Americans familiar with the country’s posture in world affairs. Like Germany, the United Kingdom showed an 8.1-point difference between its internal and external valuations. (That’s in spite of opinions that Brexit “exposes Britain’s massive inferiority complex.) But there may be a reason for that pride. As Travel + Leisure reports, the United Kingdom boasts “one of the ancient wonders of the world, plus mythical stone cathedrals, fairytale forests, and, yes, surfing.”
Next: This South American country also lands on the list of the most narcissistic nations.
Even more narcissistic than Germany and the United Kingdom? Chile, which lands in eighth place. The country has a 9.2-point difference between its internal and external valuation. That means that Chileans often have higher opinions of their country than other people rating the South American nation. Nobody likes a narcissist, but really we forgive Chile. Lonely Planet characterizes the nation as a “land of extremes” with diverse landscapes, a welcoming attitude, and a leisurely pace.
Next: Some Americans may feel surprised to see this country on the list.
Next on the list? Mexico, which lands in seventh place among the most narcissistic nations in the world. Mexico has a 9.5-point gap between its internal and external valuations, meaning that Mexicans think more highly of their country than citizens of other nations rating it. Yet there’s still plenty to love about Mexico. Travel + Leisure refers to Mexico as “a country rich with history, delicious food and sprawling beaches.” That sounds like a pretty ideal combination to us.
Next: This North African country has a very favorable opinion of itself.
In sixth place on the list of the most narcissistic nations is Morocco. This North African country had a gap of 11.5 points between its internal and external valuations. So Moroccans have a much higher opinion of their country than other respondents to the Reputation Institute’s surveys. But we don’t really blame them for it. CNN Travel characterizes this nation as a mix of “Middle Eastern magic, Berber tradition and European flair.” It’s also one of the most moderate and peaceful countries in its area of the world.
Next: This South American nation makes the top five among the most narcissistic countries.
Here’s where the final countdown begins! Colombia makes the top five of the most narcissistic countries in the world. The Reputation Institute found that this South American country had a 12.4-point difference between its internal and external valuations. But with everything there is to see and do in Colombia, we forgive the nation its narcissism. Lonely Planet recommends that travelers get to know the nation’s “soaring Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast, enigmatic Amazon jungle, cryptic archaeological ruins, and cobbled colonial communities” — all things we wouldn’t mind visiting someday.
Next: This country is even more narcissistic than Colombia.
Next on the list of the most narcissistic countries is Peru, which has a significantly larger gap between its internal and external valuations than even Colombia. The difference between Peru’s internal and external valuations reached 17.3 points — a pretty big gap. Yet again, we can’t really hold that against Peruvians. As Travel + Leisure puts it, “There are countless reasons to travel to Peru. From the vibrant local culture, to the delicious cuisine, to the country’s magnificently beautiful natural landscape, Peru is a nation of wonders.”
Next: Next up is the third most narcissistic country in the world.
Turkey lands in third place among the most narcissistic countries in the world. This middle eastern country had a major gap between its internal and external valuations: an entire 18.8 points! (But, to be fair, that’s nothing compared to the two countries at the very top of the list.) Additionally, the Turkish have plenty of good reasons to feel proud of their country. Travel + Leisure lists the many reasons to love the country, including its rich history, its world-class hotels, its growing arts and culture scene, and its amazing markets.
Next: You’ll never believe which nation lands in second place.
2. United States of America
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: the United States! The U.S. is the second-most narcissistic country in the world, with a huge 23.4-point gap between its internal and external valuations. The Reputation Institute posits that that may have something to do with the global reaction to our current commander-in-chief, who may land among the most narcissistic presidents himself.
Next: This country is the most narcissistic nation in the entire world.
As for first place? That dubious honor goes to Russia, which wins the title of the most narcissistic country in the world. The Reputation Institute reports that there’s a gigantic 40.8-point difference between Russia’s internal and external valuations. While many Americans are just fine disliking Russia, there are definitely some reasons to forgive Russia its narcissism (at least the type that the Reputation Institute tracks). Lonely Planet notes that the world’s largest nation offers an incredible diversity of culture, geography, and history that’s worth experiencing — even if the country is one of the most difficult in the world for Americans to visit.
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