The world's most racist countries revealed

Survey exposes the most intolerant populations, though all may not be as it seems…

A recent survey has revealed what it deems to be the ‘most racist’ countries in the world. The barometer for intolerance was based upon a question which asked individuals which types of people they would refuse to live next to. One of the options was ‘people of a different race’.

Somewhat surprisingly, Hong Kong, one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Asia, did not fare well for tolerance, with a whopping 71.8% of its population ticking that particular box. Close behind Hong Kong was Bangladesh, with 71.7%, followed by Jordan, 51.4%, and India, 43.5%.

The World Value Survey also exposed which countries are at the opposite end of the spectrum, with Britain, the US and Australia among those with populations who showed practically no adversity to having neighbours of a different race. France was the only major anomaly from Western Europe, with a worrying 22.7% renouncing the idea of racially diverse neighbours.

The results, however, may not be as clear cut as they first seem. Some have suggested that with regard to Western countries, where racism is widely condemned, people would try to conceal signs of intolerance by giving untruthful answers to questions. With the US, for example, Max Fisher, speaking to the Washington Post, said: ‘Americans are conditioned by their education and media to keep these sorts of racial preferences private – i.e. to lie about them on surveys – in a way that Indians might not be.’

Others have raised questions about Hong Kong’s startling outcome in the result, and have raised the possibility of mistranslations in the original survey tainting the response.

In any case, we’d all do well to remember the wise words of H.G. Wells: “Our true nationality is mankind.”

And something about loving your neighbour.