There are over 190 countries spread across our blue planet, and each one has a unique outlook on life influenced by its history, natural resources, and culture. It's possible that you feel a strong sense of pride and affinity with your country of birth. If you do, congratulations! Not everyone is so lucky. Some people feel like they were born in entirely the wrong place, and others are on the fence with mixed feelings.
This quiz uses facts about countries and a sprinkle of national stereotypes to present possible destinations for you. These places could be perfect for your next extended vacation or any ex-pat adventures you may want to undertake. And who knows? Your forever home might turn out to be on the opposite side of the globe. Buckle up because this ride will have you explore every hemisphere while reflecting on some of your character traits.
Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.
Well, there are some theories about this. But first things first. It's important to clarify that while each country has distinct general attitudes and behaviors, they often don't match the stereotypes in foreigners' minds. So whatever ideas you have about the French being unapproachable or the Japanese being unfailingly hardworking, lay them by the wayside. It's easy to stereotype your own culture, too, believe it or not.
Research usually focuses on the five major personality traits: extroversion, openness to experience, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and agreeableness. Countries overlap in various ways because human beings aren't easily placed in neatly-labeled boxes. For example, Moroccans as a whole might be relatively introverted, but Masood and Mariam at the souk may be very friendly indeed.
One interesting theory suggests that certain countries like America are home to bolder individuals because of the open-minded, risk-taking genes that compelled previous generations to emigrate.
Population density may also have a role to play. If there are many thousands of people close to where you live, there's more competition. So it makes sense to work together, be more likable, and more diligent. Places acquire character over time and attract like-minded people who reinforce that personality. Fascinating!
Our personality quizzes are set up a little differently than your basic trivia quiz, but you’ve probably seen their kind around. Rather than having to choose the right answer from a list of multiple choice options, in this case, there is no “right answer”! (Two plus two will always be four, but every Golden Girls character is equally awesome.)
So, stop stressing. Just click on the answer that suits you best, and enjoy the ride. These quizzes are just for fun but who knows – you might just learn something about yourself along the way!
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