The World's Most and Least Racist Countries

(The Washington Post)
(The Washington Post)

We'd say that answering "people of a different race" to a question about the type of people you would not want as neighbors is a good-enough measure of intolerance. And that's the World Values Survey question the Washington Post's Max Fischer used to create a color-coded global map of racial attitudes across the globe. Check it out up close here.


Some of the findings:

* Anglo and Latin countries most tolerant. People in the survey were most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor in the United Kingdom and its Anglo former colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and in Latin America. The only real exceptions were oil-rich Venezuela, where income inequality sometimes breaks along racial lines, and the Dominican Republic, perhaps because of its adjacency to troubled Haiti. Scandinavian countries also scored high.

* India, Jordan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong by far the least tolerant. In only [four] of 81 surveyed countries, more than 40 percent of respondents said they would not want a neighbor of a different race. This included 43.5 percent of Indians, 51.4 percent of Jordanians and an astonishingly high 71.8 percent of Hong Kongers and 71.7 percent of Bangladeshis…

* Racial tolerance low in diverse Asian countries. Nations such as Indonesia and the Philippines, where many racial groups often jockey for influence and have complicated histories with one another, showed more skepticism of diversity. This was also true, to a lesser extent, in China and Kyrgyzstan. There were similar trends in parts of sub-Saharan Africa …

* Pakistan, remarkably tolerant, also an outlier. Although the country has a number of factors that coincide with racial intolerance — sectarian violence, its location in the least-tolerant region of the world, low economic and human development indices — only 6.5 percent of Pakistanis objected to a neighbor of a different race. This would appear to suggest Pakistanis are more racially tolerant than even the Germans or the Dutch.

Read more at the Washington Post.