Appendix C National Traits

Odd One Out

In the following list of national characteristics, one in each case is atypical. Try to identify it.

American

Competitiveness, social envy, sociability, materialism, sense of mission

Arab

morality, tolerance, patriotism, unity, tenacity

Australian

risk takers, honesty, respect for authority, hospitality, cynicism

Austrian

class consciousness, strong sense of national identity, skilled in business, tradition, energy

Belgian

monarchical, conservatism, intransigence, pragmatism,, diligence

British

conformity, tradition, humor, diplomacy, insularity

Canadian

cultural awareness, tolerance, volatility, impartiality, tradition

Chinese

humility, thrift, gentleness, bluntness, trustworthiness

Czech

education, creativeness, aggressiveness, irony, diligence

Danish

tolerance, sense of humor, good listeners, shyness, social envy

Dutch

love of debate, laid-back style, thrift, pragmatism, industriousness

Finnish

group orientation, work ethic, reliability, stubbornness, guts

French

intelligence, kindness, humility, diplomacy, honesty

German

punctuality, drive, fidelity, tact,

Hispanic American

humanity, volatility, compassion, teamwork, idealism

Indian

extroversion, creativity, caution in business, risk takers, eloquence

Indonesian

political restlessness, commercial ambitiousness, respect for elders, sense of shame, volatility

Italian

charisma, loyalty to family, loyalty to the Church, flexibility, extroversion

Japan

humility, intransigence, work ethic, sense of shame, tenacity

Malaysian

culturally aware, materialism, education, hierarchy, obedience

Norwegian

diligence, sense of humor, neighborliness, directness, stubbornness, compassion, melancholy, group orientation, emotion, patriotism

Portuguese

exuberance, theatricality, compassion, vision, sentiment

Russian

suspicion, impoliteness, warmth, idealism, caution

South African

cultural insensitivity, patriotism, future orientation, love of sports, hospitality

Spanish

generosity, vision, precision, sensitivity, loquacity

Swedish

thoroughness, decisiveness, honesty, justice, good taste

Swiss

love of business, daring, tenacity, neutrality, secretiveness

Thai

cheerfulness, antiroyalism, laid back, weak work ethic, pro-American

Vietnamese

tenacity, anti-Americanism, respect for the French, love of education, thrift

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Cultural Imperative: Global Trends in the 21st Century
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