It depends upon the individual but I have some few countries name
India- I’ve found some rude behavior which I tolerate in person in many public places. Some of them look down on Nepali. I don’t even care :/
USA- Before I loved America a lot. My half family lives in Boston, USA. I thought people are nice there but somehow I found out that most of the Americans look down on other nationality it’s because they think they are the most powerful country in the world.
Philippine- The same problem ‘over-proud’ not all but some Filipinos. Most of the Filipinos are talented in many fields but sometimes it’s hard to understand how are they excessively proud.
UK- I’ve already seen and heard everything how racist some people are. No respect and values of other feelings.
Qatar- Most of them think that they own the roads and malls. They think they are the Kings and Queens but some of the Qatari are friendly.
I have traveled in 26 countries, spent 3–6 months in 7–8 of them and about 1500 days total in various Asian counties but so far I have found only kindness, generosity and smiles in my travels. I must be lucky because I have never been threatened or robbed, not even treated unfairly.
Based on my experiences, my time on Facebook and my travels in the USA I would say the USA has the most rude, most angry, most worried, most suspicious, most unhappy and most pessimistic people in this world.
I’m from Sweden and i have never really been outside of Europe and i have never been to a place where i thought everyone was rude, neither have i met tourists here in Sweden and abroad that have been all rude.
But here are my experiences, beginning with our Nordic kinsmen, please note that i’ll speak about what i think about them in general as they’re our neighbours:
Then there might be some minor recentment to eachother due to history, but nothing serious, maybe “rivalry” is a better term theese days. I do joke sometimes saying that “Danskjävel” (dane fucker?) and “jævla svenskere” (fucking swedes) might be the oldest surviving phraces in our languages.
Norway: Norwegians are cool people, but they can be very stubborn and conservative. Most of the times i have seen scandinavian tourists being annoyed or frustrated over something they have usually been old norwegians. But as a swede in Norway i never experience people really acting rude or seeing you as a foreigner when you come from Sweden.
Finland: Finns are quite friendly, but they’re the most restricted people in the north i think, but when you get to know them they’re really open and warm. You don’t really expect a finn to be rude or snotty, but it’s not like you will hear some stranging sharing their life story with you either as a stranger.
Allright, time for the other.
Polish: The people are friendly, if you ask anyone for directions they will give it to you, but shop owners or restaurant owners aren’t as customer friendly as we’re used to in most traditional western countries. We ate at a restaurant, and in the end my sister wanted to pay with her credit card (in Sweden it’s more common to do this) since she had no cash. The restaurant owner just sighed and got the card reader out for her, and in the stores most workers looked like they just wanted to go home and didn’t care for the customers.
Germans: I’ve met a few geniunley arrogant people of german descent, or people who just come out as rude becasue they say what they think. We went on a ferry to Denmark once when i was a kid and we sat down by an empty table that had a bottle of water on it. After we sat down for a few minutes, this really pissed off old german guy starts yelling at my mother and points to his bottle and waving his hands telling us to leave (If i had only been an adult back then…). But i meet a lot of german tourists in Sweden, and since i speak decent german i have some times had to translate stuff and most people i’ve met have been regular people speaking about the weather, saying what a beautiful country Sweden is and so on.
English: If any english reads this, your people are really two sided. Either people are super friendly, i mean it’s like you almost could say “hey, can i have some money for a bottle of water?” and they’d give it to you and then there’s those guys who are rude as f*ck who get super pissed off if someone in the country they visit don’t speak english, who act like shit in stores and everything. So i don’t really know what to think, some of the best and worst tourists i’ve met have been english.
Russians: I’ve never been to Russia, but abroad russian tourists are terrible. They act like shit, they disrespect people and act like they own the place they visit and they are just a pain to be around. But i’ve also met educated russians, or russians who live here. They are like northern europeans with a southern european mentality, they are all civilized and know how to behave themselves.
Greeks: I get along very good with greek people i meet, but greeks can be friendly to some tourists and arrogant to others. As a swede i usually get on the good side with many greek people who think Sweden is an intresting country, people in restaurants and stores are happy to help me when i have questions about the food or some products. But if you are german for example then chanses are bigger you will meet people who just want you to pay up and leave the store as quick as possible. This is due to politics, ww2 combined with the EU “trying to tell Greece what to do”. There are like 1 million stores in every tourist town and in some stores you meet very friendly shop owners and in others they are more intrested in what’s on TV than looking at you.
In Greece however doing the same is considerd extremly rude, and especually if a tourist does it and the owner of the tree may be very angry with you. However if you ask the owner if you may have a fruit from his/her tree, then the owner might be very flattered and give you 10 fruits.
Ha! Hard to put a finger on it, really… however…
I have traveled to 35 countries and actually LIVED in 14 of them for at least a month or so. Rudeness is, of course, an individual trait: you will find rude folks WHEREVER you go, and also kind, cultured, well-behaved, friendly people there, too!
I DO, however, have some pet peeves, and despite all their VERY plush speech and died in the wool cultural politeness, the FRENCH top the list - sad to say. (This is certainly NOT meant to judge ALL French people; that would be silly and WRONG!)
However: in all my travels, I have usually tried to learn at least a little of the local language. The natives USUALLY respond warmly and respect the fact you’ve tried, even if you stumble all over yourself. I have ONLY had French (and Belgian French) SNEER at me and ridicule my inability to speak their (fast disappearing) tongue, perfectly.
Also, French, when asked if they speak English, reply with “J’ peut pas!” (NOPE!) when it’s pretty clear that they actually CAN but WON’T! But as I said, this does certainly NOT mean ALL French. I’ve also had French compliment me on my lack of the usual American accent.
同样，当被问及他们是否会说英语时，法国人的回答是“J ' peut pas!”(不!)当很明显他们确实可以但不会这么做的时候!但正如我所说，这当然不意味着所有的法国人都这样。我也曾听过法国人称赞我没有通常的美国口音。
There are -of course- different kinds of rudeness. Drivers in Greece and the country where I now live are the most aggressive and pedestrian non-respecting of any I’ve seen, and yet, in this country, just in the last three weeks, there has been a campaign on TV, through SMS and actually police, out in force, talking to drivers at crossings and explaining that the pedestrians need to be allowed to go FIRST when they have green at the zebra crossing. This has resulted in a really BIG change in the driving habits of at least many…
Oh, and did I forget to mention the $75 fine for non-compliance? So “rudeness” does not necessarily need to STAY rudeness.
Example: My Indian friend, who has spent the last 30 or so years in Oldenburg (North) and learned ALL her German there, when asked a “yes or no” question, may equally as enthusiastically reply, “Uhhhhhn”. Meaning (without any audible distinction) “yes” or alternatively “no”.
The hearer is left to figure it out, but it is not “rude”, it’s only “Oldenburgisches Platt”! (After they are into their third beer, you will find that most Germans DO know how to converse and that quite knowledgeably.)Good ole U S of a. Well I wouldn’t quite know where to start.
Is it “rude” to get robbed and beat over the head on Christmas Eve? (Been there/ done that in Boston!)
Is it rude to get mugged and beat at a beach town? (Welcome to Asbury Park New Jersey!)
Is it rude to have folks chucking depleted uranium splinters or cluster bombs for your kids to play with? (Guess I’ll have to think about that one. Talk to the military.)
Is Agent Orange rude when all your crops and forests die and your kids have residual birth defects 40 years later? (Talk to Monsanto, Du Pont and Dow.)
Roundup (an Agent Orange derivative) ready manipulated and poisoned EVERYTHING; democratically elected governments overthrown by the C I A, and last but not LEAST two atom bombs detonated over civilian populations, when resistance was already disabled? (This is a whole different BALLPARK of “rude”.)
Gee, I don’t KNOW, but if it had been ME I certainly would have felt like it was WORSE than “rudeness”. What is it they say, “If the [rude] shoe fits, WEAR it!” Dictionary gives ONE definition of “rudeness” as just plain old BAD! So, seen from here, number four might even be number one. I am not a Palestinian trying to survive in Gaza or I would talk, maybe about number 5 (or was it two).
I think this is a difference in expectations. I’ve lived in three countries: the US, Japan, and China. Japan has an extremely strict code of etiquette that you violate at your own peril (though they do understand when the poor gaikokujin who did not have the advantage of growing up Japanese make mistakes). You’ll never get better service than in Japan. The US and China are a lot less formal in most contexts. I’d say China is even less formal than the US in a lot of ways; I was initially shocked at all the spitting I saw here. You get a lot of boldness in China, as well as people who don’t even pretend to like their jobs. Surly service.
So, does that mean the Chinese are inherently ruder than the Japanese? It honestly depends on your definitions of what is rude and what isn’t. In Japan, blowing your nose in public, for instance, is incredibly rude. People will flush the toilet before they start doing their business to cover up the sound. However, loudly slurping your noodles is acceptable and expected. Also in Japan, it’s unacceptable to be blunt. Saying “no” is against the code. Is that inherently rude, or is it rather rude to talk your way around saying “no” and waste people’s time?
I’ve encountered mean, snotty jerks in all three countries. I’ve also encountered people who are incredibly generous and kind. In my mind, questions like this are based on the faulty assumption that you can judge people around the world on some inherent standard of behavior. That’s not true. If you grew up in China, you’d spit on the floor. If you grew up in Japan, you’d reflexively bow. Judging all peoples according to the standard of politeness you grew up with simply is not fair.
I honestly believe it depends on who you are, where you are from etc. Like your ethnicity, personality, life experiences and so on. This is because different countries and cultures have unique personalities, and unique bias’s. For example, if you visit Korea, Caucasian people with no dietary limitation might speak of the best experience they had. How Koreans are so hospitable, kind and generous. For a South Asian wth darker skin, or/and with dietary limitations may face a different response. Especially if they don’t drink alcohol.
The subjectiveness to this question is so broad and dependant on hundreds of factors. It really depends on each individual. You can live in a country all your life and still never understand the culture, and here you are trying to understand a global perspective.
I believe you should travel to every country with a new perspective and open mindedness. If people here tell you a country is rude, sure, you can take into account of their experiences. But don’t let it deter you and don’t use it as a basis of certainty. Find out for yourself with your own experience and open mindedness.