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April 12th, 2013

In a new Eurostat study, 8,500 participants ranked anonymous pictures of European people according to attractiveness. For both sexes, Britons came last. Do they carry the burden of ethnic isolation and incest?

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Nigel Farage (UKIP) blasted the report - he takes 'pride' in his 'yellow teeth and bad skin'.

No stock image of a Frenchman is complete without the obligatory striped shirt, scowl and baguette. Swedes are invariably seen as tall, blonde, sexually ambigious and reserved. Eurostat attempted to find out how much of these clichés are true.

That’s why the EU’s statistical office conducted a study across all EU member states over a period of four months. Participants were not told in advance which nationality the people in the picture database had. In the end, over 8,500 test subjects rated an aggregate of 25,000 pictures.

Overwhelmingly, both sexes ranked Britons dead last in terms of attractiveness. Conversely, Slovenians, Luxembourgians and Maltese people were broadly appreciated for their looks and style.

Walter Rademacher, Director-General of Eurostat, comments on the results: ‘The United Kingdom is the most obese country of the European Union, so that probably played a role. Although the First World increasingly struggles with the challenges posed by obesity, it is still seen as one of the least desirable traits in a potential partner.’

Geneticist Claudia D’Argento from the University of Bologna offers another explanation. ‘People on continental Europe have had more time to mix their genes and have ended up looking somewhat alike. It’s no coincidence that people who are considered more attractive, come from nations with a multi-ethnic past and present.’

Is Mr D’Argento implying that the British carry the unfortunate burden of ethnic isolation and incest? ‘Certainly not. The Irish live on an island, too,’ she smiles. ‘I’m sure that the typically British lack of class or style is as much a contributing factor as their genetic regression.’

Eurostat offers a glimmer of hope in its report. ‘The steady influx of immigrants from Southern Asia will certainly be beneficial to the average British sex appeal, just like it has boosted the country’s cuisine. Changes in looks take a longer time, that is all,’ wrote Mr Rademacher.

Despite Mr Rademacher’s optimism, the report is damning. Men were criticized for looking ‘likely to commit violence’ or ‘weirdly old-fashioned’, while women were often described as ‘vulgar’ or ‘tarty’. According to test subjects, Britons also scored high in the category ‘likely to have a sustained drinking problem’.

Walter Rademacher:
‘A steady influx of immigrants will improve Britain’s score’

The British government has declined to respond, but UKIP party strongman Nigel Farage was more than eager to take up the gauntlet. ‘When they’re not undermining our independence, they’re attacking our culture and traditions. Me? I take pride in my yellow teeth and bad skin. I come from a country where it doesn’t matter how well-coiffed you look or how thin you are.’

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  1. Yes this is true, Britons are more than average strikingly homely.


    Khannea Suntzu on 23 Apr 2013 at 07:31
  2. [...] Slovenia Q&A - Cardiff Garcia, Financial Times Britons ugliest Europeans, claims study – The European Rightly Conversely, Slovenians, Luxembourgians and Maltese people were broadly [...]


    Prve ne pozabiš nikoli on 25 Apr 2013 at 10:14
  3. Talking only about girls – Czech, Slovenian and Croatian (only from Dalmatia!)are among most beautiful in Europe


    Andrej on 25 Apr 2013 at 13:26
  4. You wasted money to do this kind of research. I don’t see any significant advantage from this study. Come on. Do something more useful. You’re sunken into a deep economics crisis and high number of unemployment. You should do something more useful, lazy asses..


    Non EU person on 25 Apr 2013 at 13:50

  5. Slovenia!! Woooo!!!


    Slovenia In Your Pocket on 26 Apr 2013 at 21:08
  6. [...] wear those smartspecs, he himself would only look uglier. Almost to the point he’d risk being mistaken for a Briton. That’s why he’s out of the picture. (Please check my profile on Google [...]


  7. Slovenians the most beautiful European nation… nothing new realy, slavic genes again..tall, blue eyes, elegant and blond or brown hair. Trump knew this that is why he married Melania.


    Marko on 03 May 2013 at 06:39
  8. Slovenians the most beautiful European nation… nothing new realy, slavic genes again..tall, blue eyes, elegant and blond or brown hair.


    Marko on 03 May 2013 at 06:41
  9. [...] Slovenceljni smo lepi glede na raziskavo. [...]


    Povezave | Tinka's Stuff on 14 Jun 2013 at 11:45
  10. [...] mitschneidet und auswertet (oder sabotiert) – und auch ansonsten würde die verregnete, mit den hässlichsten Menschen Europas bevölkerte Insel, der demnächst auch noch der Strom ausgeht, niemand wirklich vermissen. [...]


  11. Slovenians are genetically almost the same as Czechoslovakians, Polish people so they could be really beautiful especially looking at the history they mixed a lot too since geographically they reside in the middle of Slavic, Latin and German world… So that could be one explanation..


    Roberto on 15 Aug 2013 at 05:57
  12. Slovenia is in Central Europe between Alps amd Adriatic see.

    People are beautiful because of good food and physical activity.

    Even Jospip Broz Tito was half Slovenian.


    Roger on 20 Aug 2013 at 11:44
  13. The rest of Europe mixed? wtf?

    The British are supposed to be pure something? LOL they had everything from celtic, saxon, roman influnece you name it. They’re as mixed as the Italians are. Unless you’re trying to proclaim them to be some pure Germanics. Not even Germany or Scandinavia is that. Infact many Slavic nations are more pure than Britain or Germany who both have far more mediterranean admixture.


    jess on 17 Oct 2013 at 21:53

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