The Economist has reported on a poll by the Reputation Institute, a branding consultancy, that reveals Australians are more patriotic than any other people on Earth.
Their poll reveals:
People (in 33 countries) were asked to rate their trust, admiration, respect and pride in their country. The results are presented as an index. By this measure, Australians are almost as exuberant about their country as they are about sport, and lead the list.
They are followed closely by Canadians. Americans, normally a patriotic and positive bunch, are perhaps being affected by the recession. The limited self-regard of Brazilians belies their reputation as a sunny, carefree people, but the Japanese are gloomiest of all.
This is great news and I think while we have our issues, it’s not surprising our love of country should be so strong.
The custom of young people proudly wearing the Australian flag as a garment or cape shows that especially among young patriots they are immensely proud of the place they call home. Good job.