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2004-04-29

The inofficial totally subjective ranking of the EU’s most boring countries 

This survey with a sample size of one was conducted after coming across frequent references such as this to Belgium as the shining sample of an uninteresting European country. To verify these claims, a complicated but nevertheless completely unscientific scoring method was developed which ranks the 25 EU member states as of 1 May 2004 by their individual lack of interest. Three dimensions were considered to compute the total score: lack of cultural interest, lack of political excitement, and absence of any originality/dynamism/importance of the economy. It has to be said that smaller countries are therefore favoured in this ranking, which enables Luxemburg to beat Belgium for the top spot, despite all attempts by the sample group to avoid this.

(rank – interest penalty – country name)

1. 24 Luxemburg
2. 35 Belgium
3. 36 Denmark
4. 38 Cyprus
5. 39 Malta
6. 40 Latvia
7. 41 Lithuania
8. 48 Ireland
9. 49 Finland
10. 50 Austria
11. 52 Greece
12. 54 Estonia
13. 59 Portugal
13. 59 Slovenia
15. 61 Czech Republic
15. 61 Hungary
17. 63 Slovakia
18. 71 Netherlands
18. 71 Poland
20. 74 Sweden
21. 83 Italy
22. 84 Spain
23. 91 France
24. 98 Germany
25.100 United Kingdom

Further information and hints for politicians how to improve the standing of their country can be found here.


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