Definition: A stereotype is “…a fixed, overgeneralised belief about a particular group or class of people.” (Cardwell, 1996). In other words stereotyping is believing that people of a certain group, race or religion all have the same characteristics when they don’t.
Learning from the media and communicating with people of some European countries, we pick up a lot of stereotypes about other nations. In every country there are plenty of stereotypes about residents, some may be true but most of them are untrue and very wrongful.
This issue of our magazine deals with stereotypes of some of European nations and what people around the world see as the stereotypes of them, but remember that it is all for fun.
Humanity is defined by how good we have been to ourselves and other people, not by the
country we live in.
Heaven and Hell
Heaven Is Where:
The French are the chefs
The Italians are the lovers
The British are the police
The Germans are the mechanics
And the Swiss make everything run on time
Hell is Where:
The British are the chefs
The Swiss are the lovers
The French are the mechanics
The Italians make everything run on time
And the Germans are the police