STUDY: Spanish ‘least culturally superior in Europe’

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TOLERANT: The Spanish are generally accepting of other cultures CREDIT: Shutterstock

ONE in five Spanish people feel their culture is superior to others, the lowest amount of any country in Europe according to a new study.

The Pew Research Centre’s report, which measured countries’ attitudes to culture, social issues and religion, also found Spain was among the most accepting of minority faiths in Europe.

It ranked lower but still relatively high on a scale of how important Europeans believed Christianity was for their national identity, according to the same study.

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The Pew Research Centre said their study showed an Eastern-Western European divide across most of the issues surveyed.

“The Iron Curtain that once divided Europe may be long gone, but the continent today is split by stark differences in public attitudes,” the Centre said.

The Pew Research Centre surveyed almost 56,000 adults across 34 European countries on a range of issues between 2015 and 2017.

The study found that the Spanish were least culturally chauvinistic people in Europe. A total of 20 per cent of Spanish respondents said their culture was not perfect but was superior to others.

Spain came ahead of all other surveyed countries including Russia, at 69 per cent, Norway, 58 per cent, Britain, 46 per cent and Germany, 45 per cent.

Greece, Georgia and Armenia topped the list of the countries where people felt most culturally superior with 89, 85 and 84 per cent respectively.

Spain came sixth behind the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium on a poll of whether their citizens would accept Muslims or Jews into their family. Some 74 per cent of Spanish people said they would.

The country came behind Britain, France and Sweden on a scale of how many people felt being Christian made them more truly a part of their nation.

Around 38 per cent of Spanish people said the religion was very or somewhat important to their national identity.

Spain came fifth out of the countries surveyed on support for same-sex marriage with 77 per cent in favour. Around 72 per cent of Spanish people believed abortion should be legal.

Faith was also found to be on the wane in Spain. A total of 22 per cent of Spanish people said religion was “very important” in their lives and 23 per cent said they went to services at least once monthly.

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