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  • 29 July 2014, 11:06

Boozy Britons 'A Turn Off' To Foreigners

Despite the number of people visiting the UK increasing steadily, it appears they go away with a fairly gloomy opinion of Britons.

People from overseas think many indigenous Britons drink too much and eat unhealthily, according to a poll for the British Council.

And foreigners are not too happy about the weather or quality of food they get here, the survey of more than 5,000 people aged between 18 and 34 reveals.

After bad drinking and eating habits, Britons were considered to be too ignorant about other cultures, too nationalistic and too intolerant.

The qualities most admired in the British are politeness and good manners, and they are regarded as educated and skilled.

People polled came from Brazil, China, Germany, India and the US.

They saw Britons as friendly, law-abiding and with a good sense of humour.

Britain's culture and history was seen as among the UK's most attractive features - young people most commonly named Shakespeare, the Queen and David Beckham as famous UK figures.

A wider survey that included young adults in Britain in the survey put the UK in joint second place with Australia for overall "attractiveness".

The US was top of the leader board.

Respondents were not allowed to vote for their own countries.

The British Council's John Worne said: "This research confirms culture and education are among the UK's biggest assets in attracting people from countries important to the UK's future.

"But while there's a lot to be proud of, some stereotypes still colour the way we're viewed overseas."

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