Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The Five Countries That Set World Culture

“Rather than military, political or economic might, it’s the culture of these countries that most strongly impacts the wider world.

Global influence is often measured by military, political or economic might, but for some countries, it’s the strength of the culture – its food, fashion or entertainment – that most strongly impacts the wider world.

These culturally influential countries were recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report, based on factors like being perceived as prestigious, fashionable, trendy, happy, modern or culturally significant in terms of entertainment. While many of the top 10 countries were in Europe, including Italy, Spain, France and the UK, the list also included Japan (ranking high for being modern and prestigious), Brazil (for its happy populace and entertainment), and the United States (for being modern and culturally influential).”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180701-the-five-countries-that-set-world-culture

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