LONDON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
• Spanish funniest Europeans, then Italians, French, British
• Humour is key when meeting new people.
The Germans have been voted the world's "least funny nationality" in a global poll, which ranks Americans the funniest nationality and the Turks as not particularly funny.
30,000 people across 15 countries were asked to name both the "funniest" ("best at making people laugh") and "least funny" nationality in a poll conducted by Badoo.com (http://www.badoo.com), the world's largest social network for meeting new people, with 119m users.
The voting for "least funny" nationality confirmed the view of the American writer, Mark Twain that "a German joke is no laughing matter". The Germans won followed by the Russians.
"When we meet someone new, one of the first things we notice is whether they make us laugh", says Lloyd Price, Badoo's Director of Marketing. Badoo helps millions of people meet every month.
The Turks ranked among the bottom places in the voting for the funniest nationality but third in the voting for "least funny nationality".
"The Turks boast one of the world's great civilisations", says Price. "But they probably suffered in this poll because other nationalities are simply not familiar with Turkish comedy and humour."
The Spanish were voted the funniest Europeans, followed by the Italians, French and British.
The Americans are worthy winners of the Badoo poll, says Price. "They have produced so many great sitcoms and comedians. Even Obama is much funnier than any European leader."
The idea that Germans lack humour is not new. Mark Twain delivered his verdict on German jokes over a century ago.
The stereotype probably comes from the German - Prussian - reputation for efficiency and rationality, presumed to be at the expense of humour.
"The Germans are brilliant at many things, including making cars and beating us [England] at football", adds Price. "Unfortunately, making jokes isn't always one of them."
Rank Nationality 1. American 2. Spanish 3. Italian 4. Brazilian 5. French 6. Mexican 7. British 8.= Dutch 8.= Russian 10. Belgian
"Least Funny" Nationalities
1. German 2. Russian 3. Turkish
Source: Badoo polled 30,000 Badoo users online in April/May 2011