- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
I would take it with a sizeable grain of salt but that’s what a recent Gallup poll claims:
Among other questions, the survey asks respondents whether they had recently experienced emotions such as enjoyment, physical pain, worry, stress or anger, and whether they had recently smiled or laughed a lot.
This does fit the sterotype for orderly, well-managed, authoritarian Singapore — a country that has gone to some pretty bizarre lengths in an effort to get citizens to have more sex.
Not surprisingly, Singaporeans don’t seem to worked up about this. The Guardian rounds up some bemused tweets including “Singapore ranked most emotionless country in the world – not sure how to feel about that” and “That [poll] is a lie. I use many emoticons to express how satisfied I am.” Going only on stereotypes, it’s little more surprising to see the country that brought us Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy, and vodka at number four.
Who are the world’s most emotional people? It’s those soap opera-loving Filipinos followed by basically the whole Western Hemisphere and a couple of Gulf states:
Make of this what you will.