Nuts about Brazil - or is it China?
Published 10/06/2014 | 11:22
Brazil is baffling for Britons despite the huge South American country's high profile as host of the about-to-start football World Cup.
More than 30% of Britons could not pick out Brazil on a map, while 54% were unaware than Brazilians speak Portuguese, according to a survey by Hotels.com.
Of the 2,000 people polled, 1% mistook Brazil for China on a map, while the country Brazil was most mistaken for was Argentina.
Geographically-challenged Britons also thought that Brazil was Peru or Uruguay.
On language, as many as 28% reckoned Brazilians spoke Spanish, while 15% assumed that in Brazil the locals, obviously, spoke... Brazilian. In addition, 2% thought they spoke Mexican and 1% plumped for them speaking English.
Kate Hopcraft, of Hotels.com, said: "It's interesting to see so many Brits unable to pinpoint Brazil, which has to be the most talked-about country of the moment.
"There's so much more to Brazil than the 'beautiful game'. It's baffling to find so many are unaware of its location."