30 Countries Where They Really Dislike Americans
In each of the 30 countries on this list, many citizens have poor opinions of Americans and American culture. Of course, that doesn’t always mean it’s not safe to visit. In most cases, they talk trash about Americans in the abstract but are perfectly polite when face-to-face with the real thing. Remember to use your best judgment when traveling and check with local embassies for safety advisories before hopping on a plane to anywhere.
Many countries in South America have harbored anti-American sentiments for decades, and Argentina is one where those feelings run particularly deep — not without reason. Even Barack Obama received a mixed reception when he visited Buenos Aires in 2016, although his willingness to acknowledge America’s role in Argentina’s political and economic troubles over the latter half of the 20th century won over many critics.
Do they really hate Americans in Australia? The data seems a little confusing. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey showed that 48% of Australians expressed an unfavorable view of the United States, but another 48% held a more favorable perspective.
In a recent Gallup poll, 52% of those surveyed in Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed a poor opinion of American leadership. That should come as no surprise, of course. One of the fastest-growing political movements in the country, Republika Srpska, is backed by Vladimir Putin and makes a point of thumbing its nose at the United States.
Although the occasional barbed comment drops from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lips, he still makes nice when necessary. However, back home, above the 49th parallel, the Canadian people are evenly split down the middle, with only a slim majority fostering an unfavorable attitude toward their southern neighbors.
Chile is another South American nation with some good reasons to be hostile toward the United States. This is particularly true since the 1970s, when the American government worked behind the scenes to overthrow the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and stood by as military leader Augusto Pinochet seized power and started a 17-year reign of terror.
Approximately 56% of Costa Ricans disapprove of the political leadership in the United States, according to Gallup. It’s hard to determine whether that distrust extends to average American citizens, but it’s fair to say that American tourists are becoming more frequent targets for robbery, according to a recent warning issued by the American Embassy in the country.
Croatia is one of many nations where the people are highly critical of the current leadership in the United States, with more than half of the respondents in a recent Gallup poll expressing their disapproval of the U.S. The bitterness sometimes extends toward U.S. citizens as well: "The tourists that come here are just plain obnoxious and ignorant," said one online commenter. (Some non-white Americans have also noticed a distinct strain of racism throughout the region.)
According to a Gallup survey, up to 65% of respondents from Denmark disapproved of the leadership in the United States. But does that mean the Danish people are anti-American?
Given the history between the United States and El Salvador, it’s not surprising that many Salvadorans hold a dark opinion of American leadership — 63%, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Despite a long history of political alliance, France has long been known for a certain anti-Americanism. Just visualize the stereotypical snooty Parisian, looking down his nose at an American tourist’s bumbling attempt to speak French before responding in condescendingly perfect English. In recent years, however, the mood has become even more hostile.
In late 2018, Der Spiegel was forced to admit that one of its correspondents, Claas Relotius, had fabricated parts of several stories, including one feature that purportedly described U.S. citizens in a town in rural Minnesota as gun nuts and bigots. The U.S. ambassador to Germany accused the magazine of being anti-American.
Anti-American sentiment in Greece has remained strong since the late 1940s, when the U.S. government involved itself in the civil war between the Greek military and communist revolutionary forces. The rift has never fully healed, as demonstrated by Greece’s radical left party, Syriza, rising to power by promising to kick American troops out of the country.
Guatemalans have long distrusted the United States — ever since the CIA’s involvement in a military coup against a democratically elected government in the 1950s. More recently, 54% of Guatemalans who took part in a Gallup poll say they disapprove of America’s political leadership.
Italians have a sharply critical view of the U.S., with nearly three-fifths of those participating in a recent Gallup poll giving the nation's leadership poor marks. However, as is often the case in Western European nations, the public’s attitude toward American citizens is usually more generous.
As in several nations in the Middle East, anti-American sentiment among Jordanians has a lot to do with U.S. support for Israel. So, naturally, it wasn’t surprising when protestors took to the streets in Jordan to shout, "America is the head of the snake," after the U.S. announced it would move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2017.
The relationship between the people of Lebanon and the United States has long been strained, with the terrorist organization Hezbollah at the heart of the conflict. In early 2018, during his brief stint as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson claimed it was necessary to accept Hezbollah as part of the political reality in Lebanon, only to backpedal when his remarks were sharply criticized.
In the spring of 2019, Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army, was in the midst of his attempt to take control of that nation’s government when he received a diplomatic call from the U.S. Many believed that U.S. leadership was endorsing Haftar as his forces closed in on the capital city of Tripoli.
Luxembourg is a small, landlocked country that plays a large role in European politics. Its capital, also called Luxembourg, is one of the four headquarters for the European Union, as well as the seat of the European Court of Justice. So when a prominent Luxembourger speaks out against the United States, it’s worth noting.
It’s hard to say much about the attitude toward the United States in Malta beyond the recent Gallup poll, which showed that up to 59% of Maltese respondents viewed American leadership unfavorably. It’s a small country — just 475,000 people — that doesn’t make many headlines, so if they are broadly anti-American, they are certainly discreet about it.
Mexicans have particular reason to hate the U.S., considering that they have been portrayed as drug dealers and rapists by candidates on the campaign trail. Some observers feel an even broader wave of anti-Americanism may be on the rise, ready to undermine the progress made between the two nations in recent decades.
The Netherlands is another one of those nations where they really don't like the U.S. But why? After all, U.S. citizens have been visiting tourist destinations in the Netherlands for decades.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a splinter state on the island of Cyprus. Only recognized diplomatically by neighboring Turkey, the "country" is subject to an international trade embargo, in which the United States takes part.
If you take the word of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, "there is little anti-American sentiment in Peru," except possibly among cocaine suppliers. Gallup pollsters, however, uncovered a slightly different story, as 54% of Peruvians surveyed expressed a critical opinion of the American government.
Although state television in Russia regularly mocks the U.S., the Russian people’s feelings towards Americans are much more ambivalent. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey reflected unfavorable feelings toward Americans in 52% of its Russian respondents.
Much of Eastern Europe has a strong distrust of American leadership. That sentiment runs particularly deep in Serbia, where 59% of respondents in a recent Gallup survey expressed a hostile opinion of the United States.
The people of Slovakia have a negative outlook on American leadership, according to a recent Gallup poll, with more than 55% expressing their disapproval. It’s unclear, though, whether that feeling extends to ordinary American citizens.
As with scores of countries in Western Europe, Spain’s problems with the U.S. have spilled over onto all Americans, with 60% of Spaniards who participated in a 2017 Pew Research Center survey admitting to holding an unfavorable view of Americans.
Sweden, you ask? How can they not like Americans in Sweden? But, they’re so nice! Nevertheless, the Pew Research Center discovered that 53% of Swedish respondents had an unfavorable view of Americans when they conducted a global survey in 2017.
In 2012, Islamic radicals attacked the American Embassy in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia, smashing windows and throwing Molotov cocktails at the building. In the years that followed, the Obama administration attempted to strengthen its ties to the newly established democracy.
The relationship between Turkey and the United States has been on the skids for some time. Erdogan recently authorized his government to buy a missile defense system from Russia — forcing the U.S. to impose economic sanctions.