Least Racist Countries 2021

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Racism is the belief that a particular race is inferior or superior to another and that a person's biological characteristics predetermine his or her moral or social traits. Those who hold racist beliefs can see other races as subhuman; such as how white Europeans saw black Africans during the period of slavery in the New World.

Racism takes different forms in many countries, depending on cultural, religious, economic, or historical factors. Although it still exists in the modern world, slavery is widely condemned. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is a United Nations convention that commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination. All parties of the Convention are required to outlaw hate speech and criminalize membership in racist organizations.

Racism has existed throughout human history and has influenced wars, slavery, and legal codes. Racism displayed by Western powers towards non-Westerners has significantly impacted history and is most notoriously seen in the enslavement of Africans. Racism shaped the early history of the United States. It affected many events throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including dividing the country in its early years between "free states" and "slave states."

Unfortunately, racism is not unique to one part of the world. Because the level of racism in a country cannot be measured precisely as something like population, a survey needs to be conducted. The World Values Survey asked respondents from more than 80 countries dozens of questions, including one that asks respondents to identify types of people they would not want as neighbors. The researchers reasoned that the more people of a single country who respond that they would not want a neighbor of a different race, the less racially tolerant you could call that society.

Based on this data, India and Jordan are the least racially tolerant countries. About 43.5% of Indians and 51.4% of Jordanians said that they would not want a neighbor of a different race.

Generally, the least racially tolerant countries were in Africa and Asia. In contrast, the most tolerant countries were Latin countries, Scandinavian countries, and the United Kingdom and its former colonies (the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand). The exceptions to this are Venezuela, where income inequality sometimes divides along racial lines, and the Dominican Republic, likely due to its proximity to Haiti. The United Kingdom and its former colonies are typically known as "melting pots" – home to people from all over the world with diverse mixes of race and culture.

There are also outliers. Pakistan has several factors that coincide with racial intolerance, such as low economic and human indices and sectarian violence; however, only 6.5% of Pakistanis objected to a neighbor of a different race. This is lower than the numbers of Germans and the Dutch.

When it comes to measuring countries' racial tolerance, it isn't easy to do so accurately. Several metrics need to be used to see how tolerant each country is. There is a large difference between being okay with someone of another race being allowed in one's country and marrying into one's family. Additionally, some groups interpret the question by targeting a specific group instead of just different races in general. For example, Vietnam scoring particularly intolerant could be because they are less tolerant toward the race that first came to mind, the Chinese. They are less tolerant of this race than they are of other races in general. Lastly, people likely lied when answering the question in the survey.

Least Racist Countries 2021

* Data reflects % of people against having neighbors of another race.
Country % Against Neighbors of Another Race % (Low End) % (High End) 2021 Population
United States0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%332,915,073
Brazil0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%213,993,437
United Kingdom0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%68,207,116
Colombia0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%51,265,844
Argentina0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%45,605,826
Canada0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%38,067,903
Australia0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%25,788,215
Guatemala0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%18,249,860
Sweden0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%10,160,169
Norway0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%5,465,630
New Zealand0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%4,860,643
Uruguay0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%3,485,151
Latvia0% - 4.9%0.00%4.90%1,866,942
Pakistan5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%225,199,937
Mexico5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%130,262,216
Germany5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%83,900,473
South Africa5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%60,041,994
Spain5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%46,745,216
Peru5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%33,359,418
Taiwan5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%23,855,010
Chile5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%19,212,361
Belgium5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%11,632,326
Belarus5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%9,442,862
Switzerland5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%8,715,494
Singapore5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%5,896,686
Croatia5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%4,081,651
Estonia5% - 9.9%5.00%9.90%1,325,185
Japan10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%126,050,804
Italy10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%60,367,477
Ukraine10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%43,466,819
Poland10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%37,797,005
Burkina Faso10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%21,497,096
Czech Republic10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%10,724,555
Azerbaijan10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%10,223,342
Finland10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%5,548,360
Slovakia10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%5,460,721
Bosnia And Herzegovina10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%3,263,466
Lithuania10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%2,689,862
Slovenia10% - 14.9%10.00%14.90%2,078,724
China15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%1,444,216,107
Russia15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%145,912,025
Ethiopia15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%117,876,227
Tanzania15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%61,498,437
Uganda15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%47,123,531
Venezuela15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%28,704,954
Romania15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%19,127,774
Zimbabwe15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%15,092,171
Dominican Republic15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%10,953,703
Hungary15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%9,634,164
Serbia15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%8,697,550
Kyrgyzstan15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%6,628,356
Armenia15% - 19.9%15.00%19.90%2,968,127
Bangladesh20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%166,303,498
Philippines20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%111,046,913
Turkey20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%85,042,738
Thailand20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%69,950,850
France20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%65,426,179
Algeria20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%44,616,624
Morocco20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%37,344,795
Malaysia20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%32,776,194
Mali20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%20,855,735
Zambia20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%18,920,651
Bulgaria20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%6,896,663
Moldova20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%4,024,019
Georgia20% - 29.9%20.00%29.90%3,979,765
Indonesia30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%276,361,783
Nigeria30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%211,400,708
Egypt30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%104,258,327
Vietnam30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%98,168,833
Iran30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%85,028,759
South Korea30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%51,305,186
Saudi Arabia30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%35,340,683
Rwanda30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%13,276,513
Albania30% - 39.9%30.00%39.90%2,872,933
India40% +40.00%45.00%1,393,409,038
Jordan40% +40.00%45.00%10,269,021

Least Racist Countries 2021