Culture is a very significant aspect of the human lives because of its strong impacts in the wider world. Although global influence is often measured by the military, political or economic might.
However, for some countries, it’s the strength of the culture, such as food, fashion, entertainment and other elements of culture that strongly impacts the wider world.
Countries such as, Europe, Italy, Spain, France,Japan, Brazil, UK and the United States were recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report to be culturally influential.
The ranking was based on factors like being perceived as prestigious, fashionable, trendy, happy, modern or culturally significant in terms of entertainment.
Countries And Their World Cultural Influences
Famous for designer brands such as Valentino, Armani, Versace and Gucci. This has portrayed Italy to be fashionable and trendy.
Italians obviously do care about what looks nice, and Italians do take more care than most in looking fashionable. But this notorious attention to detail extends beyond fashion.
Italians are not just fashionable, they also have a great impact in everything that has to do with style, such as in foodand furniture. The country’s food claims an outsize influence. To experience first-hand of the country’s culinary influence, capital city Rome is the best place to go.
In Rome, you can explore both the traditional flavours and recipes created with a modern twist. Porto restaurant in Prati area, for example, serves a seafood version of the traditional cacio e pepe (pasta seasoned with Roman pecorino cheese and black pepper), the combination of cheese and seafood, also have a really delicious taste.
Other interesting cultural places for expats include, Bologna, also known for its rich gastronomical heritage, and Milan, (the country’s largest business and fashion hub), which also has plenty of top-notch restaurants and a large, lively expat community.
France is reknowned for being modern, prestigious and fashionable. French ‘je ne sais quoi’ is something that people across the world try to imitate. Many people all over the world, love and are inspired by French food, art and fashion.
Though Paris is the obvious place to experience French culture, from fashion to food, but Bordeaux, Lyon and Toulouse are also excellent alternatives. Bordeaux is a prestigious city, where lot of good wine is produced.
The city also has the most historical buildings in the country outside of Paris. Lyon, France’s third most populous city, is well known for its culinary traditions and has produced three-star Michelin chefs. Toulouse, the capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, prides itself on its 2,000-plus-year history stretching back to the Visigoths and Romans and the accompanying pink terracotta architecture that gives it the nickname ‘La Ville Rose’.
The French takes extreme pride in their identity that has shaped the world, this includes the French language, which can be challenging for new expatsbecause most people in France don’t speak Englishor broken English. Even those that can speak English, prefer to speak French.
3. United States
The United States is modernand influential in entertainment. The US films, music and TV programmes are enjoyed globally.
Even when another country does something first, like the reality TV genre that started in the UK, the US is known for making it bigger and more popular worldwide.
The country’s technology industry, home to Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon, has also left its mark, with billions of people interacting daily with these popular services and social networks. This influential American identity is believed to be firmly rooted in the power of possibility and dreaming beyond humble beginnings. New York City, which is the country’s largest city, shows these values.
Hollywood in Los Angeles carved a niche in entertainment that influences culture in the US and beyond. American TV shows and movies influences how many peopletalk, dress, and who they are. The country has a vast geography that spans oceans, deserts, farmland and mountains. With more than 300 million residents, the country prides itself on its diversity, which is evident in the different cultural upbringings and values.
Depending on personality and what a perdo thrives on, the experience in the US will be different in every city. Chicago is different from Miami, New Orleans is not the same as the New York City. Each city has its unique history and people.
Spain has left a lasting mark across geographies from South America to the East Indies. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Chinese, when measured by native speakers, and the strength of its Spanish-speaking movies.
TV and music helped push the country to the top. It is easy to always find a bit of Spain in many parts of the world, from the Spanish language to religion, cuisine, festivals and many other aspects. The tapas culture of Spain, has spread internationally, and continues to connect people locally.
In Spain, food seem to be a way of life. The local Culinary is worth experiencing, witheveryone really relaxed and depicting attitude towards life as being savoured and enjoyed.
5. United Kingdom
UK inhabitants take pride in their ability to combine a firm work ethic, creativity and openness to change, to create new innovation.
UK has some of the best universities in the world, and an entrepreneurial flair. The machine code, the computer and www were all invented by Britains. The flexibility and influence of the English language has allowed Britain to thrive as a place where people go to create a new future.
British language is rich in its borrowings from other languages, and also generous in its acceptance of people learning it. British don’t always say what they mean, one may therefore need to read between the lines. The English often mean the opposite of what they say.
British language is full of puns, double meanings and innuendos. London, which isthe country’s business and financial centre, remains a top destination for working expats. Though housing is not affordable in the city, but its abundance of museums, concert venues and theatres makes the right environment to keep residents at the cutting edge of culture.
There aremany tourist attractions in London, that one can choose to visit different places without getting out of options easily. This doesn’t end in in the capital. Edinburgh is another notable place in terms of cultural influence, hosting the Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, as well as being the birthplace of Harry Potter.
Birmingham city hasmore canals than Venice, and is filled with beautiful fashion and traditional skills. Birmingham is Located in the heart of the country, and is another contender, with fantastic cultural activities, such as, clubbing and orchestras.