Rolling, rainy pastures and butter: how Germans see Ireland Political Editor


Dominating views in an ‘Irish Times’ poll include images of cows, grass, and friendly people

THE MAJORITY of Germans view Ireland through green-tinted spectacles with images of beautiful countryside, farm animals and wet weather predominating, according to the findings of the poll conducted by The Irish Times in both countries.

What is striking is that while only a small proportion of Germans have visited Ireland, or plan to do so, a majority of them have a strong image of the country which many Irish people would regard as old-fashioned.

A whopping 60 per cent of Germans, when asked what came to mind when they thought of Ireland, came up with rustic images of a green and beautiful island, while another 17 per cent mentioned agriculture and farm animals.


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