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European Diaspora - Top 11 Countries

Name the countries outside of Europe that have the highest number of people of European descent.
People of mixed descent may or may not be counted depending on the country
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Last updated: November 20, 2016
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First submittedNovember 20, 2016
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Country
235 mil
72.4
United States
100 mil
47.7
Brazil
37 mil
85
Argentina
28 mil
76.7
Canada
22 mil
90
Australia
21 mil
16.5
Mexico
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Country
18 mil
37
Colombia
13 mil
42.2
Venezuela
9.6 mil
52.7
Chile
7.3 mil
64.1
Cuba
4.9 mil
8.9
South Africa
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
The percentages are a little weird. For example, in Costa Rica mestizos are counted, but in Mexico most are not. In the United States, some people of mixed descent are counted, but others are not. So, take the numbers with a grain of salt, but I think the list of countries would be the same no matter how you slice the numbers.
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2016
The"limit" between white and black people (and all other variations) can be very different between countries. I think I read it somewhere on Quora that a very light-skinned person was considered African-American in US, while a rather dark-skinned Brazilian was offended when called black.
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Level 52
May 15, 2017
If Barack Obama was president in Kenya, he would be their first white president. #showerthoughts
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Level 43
Jun 5, 2020
To reply to Aesthus, I believe Edward Northey qualifies as the first white president (governer) of Kenya
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2016
Why top 11 and not 10? Is it because you wanted to include South Africa?
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
Yep
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Level 80
Dec 1, 2016
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Level 56
May 6, 2022
@CalmDownItsOnlyAGame -1
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Level 52
Apr 16, 2020
There is no real reason to think that a list of 10 is more logical than a list of 11. This is just deci-centrism.
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Level 79
Apr 16, 2020
But, 10 is a 'comfortable' number.
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Level 76
Sep 2, 2020
The tiranny of the decimal system is the best tyranny. Or are you a filthy supporter of the imperial measuring system?
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Level 72
May 6, 2022
Ferbin I believe you are thinking of the metric system. It's pretty wacky over here but not roman numeral wacky
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Level 56
May 6, 2022
@SenpaiDePecado I think that the Roman numeral system makes more sense.
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Level 59
Nov 21, 2016
My 5 star says it all!
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Level 84
Nov 21, 2016
The lowest guessed answer was tough. I got it right eventually but was really surprised.
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Level 43
Jun 5, 2020
I guessed it with 2 seconds remaining as a stab in the dark because it was 4 letters.
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Level 83
Nov 26, 2016
Ah, Brazil... I knew I was missing something really obvious...
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Level 82
Jan 13, 2017
Another problematic quiz with this definition of "descent"... I *guarantee* you that very VERY VERRRY high percentages of people in places like... Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, etc. have at LEAST one ancestor who lived in Europe. And probably a lot more than that. Places like Mexico (which makes the list but much too low) and the Philippines (which doesn't make the list but ought to)... realistically it's gotta be close to 100%. You meet people both places who claim to be 100% indigenous but I want to see their DNA test because that's almost certainly baloney.
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Level 82
Jan 13, 2017
I don't get how Russia could not make the list by any standard, actually. 78% of Russia's population lies in the area west of the Urals.
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Level 89
Feb 5, 2017
Russia is already part of Europe. Are you demanding France, Germany and the UK etc. be answers to this quiz as well?
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Level 60
Feb 5, 2017
Jetpunk typically treats European and Asian Russia separately for things like this.
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2017
com, okay yeah that's probably it.
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Level 43
Jun 5, 2020
Actually, there is a chance France could be an answer... grumble..guiana... grumble
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Level 71
Apr 16, 2020
Agreed. People with clear European descent in Turkey, for instance, make up some 30-40% of the population.

In general, this quiz makes not too much sense...

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Level 82
Jul 3, 2020
I guarantee you it's much more than that. In addition to the fact that Anatolia was part of the Roman or Eastern Roman Empire for 1500 years, the Ottomans were importing wives from Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and the rest of the Balkans for 5 centuries after that. It has to be something like 95% or more.
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Level 22
Apr 14, 2021
I know you want to put your people as Europeans... Turkish and some Arabs always try to feel like that...
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Level 82
Mar 5, 2022
wtf are you talking about? Whose people?
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Level 71
Jan 20, 2021
To be fair, even though many people in all of those countries listed have European ancestry, I'm guessing they are still mostly descended as the ethnicity they identify as. For example, even if there are Turkish people with great-great grandparents or something from Europe, if the vast majority of their ancestors are Turkish, it makes sense for them to identify as such (although I'll admit I know little about this topic so I could be wrong).

That being said, Mexico should definitely be higher up because most "mestizos" come from centuries of interracial marriages. That's possibly true of some of the other Latin American countries here.

Plus, it's worth pointing out that most people from most "racial" groups in America have European ancestors, including Hispanics, African-Americans, and Native Americans. If you take those peoples into account and not just "white people", the US's percentage would probably go up.

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Level 82
Mar 10, 2021
Turkish people today are more European than Mexicans are. Like I said, the Ottomans were importing people from Eastern Europe to populate their cities and harems in Anatolia for five centuries. Not to mention that prior to the Ottoman conquest the country was Greek/Roman Byzantine, and had been at least partly if not mostly Greek going all the way back to the 20th century BC. I'm confident that there's not even a single person there whose family history goes back more than a handful of generations who doesn't have many European ancestors. Google "genetic map of Europe" and you can see that the unique Haplogroup markers found in contemporary Turkish DNA are the small minority versus the ones that they share with most other Europeans.
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Level 82
Mar 10, 2021
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Level 71
Jun 20, 2021
Hmm yeah, I see. They definitely seem very closely related to the populations of Greece, Romania, and Albania.
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Level 58
Jan 18, 2017
All of them with 0:57 left... I'm surprised...
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Level 25
Feb 5, 2017
I got South Africa before Brazil...was stumped for a bit before guessing a lot of South American countries!
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Level 41
Feb 5, 2017
I think Philippines should be on here? 30% or so of its population is Spanish descended.
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2017
Pretty close to 100% of all Filipinos have at least one European ancestor, whether they're aware of it or claim it or not.
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Level 37
Apr 9, 2021
The average Filipino is probably less than 5% European. Very few Spaniards ever settled there.

If you count someone with 2% European ancestry as being of European descent, you have to count all African Americans as well.

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Level 82
Mar 5, 2022
That would be perfectly fine with me. (counting virtually all African-Americans as of European descent; because they are) I'm not irrationally married to the idea of trying to divide people up into mythical racial groups and pretend like they are completely distinct from one another the way other people are. Race is a lie. We are all part of the same family. And what I said about Filipinos is accurate, even if your 5% figure is also accurate. 5% is a pretty big amount to dismiss out of hand like it doesn't exist.
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Level 60
Feb 5, 2017
New Zealand 74% European according to Wikipedia.
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Level 58
Feb 6, 2017
It's by number of people, not percentages. The % is just there for reference.
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Level 77
Apr 16, 2020
The proportion of people with European ancestry in New Zealand would be close to 90% - Maori in particular tend to have plenty of European ancestry.
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Level 52
Feb 5, 2017
I got all 11 of them and I was really guessing on the last 3. 44 seconds left. Very surprised.
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Level 43
Feb 5, 2017
no New Zealand? hmmm
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Level 84
Feb 5, 2017
New Zealand's total population is under 5 million.
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Level 30
Feb 5, 2017
Got South Africa with 3 seconds left, phew!!
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Level 42
Feb 6, 2017
Funny when I thought that Cuba was most probably not on the list... heh...
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Level 37
Aug 11, 2018
Many Cubans (if not a majority) look like Fidel Castro. It is a misconception that most Cubans are black or multiracial. Other than Puerto Rico, Cuba is the only Caribbean country where there is virtually no interracial marriage.
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Level 52
Feb 6, 2017
Bolivia should be on this list. Pretty much the entire population (11 million) are of mixed European descent.
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Level 58
Feb 6, 2017
"People of mixed descent may or may not be counted depending on the country" sorry, but do you know how to read?
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Level 43
Jun 5, 2020
A selection system that arbitrarily changes its criteria seems a little dubious.
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Level 58
Feb 6, 2017
Got 'em all with 49 seconds remaining! Great quiz!
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Level 35
Feb 7, 2017
100% first try
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Level 23
Feb 11, 2017
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Level 35
Feb 20, 2017
Easy
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2017
You should do another quiz like this but expand it to include more countries. For example there are a very large number of Russians in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, there are many many Italians and Spaniards in Uruguay and New Zealand has lots of white people as well.
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2017
four seconds left
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Level 82
Mar 13, 2018
This is mostly just a list of the largest countries of the Americas... with Australia and South Africa thrown in.
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Level 63
Apr 5, 2023
That's not true... Ecuador would be on here if that was the case. So would Guatemala.
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Level 32
Feb 15, 2020
Why not New Zealand

http://archive.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/quickstats-culture-identity/ethnic-groups-NZ.aspx

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Level 82
Apr 16, 2020
Because there's less than 4.9 million people of European descent in New Zealand.
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Level 54
Jul 3, 2020
The same reason why Uruguay could not make the list.
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2020
Mr. Quizmaster, why don't you make a quiz of highest European populations outside Europe?
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Level 73
Apr 16, 2020
Surprised to not see Kazakhstan.. They have lots of Russians and a quarter of their population is Russian
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Level 45
Apr 16, 2020
They're probably #12, population is 18.8 million, divided by four is roughly 4.7 million people, less than south afric
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2020
Love how it's 11 lmao. You gotta include South Africa. It would be a shame not to
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Level 21
Apr 16, 2020
ex-USSR? Kazakhstan for example
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Level 54
Apr 16, 2020
How did I miss Australia?
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Level 16
Apr 16, 2020
I'm from Venezuela ♥️♥️🇻🇪
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Level 79
Apr 16, 2020
How are you doing there, Valeria?
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Level 79
Apr 16, 2020
Also, your map doesn't show that you have been to Venezuela even though you're from there. I strongly suggest you add Venezuela to the countries/territories you have been to. (because you've been there)
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Level 74
Apr 17, 2020
"People of mixed descent may or may not be counted depending on the country"

- The most useful clarification ever.

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Level 87
Apr 9, 2021
I was an idiot and didn't read the quiz right. The first time I did it I kept trying to guess European countries lol
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Level 65
May 22, 2021
It just like 'Most Popular Countries In America'.
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Level 35
Mar 5, 2022
how come Cuba on the list?
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2022
I very highly doubt Australia is 90% European, coming from an Australian. At the very most I'd say 80%. In Melbourne and Sydney a huge proportion of the population isn't of European descent, and these cities alone make roughly 2/5 of the country's population.
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Level 67
Feb 24, 2023
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Level 34
Mar 13, 2023
I can't believe I missed Cuba.