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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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 78
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 54
May 15, 2017
If Barack Obama was president in Kenya, he would be their first white president. #showerthoughts
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Level 32
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 63
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 74
Dec 1, 2016
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Level 48
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 72
Apr 16, 2020
But, 10 is a 'comfortable' number.
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Level 69
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 61
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 35
Sep 29, 2019
what was it
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Level 32
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 78
Nov 26, 2016
Ah, Brazil... I knew I was missing something really obvious...
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Level 81
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 81
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 81
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 61
Feb 5, 2017
Jetpunk typically treats European and Asian Russia separately for things like this.
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Level 81
Feb 6, 2017
com, okay yeah that's probably it.
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Level 32
Jun 5, 2020
Actually, there is a chance France could be an answer... grumble..guiana... grumble
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Level 62
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 81
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 66
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 81
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 81
Mar 10, 2021
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Level 60
Jan 18, 2017
All of them with 0:57 left... I'm surprised...
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Level 27
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 45
Feb 5, 2017
I think Philippines should be on here? 30% or so of its population is Spanish descended.
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Level 81
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 38
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 56
Feb 5, 2017
New Zealand 74% European according to Wikipedia.
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2017
It's by number of people, not percentages. The % is just there for reference.
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Level 75
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 46
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 79
Feb 5, 2017
New Zealand's total population is under 5 million.
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Level 35
Feb 5, 2017
Got South Africa with 3 seconds left, phew!!
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Level 44
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 48
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 59
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 32
Jun 5, 2020
A selection system that arbitrarily changes its criteria seems a little dubious.
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2017
Got 'em all with 49 seconds remaining! Great quiz!
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Level 33
Feb 7, 2017
100% first try
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Level 27
Feb 11, 2017
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Level 33
Feb 20, 2017
Easy
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Level 58
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 15
Jun 18, 2017
A difficult, but interesting quiz
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Level 64
Nov 7, 2017
four seconds left
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Level 75
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 34
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 73
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 52
Mar 30, 2020
Mr. Quizmaster, why don't you make a quiz of highest European populations outside Europe?
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Level 64
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 39
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 63
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 24
Apr 16, 2020
ex-USSR? Kazakhstan for example
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Level 34
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 72
Apr 16, 2020
How are you doing there, Valeria?
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Level 72
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 65
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 22
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