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Old 11-23-2013, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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By 'insular' I mean least outward looking, least international, fewest immigrants, fewest people who speak English (sans the UK, of course, where one might count speakers of a European language), those who seem least interested in events outside their country, less pop music from other countries, less cosmopolitan (e.g. types of food), more traditional.etc.

Of course insular isn't necessarily a bad things, sometimes it's better if a country isn't too connected to the outside world.

By 'Western Europe' I am including the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, but also Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

I think the Netherlands would be first (even more than the UK I think), while the least is probably Italy and Portugal. In Italy's case, a lack of immigration and the fact Italy was never a colonial power in recent centuries (well nothing compared to the rest), as well as a long history, has something to do with it.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:33 AM
 
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The most insular..that would be the islands...


But if you are referring to insularity as an adjective...Albania.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:03 AM
 
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The most insular..that would be the islands...


But if you are referring to insularity as an adjective...Albania.
What islands is that?
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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I think the Netherlands would be first (even more than the UK I think), while the least is probably Italy and Portugal. In Italy's case, a lack of immigration and the fact Italy was never a colonial power in recent centuries (well nothing compared to the rest), as well as a long history, has something to do with it.
Maybe you mean the other way round -- the Netherlands is the LEAST insular while Italy and Portugal the MOST?
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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I suppose I would say Portugal. Seems like insularity is correlated with how developed a country is

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The most insular..that would be the islands...


But if you are referring to insularity as an adjective...Albania.
Albania is not in western Europe.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Stockholm
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France maybe.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Maybe you mean the other way round -- the Netherlands is the LEAST insular while Italy and Portugal the MOST?
Yes that's what I meant.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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most: uk
least: belgium
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Iceland? And Norway.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Going by the OP's definition, the UK is definitely not insular - it's extremely international and an important part of the global economy, as well as a major military power, very diverse with cuisine from all over the world and a wide array of music - particularly from the US, Canada and Sweden but also from the Caribbean (big Jamaican influence in particular). Just because people here hate the EU doesn't mean they are insular. There's more to the world than little old Europe.
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