If you’ve ever wondered what people overseas think about the UK, wonder no more. We’ve crunched the data and can reveal PRECISELY what people from all over the world want to know before they move to or visit the UK.

A team of researchers based in 13 countries collated the local Google autocomplete suggestions for search terms relating to Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the popular tourist and residential locations over here.

The results are fascinating, hilarious and at times, a little worrying.

For example, why are people in Poland so concerned with the safety of our largest cities?

And why do South Africans need to know whether the UK has a death penalty?

Many of the queries were related to the standard of living over here. The weather, the shops and of course, weather the Lake District has wifi are all legitimate concerns for a savvy traveller looking to visit or relocate to the UK.

Here are our favourites. Head to the bottom of the page for the full results.



Moving to London from New Zealand


Here’s what Americans want to know about Bath.

Germans don’t know what Yorkshire is…

yorkshire (1)

The most searched query about Birmingham from people in the UK…
birminghamOptimistic Kiwis want to know if they can get into Cambridge.cambridgeWe’ve all wondered about this one, actually.
cotswolds (1)
South Africa’s top questions about Edinburgh

Yes, it has pandas and a Primark. In fact, Scotland used to have more pandas than Conservative MPs, thanks to Edinburgh Zoo.

Yes Spain, Glasgow is safe.
glasgowKiwis on the Lake District…
Yes, Kiwis. It has wifi. It also has stunning scenery, great food and no snakes.

That’s the spirit, Poland.oxford


And here’s a map of the British Isles, according to Google searches performed overseas.



Google Autocomplete map of the UK


Top queries – English speaking queries


Query Canadian GoogleAustralian GoogleNew Zealand GoogleAmerican GoogleBritish GoogleIrish GoogleSouth African Google
Does…Great Britaininclude Irelandhave a presidentuse milesrule Canadainclude Irelandinclude northern Irelandhave the death penalty
Does…United Kingdomhave stateshave stateshave a written constitutionhave universal healthcarehave a constitutionhave a federal government
Does…Englandhave provinceshave snakeshave snakesuse the eurohave a constitutionwant northern Irelandhave a 4th of july
Does…Waleshave a prime ministercompete in the olympicshave its own languagehave a kinghave its own parliamenthave an olympic teamhave a football league
Does…Northern Irelanduse poundscompete in the olympicswant to leave the ukwant to leave the ukhave an olympic teamaccept euroshave an olympic team
Does…Scotlandhave provinceshave bearshave an olympic teambelong to Englandhave a veto on Brexit?use the eurouse the euro
Does…Londonhave a Walmarthave uberget snowhave uberhave hard waterhave uber
Does…Manchesterhave an international airportunited have snapchatairport close at nightunited play tomorrowairport have wifiairport close at night
Does…Liverpoolplay todayplay todayhave an airporthave an airporthave a christmas marketqualify for europa league
Does…Glasgowsnowhave uberairport have a train stationhave uberhave a flaghave uber
Does…Edinburghzoo have pandashave a beachhave an airporthave a subwayhave uberzoo have pandas
Does…Cardiffhave a beachhave a beachhave uberhave a beachhave a beachhave a beach
Does…Yorkshireterrier shedtea contain pesticidespudding have glutenpudding have glutenbank open on a saturdaytea come from yorkshire
Does…The Cotswoldswhat does the Cotswolds meanwhat does the Cotswolds meanwhat does the Cotswolds meanwhat area does the Cotswolds coverwhere do the Cotswolds startwhat countries does the cotswolds cover
Does…Bathand bodyworks sell in chinahave a Primarkand body lotion expirehave a cathedralhave a park and ride
Does…the Lake Districthave mountainshave wifihave wifihave a beachhave a beachhave wifi
Does…Birminghamzoo have wifihave uberhave uberhave a zooairport have a smoking areahave a port
Does…Oxfordhave a medical schoolhave ubercare about GCSEsaccept transfer studentsaccept btechave a business school
Does…Cambridgeaccept transfer studentsaccept btecaccept btecaccept transfer studentsaccept btechave a christmas market
Does…Yorkuniversity have a gymhave a beachhave free wificollege have a nursing programhave uberhave free wifi
Does…Newcastlehave a beachget 7flixhave a beachhave a beachhave a beachuniversity have a reading read


Top queries – Non-English speaking countries

We’ve left blanks where there was no autocomplete suggestion.


Spanish GoogleFrench GoogleGerman GooglePolish GoogleDutch GoogleBelgian Google
Does…Great Britainmean the same as Englandhave an immigration surplusbelong to the Schengen region
Does…United Kingdombelong to the Schengen regionuse the eurohave multiple countries
Does…Englandis England easy to travel tois England part of Europehave summer timeget floodedhave summer and winterhave a constitution
Does…Walesis wales a countryis wales a countryhave its own languagebelong to the UKhave its own governmenthave its own government
Does…Northern Irelandis NI a countrydoes northern Ireland have snakeshave the eurohave safety concernshave a lot of peoplehave postcodes
Does…Scotlandis Scotland independentdoes Scotland have mosquitosdrive on the lefthave its on countryhave a kinghave a parliament
Does…Londonis London dangerous for touristsdoes London have a Sephorahave safety concernshave a porthave a port
Does…Manchesteris manchester a safe citydoes manchester have things to dounited have a chance in the champions leagueCity plan on bidding on Messiunited have debt
Does…Liverpoolis Liverpool a safe citydoes Liverpool have things to dohave safety concernshow much did Lverpool pay for Suarezhave multiple airports
Does…Glasgowis Glasgow safehave safety concernshave multiple airportshave multiple airports
Does…Edinburghdoes Edinburgh have museumshave a Primarkhave a lot of peoplehave a lot of people
Does…Cardiffhave a lot of peoplehave safety concernshave a lot of peoplehave a lot of people
Does…Yorkshirewhat is Yorkshirehow do you make Yorkshire pudding
Does…The Cotswoldswhat is the Cotswolds
Does…Bathis bath expensivehave a lot of peoplehave a lot of people
Does…the Lake Districthave many lakes
Does…Birminghamis Birmingham safehave an airporthave safety concernshave a lot of peoplehave a lot of people
Does…Oxfordis oxford university public or privatedoes oxford have things to dohave past papersis oxford difficult to get intohave an airporthave more than one university
Does…Cambridgeis Cambridge a citydoes Cambridge have multiple universitieshave past papersis Cambridge difficult to get intohave a lot of peoplehave a lot of people
Does…Yorkhave an airporthave good weather
Does…NewcastleUnited travel to Polandhave a lot of peoplehave a lot of people



A note on methodology

We had researchers in each of the ‘searching’ countries, using their local version of Google. For non-English speaking countries, we used the local language to perform the search. In some cases, we had to modify the format of the question to replicate a realistic search. For example, the English translation of the German searches was ‘Has England…’ rather than ‘does England’.

We selected the counties from which the most visitors to the UK come, plus the largest English-speaking countries outside of Great Britain.

We conducted our analysis between October 19th and November 7th.

Each researcher used the same browser (Google Chrome) on a laptop or desktop computer.

Google autocomplete offers a suggestion based on the most popular search terms made in the user’s locality. These suggestions do change and can be influenced by device, but the suggestions Google makes are a very strong indicator of what other users have searched for.