Sunday, June 07, 2015
I am imagining a map of the world with countries coloured according to how strong the practice of removing shoes is.
Countries marked red would be those where removing shoes is the automatic norm and not removing shoes is largely unknown. Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore would be in the red zone, but possibly also Ukraine and maybe Russia.
Orange countries would be those where removing shoes is by far the most common practices, but exceptions are not unheard of. Norway and Sweden would probably be orange. In Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India might be orange.
Yellow countries would be those where removing shoes is more common than not removing shoes without it being a universal rule. Poland, which seems to be the least shoe-removing East European country would seem to be in the yellow zone. I think Canada is probably more yellow than orange.
The UK is definitely in the green zone. This would be countries where removing shoes and not removing shoes is equally common. Germany might also be green.
The blue zone would be countries where removing shoes is not the majority custom, but some people will keep shoe-free homes. Australia is probably blue. Large parts of the USA would be blue, but other parts green or yellow. Hawaii and Alaska are probably in the orange zone.
Black countries would be those where keeping shoes on is very much the norm and removing shoes contrary to custom. Spain, most of Italy and Latin American countries would be in the black zone.
My suggestions are based on what I have read on the internet and newspapers. Those who have been to these countries might have a different take.
Any other suggestions as to what countries might come under which colour code?