England branded least patriotic nation in Europe as citizens are too scared to fly the flag The English rate themselves the least patriotic nation in Europe, a poll suggests. Almost half said their country had lost its identity in the face of European interference and political correctness. The findings were published in advance of St Georges Day which, as two thirds of those polled did not know, is on April 23 this Friday. 'Scared': English people said they fear being branded racist if they fly the St George flag They showed that on average, English people rate their patriotism at slightly below six on a scale out of ten, behind the Scots, Welsh and Irish and far in the wake of the Dutch, the most patriotic people on the continent. Only one in ten would happily fly the cross of St George to celebrate the national saints day. Double that number said they thought they would be told by authorities to remove it if they flew it from their house. Patriotic: The English should have pride in St George's Day celebrations as the Irish do with St Patrick's Day, according to Mr Garnett Despite calls from public figures ranging from Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu to Gordon Brown for more celebrations of the English national day, there has been clear disapproval from many public authorities. In 2008 St George's Day parades were banned by local authorities in Bradford and Sandwell in the West Midlands on the grounds they could cause trouble or were 'unhealthy' and 'tribal'. Last year Mr Brown's instruction that public buildings in England should fly the flag on 23 April were undermined by the production of a European map drawn up in Brussels that wiped England off altogether and replaced the country with a series of EU regions. MOST PATRIOTIC COUNTRIES IN EUROPE (level of patriotism marked out of 10) Netherlands 7.18 Scotland 7.1 Wales 7.06 Italy 7.01 Ireland 6.72 Spain 6.57 France 6.44 Germany 5.81 England 5.80 The new survey showed that six per cent of English people are scared to show the flag and around 18 per cent are worried that if they do they will be instructed by officialdom to take it down. Only a third are aware that 23 April is St George's Day and four out of 10 have no idea why he is England's patron saint. One in 10 of the English are happy to fly the flag, compared with one in three Dutch people willing to fly their own tricolor. More than one in four English people said they feared being branded racist, but four out of 10 said they would happily express their national pride behind closed doors. Four out of 10 said they felt England had completely lost its national identity. The same number said the only time they felt a real sense of patriotism was during big sporting events or competitions, with 53 per cent claiming the World Cup was the main spark, followed by the Olympics. However, three out of ten said they felt waves of patriotism in the wake of terrorist atrocities in our towns and cities. While English people put their patriotism at 5.8 out of 10, Scots ranked their patriotism at 7.1, the Welsh at 7.06 and the Irish at 6.72. The Dutch were the most patriotic European country at 7.18, while the French scored 6.44 and the Germans ranked their love of country just ahead of the English at 5.81.