Which punctuation marks are particularly variable across European languages?

question marks
quotation marks
semicolon
exclamation marks
English ‘cat’ or “cat” is trans­lat­ed to French « chat » and German „katze“. Other coun­tries typ­i­cal­ly use one of these styles. In many coun­tries, English quo­ta­tion marks are getting more and more popular due to wide­spread of English key­board­s.

Answers distribution

question marks
quotation marks
semicolon
exclamation marks
answers
flagthe United Arab Emirates
10%
80%
0%
10%
10
flagAustria
18%
72%
0%
9%
11
flagItaly
19%
71%
0%
9%
21
flagNorway
10%
52%
31%
5%
19
flagCanada
23%
52%
0%
23%
17
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
50%
25%
8%
24
flagSpain
38%
50%
5%
5%
18
flagSweden
30%
50%
0%
20%
10
flagGermany
20%
49%
10%
19%
99
flagPoland
25%
46%
11%
16%
6016
flagthe United Kingdom
26%
44%
13%
15%
160
flagthe Netherlands
17%
42%
10%
28%
28
flagthe United States
27%
32%
20%
19%
110
flagIndia
30%
30%
15%
23%
13
flagFrance
27%
27%
9%
36%
11

Gender

men44%
women48%
question marks
23%
25%
quotation marks
44%
48%
semicolon
12%
10%
exclamation marks
19%
15%

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Which punctuation marks are particularly variable across European languages?
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