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10 of the World’s Friendliest Countries

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10 of the World’s Friendliest Countries


Have you ever thought about leaving your regular life behind and moving across the world? So many of us dream of it, but the prospect can be intimidating — Will you find a job and a nice place to live? Will you enjoy the food and the culture? Will you be able to adapt to a new way of life? And, perhaps most importantly of all, will you make friends in a foreign land? HSBC recently came out with the results of a survey of expatriates across the globe. They received enough samples from 30 countries across the globe. Below, we’ve ranked the top 10 countries based on friendliness (tweaking Forbes‘ formula), including criteria like: integrating into the community, making both local and expat friends, having a great social life, and others. Click through to read more about the world’s friendliest countries.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:22PM PST on Dec 16, 2014

It's hard to agree with friendly lists that have United States.

6:14AM PST on Nov 22, 2014

Here is another World's friendliest countries ranking where Mauritius arrives 1st, Fiji 2nd, Taiwan 3rd

12:12PM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

UK, really?? Is that a joke because it's funny ..

10:06PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

Wow-how could one person be so wrong so many times? Are you perhaps rich and white?

11:39AM PST on Dec 18, 2013

Oh my gosh they forgot France!:)

1:24PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

I don´t think China is a friendly country... And the US, not that much either.

1:36AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

We here are reknown for our friendliness. I live in Melbourne and we get voted as the worlds most friendliest cities and its true. I speak to strangers or visa versa when Im out all the time and meeting new people by chance for a split second or a minute or two is fantastic. Its like speed dating without furthering your ' friendship'. I guess sometimes it might progress to a newer level but by and large this hasnt happened to me. Here we are centred around High Fashion, The Arts and especially theatre and music. Our gardens here and I dont mean just parks etc but I mean our own gardens are reknown for being well attended and loved.
Places to go are great too but maybe the top thing which you could be attracted too apart from my list is the food. Imagine a street where there are shops and there are heaps and heaps of cafe's and restaurants who specialise in foods from all over the world. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.Our climate is sensational although we do have 4 seasons and our beaches not only here but anywhere in oz are reknown as well as surfing beaches.
Sun, Surf Beaches, Fashion, Food,Vistas and friendliness too.
arrrh thats my kind of place. I have travelled and have loved every country/city i have visited.

2:42PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

I have been abroad many times, visited lots of lovely countries' and I find if you go with an open mind and a smile you are made welcome everywhere, people tend to respond positively to friendliness in any language.

4:49PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Cayman Islands is not a country. It's a territory of the UK, which is already on the list.

3:44PM PST on Dec 9, 2012


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