Where is the Friendliest Place in the World?



Survey season appears to be upon us just now, and one of the more unique reports was published by InterNations last week in the shape of their ‘Most Welcoming Countries for Expats’ list.

So where is the friendliest place on earth? InterNations tell us that the answer to that question is Portugal!

Of those surveyed, 94% said that Portugal has a friendly attitude towards expats, 58% said it was easy to make local friends, and 47% said they were likely to stay there forever.

Almost one third of people said that local nationals make up the majority of their circle of friends – the global average figure is 19% in that regard.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom came some way down the list in 56th place.  Expats in the UK reported that they find British people distant and reserved and that this made it more difficult for them to make local friends.  Four years ago the UK ranked 19th in the same poll, so the perception is definitely that friendliness has decreased.

One interesting position is that of Finland, showing at a pretty lowly 61st place. Just this month Finland was given the accolade of being the ‘Happiest’ place in the world by a UN report – suggesting that maybe they didn’t survey many expats for that particular survey!

According to Internations, the top ten ‘Friendliest’ countries in the World are as follows:

  1. Portugal
  2. Taiwan
  3. Mexico
  4. Cambodia
  5. Bahrain
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Oman
  8. Colombia
  9. Vietnam
  10. Canada

You can see a full list of the countries surveyed here.


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