Every year thousands of different rankings are done (Richest countries, poorest countries, most visited ones, most dangerous ones…). There is a ranking we just found that we want to share with you: the 10 world’s friendliest countries. You will find that Taiwan is ranked 3rd and why. We start at number 10:
It is a tie. Both countries have been ranked 10th. They have friendly local people who make it easy to feel integrated into the community. The cultures are a bit opposite (Australia is more famous for beach sports like surfing and Canada is more famous for Winter sports like Snowboarding) but the friendliness and welcoming of the people are similar.
This is a surprise for Jamaica to be ranked this well. Usually, the country is not considered as the friendliest country in the Caribbean. But in the past few years, things have changed. Locals try to welcome the foreigners through typical reggae bars or by sport activities (Athleticism). If you don’t know this kind of bar, you should definitely try. The atmosphere is very relaxing thanks to the music and the very nice smell floating in the air. The number of positive reviews from young travellers has been increasing a lot. If you want to have a look on Jamaican culture, you can watch the movie “Rasta Rocket”.
This is probably the most liberal country in South America and this might be the friendliest too. Governments always try to make compromises in order to keep the population happy (Same-sex wedding, legalization of marijuana…) and that works. Indeed, Uruguay citizens being happy in everyday life makes them give it back to others by being friendly. Are you more Purple Haze or Pineapple Express?
This is not a surprise to see Ireland here. The country is always in the top 10. The main reasons for this are: friendly attitude towards foreigners (Probably depending on their skin color), good sense of humor and of course a strong pub culture. Are you more Guiness or Kilkenny?
New Zealand is very famous for its beautiful landscapes. The scenery there is unbelievable (If you want to have an idea, have a look at the movies The Lord of the Rings). New Zealanders or also called Kiwis are often associated with words like: friendly, fun or sheep. Do those words have a link? Apparently yes, because New Zealand is ranked 6th.
This is a very small country in North West of Europe. There are less than 400,000 residents and has cold temperatures (varying between -30 and +10 degrees). Their cold weather gives them a warm heart and they render it by giving a warm welcoming to strangers.
Samoans reckon they are the world’s friendliest people. Unfortunately, they cannot evaluate themselves. We can say they are not far from the reality with this 4th place. The people there are stress-free, helpful with each other and welcoming.
This is probably the biggest surprise of this ranking. Actually, it is only a surprise if you never met any Taiwanese or if you have never been to Taiwan. This country was recognized as the “Western factory” in the 80s and 90s. The movie Toy Story has almost been called “Made In Taiwan”, that proves how popular this sentence was at the time. Other than that, Taiwan is not such a popular tourist destination. But the reviews from foreigners meeting Taiwanese or visiting Taiwan are outstanding. They all insist on the welcoming of the people, how helpful every citizen can be, how safe the streets are and how rich the food is.
This is not a surprise to see Fijians in such a high rank. Anyone who has met Fijians or been to Fiji will tell you they are great and helpful people. They are respectful of others and it is almost impossible to make a Fijian angry. That’s your challenge!
Any ranking, which does not put Mauritius at the 1st place, is either a fake one or a wrong one. Mauritians are multiethnic and multicultural people. They are naturally nice. Any person who has been to Mauritius or met a Mauritian will say they are the nicest people on earth. The destination is not as popular as other countries but it deserves to be much more famous. Mauritians are very welcoming and their language ability helps foreigners to be integrated rapidly. They usually speak Mauritian Creole, English, French and different Asian languages.
For reference, below is the rest of the ranking:
36. Dominican Republic
39. United States
69. South Korea
101. Hong Kong
203. North Korea
We think it’s good to note that 9 out of the 11 countries are islands. Does living on an island make you a friendlier person? That’s a subject for a future article.
The World friendliest countries ranking was presented by Mr. Litoreagh, Michael.