The World`s Friendliest Countries

Old Oct 17th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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The World`s Friendliest Countries

According to Lonely Planet,the travel book publisher,the friendliest country in the world in their opinion is Ireland.It says that Irish people have a dark sense of humor,a welcoming nature and an ability to have fun in boom or burst times. The other counties in their top 5 are USA,Malawi,Turkey and Scotland.I have been to them all except Turkey. Malawi is a small poor country in southern Africa where I spent one day once and see no reason to return.I think Scotland deserves a higher position and New Zealand deserves a place- it is certainly well worth visiting.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 07:38 AM
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I find the people the friendliest when I am traveling by myself and everything is going good--the weather, my health, a good night's sleep, the food--and I am enjoying myself.

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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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I laugh at such subjective ratings - in turkey once kids threw stones at me for being a foreigner. enough said.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Denmark isn't in the top 5?
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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Costa Rica.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:39 AM
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Poland

Got stranded hitch-hiking in a storm as a student and was taken in by a family who fed us, put us up for the night and drove us to the bus station the following day.

Gives you faith in human nature.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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France?
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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I've aldo heard a lot about great Polish hospitality.
Personally I'd say Sicily.

Although it's alwaya nice to come out on top of the Poll haha.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:54 AM
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I'm not surprised by Ireland being rated as the friendliest country. I've been fortunate enough to only encounter fairly friendly people on our travels, but of the 20 or so countries I have visited Ireland was, by far, the friendliest. But I think this is circumstantial. There are friendly people are rude people everywhere.

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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:06 AM
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Sardinia - without a doubt - not really a country but then neither is Italy really a unified country.

Scotland? - try going there with an "English" English accent. You wouldn't place it in the top 5 then.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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tcreath wrote: "I'm not surprised by Ireland being rated as the friendliest country."

And that, in spite of my best efforts here.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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Markrosy - Did you mention 1966 again?
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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Markosy, I have a very "English" English accent - real RP I'm afraid, and had no problems in Scotland. People were friendly and welcoming.
I have never been to a country where people were unfriendly to me.
Travelling through the US I have met nothing but friendliness, people taking the time to chat to me, etc. The same in every country I have visited. Tanzania was another a fantastically friendly country.
I think if you travel with an open, friendly attitude you will be met with the same.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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How could they not include Portugal?

Although I love Ireland, I wouldn't put it in the top 5, nor Scotland.

We found the people in Italy last year just lovely. And what about Canada?

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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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In my experience, Egypt and France were the friendliest.

Belgium, Israel and England were the least friendly.

Of course, there were exceptions in all of these places.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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I'll be more specific - the Western Isles and Rosshire - yes a wonderful experience. (people and countryside)

Glasgow (the outskirts, Argyll and Bute) Nope not in my top 567. They went out of their way to re-live the battle of Banockburn! Frequently sail there and try not to moor up for too long!
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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Yorkshire
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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I've returned to Ireland 8 times since 1996 because they are the friendliest people in the world.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 10:10 AM
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Scotland should definitely be in the top 5. Canada should be on there, as well. I also agree with whomever suggested Sicily. I would also add Croatia and the Czech Republic.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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I've been in nearly 100 countries and would be hard pressed to rate any one more or less friendly than the other
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