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Saturday, January 21, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 36


Ease of settling in: 41

Feeling at home: 45

Finding friends: 36

If you know a bit of Turkish, then you probably notice how older women often refer to you as "sweet heart" or "my love," even if they don't know you. 

This says a lot about how warm Turkish culture is, in which even strangers are treated with affection and kindness, right from the first interaction. As with other countries on this list, Turkey has always been at the crossroads of several cultures, being an important point of contact between the Middle East and Europe. 

As a result, it has become an expert in maintaining its own unique culture while welcoming and celebrating other customs.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 37: South Africa


Ease of settling in: 34

Feeling at home: 36

Finding friends: 29

Anyone who's ever been to a braai — a South African BBQ — will tell you the same thing: South Africans are quick to treat you like family. 

Despite its divisive and violent history, South Africa has emerged in the 21st century as a country that celebrates its diversity. Not that there aren't tensions or issues anymore, but the nation has made a conscious effort to move away from its past mistakes and forge an identity in which people from everywhere feel welcome.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

World's Friendliest countries No 38: India


Ease of settling in: 50

Feeling at home: 63

Finding friends: 49

Expats agree that moving to India is not the easiest thing to do, rating it 63rd out of 64 countries for "feeling at home."

But this isn't due to something negative. Rather, India is so unique that it's far removed from what many people have ever experienced. Plus, the country comes in at 38th for friendliness, which means that, though India will continue being proudly Indian, the country is open to outsiders. 

Indian culture places an emphasis on hospitality — something you can definitely feel when you visit. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Worlds Friendliest Countries No 39 Japan


Japan is truly a country like no other — in terms of its language, its culture, its architecture and its food, there is no other country that resembles it. 

This is why so many travelers are fascinated by Japan, visiting in spite of its notorious expensiveness to see its wonders first-hand. Japan is very homogenous, which can make some travelers feel too out of place. But locals are also respectful and polite, and many like to meet foreigners and learn about their culture as well. 


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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

World;s Friendliest countries No 40: Ukraine


Ease of settling in: 40

Feeling at home: 39

Finding friends: 25


While expats reported that settling into life in Ukraine wasn't the easiest, making friends apparently is. The country ranked 25th in terms of developing close relationships, even when one is new in the country. 

This reflects Ukraine's strong hospitality culture, and we're happy to see the country's stereotypes being smashed.

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