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Saturday, March 4, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 4


Ease of settling in: 4

Feeling at home: 1

Finding friends: 10

Surprise: The only European country to crack the Top 10 is Portugal.

Portugal famously borders on Spain, a better-known destination that lands at No. 11 on the list of friendliest countries. The destination offers distinctive cuisine, historic culture, stunning islands and coastal destinations, and thriving cities.

Add to that strong a tradition of neighborliness — and a “relaxed lifestyle,” noted one survey respondent — and you’d be foolish not to visit.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 5


Ease of settling in: 14

Feeling at home: 9

Finding friends: 14


Many travelers have heard of Taiwan, but aren’t quite sure where it is. The answer? It’s an island off the Eastern coast of China ... and it has a complicated history. While China claims it as a part of the country, Taiwan considers itself independent.

Visiting Taiwan almost surely means a trip to its capital city, Taipei. Many Taiwanese are proud of their openness to foreign visitors, seeing it as a difference between their country and China. From skyscrapers to temples, Taiwan offers many similar sites to China, but in a smaller, particularly open environment.

One Canadian survey respondent put it succinctly: “I have found my home in Taiwan. On this friendly island, I have found peace, love and health.”

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 6


Ease of settling in: 15

Feeling at home: 14

Finding friends: 4


A trip to Vietnam is fraught for many Americans, who recall or have learned about the Vietnam War. But the country has largely recovered from that time period, and the people there are used to welcoming Americans. Expats from the U.S. and elsewhere praise the country’s “friendly vibe” and “nice and gentle” locals.

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) are modern destinations with a warm feel. This is a particularly safe country as well, making it a good choice for solo travelers.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 7


Ease of settling in: 13

Feeling at home: 15

Finding friends: 9


The idea of visiting Colombia may give you pause, but significant portions of the country are perfectly safe to travel within. Those regions include the city of Cartagena and its surroundings, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the country’s convivial coffee region.

Travelers who love music should consider a trip here, where folk music is a strong tradition; Colombians enjoy sharing their musical heritage. Plus, they’re all-around good people — survey respondents called locals “open, warm and friendly” and said they “are always willing to help.”

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 8


Ease of settling in: 5

Feeling at home: 18

Finding friends: 2

This island nation hosts a beautiful melting pot of cultures. Travelers make the capital city of Manila their home base when visiting the Philippines, located in the Western Pacific. Some areas of Manila, including Binondo (its Chinatown), are several centuries old.

There is much to see and do across its 7,000 islands, and the people are extremely friendly, ranking seventh on this list. That said, expats rank it 56th for quality of life.

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

World's Friendliest Countries No 9


Ease of settling in: 12

Feeling at home: 30

Finding friends: 16


Indonesia is next on our list. Visitors to this nation, made up of more than 13,000 islands, often visit the island of Bali, but Jakarta, the capital city, and Java, another island, are also popular destinations. Indonesia offers beautiful beaches and mountain scenery, plenty of resorts and a very low cost of living.

For expats, Indonesia ranks low in terms of safety and health and well-being. But the friendliness of the country is frequently cited. Many Indonesians speak or can get along well enough in English, and the culture promotes calmness and contentment. Those qualities make up for a lot of the country's problems for travelers.


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