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The Friendliest Countries in the World 2013

Updated on December 11, 2012

We often hear friends coming back from far flung destinations and raving about how ‘the people’ were the friendliest people they’ve ever met. While this may be true, it’s a big world out there, and ‘the people’ shouldn’t always refer to the staff at an all-inclusive resort or the waiters at the local restaurant whose smile (as they handed you the bill) will live long in the memory.

Considering everyone from the people on the street and bus drivers to police officers and street vendors, here is this year’s list of the friendliest countries in the world.

10. Indonesia

Throughout the diverse islands of Indonesia, around 240 million people make up the world’s fourth most populous country, and they typically share a sense of intrigue and delight towards foreign visitors, with almost all willing to stop for general conversation and to offer their help with a bright smile.

From Sumatra to Bali, traveling through Indonesia is made all the more enjoyable by its fantastic people.

9. Malawi

While Malawians have always described themselves as the friendliest people in Africa, their hospitality is slowly becoming common knowledge around the world. It may be amongst the world’s poorest nations, but Malawi makes up for this with a country of people eager to welcome visitors into their home and spoil them with everything they have to offer.

8. Chile

With a dreamy mountainous landscape running right through South America’s most prosperous and livable nation, Chile and its people are welcoming to many visitors who come looking to travel and explore. While their speedy Spanish may be overwhelming, Chileans will generally go right out of their way to help visitors with a smile, and those who stay long term can expect to find an easy ride integrating into local life.

Traveling or living in Chile is made special by its warm, generous people.

7. Turkey

Turkish people have long had a reputation as being some of Europe’s friendliest hosts, which is why so many Europeans make Turkey their annual vacation, with fantastic food and hospitality that certainly takes some beating.

A weekend break in Istanbul or a holiday along the Mediterranean Coast will leave you with fond memories of the friendly Turkish people.

6. New Zealand

Considered one of the safest places to live, New Zealand may seem far from almost anywhere except Australia, but its charming people with their dry sense of humour are a pleasure to be around, and along with the weather and job prospects here, are among the main reasons many expats decide to make New Zealand home. Emigrating to New Zealand is made easier by the countries warm and welcoming people.

5. Canada

When the numerous research institutions release their annual 'World's Most Livable City', it's no wonder numerous Canadian cities retain their top ten place.

Expats and travelers in Canada regard the Canadian people as one of the many positives of the world’s second largest country, and it was recently identified as the best place in the world to raise children. From the big city of Toronto and bright lights of European-esque Montreal, to the laid back waterfronts of Vancouver and Victoria, Canadians are extremely approachable and fun.

This combined with their sociable and humorous personality forms just part of the reason many expats extend their stay in Canada.

4. Vietnam

Southeast Asians typically love to spoil their guests, whether they are close family or lost tourists, and visitors to Vietnam would certainly not miss the generosity shown by the local people. Everyone from the guy offering you a free ride on his scooter through the traffic of Ho Chi Minh City to the farmers looking for some friendly conversation near Hanoi tend leave their mark on travelers.

Traveling through Vietnam amongst the echoes of the Vietnamese laughter will remain with any visitor for the rest of their life.

3. Georgia

Jammed between Europe and Asia, this contrasting South Caucasus nation is home to people who have been put through many tough times over the decades, something which has resulted in a witty sense of humour and politeness, combined with a keenness to spread the word about their little known country through good deeds and remarkable hospitality.

As the backpacker word begins to spread, travel to Georgia and experience its friendly people first hand before the resulting hoardes of tour buses arrive, and experience everything from the Caucasus mountains and the cosmopolitan capital Tbilisi, to the Black Sea beaches and holiday city of Batumi.

2. Fiji

They say God gave them his smile, and some smile that is as the Fijian people welcome tourists and holiday makers to their country of 300 plus islands like long lost friends. Whether you’re on one of the tiny islands grabbing a Fiji Beer or asking for directions in the capital Suva, travelers to Fiji have nothing but positive things to say about the Fijian people, who will wish you ‘Bula’ – meaning hello, welcome, love, and health – at every opportunity.

Wish them a friendly Bula in return, and immerse yourself in one of the world’s most hospitable nations.

1. Colombia

In these days, very, very few people visit Colombia and leave in hurry, and very few people omit one of the rapidly spreading facts about this remarkably beautiful country: Colombian people are the friendliest people on earth.

From the school kids on the bus to the speed loving taxi drivers, the vast majority of Colombians are brought up with manners unseen in many parts of the world.

You could be lost on the streets of sky high Bogotá, sipping some of the worlds best coffee in scenic Medellín or lazing around the Caribbean coast in colourful Cartagena, in any event Colombia’s people are constantly on hand to show off their country, ensure you know where you are going, and maybe even invite you to the family asado - with nothing expected in return.

However be warned: Colombia is a very difficult place to leave.


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      freehugs 4 years ago

      The Philippines should be NUMBER 1!

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      Antonio Bejarano 3 years ago

      Where the heck is Mexico?

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      .jdjs 3 years ago

      What's with the warning "Colombia is a very.difficult place to live" Come on man. You were doing so well. Anyhow, if you were going to say something of that sort, the least you could do was offer some sort of explanation as to what did you mean when you say that. Throwing information and or accusations like those isn't funny nor is it wise.

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      To .jsjs 3 years ago

      to lEAve!!!, not to live

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      CreamSoup 3 years ago

      I have friends from all over the globe who travel a lot and I think they will agree with this, Colombia seems a magical place!

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      Peter 3 years ago

      I don't agree at all. Colombian people sucks. Also chilean people, i never heard 1 single human that visited Chile or Colombia (not just 1,2 o cities, the whole country) and think like you. Lastily, this kind of article is full of stereotypes and preconceptions that are not good for the world.

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      Daniel 3 years ago

      .jdjs: he wrote to leave not live. Please read carefully before making accusations. It isn't funny nor is it wise :)

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      Daniella 3 years ago

      Peter how do you know colombian people suck? have you ever been here at all? a person from a different country will just insult you but I'm gonna do something different, I will invite you! please come and understand that colombian people are as warm and wonderful as this article shows! with love a proud colombian!

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      Clint 3 years ago

      I'd have to agree, Colombia is a great country to visit. I've spent 18 months travelling and studying from Pasto to Cartagena and it was hard to leave. That was 15 years ago though.

      As for Chile after a 12 month student exchange at UChile I found the people very hatefull, and I don't think I'd ever go back to visit.

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      Michael. 3 years ago

      Totally agree, Colombian people the best.

      And FYI I have been in many of the other countries on the list.

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      David 3 years ago

      We all know many people have the wrong idea about colombia, they think it "sucks" here, yet they haven't traveled around this beautiful country, I'd be very pleased to invite everyone who wants to know a tiny part of Colombia, you'd be amazed. I've been to some other countries but wouldn't change it. Proudly Colombian! :) greetings everyone

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      Viviana 3 years ago

      Oh! The Colombian love! As everyone else has stated, I invite you to this beautiful country!!

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      Carlos 3 years ago

      Yes, Colombia is a beautiful place to live, that we have some problems, yes, but the hospitality of the people everywhere is amazing, specially in tiny towns or small cities. However, big cities are also great to enjoy the country.

      Actually, I think that Chile shouldn't be on the list. I traveled to the Lollapalooza and the people was rude and disrespectful, but maybe this was because I made comparisons with Colombia.

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      Mario 3 years ago

      I'm colombian and I have to say you should add to Brazil. I think Colombian and Brazilian are the friendly people in the world. I disagree with Chile, I was there and people are very hatefull.

      I still don't asian countries but I think they are very friendly too because I have so many friends on internet from there and they are nice

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      Some-guy 3 years ago

      Chile should definitely NOT be within the first 10 places... really?? ... also: "Chileans will generally go right out of their way to help visitors with a smile, and those who stay long term can expect to find an easy ride integrating into local life" ... umm, not really, in some rare occasions, for sure!, but definitely not common... Also Turkish people are VERY rude!!, and regarding New Zealand: should DEFINITELY be on #1 , it's by far the friendliest country I've been to!!

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      Camilo 3 years ago

      I bet those who criticize have never been here and don't know anything about our land and our people.

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      MCM 3 years ago

      To LEAVE! Not to live! There is a HUGE difference. Read before making accusations JDJS!

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      Andrew 3 years ago

      Colombian people are really friendly in spite of the backround of violence they have , they show a great determination to move past all bad things, stay positive and be friendly. Good people indeed!

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      Jeff 3 years ago

      Colombia is an amazing place, their people is lovely!!!

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      3 years ago

      What about Romania? Some of the most hospitable people in the world.

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      andy 3 years ago

      .jdjs: It's a good comments...its like saying, the only risk is wanting to stay!

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      Felipe 3 years ago

      OK people so this is not about the countries YOU have visited. Neither your friends that have told you about the countries they have visited. The writer has sources. Also Colombia was rated the #1 happiest country in 2012. Just because many people haven't visited Colombia doesn't mean the author is wrong. Many people don't visit Colombia because of the international media which 90% of the time is very exaggerated. EVERYONE IN THE WORLD should visit my beautiful country to see what i'm taking about. I live in the U.S i know people from many nationalities. And friendly people are all over the world. But i gotta say that the way an average Colombian treats an unknown person is very different comparing other nationalities.

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      Victor 3 years ago

      people learn to read and understand. It means you do not want to leave the country once you are there. It is erally hard to leave….

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      Lucia 3 years ago

      I aggree with Colombia, so far all the people i know from there, are just so sweet!!!... but CHILE...??????????????? da faq?????.... no way xD chileans are not nice in my opinion.. if i have to say something about southamericans.. i would put colombians, peruvians and brazilians as the most friendly ones !!!

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      Juan 3 years ago

      Colombian people are warmth, kind, nice, funny, helpful and there are so many adjective that we Colombians have, but we don't brag about it. We are simply a happy country, that despite rough times in the past we are still standing more colorful than ever, happier than ever, and we welcome you more than ever. From the minute you arrive at the airport in my city you are welcome not question! The heat hugs you, the luggage guy can be inviting g you to have a fria at his house and the taxi driver can stop you where you need to stop without charging you extra. Everything is negotiable and everything is possible, people are in a good mood Monday to Friday not just the weekend!!! If you have never been do not be ignorant, do not insult, and do not talk about something that you don't know. If you have been you either end up living there or wanting to go back again! Viva Colombia hijueputa!!!!

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      Angel 3 years ago

      Colombia is a beautiful country and if you are planning to travel you should visit : http://www.estoesmedellin.com

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      domanitri 3 years ago

      People like peter sucks! (as he referred to us Colombians) Unlike Daniella, who actually invited this decontextualized guy to Colombia to put him in place, me as a Colombian will take a more radical position by telling him to never step a single foot in my country, for judging something he doesn't even know. We are not into socialize with close minded like him.

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      Chan shigematsu 3 years ago

      Colombia is just... AMAZING, that's the reason I work and live in the Amazon Forest in Colombia!!!!!! Www.greenhopecolombia.org

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      Glad to know about these places. Thanks for sharing the information. :)

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      Pedrithofcb 3 years ago from Cartagena, Bolivar

      Those who speak ill of Colombia, I invite you to visit my country: the only risk is wanting to stay. They're all welcome to Colombia, the best country in the world!

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      Kobe 3 years ago

      Sorry, but the Philippines should be on this list.

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      betico 3 years ago

      I totally agree with #1 Colombia! but while i haven't visited some countries in the list as georgia or fidji, i am very surprised to see indonesia (friendly but not top ten worth) and especially vietnam ranking so high... if you want amazing friendliness in asia, try the philippines and myanmar, they're far above the rest in this continent.

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      Iñaki 3 years ago

      Some years ago I spent 3 weeks travelling by myself on Vietnam and 1 week in Cambodia and found the people in Cambodia far more friendly than those in Vietnam

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      dan 3 years ago

      um.... i have 5 really close friends that are colombian and they have all said repeatedly that it is veeerrryyyy dangerous to be a foreigner in Bogota.

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      Ximena 3 years ago

      I am Colombian , i have been traveling the world, in my opinion i agree with Colombia first place..People is amazing ,i would love to say that i should give Brazil and Philipinas the first place too.

      BEFORE TALK OR GIVE OPINION VISIT FIRST AND TRAVEL FIRST. COLOMBIA THE ONLY RISK IS WANTING TO STAY!!

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      juan 3 years ago

      Colombians are the falsest persons I ever met in my live!!!!

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      Andy 3 years ago

      Colombia = the most amazing, beautiful & underrated country on the planet. Worth to visit, worth to live in it!

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      David 3 years ago

      As one of thousands of Colombians that were not allowed to enter to Chile, I still wonder how they could be in eight place. How they think they are for not allowing backpackers enter to their country. I've been in 15 different countries, I have a M.Sc., speak 5 languages, and in fact I have a Schengen visa, and I still was not allowed to enter to their country as backpacker.

      Eight Place?! No way.

      By the way, the mod friendliest persons in Latin America are the peruvians.

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      Paola 3 years ago

      David, I'm sorry that you have had such a bad experience in Chile. I've been there couple of times as mochilera, and in both opportunities Chileans treated me wonderfully!! No drammas at all in the airport and not mention the friendly way to talk to me in restaurants, streets... Everywhere!

      In contrast to your opinion I can't say the same about peruvians. i have had some bad experiences with them. And by the way... I'm Colombian as you too.

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      William 3 years ago

      I think Chile is such an amazing and beautiful country... however, I can't say good things about Chileans, there are some nice ones, of course, but as stated above, they're very hateful, if they can they will take advantage of you and they love making fun of foreigners. I have two Chilean friends and that's about it, I didn't like anyone else from there.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I´m sorry... I´ve been living here in Colombia and I must say that really isn´t true... People in Colombia are pretty down right fake, You show them money or that you´re foreign and their greedy eyes will glow and will act differently. Once people see that you are another broke tourist their manners will change. I don´t think it should be at least placed here at all. They have social-revolutionary ideas and to overthrow America, they call it the great Empire that must fall, however they still consume most of the products that come from the U.S. They are a hypocrites and down right snobby.

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      CyclingAbout.com 3 years ago

      Having travelled very extensively by bicycle and met many people of the world, we are very surprised that Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan don't make the list! This region is truly hospitable - just walk around any street in Iran and you will be swooped off the street and end up in someone's house for the night. :)

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      Johnson 3 years ago

      I can't believe India doesn't even make this list. I get we're supposed to hate it because of all the news about rapes, but anyone who has ever been to India would surely agree that they are definitely some of the nicest and friendliest people in the world!

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      M.Hamra 3 years ago

      Colombia is the best

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      Gazab 3 years ago

      Turkey is the #1.

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      Alfonso 3 years ago

      Colombia is passion !!!! Come and visit us there is enough space on my hearth for all of you guys that is something everyone have to do before pass away put in your task list :)

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      Juan 3 years ago

      Mexico ?

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      Natalia 3 years ago

      People in Colombia are extremely polite, well mannered and helpful. Our parents teach us to say 'Thank You' even before we can say 'MOM' ! Besides, everyone has that one Colombian Friend they love! Just visit.

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      Polish 3 years ago

      And Where is Poland?

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      PP 3 years ago

      claro, son amigables hasta ganarse la confianza. luego the roban.

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      Monita 3 years ago

      Canada?????? please I ´ve never see a Canadian friendly and I´ve been here seven years.

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      Thea 3 years ago

      Happy for Georgia.....Thanks those who voted for it...Visit Georgia with https://www.facebook.com/cultur.ge.5?fref=ts ..... Congratulation Columbia....

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      Colombia kinda sucks 3 years ago

      Colombia number one? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?

      Yeah, That would be after taxi drivers try to overcharge you, after kids in the street try to steal your wallet.

      maybe after people try to steal your purse riding the public bus?

      Or the Gamines? or hobos, that would try to rob you with broken bottles?

      Or how about the old timers that will give you a hard time if you happen to like Rap or be gay.

      And lets not forget the awesome police who completely abuse their power. Or the people trying to sell you pot on any park.

      Yeah..... Colombia is just AWESOME! (Sarcasm)

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      Momo 3 years ago

      This list is a joke.

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      david 3 years ago

      number 3 is not bad

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      Irakli 3 years ago

      I think in this list Georgia must be in the first stage. I was in several countries from this list and be sure that i never saw like the best people and excellent friendship comfortable environment as it's in Georgia! Tbilisi is best and whole Georgia! It must be in the first place. For other point Colombia in the first stage it's kidding, NZ is friendly? :D oh no :D

      Only Georgia!

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      Sil 3 years ago

      To The "Colombia kinda sucks guy" , not everyone in Colombia is going to try to rob you. Colombians are also victims of the same people that you've mentioned... And by the way, this article was about the FRIENDLIEST countries, not the AWESOMEST so if you really have so much to say about how Colombia sucks, write your own article or blog. I've traveled to over 30 countries and I must say that while there are sooo many good people in every country, to Colombians its natural to be welcoming and helpful. And by the way, I'm Colombian and I lived in Asia 13 years and for the past 2 years I've been living in Colombia, so if I'm not mistaken, my vision of the world is a lot more widespread than yours, which is why I don't go to an article to hate on a country. Do yourself a favor and try to be more cultural so you don't make stupid comments or accusations that bring down the purpose of an article.

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      Alex 3 years ago

      Vietnam! Yea right, the communist guards force people to pay them money (100 $) for no reason just to get past the checkpoints...

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      ChinoLatino 3 years ago

      I've been to Colombia many many times but it is thee most superficial country I have ever been too! It is filled only with haves and have not's It is still a very SEE and I WANT country. Especially the women! ALSO it is still VERY VERY DANGEROUS! I have been going there and all of South America since 2001

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      juancho 3 years ago

      The Phillippines and Laos should be there. Colombian people are nice, but there is also a great deal of mean and terribly dangerous people. Colomlbia shouldn't be number one because of these nad kidnappers, blackmailers, drug dealers, terrorists who make it a dangerous olace to live. BTW I am colombian.

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      Chino Latino! 3 years ago

      What Juancho has written and what "Anonymous" has written are also very real, sincere and honest assessments!

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      Mike 3 years ago

      Friendly.. but dangerous, expensive and extreme superficial people .

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      Christine 3 years ago

      After travelling through at least 30 countries, for me, Philippines is definitely THE FRIENDLIEST country on earth.

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      Nek 3 years ago

      By far Tibet & Mongolian nomads are the friendliest and people ever !!!

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      Maria 3 years ago

      I'm in Georgia right now and I have never seen people so rude! They shouldn't be in the list at all.

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      Theo 3 years ago

      You missed El Salvador...

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      Lavieestamour 3 years ago

      I don't know about Colombia is the friendliest but here in NYC . They are the nasty and the sketchy , that the proof right there

      Colombia is a beautiful country I heard . But we talk about " friendly" lol

      Nothing personal

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      Bryan 3 years ago

      kinda sad that taiwan wasn't mentioned up there ._.

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      George 3 years ago

      Hello everyone, inviting all of you in Georgia and I ensure you that we are people with who you can rely on. Waiting for you Dears.

      www.Georgiantrip.com

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      BILL 3 years ago

      I went to Colombia three times and it was amazing. I married the lovely woman. Families & friends are close net, not like the rest of the world. Now we have two beautiful and safe homes ( USA & Colombia) Beat that!!!

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      chemo 3 years ago

      I am Colombian and I would like to see my country in other top tens like the best income equality............... this is other very top ten of thee unimportant, jeeszzzzz it is like to know what are best countries in playing pin pong.

      Anyway, if you go to Colombia, go to San Agustin, las Lajas, Cano Cristales, Nevado Tayrona ,the lost city. You will be amazed. Cities are not so interesting, but If you go for example to Bogota,take the same precautions that you would take in sites such as Bangkok, or Kuala Lumpur. There are very good people and of course bad people. We are not so different to other south american countries.

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      Jose 3 years ago

      How are Colombians so nicely mannered in their native country but over here the females are just stuck up bougie stink b*tches that think their sh*t don't stink? That's why most of them single here in NY just slutting around.

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      Leo 3 years ago

      I totally agree with this list but Canada????, Jesus, they ae the coldest people in this world definitely. I have been there and I got sick they just ignore you. I was really in pain walking on the streets and nobody offered me help or something, they just don't look at you. It was one of the worst places I´ve ever visited. Colombians are really nice and friendly as Chileans, Uruguayans, Peruvians, Ecuadorians and Paraguayans. I'm surprised that Greece isn't in this list since Greek people are extremely friendly and nice. Norwegians and Finnish people should also be there.

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      Sara 3 years ago

      Love It!! This is Colombia!!

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      DC 3 years ago

      I'm extremely surprised Ethiopia did not even make the list.

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      Leo 3 years ago

      I totally agree with this list but Canada????, Jesus, they ae the coldest people in this world definitely. I have been there and I got sick they just ignore you. I was really in pain walking on the streets and nobody offered me help or something, they just don't look at you. It was one of the worst places I´ve ever visited. Colombians are really nice and friendly as Chileans, Uruguayans, Peruvians, Ecuadorians and Paraguayans. I'm surprised that Greece isn't in this list since Greek people are extremely friendly and nice. Norwegians and Finnish people should also be there.

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      Cristian 3 years ago

      I´m Colombian and I feel so good reading this list... Colombia is a magical place and all of you are welcome. I hope that some day can visit the other countries, I have for some countries on the list and they are amazing.

      I´m agree with some pleople when said that Chile not should be on the list. Why? Now, I live in Chile 2 years ago and I can say, the people here is weird always with bad face and never have awareness of other, obviusly you can find warm and helpful people but is in few times. In two years I have only 5 excellent Chilean friends. The country is amazing and is more amazing with the foreign pleople that live here but not for the chileans.

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      OMG 3 years ago

      Most people commenting are Colombians saying how friendly they are ( egocentric?)

      Sadly, seeing how several of them respond to any criticism in this forum doesn't speak too well of their country or their "friendliness".

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      Leo 3 years ago

      Another country that should be strongly considered in this list is Ireland. They are very nice and you are very welcomed there. They greet you on the streets even in Dublin. Scottish people are also very nice and warm. It is a very good destination to go.

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      Felipe 3 years ago

      Being friendly is important, you don't want to go to a place if everybody says how rude the people is. I've been guest for an spaniard, 3 US americans and 2 israelians, and they all told me they were very happy to know my country, and to see the samile always in our face. It is just us, is not something we 'have to' do, is natural... I invite everyone to come to Colombia, 'to take the risk' and discover how amazing our landscapes, cityscapes and people are.

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      Jose 3 years ago

      HATERS WILL ALWAYS HATE, COLOMBIANS WILL ALWAYS LOVE.

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      Ron Robertson 3 years ago

      I've been to Colombia twice and I found it very noticeable both times how friendly the people are. I was treated extremely well, and like family both times. And, it IS a really beautiful country. I've been to Bogota, Medellin, Santa Marta and several smaller towns around Bogota (like Chia, Guatavita, etc.). Good food, too! One of the most amazing natural places to go is Parque Tayrona!

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      Tracy 3 years ago

      I've been in Chile many times and believe me, Chileans are usually not nice. Who made this list??? Based on what??

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      lizeth 3 years ago

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pmEtrTn7Bc

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZepZ8cJ0uU

      However be warned: Colombia is a very difficult place to leave.

      watch this video about Colombia

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      Rolo de colombiano 3 years ago

      Viva Colombia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      David 3 years ago

      Maria are you kidding me? Where are you in Georgia? Where you from?

      Georgians hospitality is the best in the world.

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      Carolina Aranguren 3 years ago

      Colombia is awesome but where is Mexico??? I think they are way nicer.

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      BRothbart 3 years ago

      I would add Myanmar, Nicaragua and Thailand to the list also.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I don't travel much. But that's the cool thing about America. You don't have to. People from all over the world come here. Most of the people that I've met from everywhere in the world have been fine people. Not all of them were rich people who could afford a vacation and therefore could also afford to be nice and happy. Some of them came to America under other circumstances. But still my experience with meeting people from other countries has been not only enjoyable but also very educational. This is a good article.

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      annie! 3 years ago

      I just moved back to the USA in April - after spending 3 years in Colombia. While the people there are friendly...they also live in fear...and rightfully so. And while many of them say they're going to do something friendly...with a smile on their face...it's usually put off until tomorrow...and tomorrow...and tomorrow.

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      sally 3 years ago

      georgia is best place in the world..if you don't believe,come and check it :)

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      Cmon 3 years ago

      Don't get overexcited about Colombia being No1. I've been here for 3 years (it's 6th country I live in) and see some people being nice or very nice yet most of them extremely superficial. Many of them pretend to be friendly but there is nothing standing behind it. Especially women - super silly in their ''friendliness''. Short term it works though, so it's good for vacation or so (country side is amazing).

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      3 years ago

      "Middle class" colombian people are fine I guess. It's true that we will try to show you our countrysides, our manners, our way of living and partying. And I think it's because we don't have much more to show. Still that's enough, right? I mean, even if we accept that we are being hipocritically friendly (and that obviously can happen), it's still better that been rude in the first place, specially if you are a tourist.

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      ella tylutki 3 years ago

      I totally agree that Colombian people are not only the friendliest, but also very helpful and generous!! And as in every country there are exeptions,,,,but in general Colombia rocks!!!!

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      Brendanc 3 years ago

      No doubt, the initial friendliness in Colombia will bowl you over. Over time though some not very nice traits can emerge http://bit.ly/LbcE9V -- it's all relative of course though.

      It's still my second home on this planet...

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      Natalia 3 years ago

      I do want to warn people because is not true the only risk in Colombia is that you want to stay, either that is the happiest country in the world. That is just advertising bullshit. Colombia is in fact a very beautiful country and as a foreign you will be received with great warm (because few dare to go there!), but if you don't know someone from Colombia get well informed about safety tips and areas to avoid. Sadly there are beautiful places that not even Colombians dare to visit because of the war. Colombia has been in a civil war for more than 50 years and as a Colombian (who worked on advertising) it really annoys me the idea of trying to sell Colombia to turists as the happiest place on earth, when the reality is that there is a lot of injustice and suffering. But yeah if you are a turist, keep it safe and go to the main turisty areas you will have a blast!

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      Sandra 3 years ago

      Jose look like do u has bad experience with the Colombian Women

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      al 3 years ago

      I agree with the first spot, but I would have wanted to see scottish people on the list as well. One BIG mistake though, vietnam should not be there at all! I was refused entry in many stores in Hanoi just because they thought I was american (even though Im scandinavian) I got mugged twice and they were ALWAYS trying to scam me and my friends!

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      igor 3 years ago

      There's a big difference whether people are friendly and helpful because you're a wealthy foreigner or just coz that's their nature.

      So, really - Turkey or any Asian country (except Philippines-thanks to Spanish and american influence) is a joke...

      You should've really added spaniards and portuguese people, as well as greeks, though.

      Colombians are all right, i had some great experiences in that country, but number one? hmm

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      Sandy 3 years ago

      Colombia No 1? Seriously? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have been in Bogota, Bucaramanga, Barranca, Santa marta and medellin and IT REALLY SUCKS! People are very fake and some places are awful. I was asking my boss to leave almost a week after i've arrived. Brazil instead has the warmiest and nicest people all around. Wonder how they didn't made it

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      Andrew 3 years ago

      Chile is an amazing country, maybe you have some difficulties because as it is a very long country you didn't go everywhere. People in the south is marvelous, as well in the north of the country. I agree the opinion, but only if you refer to Santiago and the biggest cities, people sometimes are rude over there, but everything depends on how you speak with them and in which terms.

      Life in Santiago is faster in comparison to any other at least in Southamerica. Although you have jobs and opportunities, the country is expensive and people take long journeys to work by bus and the Metro in a system which was not well built. Taking that into account, is "understandable" the way they are as you say, but you need to think about the context. As for me, Santiago is a great city, with people who are not very nice, but I totally understand why they are like that. At least my experience has been just great. ¡Chi-Chi-Chi... le-le-le... Viva Chile!

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      Sergio 3 years ago

      Im chilean and I think we chileans are not at all friendly and we shouldn't be on that list. But I know many... many people from Colombia, and believe me, they are one of the most annoying people I know: very rude, disrespectful in your own home, arrogant and always bragging about how wonderful their country is. They are by far on the lowest positions as "the most friendly people" from another countries that I know.

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      Laura 3 years ago

      Hey, I'm Colombian here and I disagree with giving Colombia the best spot. Yes, it's true that we're raised with more manners than most, that we learn to say please and thank you just before anything else. But what they forget to teach in actual Colombia is to be genuine about it. Tourists, guests will get the sweet talk and friendliness by the tons, unless they know you're broke. I've found most Colombians in Colombia to be extremely passive aggressive and nasty, talking behind peoples' backs and trying to mooch off guests' money if they see any...subtly of course. Don't forget the rampant racism, homophobia, and classism(colombians are broken down into 'stratuses' 1 being the poorest and 6 the wealthiest), which basically classifies you by income. Anyone from 5-6 will generally not talk to most under them. My aunt and her offspring even stopped talking to me the MOMENT I left college. Good riddance.

      ON THE OTHER HAND.....I find many Colombians raised in the US to be wonderful. All the manners but without the money-grubbiness, surprisingly. Young females(15-20s) are the exception... after being told all their lives that Colombian women are the most beautiful, it goes to their heads and they tend to be primped up princesses that expect the world and to give nothing in return. (as a young Colombian woman myself, I feel utterly ashamed to share the title with these 'ladies')

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      Fernando 3 years ago

      Colombia is the best. Period. :D People who did not have a great experience there was because they did not know where to go or how to behave there, all the foreign people I've been able to meet there is in love with it, not only with Cartagena, but with Medellin, and even with Bogota, all countries have their bad side, but I think all the suffering we've been through has made us warmer and kinder. All the haters here, I'd recommend you to visit Colombia (again) and fall in love with it.

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      Georgia 3 years ago

      Georgia is NOT a friendly country. Most of the people actually hate foreigners: they consider Asian and Black people subhuman, and they envy Westerners and consider them immoral and disgusting. The whole Georgian hospitality is a traditional circus of lies and pretending. Foreigners, don't be fooled. I'm a Georgian, I know what I am talking about.

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      linda 3 years ago

      :)))) you don't know anyting because i've been in georgia and saw everyting .its amazing....love you georgia :* :* :* :*

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      Chile 3 years ago

      I'm really sad about your bad experiences in Chile, but let me say that is a beautifull country with amazing people!!! Santiago goes fast as every big city in the world and Chile is a very competitive country so maybe that can make it a bit confusing at the beginning, but try to talk to anyone and even if they don't speak english they'll try their best to help you and make you feel welcome.

      And you also have to try the Pisco, an amazing chilean spirit.

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      ryan 3 years ago

      it's funny to read some "colombian" people bitching around, saying that it's dangerous and stuff. maybe yeah, colombia it's not the safest place in the world, but even in europe you get mugged, you get robbed, you could get killed too, and i know because i lived there a couple of years. I'm colombian and i've talked with foreign people here and they just love the place. why? because this country has a lot to offer. for us colombians it's a shitty place because we are use to everything in this country. if you go to london people will complain about the weather, the amount of people in the streets, transport, etc. but a tourist would be delighted with the city. it's the same here. the other day one of my japanese friends was lost in bogota, and someone helped her to get to her working place, without expecting anything in return. just because some people have bad intentions doesn't mean all have them, it's like saying that we are all drug dealers. colombia is a wonderful country. after all the grass is always greener

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      Carolina 3 years ago

      I'm Chilean and I totally agree! You all should come and visit this amazing country, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

      I know some people may not be the most respectful people you've ever met, but we all are very cheerful!

      Please don't stay with all you read here 'cause you know some people can be really sorehead, and that's not the point if you want a TRUE review.

      Well.. I love my country and I would never say something mean of it!

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      Mikky 3 years ago

      wtf please don't say bullshit

      Western people always discriminate asian and black, a friend of mine was thrown an egg by new zealand people then you're still saying friendly?

      For people who are targeted as discrimination by western have totally different perspective to you and feeling.

      Besides how long have you been staying each countries? How did you know these countries are friendly? Have you been to all cities and stay long enough?

      So sick of reading these kind of articles.

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      Jocelin 3 years ago

      I have read the comments and the only thing that I can say is that Colombia is certainly deserving of that position , unfortunately carries a reputation for his past problems but who can name me one country in the world without problems . Colombians in general have a golden heart and probably people have bad days and bad moments and people as all people in the world. Sometimes some foreigners have the bad luck to meet someone they shouldn't but that is not a reason to say that Colombia or its people suck. Colombia is a great place to live and if you have doubts , just visit and learn before judging without arguments.

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      Just like u 3 years ago

      Colombian people is just like u, the difference is that we have pass together thought dificult times in the past, that's why now we feel that our only destiny is peace, Development , integration, and friendlyness, just like anyplace you can find few bad people, but for sure your heart Will open increidibly when u talk to our humble and kind people. I love Canadá and Brasil especially because of their natural heart people.

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      Ananda 3 years ago

      Anyone heard of Singapore?

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      Juanpa 3 years ago

      I´ve been lost on the streets of sky high Bogotá, and Damn it, people there it´s everything but friendly!!

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      Mathew 3 years ago

      I have to agree, I visited colombia last year among other countries in the list, and Colombia was amazing. I greed with the article the people was lovely.

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      Emma 3 years ago

      I agree!! Colombians are sooo sweet! My best friend is colombian, and I had the chance to travel there for his wedding. I was fascinated by EVERY person I met, and his family and friends were all fantastic, so caring and loving. I can't wait to go there again! I did had a hard time leaving..... It is the best place on earth.

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      My Esoteric 3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Wow, what a lot of comments in such a short period of time! Since Columbia seems to be the topic of the day, I'll put my 2 cents in. I was lucky enough to have been able to have spent a few hours in Cartagena while on a Panama cruise. We were cautioned about where not to go but to fully enjoy the rest. Given we didn't have much time, we stuck with a tour and had a great time. Also, my step-son has been there for work a couple times for about a week each time and was pleasantly surprised; he would side with the Columbians are nice crowd. So much for Columbia.

      I have been to Indonesia, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, for a week, and thoroughly enjoyed it; but that was in 1991, before the Muslim Fundamentalists started causing some problems, which, hopefully, have died back down.

      For food, I want to go back to Slovakia, although I sure there are friendlier countries. That was in 2006, I think and it had been less than 20 years since coming out from under Communist authoritarianism and breaking up with the Czechs, after all.

      My wife and I are looking for some place to go next year and hot/humid climates are low on our priority list. That makes New Zealand a possibility.

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      Jatinder Joshi 3 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for this information. Is it based on your personal visits or on some other basis? If it is your personal opinion, then it would be interesting to know as to how many countries of the world have you visited?

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      Fiqrom 3 years ago

      Damn I LOVE INDONESIA !!!

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      Ryan 3 years ago

      #10 is not bad, every year we're always makes it better and we accept differences opinions openly and sure patiently, i think next year we're be better :) , before judges us, come and prove it. Welcome to Indonesia...

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      3 years ago

      mas que amistosos, pienso que somos socialmente hablando, un conjunto de personas que manifestamos nuestro afecto de manera cordial, amable y con una calidad humana que no se puede pregonar del resto de la humanidad. sencillamente brindamos más que amistad pensando siempre en la felicidad de los demás, la misma que nos produce cuando somos útiles hacia y para la sociedad en general... Por eso amo ser COLOMBIANO... (Jota MiLerd)

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      Jota MiLerd 3 years ago

      mas que amistosos, pienso que somos socialmente hablando, un conjunto de personas que manifestamos nuestro afecto de manera cordial, amable y con una calidad humana que no se puede pregonar del resto de la humanidad. sencillamente brindamos más que amistad pensando siempre en la felicidad de los demás, la misma que nos produce cuando somos útiles hacia y para la sociedad en general... Por eso amo ser COLOMBIANO... (Jota MiLerd)

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      Jota MiLerd 3 years ago

      more than friendly, I think we are socially speaking, a set of people who express our affection so warm, friendly and with a human quality that can not be proclaimed from the rest of humanity. simply provide more than friendship happiness always thinking of others, it occurs when we are helpful to and to society in general ... That's why I love being COLOMBIAN ... (Jota MiLerd)

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      Diego 3 years ago

      You're all right about Colombia, but you must not just see it trough rosed coloured glasses. The security got much better for tourists, it's great to travel and probably nothing will happen to you, but the criminals still exist, you must watch out for different things, from taking a taxi, to walking in an unknown street, from sitting in public transport system taking pictures with your expensive camera, to traveling to risky zones. You must be alert, but you know what, that's all over the world! If you're planning to travel and want some tips or to see some exclusive places in Bogotá, contact me at DGOGRZN@hotmail.com

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      Andres 3 years ago

      I'm chilean, and about somethings that other Chileans say here, and also the article... it's COMPLETELY FALSE.... Chile is full of haters, like someone said: love making fun of foreigns, the way they speak in spanish, even if it's a foreign from a spanish speaking country... don't go to chile, you'll waste your time... there's beautiful places there though, just the citicens that suck!!... and NOT ONLY FROM SANTIAGO (the capital) but everywhere around... of course you might find some polite, good people once in a while, but it's definitely NOT generally like that... My Country (Chile) SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS LIST!!. Sad, but goddamn true.

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      David 3 years ago

      I am colombian and bla bla bla, we are good bla bla bla... I think that the other colombians said enough. About why people say that we are fake... we are friendly, and warm, but don't misunderstand us... that's how we are, so don't expect too much from us. We are like that with EVERYONE, so don't think that you are special. For us, be friendly does not mean be a friend, for us a real friend is someone really hard to find, with time and patience. We treat everyone like that, so I think the problem is that a foreigner thinks that we consider him/her as a friend already, but for us is just a new person. I know some foreigners that tought like that, colombians first are good, but then show their true colors. Is not like that, is just that maybe you were not that special for that colombian as you thought.

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      3 years ago

      I too have travelled a fair bit and yes! Totally Agree!!! Colombia is the most beautiful, most amazing country in the world. The people are so polite, so courteous and respectful. And they just know how to be happy. There is no atmosphere in the world like Colombia where you feel happiness. And it is the only country that I just simply did not want to leave. They have a reputation for kidnapping, but let me tell you, I did not get robbed, kidnapped, but at one point I wanted to be kidnapped just to stay in this amazing country. And for the first time on return back to my home country (Australia), I can honestly say I didn't feel it in my heart to be excited to be back home... For I wanted to be in Colombia. I could live there, it's that beautiful!!

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      3 years ago

      And I don't think Chile should be on the list. I agree with most people. They are very rude and obnoxious people. Will never go back there again!!

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      camilo 3 years ago

      Im honored and proud to see Colombia is number one in the list of friendlyness. I just want to say to everyone that like or don't like this, Colombia is finally not a perfect place, we have the good, the bad and the ugly. Trying to make the good be bigger and brighter than the other two.

      I have gattered with people from all around the world and I have to say even many asian countries that are not on the list have very friendly people, my best friends were brazilians, italians, germans, and I know many colombians that I don't like, but the point is, I see from many conversations that people have different experiences and you sometimes connect very well with some people and sometimes you don't.

      I think the most important value for colombians is family, that could explain the warmth

      and by the way, the colombian women are beautiful, love them all

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      Evelyn ozi 3 years ago

      i have been in colombia twice, it is a very beautiful place and people is so nice and helpful. by the way every single negative comment that i wrote about other countries was made by an american. what a nasty and proud people, they think the are the supreme race in the planet.

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      gardel 3 years ago

      I disagree only in number 8. Chile.. I don't think they're really friendly. I'd put Japan instead.

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      Javi 3 years ago

      I'm from Chile and I feel really bad about the other chileans speaking with so much hate about their own country.

      If someone else didn't like I think it was a bad experience and I wish they would give it a second try, but a chilean saying that their own people is hatefull and rude is really sad. You guys should change that attitude and work to build a better, more friendly society (if you think it's not good) and stop complaning.

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      Kate 3 years ago

      To someone called "Georgia" - if Georgia is so bad, why do you use this name as a nickname? You might have had a bad experience, my dear, but you have no right to humiliate Georgian hospitality, traditions and spirit. Hospitality is one great gift we, Georgians are so proud of! I am really sorry for people like you, who can never appreciate of what they have, consider themselves miserable and try to find a shelter somewhere else.

      What is one hater compared to a world of people who fell in love with Georgia from the first visit? Ask anyone who has ever been here. Speaking of Asians and African Americans, just walk in the streets of Tbilisi and talk to them, ask them how they are treated and I am sure you will change your attitude. Good Lock!

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      David 3 years ago

      I didn't think vietnamese are very friendly. If you have friends there, know some people, they will make their best to make you feel good and to help you... But if you are just a stranger, just another tourist, everybody just tries to rip you off

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      Oga Godwin 3 years ago

      I did Not see Nigeria on the List i think the people are really friendly too especially to International leaving there.

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      My Esoteric 3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks @Jatinder. Let's see; East and West Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand, England, Germany, Italy, Poland (got yelled at by some Polish generals), Bahamas; those are places I have stayed a couple of days or more. Then I have visited less than a day Costa Rica (East side), most of the Caribbean islands, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, a couple of cities in Spain (2 for my wife, 1 for me ... norovirus), Majorca (Sp) I want to go back for a stay, Madeira (Pt)

      Did I say my wife and I like cruising and worked for the Air Force for 20 years (that was when the Polish generals got mad at us when we were trying to sell them F-16s ... we eventually did)?

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      My Esoteric 3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I have wanted to go back to Vietnam for a long time, but can find nobody else interested in going. Who knows, I might find the guy who ripped my watch of my arm on a Saigon street or the guys from the South and the North who shot at my helicopter as I flew around at night looking for bad guys (I can understand the North shooting at me however). But then, that was 40 years ago and we at war in another country and acting like expletive deleted toward the people we were trying to help.

      Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries I have been to, at least the non-delta part and below the DMZ, we never made it to the North.

      I really can't comment on the people because by the time I got there, the American high-and-mighty attitude had basically pissed everybody off. But from the Vietnamese I know in the States, the women are friendly on the surface, the men act like they came from California (I can say that, so do I) and basically want nothing to do with you. The women, however, seem to be the business people with a business person's mentality. Beyond the empathy I feel for them from what we and the world political scene did to them, I do like them as a people; they certainly know how to survive and are industrious as appears to be the nature of the Asian culture.

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      mm 3 years ago

      I'm a Colombian and have lived abroad for many years. I have visited many countries, but when I go to Colombia I get surprised myself of the politeness, good manners and friendliness of people in general. For some unknown reason, people in Colombia love meeting foreigners and do everything they can to make them have a great time. People shake hands all the time, kiss and hug very often too.. that's why foreigners become friends and family with Colombians, and then feel like they don't want to leave .

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      Rene 3 years ago

      What about Brazil?

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      Greg 3 years ago

      No one can know which countries is friendly the best

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      Cata 3 years ago

      I agree with David, the article mentions that Colombian people are the friendliest in the world. Not the best friends. Being friendly and polite with strangers and foreingners its natural and normal to us, but beause of that, foreingers can get the impresion that we are fake. I lived abroad many years ago and just because I was friendly and polite in general, people expected too much from me. As David said, a real friend, as in every other country in the world, it´s something hard to get and requires time, patience and empathy. so, como to Colombia and see for yourself how friendly , warm and helpful we are in general, you´ll also meet rude and unpolite people, like everywhere else and if you want to make real and good friends, it´s like everywhere else too....however, once you find them.. they´ll treat you like family!

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      luigi 3 years ago

      On what planet is NZ one of the safest places to live? I've lived there and the per capita crime rate is enormous. Did the author even take two seconds to google-check her facts for fs? People are friendly though for sure!

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      Jonty 3 years ago

      You know why Columbia is number 1??? COCAINE

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      Nelson Villamizar 3 years ago

      Chile is not nice. I am from Colombia and i do not feel welcome.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      georgian's are nt friendly they are bloody racist and drunks and pretender and wicked pple cheats they hate blacks...i knw very well cos i live in the capital tbilisi....taxi cheat blacks...houses are only expensive 4 blacks.... in my school they beat up a black the school authority did nothing about it....such wickedness

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      3 years ago

      Colombia is the best in hospitality but I do not get the part at the end that says, "It is difficult to live in Colombia". I guess it refers to the poor people, but it is difficult to the poor anywhere. Why many Americans always has to mess with Colombia? Why they can not accept is a beautiful peacefuly country, at least The USA mess it up introducing their quimicals!

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      3 years ago

      Colombia is the best in hospitality but I do not get the part at the end that says, "It is difficult to live in Colombia". I guess it refers to the poor people, but it is difficult to the poor anywhere. Why many Americans always has to mess with Colombia, why they can not accept is a beautiful peacefuly country? at least The US mess it up introducing their quimicals in our crops!

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      ohh really? 3 years ago

      i admired many south people before while i was in canada... n now i married one brazilian thought that brazillians can be very nice and thus i came to brazil. and the finding is.... they are just fake in front of you and love to gossip and materialistic. always compare and the girls are too sexually opened and love to jealous. im so disappointed. the people that i met in canada are so nice simply because they are foreigners in a foreign country. once you come and see the local people then you will know.

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      Tamar 3 years ago

      I am representative of #3 country and I am so proud about my Georgia:) it's true, after tough times wars and problems we are still looking at life with humor, we sing and damce and love our guests, we believe guests are sent by God! I miss my country

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      Angie 3 years ago

      I think that each country has some beautiful and some that is not beautiful, but I am sure that my country is really beautiful, people think that Colombia is only narcotrafic and drugs and the true is that it is only a little part our country...We have more that it. I invite ...come here...we are more that all people say!

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      Mik 3 years ago

      I traveld a lot last years, and this year I was in Colombia for 10 weeks. Believe me, the people are indeed the most friendly I ever met. Look behind stereotypes, visit the country yourself and you'll be amased!

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      wazzap 3 years ago

      I totally agree with this. Colombia DESERVES TO BE #1. This is the list for the FRIENDLIEST people, and we have been happiest country already.

      Its not the safest place to live in and it has its bad things like any other country but before you comment you should really take the time to actually know the facts and not be such an ignorant.

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      Anna 3 years ago

      Colombians are very nice people! I'm from Germany and I went to Colombia 3 months ago for vacations! My friends and I had a blast in there! Sightseeing will blow your mind! People are really friendly and polite as well, you'll be like part of their family right away! haha Highly recommended! Come to Germany by the way ;) Also: LoveeeKolumbienfoodanddance!!

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      Leo Moya 3 years ago

      ......Colombians?...the friendliest people on EARTH?!?!!!.....

      Im a "Colombian" I was born in Bogota and I've lived most of my life in "this country".

      the frienliest people in the world...mmmm...Well maybe but...perhaps...perhaps except ...people from Bogota(rolos)

      or People from the coffee Zone (Paisas)...

      or Paisas towards Rolos

      or Rolos toward Paisas

      or Rolos toward Costehnos (people from the coast)

      or Costehnos toward Paisas

      Paisas towrd Costehnos

      costehnos toward Rolos etc...

      Not to mention Thieves of all kinds, burglars, bandids, pick pockets, asaultants, robers and conmen which are of the highest number in all southamerican countries...aaa....and of course smuglers, extorsionist,Narcotraders, guerillas, milicias...and of course corrupt policemen ( because in Colombia policemen are something special) and corrupt government officials politicians,including white collar thives and other mafias which are uncountable in this geographicaly beautiful country.

      I forgot to count in this exeption other numerous groups of unfriendly people like left extremists, right extremist, ultracatholics, metal extremists, skinhead radical groups (dark and brunette), and the obviously social miseducated provided by the enormous differences in social and education...the high classes which are not very "nicepeolple " except with forigners, and their opposite , the lower classes which 75% are resentful (with reason) with the few who have priviliges.

      So I ask my self after reading this article...Who are those "friendly colombians"?...ok may be if they are nice hot girls they will be friendlier...and don't forget this ...colombians usually worship forigners specially anglos and nordeuropeans...so they will always be "nice"...and invite you to an ASADO.....

      OH! sorry I forgot....

      THe friendliest people in Bogota are not taxi drivers , they are BUS drivers! please I invite you to take aride around this city in a Bus, and you'll see just how nice and friendly the driver is.

      Any more information about "Colombia" write to me at

      andresleomoya1979@hotmail.com

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      CC 3 years ago

      I have a feeling some of my Colombiano cousins are writing these posts!

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      Cathy Nerujen 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      A friend of mine went to Mexico and she had some luggage stolen. Despite being wary of traveling to Colombia with some friends, she went. She said it was the best travel experience she ever had. Yes, there are some bad things happening there, but not all the people are bad. There are lots of people who just want to get on their lives and make a life for themselves. No one should begrudge them that right. I heard of stories of friendly, warm kind people and generosity. We should be so lucky to get this in our own countries.

      There are some amazing places in Central and South America I want to visit and explore some day.

      This is a great hub. Tweeted.

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      Natia Arabuli 3 years ago

      Who has not lived in colombia has not lived the life... they can steal from u everywhere and its ur f... problem if u r not careful....canada? Worst then Germans:(((( friendly with their dogs and coffee only, sometimes with their ipads but whatever has two legs and hand ? Never.... Georgia is a heaven, georgians really have different values they love life in a different way... the rest countries i ve no idea never been there

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      joseph 3 years ago

      Every one talk from the experience. If this is a serious article, I assume tha author have to collect x samples of opinions of foreigns and native people, to give this conclusion.

      There´re friendly and unfriendly people in all the world. May be this factor is not easy measurable.

      Colombia have several problems, more than others countries. And for years the internal war, insecurity, narcotrafic and the corruption have damaged the trust of the people for the people, the trust of the people for the institutions and the trust of the state for the people.

      With all the cultural, political and social troubles, is interesting to know why x percentage of the Colombian poblation seems to be more happy or more friendly than other countrys with few problems. May be this is the form to react to years of crisis. May be the only way to dont be so worried about the daily and future problems and conflicts is living happy and friendly. I don't know what is the exact percentage of people that live with this response to the live, but should be a significant portion. Unfortunally the bad things sounds more and are news. Unfortunally the bad things generate more traumas that the good things.

      Any way, let`s go to Colombia, may be you experiment the nices part of the country!!

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      pete kelley 3 years ago

      I've been all over Latin America and Cuba is the friendliest! In the world? Ireland!

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      3 years ago

      Georgia? )))

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      Natalia 3 years ago

      Chile??? Really? Whoever wrote this has never been there. I left Santiago. I stayed there for three months, and believe me, Chiñeabs are so hateful and mean that they can make you even cry. And the city doesn't go fast at all!!! Maybe whoever is saying this has never been in NYC or any of the real big cities. Santiago is a very slow and boring city. The most common Chilean' hobby is to go to the mall. They have a very strong culture towards shopping. centers. Additionally, during Sundays there is almost nothing to do and the city stays to quite.

      Regarding Chileans, the problem isn't about the commute system, it's about the lack of labor they have. Right now they have full employment, so people working are overpayed and can find a new and better job very easily. Thus, they don't care about making their job well. I have seen and experienced the bad treatments of waiters, cashiers, airport personal, force sales people, and even a taxi driver kicked me and my friends out because he blocked the windows and didn't want to open the when we asked for it. Service is absolutely the worst you can find.

      Chileans will take advantage of you whenever they can. I worked there for three months, and my boss was a fraud and he only used me to keep his position. If you see his LinkedIn profile, everything you will find there is a lie. And at the end of my stay, I had the opportunity to talk with his superior and he confirmed my thoughts. This former boss was only there because there was no one else they could find in that moment for that position.

      Finally, Chileans will copy everything and say it is theirs. They even have Kit Kot! Not Kit Kat, Kit Kot! Not Samsonite but Saxoline! They have Pisco but they don't even know what the word means or where does it comes from. Here I left you a hint https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&hl...

      If you want to visit Chile, go! But you are already aware :)

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Colombian people can very friendly to people they know (and foreigners). However, I have never been to a country where people show so much antisocial in society. I can't count the number of times somebody just tries to jump the queue. You only need to go on one trip with transmilenio to see this type of behviour; people will just push themselves into the bus without letting the others get out first. Or look at the traffic? Do you see well-mannered behaviour? People here just don't give a shit about each other. Well-mannered what a joke! Probably you got that impression because you are foreigner and Colombians have a fetisj for foreigners.

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      Angie 3 years ago

      Im colombian and yes we are very friendly, but I have to agree that there are some regions in Colombia where people are more friendly than others, and I have to agree that people from Bogota are not friendly at all and the city is dangerous to be walking around, I think the friendliest are people from the caribbean coast of Colombia. MEdellin is a great place to visit as well plus the beautiful landscape and awesome weather! Anyhow definitely you need to visit this wonderful country and hang out with the truly awesome Colombian people who love to enjoy our culture with foreigns!

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      Mancho 3 years ago

      Yes... colombians are friendly people, no doubt... and yes, they have problems as as society as well as other countries... Despite the fact of background violence, corruption, robbery, drugs and all those issues (e.g. do not respect the queue), colombians are still working as a nation to not to be seen as a "cocaine and whores" country, which is really and stereotype... THEY say: "is a german a nazi?, is a russian a communist? is an italian a gangster? WHY WE HAVE TO DEAL -the entire population-WITH THE CRIMES FROM A FEW PEOPLE?... people have changed as well as their own countries, and like EVERYONE in this WORLD, hipocrites arise... we´re ALL HUMANS, we lie and love, we steal and give, we hate and cherish, we do good and bad things!... and we can be friendly... The difference is how you sense it, how you fell it. Maybe some countries should be here, not others, but colombians definitely must be on this list!

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      Anonymous 3 years ago

      I have been to Colombia multiple times and have many Colombian friends (my best friend is Colombian), and while the Colombian people I know tend to be very some of the friendliest I've ever met, at the same time I think if there were an article titled "The Most Depressed People in the World 2013", that Colombia would also be #1 on that list. Can't put my finger on it, but when I happen to be out and about a lot of people (not all) seem to have this depressed aura about them which is a complete downer. The other thing I noticed is that when I meet new people sometimes they look at me as if I were an alien or staring through my soul which is rather uncomfortable. Maybe this is because they are just starting to get used to tourism in their country or who knows why but just kind of strange because I have never experienced this in other countries in South America. Ending on a positive note I can say though that once you gain the trust of a Colombian they will generally bend over backwards and give you the shirt of their back to make sure you are comfortable during your visit

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      Neil 3 years ago

      You have to remember that this is an American publication and due to their embargo, they cannot include Cuba in their list. Cuba would be on my list!

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      Alex 3 years ago

      Where's Brazil and Mexico on this list... and what's up with Chile appearing in the top ten???? NO WAY! I live in Santiago and the above text couldn't be further from reality!! The country is indeed wonderful, but this is not "The most beautiful countries in the world", it is about being friendly and this is not the Chilean way. Even my Chilean friends and Chileans in general, would agree with me!!! This list missed big time!

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      Dave 3 years ago

      The funniest thing here is that the worst comments about Colombia are given from Colombians.

      I'm not living in my country but I really miss it.

      Guys if you're so tired about Colombia, please get out of there, take your bad mood, make a roll and do whatever you want with it.

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      HVK 3 years ago

      Yay for Fiji!

      Bula Spirit all the way :)

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      2ks 3 years ago

      Well done Colombia. I love Fiji!!

      BULA!!!!

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      greg 3 years ago

      Myanmar is a very friendly and beautiful place.

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      Todd DK 3 years ago

      There is a difference between being friendly and being polite and there is also a difference between the way people in different parts of different countries act. Being Canadian I can tell you that unless you are referring yo the people of the eastern provinces (friendly beyond belief) there is no way Canada deserves to be on this list. Polite yes but not at all friendly. Not even polite if you are referring to Quebec.

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      Kaiwai 3 years ago from Suva, Fiji

      BULA!!! to you all from Fiji... :)

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      Danna 3 years ago

      I think...that Mexico should be there...

      Colombia is great

      But, you can generalize a country for stay in an specifical place, you must visit the entire country for talking about this list...

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      Traveller 3 years ago

      Fiji is one of the most beautiful and amazing country/islands.

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      Bitu 3 years ago

      Fiji .... the best....u

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      Marcos 3 years ago

      I totally agree! Colombians are exceedingly friendly, at least with foreign people! Had a blast in there! By the way they have the most BEAUTIFUL WOMEN on earth! Well done Colombia!

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      Nin 3 years ago

      Gorgia I adore You.

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      Kanusya 3 years ago

      Georgians are very friendly,that's true! i have been first time this year and we decide to go there every summer,amazing mountains and delicious food! i have never been in columbia,indonesia is cool,malawi as well:)

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      Alejandra 3 years ago

      While reading this publication I realized that there is not any specific criteria being use that will back up this list, reason why I felt the need of giving my option. Let me first put you into context I was born and raised in Colombia, and it has been five years since I moved to Canada, considering that, my past experiences and my daily life I can say that Colombians and Canadians are very friendly, as you have mentioned. Even though this might sound bias I feel confident of saying so because I have deal with both people. However how did you get to these results? On what did you base and what were your criteria when deciding and narrowing to the top“10 friendliest countries” in the world? Before I continue I shall give a little background of my self. I have fortunately been able to travel more that most average people of my age. I have been to Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Panama, Cuba, Aruba, United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Israel/Palestine and the most recent to the list and one I should point out for its friendly and very welcome people, India. The fact that I been expose to different cultures made me see traveling as a fantastic, unique, fulfilling and rewarding experience of constant learning. Although traveling has been breed on me and encourage by my parents I know not everyone is as lucky to be expose to traveling neither risky when choosing a next place to visit. Enough reason for me to clarify for those who are reading this publication or similar once, that when traveling one should go and experience it, this is because of a simple reason; what it could have been a good experience for you might not be a good experience for me. This is why I strongly think these kind of publications are not reliable, the readers should only take them as a reference and do not let it influence you or make you hesitate to go to visit different countries that may not be on the list. For example I have been in Countries like Peru, Cuba and specially India where I found their people to be very friendly and with out saying that turkey people are not friendly I consider Indians Peruvians and Cubans to be friendlier. So this is only leading us to see that the only true way of knowing if you would consider the people of a specific country to be friendly or not is by interacting with them. My advice do not missed out the experience of a new country and its people, there is nothing to lose, I encourage you to go an experience it your self.

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      felvaes 3 years ago

      I am from Colombia, I live in Bogotá, and I won't speak about Colombia, love it so much to talk about it objectively. What I really think is that there is no friendliest country in the world... it just depends on your perception and therefore how you experience yourself when immersed into different cultural contexts. It also depends on how you relate to people... if you show interest in other people's culture, people will be interest in yours, it is like magic....and it always reminds you how decent and generous human beings can be, and actually are, wherever you are....if you are patient enough.

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      Chile 3 years ago

      Chile's not only Santiago, I'm quite alright with people saying that Chile shouldn't be on the list, taking only the capital into account, that's completely true.

      But as I said before, Chile is not Santiago, I used to think the same of this country until I visited a friend and travelled the southern part of Chile. I realized that people there is completely different to the ones in Santiago.

      It's a shame that foreigners or even chileans themselves believe they're hateful because of the way they are in the capital, I recommend you to really travel through Chile, I've met incredible people in my travels through the southern part of South America (Chile and Argentina).

      My opinion is that if you base your theory on the capital, sure, it shouldn't be on the list, but if you take the country as a whole, as my experience goes, it fits just right.

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      Angela 3 years ago

      I am from Minneapolis. I agree with the number 1 , I have visited Colombia and several other countries and wherever - whenever you go, people is more than kind and lovely. I LOVE COLOMBIA!!! Miss it too bad! :)

      Colombia is not that bad place that people use to say,Colombia is not difficult place to live...it is wonderful and natural.

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      Maria B 3 years ago

      Where is Romania ?

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      nicolas tapsch 3 years ago

      Colombia is the winner, isn't the firs time, Colombiaaaa the amoooooo

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      Cristian fabrizzio 3 years ago

      Esta frase define muchas de las situaciones de mi país (Colombia, el riesgo es que the quieras quedar)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZepZ8cJ0uU

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      Juan 3 years ago

      As a Colombian who has visited many countries and lived in many others, this is my opinion:

      If the adjective is friendly, it is true, the Colombians are the friendliest in the world.

      I wish though that we were more honest, more humane, less individualistic, better people.

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      Karstin 3 years ago

      Did you poll all countries?

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      realista 3 years ago

      WHERE ARE MEXICANS? IM GLAD THEIR NOT HERE, THEY REALLY RUDE. THEY HATE FOREINGERS. DON'T VISIT MEXICO

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      Mpha 3 years ago

      Malawi is indeed a friendly country

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      Tup 3 years ago

      I completely disagree with ranking Chile in the top ten. Their attitude towards foreigners, specially Peruvians , Argentinians and Bolivians is spiteful.

      Colombians, on the other hand, are among the happiest and friendliest people I have come across.

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      Anna 3 years ago

      so I'm Colombian, born and raced and I moved to Vietnam when I was 10 and I lived there & years so i got a change to travel Asia, except Indonesia. hehe. But i think Vietnamese are ok nice and they don't really deserve to be #4. maybe number #10.

      and im sooo proud Colombia is #1 on this list. I love my country, my culture, my people. How happy everyone is, even in Bogota where most of the time is a gray day people are nice. Yeah, Colombia might be a bit dangerous but we have manners, we treat people super nice Im happy and proud to be Colombian

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      Luis 3 years ago

      Chile????? Really?

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      Jalmeida 3 years ago

      I'm a mexican who has traveled for 15+ countries, including Indonesia (Duri) for 6 months, New Zealand for 2 years, Colombia a couple weeks and Fiji less than a week. By far the most friendly and awesome people on earth are the Indonesians!!! that people threat you like if you were a brother who has been away for long, they are just so kind, nice and honest that I don have enough worlds to say it.

      In case you need anything you will find them really trying to help regardless the lenguage barriers and they will never expect to get anything from you but a smile and probably adding them in facebook. Be ready because you may be asked for a picture with random people on the street.

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      manthony 3 years ago

      10 Friendliest Countries...According to whom? I detest these stupid list blogs.

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      David Jimenez 3 years ago

      This survey is very biased in favor of countries that are more likely to be visited by tourists. I've been to all the countries on this list with the exception of Fiji and New Zealand, and can vouch, based on my experience, for the general friendliness of the people in these countries. But having been to 120 countries in total, I find the warmth and hospitality of these places pales in comparison to my positive friendly experiences in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It should also be noted that I think a lot of perceptions of friendliness are based on the default assumption of a "white, Western tourist". For example, while Georgians can be very friendly towards light-skinned Western travelers (such as myself), Black and Asian friends of mine traveling there had very different experiences.

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      thetruth 3 years ago

      There are many comments of people from colombia, argentina and peru against chile. People that have gone to live in chile searchung for a better life, the one that they can't find in their own countries. We chileans welcome to all overseas to our country, we give them the chance of working and get a good life. However many peruvians and colombians have came to the country to steal and sell drugs, we don't want that people, that produces anger against our country for our jelous neighbours. Isn't our fault that your countries are shit, we open chile to you and are friendly, if you come to steal younwont be welcome.

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      osos 3 years ago

      Colombia???

      I am from Colombia, and here we kill people for lots!

      never come here!

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      Anna 3 years ago

      Colombia is the only country in the world which is better to be foreign than national.

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      John 3 years ago

      I lived in Colombia doing volunteer work for 5 years. Small towns are awesome. I always had a problem with racism in the larger cities, and their attitude seems to change once they find out you are of no monetary value to them. I don't think there is a best in this category, just different. I prefer some of the arabic countries myself.

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      Juan 3 years ago

      Not all the people are the same ! We have problems as all the countries in the world ! But came try our food, meet our people, our land we have all the weathers ! Our women as everybody knows are one of the most beautiful in the world, you can try one of the best coffee

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      Carola 3 years ago

      I am Colombian, left my country for several reasons years ago but can actually testify to the sweetness of their people and magical cities.

      I have also travel to most of the destinations on this list, and despite what others may say they all desserve to be part of it.

      Having a bad experience with one or a couple of people of a specific nationality does not give us the right to judge all o the country, it males no sense. This list talks about friendliness, warmth, people willing to help a foreigner, and for that I agree.

      I travel once a year, every year to a different part of the world in hope of getting to know other cultures, and meet new people. Let me tell you one thing... To those of you saying Colombia is very DANGEROUS!!! (Lol), I mean no disrespect with my laughter, but I just feel you are either communicating what the media feeds you and you have never been there, or you got stock is a not so great part of the city.... :-( in which case I have to say... Every country has them. There will always be pick-picketers, and scammers, every country has them and every person that travels is a witness to it, but that is no reason to put a country down.

      There is one thing that the article mentions, and that is very palpable from all the comments, which makes me particularly proud, that being that Colombian's are taught to have manners like no other country in the world, that is 100% true. I am referring to Colombian's raised in their country within their culture and the true Colombian values.

      I guess words don't make justice... I invite you all to travel not just to Colombia but around the world and see that amazing lives all around us.

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      Oswaldo 3 years ago

      I just have two arab friends that visited Cali with me last december, And they were just amazed by our people, culture and the dinamic economy. They're thinking on going back soon, and maybe one day stablish residency there.! So, don't say anything bad about something that we all know it's good!

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      BristolBoy 3 years ago from Bristol

      Amazing list. I have always really wanted to visit Georgia and this article just makes me want to even more!

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      Anonimo 3 years ago

      To all who are criticising so harshly Colombia, or any other country know this: There is everything everywhere. It doesn't matter which country you visit because as a tourist you will find one thing, living you will find another. Read some comments saying that Colombians are fake; some are and some aren't, and is no different all over the world. I have met Peruvians that were highly fake, just like Chileans who were very nice. I have found very sweet people in Jordan, and very very rude people in Brazil. It all depends, because everyone will talk about the trip according to how it went for each one of them.

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      Thomas 3 years ago

      Anyone been to Iran? Hospitality does not get any better than there, and contrary to a number of the countries on the list above, Iranians aren't sufficiently used to tourists (yet) to have learned how to take advantage of them. A most refreshing experience for any globetrotter.

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      muhammad717 3 years ago

      Why you all debating this thing im from indonesia and i never go anywhere at list.. but im laugh to read whole of your comments, everyone should be understand that not every person in every country has the same character, maybe here you treat better than there or upside.Its depending on the individuals in the country, the most important thing is,wherever you go to, don't forget you bring your country's name and let them know who you are and what character you have from where you are.. that's All...

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      Kimberly 3 years ago

      Nuestro país es hermoso, aquí las personas disfrutan de la compañía familiar, celebran las fiestas, algo muy curioso es que tengo una prima que viven en Italia la verdad ella tiene 10 años y estaba a los gritos cuando tenían que devolverse a ese país porque acá la gente pasan las fiestas en familia y es algo que se ve muy poco y realmente ella disfruta mucho de la compañía familiar. Yo estoy muy feliz con mi país y cada día de mi vida lo vivo con mucha felicidad.

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      brian 3 years ago

      You will have smile in Indonesia, especially in bali, java, & sumatra where I lived. They love to talk with you for free. Just stop & talk to them. They will proudly tell to their friends that they just talk with foreigners! Awesome.

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      Genny 3 years ago

      I am indonesian, Thanks to write indonesia as one of friendship country in the world. I proudly wish to welcoming you to indonesia if you have a time to spare your holiday. Bali or Flores is a good place I recommended you.

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      nina 2 years ago

      Georgia of course. I have never seen such a friendly country ever.. people are great. They treat you lika an old friend, son or daughter .. every time they are ready to help you..

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think that each one of us will have our top 10 depending on our experiece of these places. I think that in every country, there are friendly ones and unfriendly as well. From my experience, I would include Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the Philippines.

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      whataa 2 years ago

      i think antarctida is frendliest... :)))

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      Will Hart 2 years ago

      Trying to characterize a whole nation is difficult at best. Usually there are factors that must be considered like what nationality one is....before visiting certain countries...a lot of people do not like Americans these days so...

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      Jean 2 years ago

      I had lived in many Latin American countries and I agree with you that the Colombians are the prettiest people in the world by the way they treat foreigners. They had won their fame of friendliness in an outstanding way, you can prove it when visiting Colombia. I had been in El Salvador, when I arrived there, people was friendly and they told me that they were the friendliest people in the world. When I began to talk and live between them I realized that they were the most obnoxious, rude and arrogant people in the world, maybe rivaling France or Spain in the way they talk, laugh, drive and make fun of each other.

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