Where can you go in the world where you know you'll get a warm welcome? WAYN looks at some of the friendliest nations in the world.
Who would have thought that one of the chilliest countries in the world would give visitors the warmest welcome? Iceland, a tiny island with 319,000 inhabitants, was ranked number one as being the friendliest nation to tourists, in a report this year by the World Economic Forum (WEF). A trip to Iceland looks to be a happy one and also a beautiful destination with whales, ice-caves and the chance to see the famous aurora borealis in the winter-time.
2. New Zealand
New Zealanders are often regarded as friendly, open and welcoming people and they rank just behind Iceland in the WEF findings as one of the most friendly countries to visit. It was also rated as a top place for ex-pats to relocate to, in a poll by HSBC last year, as it an easy place to fit into culturally, to meet the locals and be welcomed into the community. With all the stunning scenery, wildlife and open space what's not to like.
Situated in North Africa, Morocco is a country rich in culture and history. Coming in third place in the WEF survey it was ranked one of the friendliest places in the world. This is also a diverse country where you can experience the wonderful markets, beautiful beaches and peaceful Atlas Mountains.
Ranked amongst the friendliest nations in the world in several top polls, the warmth and hospitality of Australians is undeniable. It is an hospitable country for visitors and was named as a top place for ex-pats to settle in, being incredibly welcoming to new people and, culturally, an easy place to relocate. The land of sunshine, BBQs and beautiful scenery is certainly a pull too!
The green emerald isle is as friendly as you thought, as Ireland was voted in the top 10 friendliest places for foreign visitors in the WEF poll conducted this year, coming in 9th place. Be ready for a pint of Guinness with the locals when you arrive!
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