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21. Posted by tazzyjoe (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

us aussies seem to be gettin a bit of praise here. haha. always thought we were seen as being rude and arrogant. i think the brits are pretty cool and the irish. it depends on where you go in the US.
i also had a tough time in france on the brief occasion when i went there.

fiji and bali love most anyone but that could be cos they rely so heavily on tourists and the locals have been brougt up with it.

22. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

great topic . now i think were all learning why people are friendly and their reasons behind it .proffit sex pleasure - power. theres always something. it's only when it gets harmful that friendlyness becomes harmfull. maybe like - want a sweety,
people are the same the world over in many ways and it's the envirionment that makes us what we are (except for the evil people in our world)
for evry rotten person we bump into theres thousands of nice people we haven't me. in the mean time keep a smile and ride over it.

23. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Friendliest place for me was defo New Zealand. Then Brazil and Oz.

Ive noticed that Americans you meet outside of America tend to be far friendlier than ones in the US. Anyone else find that?

24. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Big cities are often unfriendly though aren't they.

It would be wrong to a make a judgement of English people just having been to London, Ok I am a Northerner but its true- people are friendly up North.

I've found Australians to be lovely, but didn't find Sydney a particularly friendly place. And I've heard New York is pretty unfriendly, but on the whole Americans have been some of the friendliest people I've met. And Paris has a reputation for grumpyness.

Big cities.

25. Posted by yolandac8 (Full Member 159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have to say: Irish, although I haven't visited that many countries. But Irish in general outside Dublin. They are so open, so helpful, always trying to help you, great drinkers and music players!!! I went for a trip in a hired car, with no specifical destination, it was just for two days, maybe a very short period of time, but I had so many troubles with the hired car and everybody was so kind and helpful to me, I would never forget that. And everytime I wouls open my mouth and they would spot my accent they would turn like crazy, asking me questions and smiling and inviting me for a pint. I don't know, I just had the best of the travelling experiences you can ever have in a country.

And the sun even shined during the whole trip!!!!! Unbelivable!!!

26. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I didn't find people particularly unfriendly in New York. Not compared to London or Paris anyway

And actually I found most Americans that I met in America to be pretty friendly generally, even when they had absolutely nothing to gain by being so.

27. Posted by CNDgirl (Budding Member 36 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Canada all the way. could be saying that because i am Canadian. but i am very proud to say that i am. i am proud of my country and the cultures we have. i am not ashamed of anything that we have done. its all done for a reason!

The Citizens:
Canada is a very "homey" place. most of us have come from the country or our parents have, and they have taught us the values and skills we need to survive in the world without doing damage. we love to have a great time and will do just about anything for amusement!!

Yes it can get pretty cold up here, but its warm in the summers. Winter is awesome though, tons and tons of pond hockey! so much fun!

Life in canada is Awesome!


ps.. we are also extreamly excepting of any persons. no matter what there nationality!

28. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

IMO most Canadians are very friendly but I would say that on the whole Belizeans are some of the friendliest people I have ever met on my travels. There are a huge number of different nationalities living there, but if you ask them what their nationality is they all say Belizean.

29. Posted by lulu1027 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

canada is good, China is also not bad. People here are friendly, especially when you cannot communicate with them in Chinese. You can see their warmness from their gestures.

30. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think that whatever country you are in, the people in more rural areas tend to be friendlier. That may be a harsh generalisation but I have found this overall true. Also, some people on here have made the point that after meeting unsavoury or unfriendly people of X nation, then when one encounters a friendly person from X nation, it is harder to shake off the negative impression. It's a similar psychological notion to shopping. If you have a bad experience in shop X then you are likely to tell ten people of your experience. Whereas if you have great service from shop Y then you'll tell only one person. I'm not saying that people or nations are like shops - please don't take this as a literal translation - just that it has a lasting impression on our opinions of that nation.

Just to throw my tuppence in, I don't think I have met many people that have turned me off a nation. There is one nation which I am not fond of but I don't generalise or judge because of that.