Study finds which countries are the most friendly and least friendly in the world 6 years ago

Study finds which countries are the most friendly and least friendly in the world

Ireland doesn't do quite as well as you'd expect.

InterNations complied an Expat Index, asking those who have moved and are now living abroad, to rank the countries that they live in now in a vast number of different ways.


One of those rankings involve rating a country's friendliness, and the ease at which you might make new friends there.

Things we've learned from the results: Portugal is crazy friendly, as are most of Central and South America. A lot of central Europe, and particularly Scandinavia, appear to be one big cold shoulder to newbies in the area.

Also, while Ireland prides itself on being one of the most welcoming and friendly countries in the world, turns out the people who moved here disagree with that self-assessment.

Ireland came 23rd in the friendliness index, while the United Kingdom ranked 14th in the LEAST friendly.


Most Friendly Top Ten:

  1. Portugal
  2. Mexico
  3. Taiwan
  4. Cambodia
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Colombia
  7. Oman
  8. Phillipines
  9. Bahrain
  10. Vietnam

Least Friendly Top Ten:

  1. Kuwait
  2. Austria
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Finland
  5. Switzerland
  6. Saudi Arabia
  7. Denmark
  8. Hungary
  9. Qatar
  10. Sweden

Meanwhile, in the Making Friends ranking, Ireland again missed out in the top ten (and the top twenty), landing in 27th, and the UK came in 17th for MOST difficult in making friends in.

Making Friends Top Ten:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Mexico
  3. Argentina
  4. Uganda
  5. Malta
  6. Bahrain
  7. Oman
  8. Cambodia
  9. Phillipines
  10. Colombia

Making Friends Bottom Ten:

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Switzerland
  5. Kuwait
  6. Qatar
  7. Germany
  8. Austria
  9. Finland
  10. Saudi Arabia