Don't let the outdated drug cartel stigma fool you: Colombians are as pleasant and sociable as they come. Tired of their notorious image, they're eager to accept outsiders and show them the country's thriving cities, luscious beaches and thrilling history.
The travel writer speaks: "I was lost in Medellin and I found myself chatting to a storeowner," says the travel journalist Richard McColl. "Thrilled that I was considering moving here, I found myself, a complete stranger, invited back for an asado [a kind of barbecue] with his family the following day."
Costa Rica has the right idea abolishing the military, yet they are not a target for anyone. I wish we'd do that and save ourselves a fortune every year.
I also found Germany to be very friendly.
Though coming from Scotland, I know what friendliness is, you can't go anywhere in Scotland and be alone, everywhere, bus stops, checkout queues, you name it, someone will talk to you.
Interesting to note that most of the friendliest countries mentioned are actually the developing countries. I am not surprised. I have been to India many times and the people are incredibly friendly and helpful. In the twenty years I have been visiting India, I have only ever had one bad experience, when I was hustled in Mumbai in October 2009. The hustlers demanded £100 and even after seeing my account balance via an ATM, they still only took the £100. Even the crooks over there seem to have integrity!. Here in England, my account would have been cleaned out and I would have been shot.
Talk of England, I see the brits are not mentioned here. It must be because of the two faced, back stabbing nature of the british. No wonder the Europeans hate us and I dont blame them.
How the hell did Australia make the list?. There is no way the Aussies are friendly. I have been there and they are very racist, especially towards Indians, Arabs, Africans and Orientals. In fact, the only people they accept are white caucasians (but unsurprisingly, they are not so keen on the brits).
I see israel never made the list. Hardly surprising. I have had the misfortune of meeting some of them and they are incredibly arrogant, aggressive and inhospitable.
Like all these MSN "facts", this one is a shambles!
The USA??? Greece??
I've been to these places! USA is ok until they all start reminding you about how they are bailing us out? ****? THEY invaded not us!
One contry I dont see........Mexico< far far far more friendly than USA, they dislike the US americans for their impolite, arrogant ways and I have been told so so so many times how they prefer us poms because we know how to speak to people right and show respect!
USA should definately NOT be on this list BUT then with an american writer..............................!!!!
The only thing wrong with this article is Colombia should be number 1 by a mile, as a Brit I've been to all the places mentioned, and have currently been living in Colombia for 8 months, the people are generally a lovely respectful bunch of people, thank god i don't have to put up with little engerlander, chav, deluded we won the war **** on a daily basis, trust me Colombia is a very special place when it comes to its people
The USA? Friendly? Are you serious? No, You are Joking. The most unfriendly people on earth. SORRY
I HAVE WORKED IN THESE COUNTRIES A S A GEOLOGIST, LIBYA WONDER FUL PEOPLE, PROBABLY NOT SO FRIENDLY NOW WE HAVE STARTED BOMBING THEM, YEMEN ,SYRIA ,BAHRAIN, EGYPT, SAUDIA ARABIA, TUNISIA , MORROCCO. LEBANON , GAZA STRIP,JORDAN ALL BRILLIANT. AND CUBA BEST HOLIDAY EVER HAD.
NOT ISRAEL FULL OFF PIG HEADED PEOPLE AND RAPISTS.
It isa regretable that the thing most Canadian's are ashamed of are the French Canandians that infest Quebec and part of the maratime provinces. Ironically there are more overseas Chinese in Canada than there are French speaking Canadians yet they do not sneer at you or try to force you to speak Cantonese or Mandarin. I guess every country has its problems, its just that Canada has a large rude population of these
a_ _ _ _ _ _ s that we cant do anything about. That really sucks !
I TO HAVE BEEN TO MANY COUNTRYS INDIA WOMEN CROUCHING IN THE GUTTER TO RELIEV THEMSELFS ANY PIECE OF GROUND PILES OF HUMAN WASTE ALL OVER THEM DELI BELLY AT THE TEMPLE AT AMARITZA EVEN THE CLERICS TRY TO RIP YOU OFF/TURKEY THEY ADVISE YOU NOT TO LEAVE YOUR HOTEL COMPLEX AFTER DARK SAME WITH BARBADOS/ BRAZIL LOVELY COUNTRY LOVELY PEOPLE SPOILT BY A FEW MUGGING MURDERING FOLKS IN THE LARGE CITYS JUST LIKE NEW YORK AND LONDON / SOUTH AFRICE AS ABOVE BUT CANT STAY AWAY FROM THE PLACE LOVELY PEOPLE SUFFERING HARD TIMES SHOUDNT HAVE WASTED RAND ON FOOTBALL SHOULD HAVE USED IT ON DWELLINGS FOR THE POOR QUA ZULU NATAL IS FAB I HAVE MANY ZULU FRIENDS AND EVEN IN POOR TOWNSHIPS THEY WILL ALLWAYS OFFER YOU FOOD AND DRINK ZULU BEER UPSETS MY TUMMY BUT IF THE HEAD MAN OFFERS IT ITS AN INSULT TO REFUSE/ I HAVE ALSO DONE ALL THE MED PLACES ETC BUT NOTHING EXCITES ME LIKE SOUTH AFRICA I PROMISE YOU WONT FORGET IT
PS: beer is 10 US dollars a pint there. and ALL housing falls in the OECD's "MOST UNAFFORDABLE" category, the only country to have its ENTIRE housing stock in that (the worst) category.
flights out are nearly twice the price of flights in Eg: LON-PER-LON US$1100 approx... PER-LON-PER US$2000 same airline, same days in and out, ALL year!
Canadians are the friendliest people i have met, genuine friendly as well not: "i hope you buy from me" friendly, of Asia or the totally fake USA "oh, you must come to my house someday". Americans (at home) don't like those who do not EXACTLY share their values, any deviation makes them squirm (overseas, i have found them to ALL be fine tho).
Canadians can tolerate different opinions/attitudes easily, that to me is what makes a people 'friendly'. Oh, and the Dutch are cool too, overseas and at home.