The 20 Friendliest Cities in the World from The Friendliest Cities in the World

The Friendliest Cities in the World

Full Story
The 20 Friendliest Cities in the World
deniscostille / iStock

The 20 Friendliest Cities in the World

Most people would never imagine that a big city with hundreds of thousands of residents can be seen as “friendly.” After all, the traffic, large crowds, hustle and bustle give these places a bad rap…most of the time.

But every rule has an exception, and when it comes to the world’s friendliest cities, there are at least a couple of dozen unusual metropolises known for their hospitality and warmth. (And, surprisingly enough, not a single city in the American South made the Top 20.)

The following list is based on a ranking by TravelBird, a trading company based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They first analyzed the global top 500 tourist destinations based on factors that can make a visitor feel welcome. How welcoming port of entry such as an airport or a train station is, a citizen’s happiness and openness to host tourists were taken into consideration.

Then, an expert poll asking over 15,000 travel journalists how welcoming they found each city based on their personal experiences was conducted.

A second poll asking local residents how tourism has positively or negatively impacted their daily lives was conducted as well. Both sets of data contribute to the total over-tourism score.

20. Phuket, Thailand
iStock

20. Phuket, Thailand

Happiness score: 5.54

Openness to host tourists at home score: 1.09

Safety score: 3.82

19. Berlin, Germany
iStock

19. Berlin, Germany

Happiness score: 7.82

Openness to host tourists at home score: 9.36

Safety score: 6.76

18. New York City, New York
iStock

18. New York City, New York

Happiness score: 8.43

Openness to host tourists at home score: 9.91

Safety score: 3.10

17. Geneva, Switzerland
anouchka / iStock

17. Geneva, Switzerland

Happiness score: 9.74

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.10

Safety score: 9.44

16. Bruges, Belgium
iStock

16. Bruges, Belgium

Happiness score: 7.38

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.70

Safety score: 5.02

15. Nice, France
Elenathewise / iStock

15. Nice, France

Happiness score: 5.98

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.27

Safety score: 7.90

14. Toronto, Canada
bukharova / iStock

14. Toronto, Canada

Happiness score: 9.21

Openness to host tourists at home score: 8.34

Safety score: 7.81

13. Dublin, Ireland
iStock

13. Dublin, Ireland

Happiness score: 7.90

Openness to host tourists at home score: 6.16

Safety score: 7.38

12. Copenhagen, Denmark
Birute / iStock

12. Copenhagen, Denmark

Happiness score: 9.91

Openness to host tourists at home score: 6.68

Safety score: 9.48

11. Hamburg, Germany
aldorado10 / iStock

11. Hamburg, Germany

Happiness score: 7.82

Openness to host tourists at home score: 7.90

Safety score: 7.99

10. Orlando, Florida
iStock

10. Orlando, Florida

Happiness score: 8.43

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.97

Safety score: 4.06

9. Zurich, Switzerland
RomanBabakin / iStock

9. Zurich, Switzerland

Happiness score: 9.74

Openness to host tourists at home score: 5.11

Safety score: 9.74

8. Oslo, Norway
e_rasmus / iStock

8. Oslo, Norway

Happiness score: 10.00

Openness to host tourists at home score: 4.76

Safety score: 8.43

7. Tokyo, Japan
iStock

7. Tokyo, Japan

Happiness score: 3.88

Openness to host tourists at home score: 6.07

Safety score: 9.65

6. Lisbon, Portugal
iStock

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Happiness score: 2.14

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.01

Safety score: 8.08

5. Rotterdam, Netherlands
iStock

5. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Happiness score: 9.39

Openness to host tourists at home score: 4.23

Safety score: 6.33

4. San Francisco, California
iStock

4. San Francisco, California

Happiness score: 8.43

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.80

Safety score: 6.80

3. Helsinki, Finland
iStock

3. Helsinki, Finland

Happiness score: 9.48

Openness to host tourists at home score: 4.50

Safety score: 8.78

2. Stockholm, Sweden
iStock

2. Stockholm, Sweden

Happiness score: 9.04

Openness to host tourists at home score: 5.63

Safety score: 7.89

1. Singapore, Singapore
iStock

1. Singapore, Singapore

Happiness score: 6.16

Openness to host tourists at home score: 8.60

Safety score: 8.95

The Friendliest Cities in the World