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

The Friendliest Cities in the World

The 20 Friendliest Cities in the World

The 20 Friendliest Cities in the World
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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

20. Phuket, Thailand
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Happiness score: 5.54

Openness to host tourists at home score: 1.09

Safety score: 3.82

19. Berlin, Germany

19. Berlin, Germany
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Happiness score: 7.82

Openness to host tourists at home score: 9.36

Safety score: 6.76

18. New York City, New York

18. New York City, New York
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Happiness score: 8.43

Openness to host tourists at home score: 9.91

Safety score: 3.10

17. Geneva, Switzerland

17. Geneva, Switzerland
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Happiness score: 9.74

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.10

Safety score: 9.44

16. Bruges, Belgium

16. Bruges, Belgium
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Happiness score: 7.38

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.70

Safety score: 5.02

15. Nice, France

15. Nice, France
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Happiness score: 5.98

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.27

Safety score: 7.90

14. Toronto, Canada

14. Toronto, Canada
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Happiness score: 9.21

Openness to host tourists at home score: 8.34

Safety score: 7.81

13. Dublin, Ireland

13. Dublin, Ireland
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Happiness score: 7.90

Openness to host tourists at home score: 6.16

Safety score: 7.38

12. Copenhagen, Denmark

12. Copenhagen, Denmark
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Happiness score: 9.91

Openness to host tourists at home score: 6.68

Safety score: 9.48

11. Hamburg, Germany

11. Hamburg, Germany
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Happiness score: 7.82

Openness to host tourists at home score: 7.90

Safety score: 7.99

10. Orlando, Florida

10. Orlando, Florida
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Happiness score: 8.43

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.97

Safety score: 4.06

9. Zurich, Switzerland

9. Zurich, Switzerland
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Happiness score: 9.74

Openness to host tourists at home score: 5.11

Safety score: 9.74

8. Oslo, Norway

8. Oslo, Norway
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Happiness score: 10.00

Openness to host tourists at home score: 4.76

Safety score: 8.43

7. Tokyo, Japan

7. Tokyo, Japan
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Happiness score: 3.88

Openness to host tourists at home score: 6.07

Safety score: 9.65

6. Lisbon, Portugal

6. Lisbon, Portugal
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Happiness score: 2.14

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.01

Safety score: 8.08

5. Rotterdam, Netherlands

5. Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Happiness score: 9.39

Openness to host tourists at home score: 4.23

Safety score: 6.33

4. San Francisco, California

4. San Francisco, California
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Happiness score: 8.43

Openness to host tourists at home score: 3.80

Safety score: 6.80

3. Helsinki, Finland

3. Helsinki, Finland
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Happiness score: 9.48

Openness to host tourists at home score: 4.50

Safety score: 8.78

2. Stockholm, Sweden

2. Stockholm, Sweden
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Happiness score: 9.04

Openness to host tourists at home score: 5.63

Safety score: 7.89

1. Singapore, Singapore

1. Singapore, Singapore
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Happiness score: 6.16

Openness to host tourists at home score: 8.60

Safety score: 8.95