Friendliest Countries 2021

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What are the friendliest countries in the world? Both expats and travelers going abroad can feel isolated being in a new country with people who speak a different language and have a different culture. Going abroad is much easier for those starting a new life and more enjoyable for those traveling when you’re in a welcoming, friendly country with a positive outlook on out-of-towners and people of different cultures. Some countries are more tolerant than others.

While this might seem like a matter of personal experience, InterNations conducted a survey of over 180 countries to find out which countries are most welcoming to expats and foreign travelers. The survey measured each country’s friendly attitude toward expats, ease of making local friends, and expats likely to stay forever.

Some popular travel destinations such as the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, were among the unfriendly or rude countries in the survey, placing 55th, 55th, and 36th respectively.

The ranks in this survey change dramatically within a few years as many factors can greatly affect a country’s attitude towards foreign travelers or expats. Four years ago, the United Kingdom was the 19th friendliest country and has now dropped to 56th place. One Portuguese expat explained that he believes Brexit has something to do with the decreased friendliness in the country. Some of the least friendly countries for expats are Switzerland, Austria, and Kuwait.

The ten friendliest countries in the world are:

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

The ten friendliest countries have rates from 81% to 94% for friendly attitudes towards foreign residents. These are far above the global average rate of 67%. With the exception of Cambodia, all of the top ten countries ranked in the top 15 countries with the highest overall life abroad satisfaction.

Portugal is reportedly the friendliest and most welcoming country for expats in the world. According to the InterNations survey, 94% of Portugal locals have a friendly attitude towards expats with most people said to be friendly and helpful and looking out for one another. Approximately 36% of expats reported that they feel at home right away and 47% said that they would possibly stay in Portugal forever. Portugal is also one of the safest countries in the world.

Costa Rica ranks first for expats making local friends, with a 78% rating. Furthermore, 88% of respondents felt content with their new life in Costa Rica and 81% feel at home in the new culture, which is why 48% of expats report that they intend to stay in Costa Rica forever (compared to 29% globally).

Friendliest Countries 2021

Country Friendliness Rank 2021 Population
Portugal110,167,925
Taiwan223,855,010
Mexico3130,262,216
Cambodia416,946,438
Bahrain51,748,296
Costa Rica65,139,052
Oman75,223,375
Colombia851,265,844
Vietnam998,168,833
Canada1038,067,903
Philippines11111,046,913
Peru1233,359,418
Ecuador1317,888,475
Brazil14213,993,437
Uganda1647,123,531
Spain1746,745,216
Myanmar1854,806,012
Romania1919,127,774
Thailand2069,950,850
Indonesia21276,361,783
Malaysia2232,776,194
Cyprus231,215,584
Israel248,789,774
Malta25442,784
Argentina2645,605,826
Kenya2754,985,698
Kazakhstan2818,994,962
Turkey2985,042,738
Ireland304,982,907
New Zealand314,860,643
Greece3210,370,744
Nigeria33211,400,708
India341,393,409,038
Netherlands3517,173,099
United States36332,915,073
Australia3725,788,215
Hong Kong387,552,810
Luxembourg39634,814
Singapore405,896,686
Italy4160,367,477
South Korea4251,305,186
China431,444,216,107
Japan44126,050,804
Ukraine4543,466,819
Panama464,381,579
Germany4783,900,473
Norway485,465,630
Chile4919,212,361
Belgium5011,632,326
Sweden5110,160,169
Russia52145,912,025
Qatar532,930,528
Poland5437,797,005
France5565,426,179
United Kingdom5668,207,116
South Africa5760,041,994
Hungary589,634,164
Saudi Arabia5935,340,683
Denmark605,813,298
Finland615,548,360
Czech Republic6210,724,555
Switzerland638,715,494
Austria649,043,070
Kuwait654,328,550

Friendliest Countries 2021