Condé Nast Traveler has released its 2014 ranking of the World’s Friendliest (and Unfriendliest) Cities, with Melbourne (tied with Auckland) taking out the top spot in the more positive category. Not just based on the manners of its citizens, the ranking allows readers to rate cities on a range of factors relating to how welcome a visitor feels.
Famous for its ‘wonderful sense of humour’, Melbourne was also noted as having an ‘abundance of parks and fabulous public art’. Sydney came in at fifth place for being ‘the most beautiful large city in the world’ and ‘home to the world’s best food’ proving that we are wise to still call Australia home.
France took out the title for hosting the most unfriendly cities, with Cannes, Paris and Marseille all scoring a place and cementing the stereotype of the French being rude.
Here are the two top 10 lists:
The World’s Top 10 Friendliest Cities
1. Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand (tied)
3. Victoria, Canada
4. Charleston, USA
5. Dublin, Ireland and Sydney, Australia (tied)
7. Siem Reap, Cambodia
8. Cape Town, South Africa
9. Savannah, USA and Seville, Spain (tied)
11. Budapest, Hungary and Salzburg, Austria (tied)
The World’s Top 10 Unfriendliest Cities
- Johannesburg, South Afirca
- Cannes, France
- Moscow, Russia
- Paris, France
- Marseille, France
- Beijing, China
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Milan, Italy
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Nassau, Bahamas
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