World’s friendliest cities

Adelaide has been rated Australia’s friendliest city, according to travel website Big 7, with another city not exactly known globally for its friendliness coming in as the only other Aussie city in the top 50.

Adelaide was the 16th friendliest city on the world.

“The friendliest city in Australia awards goes to Adelaide, where both city centre and ’burbs residents are friendly to just about everyone. The city has excellent walkability, so you can just wander around at your own leisure. Expect to bond with welcoming locals over a drink or two,” says Big 7.

Big 7 surveyed its social media audience of more than 1.5 million people to find what they think are the friendliest places on the planet.

And while Sydney may not often get props for being a friendly place, it seems there’s enough Aussie ‘spirit’ there for foreigners to rate the NSW capital at number 41.

“Sydney might not have a reputation for being friendly on a global scale, but our readers ranked it highly in terms of helpfulness from strangers. Look lost? Chances are a good-natured Aussie will help you out,” says Big 7.

Vancouver was voted the friendliest city in the world.

“Vancouver takes the top spot thanks to its extraordinarily friendly residents,” said Big 7.

“The city has an amazing multicultural community who band together to make visitors feel welcome and safe at all times. Locals are quick to offer assistance to tourists and the community vibe makes socialising in Vancouver simple.”

Top 20 friendliest cities in the world, according to Big 7 Travel:

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Bruges, Belgium
  4. Taipei, Taiwan
  5. Hamburg, Germany
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Christchurch, New Zealand
  8. Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  9. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  10. Glasgow, Scotland
  11. Chang Mai, Thailand
  12. Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
  13. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  14. Cape Town, South Africa
  15. Athens, Greece
  16. Adelaide, Australia
  17. Cork, Ireland
  18. Muscat, Oman
  19. Houston, Texas, USA
  20. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  21. Nairobi, Kenya
  22. Copenhagen, Denmark
  23. Mexico City, Mexico
  24. Singapore, Singapore
  25. Stockholm, Sweden
  26. Lilongwe, Malawi
  27. Bogota, Colombia
  28. Tokyo, Japan
  29. Lisbon, Portugal
  30. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  31. Budapest, Hungary
  32. Manchester, England
  33. Charleston, South Carolina, USA
  34. Montreal, Canada
  35. Jaipur, India
  36. Moscow, Russia
  37. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  38. Guangzhou, China
  39. Geneva, Switzerland
  40. London, England
  41. Sydney, Australia
  42. Madrid, Spain
  43. Honolulu, Hawaii
  44. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  45. Kiev, Ukraine
  46. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  47. New York City, New York, USA
  48. Berlin, Germany
  49. Casablanca, Morocco
  50. Rome, Italy

Have you been to any of these cities? Which do you feel is friendliest? What’s the friendliest city you’ve visited?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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