Why Is Vietnam Listed In Top 10 Friendliest Countries Of The World?

Vietnam has been listed one of ten friendliest countries in the world in a survey on World Population Review website.
August 11, 2021 | 09:14
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Vietnam ranks nine out of 10 friendliest countries in the world in 2021. Photo iVIVU

According to the data on www.worldpopulationreview.com, Vietnam ranks nine out of 10 friendliest countries in the world in 2021.

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.

Vietnam ranked five out of top ten in last year’s survey of InterNations.

Top ten friendliest countries in the world in 2021

1. Portugal

2. Taiwan (China)

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.

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Portual is the world's most friendliest country with friendly attitude towards expats. Photo Getty

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).

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Costa Rica ranks first for expats making local friends. Photo Pinterest

Some popular travel destinations such as the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, were not among top ten.

They rank 55th, 55th, and 36th respectively in the survey.

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, according to World Population Review.

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.

Why Vietnam in Top 10?

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Foreign tourists feel like home when they visit Vietnam. Photo Vietnamnet

According to World Population Review, 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.

Why Is Vietnam Listed In Top 10 Friendliest Countries Of The World?
Malcolm Turnbull, then Australian Prime Minister and Chef Luke Nguyen take a selfie with Vietnamese residents when they visited Da Nang city in 2017. Photo Vietnamnet
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Expats can easily find streetside food stalls in Vietnam and ejoy friendly atmosphere spread by local people. Photo YAN

Those reasons have made Vietnam to become one of the friendliest countries in the world.

Experts said the ranking would be one of favorable conditions for tourists around the world to select Vietnam for their post-COVID holidays, making Vietnamese tourism to boom after a gloomy period over the past nearly two years.

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