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19 of The Most Friendly Cities In The World

Wanderlust August 22, 2017 By Vincent

Part of the joy of travel is meeting new people and getting to know a new culture through experience. Sometimes this can be harder though when people are less approachable or don't socialize as much as you are used to.

Fortunately, hostel booking website, Hostelworld.com commissioned The Sociable Cities study which analyzed the social behavior and attitudes of over 12,000 residents from 39 major cities in 28 countries, and some of the results are quite surprising. 

Here we look at the friendliest around.

19. Berlin, Germany

The German capital sees residents put a level of trust in their friends that is only topped by one other place and is enough to see the city sneak into this list.

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A modern hub of tech, finance, arts, and culture; Berlin has a lot of residents from all over Europe and is welcoming to the fact.

18. Milan, Italy

The stylish Italian city has the highest level of openness towards others which is perfect for those visiting as the locals are more likely to be warm and friendly toward you than any other city on the list.

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Residents are also the most willing to mingle while traveling themselves and it is this open-mindedness that makes the city so pleasant to visit.

17. Vancouver, Canada

Canadians are globally renowned for being friendly and polite, so it is little wonder that a couple of their major cities have made this list and Vancouver is one of them.

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A coastal seaport in Canada, it has, historically, always seen many people of many nationalities disembark there and is perhaps partly why it is so friendly towards tourists.

16. Helsinki, Finland

With the second highest score in the world for socializing, Finns love to stay social, and this is partly down to the long, dark winters that engender a culture of needing to be around others.

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This then lends itself to a desire to go out and so Helsinki is a great place to go out because they love to socialize there.

15. Warsaw, Poland

The Polish way of life places a lot of emphasis on friends and family, and, as such, residents of Warsaw placed their third highest value on entertaining at home, meaning this is a great place to get an authentic home-cooked meal.

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It may not be as 'wild'a night out as other places, but you are more likely to be welcomed into the homes of those in Warsaw than many other places.

14. Baltimore, USA

It is perhaps unsurprising that many of these cities on this list are seaports and Baltimore is another one where the influx from cultures of the globe have helped to create an open and friendly attitude.

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With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has been dubbed "a city of neighborhoods" and it is this feeling that everyone has a home within the city that makes it a welcoming experience for many.

13. Paris, France

Parisians have made a name for themselves on the back of their unique culture, and often they are painted as rude and unfriendly which clearly doesn't seem to be the case.

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Partly this is down to their food and drink scene which sees them dining al fresco and places an emphasis on socializing, for which they are third in the world for.

12. Sydney, Australia

The gorgeous city of Sydney is surrounded by sandy beaches and often has the sunshine that gets the residents out and about and keeps them relaxed. A barbecue and a few beers are the height of socializing, and there are so many great places to eat, it is little wonder they love going out.

Very popular with tourists, the residents see all walks of life within their city limits and are quite used to it.

11. Toronto, Canada

The second Canadian city to make it onto the list, Toronto is well known for its many festivals it holds including its Pride, Music and Comedy festivals which are designed to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere around the city throughout the year.

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The most populous city in Canada, it is a hub for culture and finance in North America.

10. Dublin, Ireland

There is a reason Dublin has been dubbed 'Buzzin' Dublin' by many who have frequented its raucous and lively nightlife. Filled with friendly and cheerful locals, socializing is a high priority for Dubliners and they like to let others in on the revelry.

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A bit of a party city that loves music and dance, the city is filled with the sounds of the night.

9. Hamburg, Germany 

A liberal and accepting city, Hamburg is open and tolerant to many different peoples and lifestyles, and this shows as they have the third highest openness to others in the world.

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They are also the third most willing to mingle with new people when they travel themselves with the same open-mindedness they have at home.

8. Rome, Italy

The Italian capital has people with the second highest level of openness to others and the second highest number of residents most open to meet new people when they travel.

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This combined with its many historical wonders are probably why it is one of the most visited cities on Earth.

7. Madrid, Spain

Social life in Spain is big, and if you've ever visited the country's capital, you will have noticed that residents don't tend to start their evenings until later on and will then keep going right through until dawn.

This has made them the most likely to be up for "any excuse to party" as well as having the second highest frequency of meeting friends.

6. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ranked highly in many areas with the Danish culture of 'hygge' lending itself to meeting up with friends and socializing whilst its residents have the second most liberal thinking of other people's lifestyles in the world.

They are also the second most likely to value social priorities over their own individual priorities, are the most likely to value entertaining at home, and are the third most frequent users of social media.

5. New Yorck City, USA

New Yorker's have a reputation for being brash and abrasive and whilst, in some cases, this can be true it is not reflective of the city as a whole.

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Where NYC really makes waves though is it nature for socializing as New Yorkers eat out more than anywhere else in the world, approximately once every four days, and so they love to meet up with friends to chow down.

4. Boston, USA

Boston's residents have the third highest frequency both of seeing friends and of eating out doing both several times a week and often combining the two.

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Although they don't eat out as much as New Yorkers, it is a combination of their frequency to do so and their open approach to others that sees them top other American cities.

3. Chicago, USA
The highest ranked of all the US cities, it is a real foodie spot, and it seems this is where Americans draw most of their social interactions from (if this list is anything to go on).

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Chicago has the second highest frequency of dining out, and average 88 out-of-home social occasions per year, putting the city in third place.

2. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm has the most liberal residents in the world, and so they are welcoming and accepting of all lifestyles whilst they are also the second most frequent users of social media and are incredibly community-minded.

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A stunning city and the capital of Sweden, the culture here is endemic to most of the country.

1. Gothenburg, Sweden

With its residents placing their highest value on the planet socializing, they are most likely to value social priorities over their own individual priorities and are the third most liberal city regarding their attitudes towards other people's lifestyles in the world so it is no wonder that Gothenburg has topped the list.

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Also, the most frequent users of social media, place the third highest amount of trust in friends and are the third most likely group to look for "any excuse to party." 

This really is the place to go to enjoy meeting others.

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