The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World

Condé Nast Traveler‘s readers have elected the friendliest and unfriendliest Cities in the World. Most of them I haven’t had the chance to visit but I can agree that Chiang Mai in Thailand (ranked 10th) is a very laid back and friendly place. Bhutan appears twice in this ranking and it really makes me want to go explore this small mountainous country. But it’s Florianopolis, capital city of the Island of Santa Catarina, in Brazil, which has been elected the friendliest city in the world. I’m sure it would make a great getaway for all the people going to Rio next year for the Olympic Games and Soccer World Cup.

What we can get from this survey is that big touristic cities (Paris, Bangkok or London) aren’t the friendliest places on earth. Travelers do seem to enjoy smaller cities with a more family-like atmosphere.

© Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

View of Florianopolis © Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

Here is the list of the 10 friendliest cities in the world

1. Florianopolis, Brazil
2. Thimphu, Bhutan
3. Queenstown, New-Zealand
4. Charleston, Caroline du Sud, USA
5. Paro, Bhutan
6. Margaret River, Australia
7. Mandalay, Myanmar
8. Kilkenny, Ireland
9. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

The unfriendliest cities in the world have also their ranking and Newark in New Jersey wins the poisoned price. It is not surprising to see that half of this list is constituted of American cities, when you know that this survey has mostly been filled by American readers.

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Newark © Derek Jensen

Here is the list of the 10 unfriendliest cities in the world

1. Newark, New Jersey, USA
2. Islamabad, Pakistan
3. Oakland, Californie, USA
4. Luanda, Angola
5. Kuwait City, Koweït
6. Lomé, Togo
7. New Haven, Connecticut, USA
8. Detroit, Michigan, USA
9. Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
10. Tanger, Maroc