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Old 11-06-2017, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Tallinn's people are too selfish and not enough friendly for my tastes, too. Thankfully, there are nice people in Tallinn too - obviously, those people are with south-estonian roots.
And also, Tallinn attracts some of the worst of the worst Finland has to offer, so I can understand not every Estonian is overly delighted about Finnish tourists.
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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Rudeness and politeness do not have much to do with friendliness.

You can have rude (meaning brash, not very respectful of personal space, loud, etc...) but friendly and hospitable people and polite but unfriendly ones.
Perception of Rudeness is cultural - i.e. spitting or not holding doors open for ladies might be considered rude in the West but not the East.

I like Europe and Germany but I don't find German people very friendly.

Unlike some others here I find Mexicans, (most) Africans, Indonesians and many Chinese to be exceedingly friendly.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:18 PM
 
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Yes, this ^^^
I also noticed that generally people are not rude to you if you are not rude and demanding to them.
Another thing is to try to know and understand their culture and customs, and respect it, and they will respect you.
I never met anyone who was rude to me for no particular reason.
BTW: not sure why, but that question is almost always asked by Americans. Nobody else seem to be questioning or bothered by that.
I am guessing alot of americans are formulating their exit plan. I am guessing alot of people are tired of working for $10/hr paying 4 figures in rent and basicly just existing from day to day. Then a further percentage of that population is invisible to the opposite sex which exasperbates the issue.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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Germans can be loud and arrogant and seem really annoying, but at the same time at least they take an interest in you, unlike most of Europe, UK in particular, but I have a German friend and he is the most quiet man I know which is ironic considering most German people are the opposite. I have not been to Estonia but I have been to Latvia which is quite a close by country and the people were extremely rude, selfish and unfriendly especially when we lost our luggage and money, they did not even help us!
I have heard alot of people in slavic nations cant speak english, it could have been a launguage barrier.
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Old 08-29-2023, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Northumbria
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Friendliest: Republic of Ireland, lovely, down to earth folks, will always help you out; when I was in a rush to the airport, an elderly bus driver let me ride for free. A young mother with a baby shared her umbrella with me, and told me how long till the bus arrived. A street cleaner gave me directions to me hotel, and I was there in 2 minutes.

Unfriendliest: Singapore (more the place than the people), Italy
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Old 08-29-2023, 06:19 AM
 
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Friendliest without being rude: Ecuador
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Old 08-29-2023, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Friendliest: Thailand, USA, Sweden.

Unfriendliest: Hong Kong, Germany, Hungary.
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Old 08-29-2023, 06:30 AM
 
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Unfriendly - Rome
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Old 08-29-2023, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Crooked Pennsylvania
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I prefer polite..when traveling if someone is overly friendly I get suspicious..my NY upbringing is to blame.
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Old 08-29-2023, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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I prefer polite..when traveling if someone is overly friendly I get suspicious..my NY upbringing is to blame.


I agree, merely being polite is enough.

In terms of friendly and unfriendly, it can be a regional or city thing rather than a national attribute.

There is also a difference in relation to areas that are tourist traps and areas that are less prone to tourism.

In Europe generally, the further North or East you go the more insular people often become, however this is not them being unfriendly, it's just their culture.

As for Italians, I have always found them okay, and the same with the French, however it depends where you go, and you often find people in large tourist ridden cities such as Paris or Rome are not going to want to engage with you.
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