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Old 10-01-2008, 05:03 AM
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Germany?! Amsterdam?! Not even close....!!
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:10 PM
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From my travels around the world, friendliest cities (outside the US):

Adelaide, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur, Bali (Ubud, Nusa Dua).., Dublin, Venice (winter season), Istanbul, Cebu, Hilo

Louisville, NYC, SF, Portland, Ft. Worth
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:39 PM
Location: NYS
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I'd say Seattle and NYC.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:25 PM
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It would help if you mean actively showing friendliness or being nice as in polite. The former can be superficial, and if you're only visiting a few days you may think the locals are harsh and unfriendly in places people keep to themselves.

People in Sweden will be nice and mostly informal. Ask a Swede how he is feeling. You will get an honest and detailed answer. The English (less pronouneced in the northern part of the country) are quite distant, formal, polite, and aloof. Friendship just takes longer with these kind of people. Northern Europeans are just colder than Mediterraneans. But the MTV generation can be surprisingly similar. Even so southern countries with warmer and more hot-tempered people you will find that people are more welcoming.

It also depends what you think is friendly. I was around a lot of young Italians earlier this year. No, kids aren't the same everywhere. There were Chinese children at the same place and they were very quiet and stood in a queue like a train. The Italians had no respect for older people very little understanding of standing in a queue. They were also incredibly loud. They smiled much more than any typically quiet Finnish person. But I found these Italians very rude.

Generally speaking, Americans are friendlier than Europeans in the sense of making an effort to make you feel good. But the commercial "flight attendant smile" type friendliness of very capitalist societies is not popular in Europe. I've visited many post-communist Eastern European countries and there you find the opposite. They still feel (although it's improving) what's the point of helping the customer. I'm not sensitive about these things. I actually rather find stuff on my own than have someone trying to assist me all the time. These kind of people take it to an extreme though. Unexpressive faces to the point of rudeness is still common in the Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine, among others. They have a totally different concept of customer service. The same people can be very friendly in a different setting.

So in conclusion, it's not a simple question to answer. You should define friendliness.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:42 PM
Location: Strathclyde & M√°laga
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Glasgow by a mile! Can't beat Scottish friendliness
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:57 AM
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Germans and Germany=the most kind people and the most beautiful country in the world by experience

I love the Germans too and I feel at ease in Germany since I appreciate&speak German...but I can't stand the climate, I was in winter there, Holy ****!
And it is a very industrialized country with high pop density , not much left that's picturesque&pristine....
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:08 PM
Location: Atlanta
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Originally Posted by SEAandATL View Post
Tokyo and Atlanta.
I live in Atlanta and would have to disagree on this one.
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:07 AM
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I was stationed in Gaeta, Italy. It's not a major tourist destination and so they have a different attitude than in the tourist cities. The people were friendly, if you don't speak Italian then they're willing to work with you until you can understand each other. It actually got to be fun and helped me to learn a little Italian. What was nice about Gaeta is it's location. It was situated roughly half way between Naples and Rome. It has a small mountain with the best preserved Roman tomb of a Roman General, a fort, and what was once a prison. It's a fishing town so if you order seafood in the local restaurants you know it's fresh. I miss that town. In general, popular tourist destination cities aren't that friendly since they get tired of the tourist. Head out into the countryside for more friendly people, better food, and roads less traveled.
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:51 AM
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Venice Beach, California
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:00 AM
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Germany, Sweden, Holland.. northern countries are friendly but in an 'its my civic duty to smile' way. Considering year after year Dublin is voted 'friendliest city in Europe' by the largest poll online im gonna vote for my home city. They will make you laugh too, in the genuine way. That's not to say there's not a few dour faces in any city. Here in Australia, people are very friendly too. Melbourne especially.
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