7 of the World’s Friendliest Countries

When we travel, we often think about ourselves and our own enjoyment. We don’t necessarily focus on the people whose local areas we’re visiting. Do they enjoy having us here? Well, with these seven countries, you don’t need to worry about feeling unwelcome, as their inhabitants are some of the world’s friendliest!


Iceland has previously topped a few lists of countries most welcoming to tourists, and it’s not a surprise. As its popularity as a holiday destination has grown, the locals have opened up their arms to international visitors. Despite cold temperatures throughout the year, you’ll always get a warm welcome in Iceland.

South Africa

In South Africa, you’ll find some of the most laid-back and friendly people. They’re also very proud of their country, and rightly so: in SA, you can relax on the beach, be amazed on a safari, and enjoy some great wines, to name just a few highlights. Go and experience it for yourself!

New Zealand

Living amongst Kiwis is a breeze. According to Forbes, 75% of expats said it was easy to fit into the culture, and over half said they planned to stay or to return to this stunning country. With breathtaking scenery and amazing adventure activities, it’s not surprising people want to stay: there is truly a lot to do!

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand


Renowned for its fun-loving and generous people, Ireland is the place to go if you’re looking to enjoy yourself and mix with locals. You’re sure to have fun – or a bit of craic, as it’s referred to locally.


Not many people have heard of PNG, and far fewer visit the country. It’s Australia’s closest neighbour and it lacks significant tourism infrastructure, but that just makes a trip there more magical. The Secret Traveller recommends spending time in Milne Bay or Kokopo to see PNG at its best – “culturally rich, friendly, affordable, and boasting some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.”


The Secret Traveller also recommends Iran, citing the great people you meet there as the real attraction of the country. It wasn’t so long ago that Iran was at odds with the West and people were afraid of visiting. Now, it’s time for people to go and realise how welcoming the locals really are.


Consistently polite and nice, Canadians are a highlight of their country. Not convinced? Check out these funny instances of kindness. But of course, its people are just one of the many good points of Canada. There’s also the abundance of natural beauty – mountains, glaciers, lakes, forests, and so much more!
Have you visited any of these countries? Share your experiences with me.


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Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by Influence.co, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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