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According to a worldwide study, the most welcoming place in the world is: New York City!

The Barnkopf Travel Study has unveiled the results of its readers choice survey on the world’s friendliest cities, with an American city (New York) being the friendliest and another American city (Los Angeles) being the least friendly


New York City beat out beautiful cities in Brazil, Thailand, The Maldives and Italy to be the best… and was often referred to as the ‘Island of Magic’.  “The people in New York City are so kind and friendly and nice… they are the nicest people on the planet,” said a tourist from Germany.


Meanwhile, Los Angeles – which boasts beautiful landscapes, was voted the least friendly place on Earth.  “The people there are so rude and fake.  Very, very fake,” said a tourist from Denmark.  “They smile on the outside but they are nasty on the inside.”

Mayor DiBliasio of New York City, however, was not voted the friendliest.  He had a 86% unfavorable rating with voters around the globe.

Here’s the top ten ( and bottom ten):

Friendliest cities:

1.  New York City, USA

2. Florianopolis, Brazil

2.  Rome, Italy

3. Thimpu, Bhutan

4. Queenstown, New Zealand

5. Charleston, South Carolina

6. Warsaw, Poland

7. Margaret River, Australia

8. Mandalay, Burma

9. Kilkenny, Ireland

10. Chiang Mai, Thailand


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Unfriendliest cities:

1. Los Angeles, California

2. Baghdad, Iraq

3. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

4. Luanda, Angola

5. Kuwait City, Kuwait

6. Lome, Togo

7. Seattle, Washington

8. Detroit, Michigan

9.  Beijing, China

10. Tangier, Morocco