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New Zealand and Ireland unsurprisingly feature strongly in a new survey judging the world friendliest cities, while Newark New Jersey tops a list of the unfriendliest places.

When Conde Nast Traveler asked its well-travelled readers to rate places based on friendliness, Cork, Dublin and Kilkenny in Ireland, Edinburgh in Scotland, and New Zealand’s Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown cracked the top 20.

The list was topped by Florianopolis in Brazil, which is dubbed the Island of Magic and is all about water sports, walking and has a super friendly airport.

One of two Australians top 20 entries is Tasmania’s biggest city, Hobart, which came in at number two, ahead of Bhutan’s capital Thimpu and Western Australia’s Margaret River, which is a no-brainer really given its two main industries/pastimes are wine and surfing.

The lowest scores on the friendliest survey don’t miss out, they make the “unfriendliest” list. And while those surveyed looked closer to home for most of their city-directed angst, there were a few other unsurprising inclusions.

Newark, New Jersey, topped it though as a place you need not visit except for a cheap flight out of New York.


Florianopolis, Brazil

Please note: Duplicated numbers indicate a tie 

Top 20 Friendliest Cities in the World 

20. Cork, Ireland
20. Asheville, North Carolina, US
18. Edinburgh, Scotland
16. Savannah, Georgia, US
16. Auckland, New Zealand
14. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
14. Galena, Illinois, US
12. Dublin, Ireland
11. Christchurch, New Zealand
10. Chiang Mai, Thailand
9. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
9. Kilkenny, Ireland
7. Manadalay, Burma
6. Margaret River, Western Australia
6. Paro, Bhutan
5. Charleston, South Carolina, US
4. Queenstown, New Zealand
3. Thimpu, Bhutan
2. Hobart, Tasmania
1. Florianopolis, Brazil

 

Top 20 Unfriendliest Cities in the World

20. Caracus, Venezuela
19. Bethlehem, Palestine
18. Casablanca, Morocco
17. Wilmington, Delaware
16. Moscow, Russia
15. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
14. Shenzhen, China
13. Albany, New York, US
12. Los Angeles, US
11. Guangzhou, China
10. Tangier, Morocco
9. Atlantic City, New Jersey, US 
8. Detroit, Michigan
7. New Haven, Connecticut
6. Lome, Togo
5. Kuwait City, Kuwait
4. Luanda, Angola
3. Oakland, California, US
2. Islamabad, Pakistan
1. Newark, New Jersey

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