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The friendliest European

According to a survey organized by travel website Zoover in 23 countries the Austrians are the most friendly and hospitable European inhabitants. This is no surprise to the.ego.tripper! Have you ever seen a bigger and better smile than Arnie’s? I don’t think so. Strange thing about the survey though is that most people voted for their own country. Which is cool if you are an Austrian. But if you are French, you’re just lying, aren’t you? Anyway, Austria deserves this title. I was in Vienna last summer and people treated me like I was some sort of emperor. And there was a castle. And a woman named Sisi. And everyone dansed and dressed up like back in the day. Oh wait, this is a scene from a famous movie, isn’t it?

The second place in the ranking goes to Spain, which is frankly a bit surprising to me. I mean, I have studied in Granada and Barcelona for a few months and I loved it. But to rank them as second friendliest European inhabitants? I don’t think so. In third place we find Belgium. Fair enough. In my opinion Belgium is still an undervalued country when it comes to tourism. There is not other nation in the world where you can theoretically visit four impressive cities (Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp) in a day and still have time and energy to get drunk on local brews. All this without getting annoyed by inhabitants!

The other Europeans in the top ten are the Greek, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Portuguese, Polish and Scandinavians. Some surprises there I’d say. At the end of the list we find the French, the English and the Swiss. Really? What’s wrong with the Swiss? I mean, there so neutral, aren’t they?

2 comments on “The friendliest European

  1. I didn’t find Vienna to be particularly friendly. In fact, I encountered some pretty frosty museum staff in Vienna, which surprised me. I was confused about what kind of ticket I needed at Schonbrunn, and the lady glared at me impatiently and didn’t help. :-( I was mostly impressed at the efficiency of their public transportation and how shiny and tidy everything is–this was coming from Hungary, which has much less money and a communist legacy.

    I just came back from Sicily, and the people on that island are universally kind and helpful, although they drive like maniacs.

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