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Monday
Mar182013

World’s Most Unfriendly Countries for Tourists

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ask a traveler where you’ll find the most welcoming locals, and you’ll likely see a few nations consistently named. For example,  you’re likely to hear Australia come up a few times. Same with Ireland. And possibly Italy, especially if you’re younger than 5 or a blonde.

A new report from the World Economic Forum has ranked 140 nations based on the “attitude of population toward foreign visitors.” Here’s the short version: If you’re visiting Bolivia and in need of directions, you probably won’t have as much luck as you would in, say, Iceland.

Answers to the question posed, “How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?” were given a weighted average from 1 to 7, 1 equaling "very unwelcome" and 7 equaling "very welcome."

Turns out Bolivia came in last on the list, with a score of 4.1, while Iceland tied for first place with New Zealand, with a 6.8, making Kiwis even friendlier than their neighbors, the Aussies (6.5 and ranking No. 27), who’ve long had a reputation for being among the world’s friendliest.

And where did the good-old USA rank? No. 102, with a score of 6.0. And those friendly Irishmen? They ranked far better: No. 9 on the list, with a score of 6.6.

Top 10

Iceland
New Zealand
Morocco
Macedonia
Austria
Senegal
Portugal
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ireland
Burkina Faso

*Note that Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland and Burkina Faso all scored a 6.6. Also scoring a 6.6: Barbados, Canada, Thailand, Mali, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malta, Yemen, Belgium and Rwanda.


Bottom 10

Bolivia
Venezuela
Russian Federation
Kuwait
Latvia
Iran
Pakistan
Slovak Republic
Bulgaria
Mongolia

*Note that Mongolia scored a 5.5, a score also shared by China, Korean and Saudi Arabia.

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