Brits vote the Dutch as being the friendliest in Europe followed by the Portuguese

Brits vote the Dutch as being the friendliest people in Europe followed by the Portuguese (and the French come last)

  • Study asked over 2,000 Brits which European countries have friendly locals 
  • Countries rated as friendly included Spain, Sweden and Republic of Ireland
  • Among those voted as being unfriendly were Hungary, Switzerland and Finland  

The Dutch have been voted as the friendliest people in Europe, according to a poll of Brits.

The research revealed that 73 per cent of respondents voted those from the Netherlands as being the most welcoming, closely followed by the Portuguese on 70 per cent.

Meanwhile, the French were identified in the study as being the least friendly people on the continent.

The Dutch have been voted as the friendliest people in Europe, according to a poll of Brits. Pictured is Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands 

MOST FRIENDLY IN EUROPE

1. Netherlands – 73 per cent (of respondents said that people from this country were friendly)

2. Portugal – 70 per cent

3. Spain – 67 per cent

4. Sweden – 64 per cent

5. Republic of Ireland – 62 per cent

Source: Jetcost 

The study was undertaken by flight comparison site Jetcost, which polled more than 2,300 people over the age of 18 who said they had been on holiday abroad at least once in the past two years.

Respondents were presented with a list of European countries and asked whether they thought the locals from that nation were friendly, unfriendly or neither.

Following the Dutch and Portuguese, the Spanish were third with 67 per cent of respondents rating the country as friendly.

The Swedish were fourth with 64 per cent of Brits saying they were friendly followed by those in the Republic of Ireland on 62 per cent.

When asked what traits they found the friendliest in locals when travelling abroad, the most popular answers were found to be ‘they were welcoming’ (26 per cent), ‘they engaged in conversation’ (23 per cent) and ‘they spoke to me in English’ (18 per cent).

At the other end of the table, and after France, locals from Hungary were voted as being the second least friendly with 41 per cent saying people there were less than welcoming.

Other countries also rated as the unfriendly by Brits were Switzerland (38 per cent), Finland (34 per cent) and Germany (31 per cent).

The French were identified in the study as being the least friendliest people in Europe

The French were identified in the study as being the least friendliest people in Europe 

LEAST FRIENDLY IN EUROPE

1. France – 46 per cent (of respondents said that people from this country were unfriendly)

2. Hungary – 41 per cent

3. Switzerland – 38 per cent

4. Finland – 34 per cent

5. Germany – 31 per cent

Source: Jetcost

It emerged that the top reasons for Brits thinking locals were unfriendly were ‘they don’t make an effort to talk to you’ (20 per cent), ‘they don’t speak to you in English’ (16 per cent) and ‘their accent sounds unfriendly’ (13 per cent).

The research also found that more than a third of British travellers (36 per cent) say that they try and befriend the locals when they go on holiday, while more than half (53 per cent) say they make an effort to talk to customer service workers, such as restaurant staff and shop workers, in their native language.

What’s more, as many as 71 per cent of respondents say that they would rather talk to a local while on holiday than a fellow Brit, and 65 per cent say that they try and avoid other Britons completely.

A spokesperson for Jetcost said: ‘There are not necessarily many surprises here when it comes to the top five friendliest countries in Europe, as the Dutch are well known for their manners, though there are some shocks in the five unfriendliest.

‘It’s also interesting to learn that Britons would rather engage with the locals than their own countrymen.’


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