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The UK is the 23rd happiest country in the world, according to an international report.

The World Happiness Report 2016, which surveyed 157 countries, aims "to survey the scientific underpinnings of measuring and understanding subjective well-being".

It does so by employing polling data on happiness as well as key economic, health and development markers, and analysis from experts across fields including economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy. ...continue reading "A map of the world’s happiest countries"

In a ranking of 67 countries around the world for 'Ease of settling in', the UK ranked 42nd for Friendliness, and 43rd for 'Finding Friends'.

We might not be as friendly to expat families as we'd like to think.

In a ranking of 67 countries around the world for "Ease of settling in", the UK ranked 42nd for Friendliness, and 43rd for "Finding Friends".

This is according to the Expat Insider 2016 index by InterNations, which surveyed more than 14,000 respondents.

The UK ranked 33rd on the index of 191 countries, overall.

For the subindex "Friendliness", we have produced a map of the rankings of the countries surveyed.

The best and worst countries in the world for making friends.


Taiwan, Uganda and Costa Rica were the most friendly countries, while Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait were found to be the least friendly.

In case if you are interested in the rank of the friendliest countries around the world, here is a complete list;

Here are the full rankings, which you can also find in the report:

1. Taiwan
2. Uganda
3. Costa Rica
4. Mexico
5. Colombia
6. Oman
7. Philippines
8. New Zealand
9. Vietnam
10. Portugal
11. Brazil
12. Spain
13. Ecuador
14. Canada
15. Romania
16. Bahrain
17. Malta
18. Indonesia
19. Ukraine
20. Ireland
21. Thailand
22. Argentina
23. Australia
24. Cyprus
25. USA
26. Greece
27. Peru
28. Morocco
29. Japan
30. Israel
31. United Arab Emirates
32. Malaysia
33. Tanzania
34. India
35. Kenya
36. Turkey
37. Egypt
38. Kazakhstan
39. Mozambique
40. Poland
41. Luxembourg
42. United Kingdom
43. China
44. Nigeria
45. Netherlands
46. Hungary
47. Italy
48. Panama
49. South Africa
50. South Korea
51. Singapore
52. Hong Kong
53. Belgium
54. Finland
55. Germany
56. France
57. Chile
58. Austria
59. Russia
60. Denmark
61. Qatar
62. Sweden
63. Norway
64. Switzerland
65. Czech Republic
66. Saudi Arabia
67. Kuwait

Have you got any experience of making friends in any of these countries?