We’re a friendly lot, aren’t we?

New Zealand placed 2nd after winner Iceland in a recent study of which country is the most friendly place for people to come visit.

Australia placed 27th.

Sydney Morning Herald readers were asked to vote on what they thought the friendliest country is, and it has this surprising result:

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Even SMH readers rate New Zealanders nicer than their own countrymen.

 


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  • spollyike

    I would rate Aussies, especially from WA as friendlier than my own countrymen. I was made to feel most welcome for the 6 years, i lived, worked, had a child, there. More talkative than us, more easily have a conversation, no reverse racism means everyone feels equal, a good mix of kiwi’s, south africans and Pommy buggers as well as the aussies. My neighbour used to come over during the day when he wasn’t on shift and i was the stay at home Dad looking after a 6 month old daughter, he always turned up with a couple of XXXX’s (both for him though)!

    • unsol

      Your male neighbour came over with a couple of XXXX…as in porn?

      Sounds awfully gay spolly :)

      I have personally found in the real world most people are very friendly, do anything for you in pretty much every country I have been too.

      I think blogging & online forums is encouraging less of this though.

      • LabTested

        XXXX pronounced fourex, is a brand of beer. Used to be able to get it in NZ 30 years ago

        • unsol

          I see – would never have known that in a million years!

          • LabTested

            enjoy

          • unsol

            Funny but I think our Frank Whitten ads are better!

          • unsol

            Random downer – explain yourself! Frank Whitten was brilliant!

          • spollyike

            You need educating in all things BEER it seems?

          • unsol

            Nope – hate the stuff. And hubby drinks European brands.

          • spollyike

            Me too, most Aussie beer tastes like something else you can spell with XXXX:) Except Little Creatures Pale Ale from Fremantle of course – best beer ever! http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/744/3327

          • LabTested

            don’t admit that it public. Apart from Czech beer & some Dutch. Most European brands are pretty gay

          • spollyike

            did you forget Belgium?

          • LabTested

            When writing about how gay european beer is I actually had Belgium in mind. I don’t want rasberrys in my beer and I don’t want my beer to be served in a wine glass. I don’t want to wait 5 minutes while the barman washes the glass in front of me then has to scrape off the froth with a special stick.
            When you go to Belgium you need to order a bottle of beer so you have something to drink while the barman is doing his performance art with your tap beer

          • spollyike

            whatever, you obviously know nothing about beer appreciation apart from downing adoz lion reds or waikato draughts on a saturday night.

          • LabTested

            That is a pretty bold statement. im sure that you appreciate your beer and like me would never be caught drinking Lion of any kind or Waikato draught.

            I spend a lot of time in europe and just find Belgium beer too .. well lets say not me.

            A good Czech Pilsner suits me. German Beer these days is starting to go the Weis beer way and the lagers/pilsners are getting a bit chemical.

            and as I said. I do not like the performance art part of Belgium beer.

            Most memoriable beer I had, was Black Sheep in the UK. 1992, the year the brewery opened before they started large scale production.
            anyway, enjoy the weekend with a good brew

          • spollyike

            Me too. Apologies for that. I appreciate a trappist ale now and then but really dislike the fruity ales. Czech Pilsners have to be the best in the world really. Wheat beer not so great is it. Haven’t tried Black Sheep, will try to track it down. Have you tried Little Creatures Pale Ale i can recommend a 1/2 doz.

          • tarkwin

            Some of those poser bars in Auckland are almost as bad.

          • spollyike

            Hell yes, worse!!

          • unsol

            Compared to Tui?! Hmmm. Even I can tell the difference there! And the Irish would probably beg to differ…

          • Hazards001

            Well the Irish and the Belgium’s might beg to differ but the truth is NZ once more punches well above it’s weight in beer quality as well(as do the Chinese and Japanese) Without getting into it if you rate European beer then it really has to be German. Wife beater doesn’t really count nor does Heineken…sorry yuppies. And I’m not referring to Steinlager either…ugh!

          • unsol

            Guinness, Stella & Becks are hubby’s favs but he says nz beer is on par – particularly monteiths

          • Hollyfield

            Why do Australians call their beer XXXX?

            Because they can’t spell BEER.

      • spollyike

        If you had gone to uni you would know what XXXX means, the joke is Aussies can’t spell BEER so they just put XXXX:)

        • unsol

          Gone to uni to study beer…now that would have been quality education!

          And I would think that beer is the one thing Aussies can spell…

          According to the University of Google the whole X thing is a play on when X was used to indicate the strength of the beer.

          So apparently your 4 X is super strong….!

          • DavidW

            Aussies spell it P-I-S-S

          • spollyike

            did you have any mates at uni?? You may have noticed a few of the blokes drinking B-E-E-R occasionally if you did. It’s not a case of going to uni to study beer, more of a parallel education.

          • unsol

            According to you I was in with the feminists so wouldn’t that preclude terms such as “mates” and “beer”?

          • spollyike

            that explains it, you’re beyond help.

          • unsol

            Where I went to uni no one drank Aussie beer. It was NZ made all the way. Personally I always preferred JD or gin, something that came in handy when tramping & mountaineering (less weight for more alcohol).

            Btw, you claim to know a lot about uni life yet you are only studying now….which means as an old man you should have very little first hand knowledge – after all, you would look rather tragic if you turned up to a party or even orientation……!

            Unless of course you have studied before?

          • spollyike

            I started this degree back in 1995 as an engineering degree. Then completed a degree in exercise science – worked in the industry over in WA. Then when i became the stay-at-home decided to go back to the degree on hold and complete it with a mathematics major. Never drank aussie beer at uni either of course, mainly export.

          • unsol

            And since you’re so bored that you’re determined to keep spoiling for a fight, I shall distract you as any bored parent would.

            Here, maths genius, solve this:

            P versus NP :)

          • spollyike

            LOL, very similar to my current paper, combinatorics.

  • LabTested

    Does that include Christchurch?

    Get well soon Jesse

    • spollyike

      Nope.

  • Dani

    Of course Nzers are friendliest… Have you heard of another country running an immigrant satisfaction survey?

    • spollyike

      And Samoans obviously think we are friendlier than Samoa as there’s more living here than there.

    • LabTested

      well almost. In China at immigration they have smiley face buttons to push so you can rate how satisfied you were with your border control officer (I kid you not)

  • Mr_Blobby

    That chart looks like Oz 10%, NZ 28%, Iceland 7%.

  • Surprised to learn 2% of people in Sydney take holidays in Bosnia haha!

    • manuka416

      That’s because there are a lot of Slav’s in Sydney, fairly sizable immigrant group.

      • Can’t understand people who go and live in another country; bloody traitors

        • manuka416

          Just chasing a better life – or fleeing a tragic one. Same old reasons since time began.

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