Two Irish cities have been named among the friendliest places in the world by a leading travel site.
Big 7 Travel put the question ‘where would you find the friendliest city in the world?’ to its considerable social following of 1.5m users.
The criteria people used included how easy the city is to navigate or strangers helping you find your way to making new best friends in a local bar.
Users of the site were highly impressed with Irish cities Dublin and Cork and voted both into the top 20.
Dublin made it into the top 10, reaching an impressive sixth position.
Big 7 said of Dublin: “For such a small city, Dublin packs a serious punch when it comes to friendliness.
“People here are good-natured, with a good sense of humour. Whether you’re lost or just looking for a chat in a pub, Dubliners will be on hand to help out.
“Locals even thank the bus driver – the perfect example of classic Irish warmth.”
Cork also made it into the top 20, coming in at a respectable 17th place.
Big 7 said: “Ireland may be a small country, but its reputation of friendly locals is known worldwide, so it makes sense that not one but two Irish cities were voted onto this year’s list.
“Cork is a charming and compact riverside city, where the chances of a stranger saying hi to you on the street are likely.”
The friendliest city in the world was Vancouver, Canada, with Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur, Belgium’s Bruges, Taiwan’s Taipei and Hamburg of Germany making up the top five.
The UK’s friendliest city was Glasgow, Scotland, while Nashville, Tennessee was the most friendly place in the USA.
Ten friendliest cities in the world
1 – Vancouver, Canada
2 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 – Bruges, Belgium
4 – Taipei, Taiwan
5 – Hamburg, Germany
6 – Dublin, Ireland
7 – Christchurch, New Zealand
8 – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
9 – São Paulo, Brazil
10 – Glasgow, Scotland
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling