Friendliest Nation in the Globe


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Uganda, a country in East Africa has been described as the friendliest country globally following a survey conducted among expatriates globally, according to the BBC.

In recent months, a global community network (Inter-Nations) conducted their annual Expat Insider survey of more than 14,000 expats from 191 countries, asking residents to rate a number of aspects about life abroad, including how easy it was to settle in, a country’s friendliness and ease of making friends.

As expatriates settle down, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. While there are differences in local culture and language, some places can definitely feel more welcoming than others.

“This African country received the highest marks for friendliness,” according to BBC’ s report.

The high rating for Uganda has excited Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. He said this is a reminder for Ugandans who do not appreciate their country.


Kamuntu waved a copy of the BBC report highlighting Uganda as the friendliest country globally as he addressed a press conference at the Media Center in Kampala. He also said that Uganda came fifth among African countries at the ITB Berlin exhibition.

While quoting the InterNations report, BBC stated, “57% of expats in Uganda gave ‘general friendliness’ the best possible rating (the global average was 26%). Not only that, not a single respondent ranked this factor negatively.”

“Welcoming all nationalities is an intrinsic part of the culture, and residents are quick to offer smiles to newcomers,” according to Charlotte Beauvoisin who was quoted by BCC.

Charlotte Beauvoisin, a British expat who writes about living in the capital Kampala at Diary of a Muzungu.

The BBC also pointed out the InterNations Ambassador Nadya Mileva, originally from Bulgaria and now living in Kampala, agrees, saying that the people are ‘amazingly friendly’.

“The country has a lot to offer, from breathtaking landscapes to high-end restaurants and bars to year-round summer,” she added.

The friendliness is determined by how expatriates are welcomed or received and this has helped to integrate expatriates into the Ugandan community.

Regarding tourism, “Government is working on infrastructure, internet and security for tourists, we appeal to tour operators to train their workers,” said Kamuntu. “We should harness the friendliness when we get visitors.


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