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Looking to go somewhere friendly? The world’s most sociable countries have been revealed

One of the great pleasures of travelling to new locations is meeting different people, and a new report has revealed which countries are the most sociable.

New Zealand was ranked number one in the Legatum Prosperity Index's guide to the world’s most sociable countries. Image: Manchan/Getty Images
New Zealand was ranked number one in the Legatum Prosperity Index’s guide to the world’s most sociable countries. Image: Manchan/Getty Images

The findings came as part of the Legatum Prosperity Index, which publishes an annual report on global prosperity. The researchers ranked 149 countries out of 100 in various categories, and discovered that New Zealand was the most sociable country. 

The ten most sociable countries ranked out of 100 were New Zealand (68.95), Australia (67.60), Canada (66.23), United States (65.45), Iceland (65.34), Norway (65.06), Denmark (64.49), Malta (63.77), Germany (63.21) and Ireland (63.09). The report suggested that the people living in these countries are the most free to pursue their ambitions and achieve their potential.

Iceland was ranked number five in the Legatum Prosperity Index's guide to the world’s most sociable countries. Image: Sergey Didenko/Shutterstock
Iceland was ranked number five in the Legatum Prosperity Index’s guide to the world’s most sociable countries. Image: Sergey Didenko/Shutterstock

Of all the world’s nations, New Zealand was also found to be the most tolerant of immigrants, which is good news for anyone planning on spending extended time there. The countries topping the most sociable list also offered greater opportunity for their citizens to flourish through their education systems.

If you were in need of anything while visiting them, you’d be in luck, as people in these countries were found to look out for each other to a much greater extent than others. Volunteering and charitable donation rates were higher, friend and family networks were stronger, and the altruistic desire to help someone they did not know was more prevalent in these countries.

Germany was ranked number nine in the Legatum Prosperity Index's guide to the world’s most social countries. Image: Jonathan Stokes/Lonely Planet
Germany was ranked number nine in the Legatum Prosperity Index’s guide to the world’s most social countries.
Image: Jonathan Stokes/Lonely Planet

As well as being linked to higher economic growth and higher levels of subjective well-being, these elevated levels of social capital make these countries great places to visit.

To read the full report, visit the Legatum Property Index.