According to a survey by the global community network InterNations, the Philippines, along with 4 more countries, is one of the world’s most welcoming countries.
More than 14,000 expats from 191 countries participated in the annual Expat Insider. They were asked 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.
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The Philippines, more than its various waterfront promenades, enchanting beaches, and great cuisine, is also known for the hospitality of its people. Filipinos, regardless of age, ethnicity, or social status are always ready to give tourists and other people a warm welcome the moment they take a step in their land.
“Locals are very outgoing and helpful, which makes foreigners feels accommodated,” said Eleanor Webley, a Manila native and InterNations Ambassador.
The fact that the residents of 159 countries do not need even need a visa to enter the Philippines, as well as the lower cost of living in the Philippines, are just two of the many things that attracts tourists from all over the world to come and witness the beauty of this Southeast Asian country.
“The people here are very friendly and are always smiling,” said Wendell Yuson, an InterNations Ambassador who was born and raised in Manila, adding that the slogan of the Philippine Department of Tourism also reflects this vibe: ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines!’”
“The Philippines has 7,100 islands, and expats love the tropical lifestyle here,” Yuson said.
Other countries included in the BBC’s list are Uganda, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Oman.