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South Africa has just earned the title of the “World’s Friendliest Nation”, showcasing warmth, hospitality, and inclusivity that transcend borders.


Global (03 June 2024) – South Africa has claimed the coveted title of the world’s friendliest nation, according to a recent survey conducted by Remitly, a digital financial services company specialising in international money transfers.

This accolade isn’t just a feather in our nation’s cap; it’s a reminder of who we truly are and a nod to the warmth and hospitality ingrained in the fabric of South African society.

Remitly’s study, which involved over 3,000 participants hailing from 27 countries across the globe, aimed to identify the friendliest nation by assessing the ‘agreeableness’ trait using a simplified version of the renowned Big 5 Personality Test. Participants were asked a series of questions, the answers to which determined their level of agreeableness. South Africa emerged triumphant, boasting an impressive score of 34.63 out of 40 on the agreeableness scale.

South Africans Voted as THE Friendliest Nation in the World!
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What sets South Africa apart as the epitome of friendliness?

According to Remitly, it’s a combination of factors that make the Rainbow Nation shine. Nestled on the southernmost tip of Africa, South Africa is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, from its diverse landscapes to its rich wildlife. But it’s not just the scenery that captivates; it’s the people.

“South Africans are renowned for their warmth and welcoming nature. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, expect to be greeted with genuine kindness wherever you go. It’s not uncommon to strike up a conversation with a stranger on the street or share a laugh over a joke. With eleven official languages spoken in the country, including English, IsiZulu, and Afrikaans, communication is never a barrier, fostering a sense of inclusivity and camaraderie.”

“One of the standout features of South African life is its affordability. The South African rand stretches further, offering a higher standard of living without breaking the bank. From housing to everyday expenses, residents enjoy a comfortable lifestyle that allows them to embrace the joys of community and connection.”

“In addition to its welcoming spirit, South Africa boasts a diverse cultural tapestry that enriches its social landscape. Whether you’re savouring traditional cuisine, immersing yourself in vibrant festivals, or exploring the arts and crafts of local artisans, there’s always something new to discover and celebrate.”

As the top-ranking nation in Remitly’s survey, South Africa exemplifies the power of friendship and hospitality to transcend borders and unite hearts. And in a world where kindness is more precious than ever, let our “World’s Friendliest Nation” title serve as an inspiration to spread warmth and goodwill wherever we go. After all, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” And South Africa, with its unwavering spirit of friendship, continues to rise, illuminating the path for a brighter, more compassionate world.

Sources: Remitly 
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