PHL as a friendly country

A global survey conducted by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. has ranked the Philippines 8th in the list of the world’s friendliest countries.  The Expat Explorer Survey 2011 was conducted among 3,885 expatriates in 100 countries between May and July 2011 and rated countries based on the preference of expatriates to make them “their second home.”

The Philippines, which is known for hospitality, was the third highest ranked Asia-Pacific country in the survey.  New Zealand and Australia topped the global list, followed by South Africa, Canada, the United States, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Spain, and Malaysia. 

These are the nations where it’s easiest to befriend locals, learn the local language, integrate into the community and fit into the new culture.

Expatriates perceive the Philippines as a country that “is friendly on wallets,” with 47 percent of the respondents reporting “an increase in access to luxuries” such as domestic staff, swimming pools, and owning properties.

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