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26 May 2024

The unfriendliest cities in the world... is your city one of them?

Russian capital is one of Europe's most vibrant cities – a sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. (AP)

By Lifestyle Correspondent

Moscow has been voted the unfriendliest city in the world with many cities in the United States not far behind in a survey conducted by Travel and Leisure.

Although having been dubbed as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, Moscow was found to have unhelpful locals and a general 'aloofness' by survey participants who were asked to rank 266 world cities on a range of categories, including 'the friendliness of their people'.

Marseille, France. AP

US did not fare well either with nine of its cities making it to the top 15.

Atlantic City in New Jersey was ranked second with one visitor commenting, "It's fun – if you like to gamble and don't mind rude, fast-paced people."

Even cities famous for their nightlife, food and culture, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and Miami also featured very high in the list of unfriendliest cities.

Los Angeles, USA. (AP)

One irritated visitor said that Los Angeles was full of, "Rude, unhelpful people trying to scam you for everything."

While one tourist said of New York, "New York has everything – just don't ask a person in the street to help you find it."

French cities, Marseille and Cannes, made it to the list at number 4 and 10 respectively.

Cannes, France. (AP)

Beijing in China and Frankfurt in Germany were not considered very kind and friendly cities for tourists either.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, Galway in Ireland was named as the friendliest city in the world tourists saying it was home to the 'friendliest people they had every met'.

Beijing, China. (AP)

Scottish capital, Edinburgh, was also appreciated for its friendliness, with visitors describing the Scottish city as 'enchanting' and 'magical'.

But the following cities — 'glum,' 'rude,' and 'not exactly the kindest' — didn't impress visitors with their people skills.

Washington, USA (AP)

The world's unfriendliest cities:

1) Moscow, Russia

2) Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

3) St Petersburg, Russia

4) Marseille, France

5) Los Angeles, California, USA

6) New York, New York, USA

7) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

8) Baltimore, Maryland, USA

9) Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

10) Cannes, France

11) Beijing, China

12) Miami, Florida, USA

13) Washington, DC, USA

14) Frankfurt, Germany

15) Boston, Massachusetts, USA