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    The World's Rudest Nations for Travelers? The French

    The World's Rudest Nations for Travelers - Yahoo! Travel

    Congratulations, my fellow Americans! We’re not the rudest nation on the planet. We’re not even in the top five. USA! USA!

    The travel search site Skyscanner.com surveyed its users about where the locals never smile and people are particularly unfriendly, and the nation with the most votes for rudest locals was…

    Wait for it…

    France (félicitations, mes amis!), followed by Russia. The survey received over 1,200 responses, 65 percent from the UK and Ireland, plus elsewhere in Europe, North America and Australia.

    The World's Rudest Nations for Travelers

    1. France
    2. Russian
    3. British
    4. German
    5. Other

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    Rounding out the top five rudest countries were the U.K., Germany and “Other” (those Others are the worst, don’t you think?). The U.S. placed 7th, behind China.

    Some of the perceived rudeness may be attributable to cultural differences rather than anything intentional. For example, says Tatiana Danilova, Skyscanner’s Russian Market Manager, “the Russian language is not as polite as English, so when Russians translate directly from Russian to English, it can sound rude to an English speaker even if they don’t mean it to.”

    “We were surprised to see Russians come in second place,” says Skyscanner’s Travel Editor, Sam Baldwin. He attributes this in part to the “familiarity breeds contempt” phenomenon. Although Russia doesn’t compare with the Mediterranean as a tourist destination, as visa regulations have relaxed, Russian holidaymakers are increasingly flocking to the Mediterranean and coming into contact with people from other countries.

    The same principle may apply to the French: “As our closest neighbors, there has long been a familiar rivalry between the U.K. and France,” Baldwin says, and the preponderance of responses from the British Isles may have contributed to this result. Still, Baldwin says, “Even the French acknowledge that the way they are perceived is not entirely without basis.” (In France’s defense, I’ve always found Parisians to be just as rude to each other as they are to foreigners. Outside of Paris – and even within the city – people can be as gracious as anywhere.)

    The British, for their part, voted themselves “world’s worst tourists” in a previous Skyscanner survey.

    The countries rated as having the least rude locals were Brazil, the Caribbean and the Philippines.

    Skyscanner claims to be Europe’s leading travel search site, operating in over 25 languages with more than 25 million visits and over 11 million unique visitors per month. It has offices in Edinburgh, Scotland and Singapore.

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    Nationality Percentage of votes

    French 19.29
    Russian 16.56
    British 10.43
    German 9.93
    Other 6.37
    Chinese 4.30
    American 3.39
    Spanish 3.15
    Italian 2.24
    Polish 2.24
    Turkish 2.15
    Indian 1.90
    Swiss 1.90
    Greek 1.74
    Croatian 1.57
    Austrian 1.41
    Cypriot 1.24
    Egyptian 1.24
    Korean 1.24
    Norwegian 0.99
    Australian 0.91
    Dutch 0.83
    Irish 0.83
    Swedish 0.83
    Japanese 0.66
    Danish 0.50
    Canadian 0.41
    New Zealander 0.41
    Indonesian 0.41
    Portuguese 0.33
    Thai 0.25
    Filipino 0.17
    Caribbean 0.08
    Brazilian 0.08

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    and the nicest to visit New Zealand

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    cheating cnuts - if they'd warned us we would have well told them to fcuk off

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    Ah the Franch..

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    One could examine 20 different surveys, polls, and studies and find 20 differing results.

    Imbecils are too easy.

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    Where are the Israelis? They are absolute cnuts when they travel. I watched three of them rudely haggling over the $2 us a night charge to stay at a lodge in the Annapurna a few years ago. Even the Nepalese, among the world's poorest hosts to overseas tourists, refuse to deal with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    One could examine 20 different surveys, polls, and studies and find 20 differing results. Imbecils are too easy.
    Spot on.

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    - the french don't generally tip, so I guess that has something to do with the ranking.

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    Hungarians. Specifically Hungarians in Budapest. More specifically Hungarians in restaurants and shops in Budapest. So bad they're funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    - the french don't generally tip, so I guess that has something to do with the ranking.
    If the survey was French based and inspired?

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