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The World’s Top 10 Friendliest Countries To Foreigners, According To The World Economic Forum

 Tired of getting angry looks on vacation? Check out the World Economic Forum’s list of the most friendly countries to foreigners in the world.

If you want to be sure of a warm welcome, head to New Zealand. WEF ranked the country the second friendliest towards foreigners in the world and a recent survey of expats even voted it the most welcoming country for expatriates. Austria also performed well in WEF’s list, climbing from tenth in 2011 to fifth this year.

Despite not being internationally renowned for tourism, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Burkina Faso were rated, respectively, as the fourth, eighth and tenth friendliest countries towards foreigners.

Seven of WEF’s top ten friendliest countries were new in 2013.

The report also ranked the countries least friendly towards foreigners. Bolivia gained the dubious distinction of least welcoming among those surveyed, and was joined in the bottom ten by Venezuela, Russia, Kuwait, Iran, and Pakistan, among others.

The rankings were included in the Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, which was released in March and gauges the health of the international tourism industry through a variety of metrics.

It is important to note that WEF’s ranking of friendliness towards foreigners does not actually take into account the opinions of any foreigners. The rankings arebased on an Executive Opinion Survey distributed to business leaders in 140 countries, who are asked to rank their own countries on such topics as infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and economic policy. For this particular ranking, those surveyed were asked “How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?”

Due to its reliance on the Executive Opinion Survey, the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report reveals as much about the general perceptions of the business class in different countries as it does about the actual conditions present. For example, when asked the question “to what extent does the threat of terrorism impose costs on businesses in your country?,” American business leaders’ estimations earned the country the 21st highest rank, in between Guatemala and Chad. Except for Israel, the U.S. was the only highly developed country in the top 45.

For a more holistic view of the varying levels of friendliness in the world, check out the color-coded map of the World Economic Forum rankings produced by Max Fisher of The Washington Post.

Check out our slideshow below to see the country ranked most welcoming to foreigners in the world.

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10. Burkina Faso
A Burkina Faso soccer fan waits for the start of the African Cup of Nations semifinal soccer match at Mbombela Stadium against Ghana in Nelspruit, South Africa, Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
9. Ireland
People walk past the Temple Bar pub in Temple Bar on October 15, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
8. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Tourists explore a cave on a boat near the source of the Buna river near the village of Blagaj, some 10 kilometers from southern Bosnian town of Mostar on July 10, 2010, next to the old Tekija house, made in 17th century under Ottoman empire influence. (HRVOJE POLAN/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Portugal
Tens of thousands march down Lisbon’s main Liberdade Avenue Wednesday, April 25, 2012, celebrating the anniversary of the 1974 Carnations revolution that restored democracy in Portugal after nearly half a century of right-wing dictatorship. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
6. Senegal
Residents of the Yoff neighborhood wash sacrificial rams in the Atlantic Ocean at first light, as they prepare for the Eid al-Adha feast, in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
5. Austria
Female hiker is hiking through the grassland next to the mountain of Zugspitze (2962 m) on May 26, 2011 in Lermoos, Austria. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
4. Macedonia
People enjoy the sun and the view at the top of Vodno Mountain above the town of Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
3. Morocco
An unidentified man walks in the Medina on October 9, 2003 in Fez, Morocco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
2. New Zealand
Dan Slater of New Zealand competes in the Men’s Finn Sailing on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Weymouth Harbour on July 30, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
1. Iceland
The Northern Lights are seen in the skies near Faskusfjordur on the east coast of Iceland Thursday March 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonina Oskardottir)
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