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Dublin voted fifth for friendliness by world travel bible

Dublin has been voted the fifth-friendliest city in the world by travel bible Conde Nast Traveller.

The capital was favoured by readers of the magazine, coming in with a score of 83.8 and sharing fifth spot with Sydney.

The readers' survey said Dublin was a "vibrant city" that is a "bibliophile's dream".

Conde Nast Traveller said: "Apart from being green, lush and very walkable, it's also the kind of place you stop in for a drink in a local pub, only to end up chatting with the locals for the next five hours."

The US magazine also mentioned one of Dublin's biggest fans.

"Even First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan," the article said.

There was also a link to an article about Mrs Obama's visit to Dublin last summer during the G8 meeting in Co Fermanagh.

The annual readers' survey placed Dublin in 13th place last year.

But the friendliness of Ireland might have helped the other cities' ratings in the top five, given the number of Irish people living in them.

In joint-fifth position is Sydney, which is praised for having the "friendliest of people".

HUMOUR

In third place is Victoria, Canada, and joint-first were Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs estimates that there are between 85,000 and 100,000 Irish-born people in Australia at any one time.

Australia had for some time been the number-one country for Irish people seeking to emigrate, but Canada is thought to have claimed that distinction this year.

So far this year, 10,000 Canadian work visas have been issued to Irish people.

Approximately 4,000 work visas have been granted for New Zealand.

Melbourne is known as being one of the more popular Australian cities among Irish emigrants.

According to the readers of Conde Nast Traveller, its people are a "friendly bunch, famous for their wonderful sense of humour".

Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland chief executive, said: "Again and again our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points among overseas visitors."

jfegan@herald.ie


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