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The World's Friendliest Countries (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:50 PM ET

Looking for a friendly place to settle down? Then you may want to try Bahrain, which recently topped a list Forbes compiled of the ten friendliest countries for expatriates.

The tiny Middle-Eastern country provided a comfortable life for the 31 expats surveyed there. It came ahead of Canada, which had topped the list in 2008.

The perhaps surprising conclusion is drawn from data collected by HSBC for their Expat Explorer survey.

The data collected by HSBC may cause concern for those considering a move to Russia, Qater or India, who come bottom of the list for living standards for expats.

Perhaps more surprisingly, despite coming 1st for entertainment, the United Kingdom sits just above Russia, forth from bottom. Food appears to be an issue.

Are you currently, or have you ever been, an expat? Vote on the "friendliness" of the countries below and let us know about your own experiences in the comments.

1st - Bahrain
 
According to HSBC, Bahrain is both the best place for joining community groups and organizing health care. However, it is not so easy to make local friends there or learn the languages.Forbes wonders if the result was due to the small sample size (only 31 expats responded to the survey in the country).
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