Filipinos among ‘least rude’ in the world, says survey


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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is among the least rude countries for foreign tourists, a survey by a leading European travel site showed.

France, meanwhile, is considered the world’s rudest nation followed by Russia and the United Kingdom, according to the poll conducted by Skyscanner.

“Taking 19 percent of the vote, the French have long been known for their abrupt and curt nature, especially when dealing with foreign tourists, which has often been taken as rudeness by visitors,” Skyscanner said.

Russia got 17 percent and 10 percent for UK.

“Russians can be more direct when talking, which may be misconstrued as being rude,” said Tatiana Danilova, Russian market manager for Skyscanner. “However this is more a difference in culture than genuine rudeness.”

Danilova attributed this to the Russian language, which “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,” Danilova. “Russians tend to consider British people extremely polite due to their courteous way of speaking.”

The least rude, meanwhile, are Brazilians followed by the Caribbean islands and the Filipinos.

World’s rudest nationalities:

1. French 19.2%

2. Russian 16.6%

3. British 10.4%

4. German 9.9%

5. Chinese 4.3%

6. American 3.3%

7. Spanish 3.1%

8. Italian 2.3%

9. Polish 2.2%

10. Turkish 2.1%

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  • OFW Franklin

    Here in Canada, Quebecquas: french speaking canadian are rude like their counterpart in Europe French. Filipino is humble in nature either born here or immigrant. Sa madaling salita tayo ay magagalang likas sa ating ugali na rumespeto sa magulang, ibang tao at nakakataas sa atin. We are not timid, nor lack of education and submissive to other. We are simple friendly and avoid confrontation as much as possible, that is why we gain their respect and trust.

  • dmaxx_trip

    It’s more fun in the Philippines

  • raffyb0i

    least rude? halerrrrrrrr!

  • Cynthia

    It is nice that we were even mentioned in this survey to be one of the least rude to foreign tourists and I would agree for us to be alongside Brazil and the Caribbean.  If you have travelled outside our country and compare how our people treat visitors in general you may agree regardless of your own bad impressions about us.  C’mon we have an innate hospitality and don’t compare the common tao especially in the provinces with politicians please.   And don’t make extreme references and comparisons either to worst cases, we are not that bad as a people.

  • pepengkabayo

    Filipinos among ‘least rude’ in the world, says survey….

    Is this something we have to rejoice…..LEAST RUDE.
    It means Filipinos are RUDE,it did not say Filipinos are courteous.
    Kung sa tagalog pa, Pilipinos ay Hindi Gaanong BASTOS pero BASTOS.

    Irony is…Buti nga Bastos lang, Kung Espada tuhog pa.

  • Bill

    I’ve lived in Western Europe and most
    states in the US,
    but eventually settled in the Philippines.
    This story tell why I made up my mind.

  • Pepe

    Maginoo, pero medyo bastos!!!

  • aSwedishguy

    I would say they are among the most humble people around the world,,,kind of misleading headline haha “least rude” ???? 

  • Hilario Rodriguez

    judging from the comments….we are indeed Filipinos

  • Fatima Aliza Marie Panaligan

    maybe it’s because we, Filipinos, think of what to say first before saying so… haha..XDD

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