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Malaysia ranks 10th friendliest country in world: HSBC survey

The Star/Asia News Network--Forbes Online has rated Malaysia as the 10th friendliest country in the world, based on HSBC's recent Expat Explorer Survey.

“Better quality of life, a satisfying social life, easy local travel and better housing than in their home country helped put Malaysia in fifth place overall — though many reported difficulty integrating into the local community (often because of a language barrier),” a recent Forbes Online article stated.

Lauding the article, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak tweeted yesterday, “We welcome the world.”

Forbes Online listed Cayman Islands, Australia and Britain as the top three friendliest destinations for expatriates.

Referring to the survey, the article stated that the three nations were the “easiest to befriend locals, learn the local language, integrate into the community and fit into the new culture.”

It quoted an expatriate living in Cayman Islands who gave the place the thumbs up for not having any income or payroll tax, hardly any crime and for being pollution-free, besides an all-year summer.

Canada took fourth place in Forbes Online's World's Friendliest Countries 2012, followed by New Zealand, Spain, the United States, Bermuda, South Africa and Malaysia.

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