Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you’d feel right at home.
It’s a nuanced process, as certain habits stretch across unlikely borders. The UK and Australia, for example, share a history although on opposite ends of the earth, yet their inhabitants maintain a healthy distrust of each others’ perceived loutish/uptight demeanor. Yet when it comes to everyday gestures, such as tipping, greeting friends and asserting one’s own personal space, there’s no telling them apart. Get these two nationalities together in a business meeting—where the British will remain characteristically formal while the Aussies speak frankly and skip the niceties—and you’ll start to see the differences again.
Likewise, if you’re one of those people who likes to show up early to parties—considered in most countries to be at best inconvenient and at worst terribly rude—perhaps you’re best off moving to Belgium, where promptness is pushed to its (il)logical extreme.
If you dream of a place where your genteel etiquette and thoughtful comportment might fit in, or where your earthy humor and lack of inhibition will finally be admired, this handy new flow-art might help you identify a country where the national sense of propriety is more aligned with your own.
So where should you move abroad? Which are the best places to live for your personality and manners?