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Glasgow crowned the world’s friendliest city

Time Out has ranked Glasgow top in the world for friendliness and affordability according to its 2019 Index, which is based on the experience and opinions of almost 35,000 city-dwellers world-wide.

The city, which now attracts almost 800,000 tourists each year, has also been ranked number eight on the magazine’s list of 2019’s best cities, and is praised for its nightlife, music scene, food and overall progress.

 Cities all over the world were ranked by anonymous residents, who were quizzed on aspects including the neighbourhoods, culture and community of their cities, as well as the location’s affordability, convenience, and their overall happiness, with the questions also put to an international network of editors and experts.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, originally from Sweden, spoke of her own experience of the city, citing its ‘world-famous friendliness and warmth’ as a key reason that she chose to make it her home.

She went on to say: “I’m so proud this progressive, exciting and dynamic place consistently delivers a world-class tourism and visitor experience.”

Councillor David McDonald, chairman of Glasgow Life, which runs the People Make Glasgow campaign on behalf of Glasgow City Council, said: “The global tourism market is fiercely competitive, but there’s no shortage of compelling reasons to visit Glasgow. Undeniably, at the heart of our success is our people – Glaswegians are justifiably renowned around the world for their friendliness, warm welcome and good humour.

“We’re also a very affordable city, which is a real draw for today’s millennial traveller.”

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