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17 Countries That Love Americans

  The U.S. has good relations with countries worldwide and greatly influences their cultures and trade. These countries are fond of American...

 The U.S. has good relations with countries worldwide and greatly influences their cultures and trade. These countries are fond of Americans, polite, friendly tourists eager to explore different parts of the world. Here are 17 countries that love Americans.


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Irish people are internationally known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors, particularly Americans, who share deep cultural and historical connections. ACE notes that “Ireland maintains strong cultural ties with the United States as a result of mass migration due to famine from 1845–1855.” Many Americans have Irish ancestry and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


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Being neighbors, Canada and the U.S. share close cultural and economic ties and welcome Americans as tourists. GZERO polling shows that 73 percent of Canadians favor closer economic ties with their southern neighbor. The proximity and straightforward travel requirements make Canada an accessible destination for Americans traveling abroad.


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Australians are known for their laid-back and welcoming nature and will often go out of their way to make American visitors feel welcome. The Australian Embassy notes that the relationship between the two is “unique in its breadth, depth and length, and is characterized by genuine cultural affinity and a spirit of collaboration.” Australia also offers work and travel visa programs to encourage cultural exchange for Americans.

New Zealand

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TeAra argues, “The United States has had a huge influence on New Zealand culture – especially as New Zealand moved away from traditional ties with Britain.” Kiwis are known to highly value the cultural exchange and economic benefits of American thrill-seekers and nature-loving tourists.

United Kingdom

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The U.K. and America have a shared history and language, providing American tourists with a familiar backdrop when crossing the pond. Ipsos polling data found that “Americans are liked by more people in Britain than at any time in the past three decades.” Half of the polled British public believed they could learn a lot from America.


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Italy’s world-renowned cuisine and warm hospitality make it a favorite European destination for American food enthusiasts looking to experience authentic pasta, pizza, and gelato. Almost six percent of the U.S. population is of Italian descent, and the two countries share a warm relationship.


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Pew Research notes that “the animosity of the 1980s and 1990s, when U.S.-Japan relations were marked by a series of trade wars, has all but vanished.” Today, the two have a close relationship, with Japan welcoming millions of American tourists annually, who come to the safe, clean country to experience its unique blend of ancient traditions and futuristic technology.


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Mexicans generally have warm opinions about their northern neighbors, who often travel to Mexico for its vibrant festivals like Dia de los Muertos. A recent Pew Research poll found that “63% of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S.” Mexico receives millions of American tourists every year visiting Cancún, Cabo San Lucas, and Playa del Carmen, among other destinations.


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The “Land of Smiles” is famous for its friendly nature, which extends to Americans who visit Thailand for its breathtaking scenery and scrumptious street food. The two countries have warm relations and cooperate economically and in regional security.

South Africa

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South Africans share the English language with their American counterparts and are welcoming to American tourists visiting safaris and Winelands and exploring the history of apartheid. The two governments aren’t completely aligned but generally see eye-to-eye.


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Americans with an interest in history have long visited Greece for its mythological allure. Tourists flock to the capital, Athens, to visit its ancient architecture, like the Parthenon, exploring the ancient culture of gods and heroes. The Guardian reports that Greeks are fond of American tourists and that relations between the two are amicable.


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France and the U.S. are close allies, and the country attracts millions of American tourists annually who are enthralled by stunning landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum. American expat Jen Ciesielski notes that the French are fond of their American counterparts, especially when they make an effort to learn French.


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Americans love Germany for its fairy-tale castles like Neuschwanstein and more recent historical sites, like the Berlin Wall, as well as its cuisine and beer festivals. The feeling is mutual. America has a major cultural influence on the country, with Germans fascinated by American music and television shows.


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America and Portugal have a friendly relationship, and as the U.S. Embassy in Portugal notes, “Our friendship dates back to the very birth of the United States when Portugal was one of the first countries to recognize our independence.” Americans enjoy the quaint charm of Lisbon and Porto with their cobblestone streets and historic neighborhoods.

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s commitment to conservation and eco-tourism resonates with environmentally conscious Americans, offering sustainable opportunities to view stunning wildlife, trek through jungles, and zip-line through forests. Costa Ricans are fond of Americans, welcoming them with open arms.


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English is an official language in this Asian archipelago, so Americans find it easy to communicate, navigate, and connect with locals when they travel to the country. Filipinos are famous for their hospitality towards Americans, making them feel welcomed and appreciated.


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Business Insider notes that “Iceland is full of friendly, welcoming people” who take kindly to Americans. The island is famous for its otherworldly landscapes, from geysers and waterfalls to volcanic fields and the Northern Lights, offering American tourists a unique and awe-inspiring natural experience.

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