Would you keep a cell phone or a wallet if you happened to find one? Or would you hand it in at the police station? And how about the others? These are the questions the Readers Digest magazine asked. A survey did not seem to be the right way to find out – mostly, people would not admit that they would actually keep the phone anyway. That is why the journalists decided to make an experiment. They chose some of the world’s cities and capitals and “lost” 30 cell phones in each of them. Then they checked the nearest police stations and waited for a call from the finder. According to the number of cell phones they managed to get back in the end, they put together a list world’s top ten honest cities. Tourism Review introduces the winners.
Its true that Ljubljana is not dangerous, but i dont believe is more honest than asian cities, when they cut tiefs hands, if they are stealing...but still...one of the most safe places in europe definetely
Congratulatión for your information.
It´s very usefull.for tourists.
The city where I live, Buenos Aires, is completely different.......
I´m ashamed but.........
If you ask somebody from Hamburg, everything south of München is Balkan, if you ask someone from Bosnia, Slovenia is definitely not Balkan. Same thing goes for east/central/west - a matter of perspective.
Staggered to find that Munich wasn't listed in the top most honest cities. I lived there till fairly recently and I have never come across a more honest or trusting population . A friend of mine left his laptop on the U-Bahn (metro) and sure enough 1 hour later he was able to fetch it after it had been handed into lost property. It is generally rated as one of the safest cities in the world as well as one of the most honest.
what about the bottom of the list ? where can we find the results of the whole study ?
It's not a shame for Prague, it's a shame for the writer... Read the survey
Hi there. Our neighbour country Finland hasn't been part of the Sovjet union nor a former communist country. Could you change that in the text.
Nobody says in the article that Helsinki is from post communist country. It only says that Helsinki shares the 6th position with Budapest and Warsaw that ARE from post communist countriers.
Ehm, laughing a bit when reading comments like how Slovenia is not in eastern Europe and Slovakia is. My dear fellow Slovenians didn\\\'t we learn at school that Slovakia is a central European country? When complicating about how poorly other nations can locate our small country in Europe, try checking first if you can do better locating another small country.
BTW I forgot my laptop on a bus station in Ljubljana once for 15 minutes and it was still waiting for me when I got back :)
I live in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. We are very proud of our beautiful, green city. I would like to correct you on one thing; SLOVENIA(and of course Ljubljana) was NEVER IN EASTERN EUROPE. As many uneducated people mix Slovenia with Slovakia(which really is in eastern Europe). Slovenia is on the border of south and central Europe. I feel obligated to advise you that you should look at the world map.
And thank you for the positive review.
have a nice day!
Like Vido already said, Slovenia is not located in Eastern Europe. Author should correct this.
Slovenia /sloʊˈviːniə/, officially the Republic of Slovenia (Slovene: Republika Slovenija), is a country in southern Central Europe bordering Italy to the west, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, Croatia to the south and east, Hungary to the northeast, and Austria to the north.
It's meant the past - we were part of Yugoslavia and with that part of Eastern Europe (politically). It is not relevant where we are located in Europe, it is the past appended to us from communist times...
I bet it was some noble western tourist that snatchad the only phone in not-model-of-honesty-eastern-bloc-slovenia" :)
I live in north-west Slovenia and i have lost a wallet with money in it twice, my cell phone twice and a car keys once and i all got it back the same day i lost it.
"many uneducated people mix Slovenia with Slovakia(which really is in eastern Europe)" - Vido
If we're throwing geography and "uneducated people" around, somebody apparently doesn't realize that the Slovakian capital is only about 2.5 degrees more eastward than the Slovenian capital.
"Eastern" and "Western" Europe are more psychological and political categories than strictly geographical ones. During the Cold War, East Germany was commonly lumped in the East Europe, whereas Austria, the south of Italy, and sometimes even Greece (which are all geographically more eastward) were considered parts of Western Europe.
To most "Westerners", "Eastern" Europe is still a synonym for (a) ex-communist (b) "Slavic" (doesn't speak a "cool" language, regardless of whether it's really Slavic) (c) very poor (d) not nice (e) likely to steal your wallet or phone. That's why the survey author was surprised: "The inhabitants of the Central and Eastern Europe are generally not considered to be the models of honesty and uprightness."
Slovenia has done a lot to rid itself of that stigma, and congratulations to it for that. But it will always be a Slavic and ex-communist country, and perhaps _some_ of that distancing from other "Pih! Eastern!" nations is futile. Instead of saying "WE'RE not eastern! The Slovaks are the eastern ones!" maybe we could all work against the prejudice and get to the point where a tourism website can't honestly say anymore that "those Slavic ex-communist people are not considered a model of honesty and uprightness".
Surprised to see Ljubljana got to the top... Maybe they made the test with some old outdated mobile phones... Nonono, just joking...
I found a mobile phone recently. Maybe it was one ot the test mobiles? I tried to call the owner but it was locked. So I left it in a nearby bar and explained the waitress that the owner might call and try to get it back... I mean, what on earth would I do with somebody elses phone??
By the way, everything east of Portugal can be called Eastern Europe so cut the crap already, allright? It's only us Slovenians that are so touchy about this matter. Actually before joining European Union even Italians thought we were part of Soviet Union. We're smack center of Europe, nor east or west. We got snow, we got sea we got wine we got schliwowitz we got beer. This is for all of us touchy Slovenians: shut up about East/West already and change the subject: let's celebrate our honesty and get honestly drunk, na zdravje everyone! :)
Making a big fuss about being labelled as "eastern" is actually the surest sign that a country is in Eastern Europe (or Central, same meaning).
The other tell tale sign of 'easternness' is insisting that your eastern/southern neighbour is not really "European". A variant of this is claiming that your country is not in Southeastern Europe (i.e. the Balkans).
how come it says top 10 honest cities but you only have 1 to 6 even technically its 10 but how about Japan?? have you ever been there or tried it?? coz Japan is one of the most honest cities in the world..why do i know coz i lived there for 20 years...
What an arbitrary (yet cute) list with no substantiated evidence. Ljubljana is a fine city, but after living in Delhi, I find it hard to believe that any city in India could get a top 10 rank in honesty. I was robbed blind daily (!) in Delhi.
I live in New York, so maybe my comment above proves true: we're just too honest.
Hi, I'm Phil from Ukraine and I wonder why no cities from Ukraine were listed on this list.
UKRAINE IS NOT WEAK!
Seoul? New york?
Hey hey hey, gimme a break!!!
Don't make me laugh!
I am an Indian living in helsinki and I was pleasantly surprised to find mumbai ahead of helsinki in the list. Contradictory to assumptions around the world, Indians are honest people. I have heard of tourists being cheated often, but I guess that is usually done by uneducated people who think they are getting 'even' with the 'white' people who once ruled india. I do hope to see more south asian cities on the list in the future :)
I've bee to the Philippines many times and never had anything stolen from me but I wouldn't leave my cellphone laying on the jeepney seat hoping someone would return it . However just like any big city anywhere there are good people and bad people but if you venture away from manila into the provinces you will find the filipino people are the most warm and loving people you will ever meet.
It's either this review is sarcastically done. Or you guys are just trying to solicit traffic.
Seriously, you guys are out of your minds! New York? Manila? Seriously? And I'm from the Philippines, by the way.
A cell phone is not a good example to measure honesty with. A cell phone has limited use to any finder. He may be able to use it to make a call once or twice, but once it's loss is discovered, the phone becomes useless. A better example would be cash. It has no expiration date.
I spend a lot of time in the Philippines and I can tell you I've had a cell phone stolen out of my pocket, my wife's purse with pilfered and money stolen, my car has had tyre valve caps stolen etc, I've actually seen police drag in pickpockets while we were at the station reporting outr lose.. It's a major problem.. don't be FOOLED by this survey.. it does not add up to the honesty on the street..
I live here and its corrupt, filled with perscreption abusing assholes pretending to be nice human-beings! Moving to either Australia or Norway soon