Canadians are often quite curious about how others see them and we are no exception to that informal rule. Now, as travel restrictions worldwide are slowly easing, Canadians of all ages are starting to think seriously about international travel again.

Retirees and pre-retirees are no exception to this train of thought, which applies with equal relevance to young professionals and families who are getting ready to travel again.

Good International Relationships Count When It Comes to Travel

We came across an interesting piece of relatively recent research that was undertaken by CBC News – with the help of the International Council for Canadian Studies – originally intended to commemorate Canada Day in 2015.

CBC News reached out to the 4,000 or so academics outside Canada who teach courses about Canada. They call themselves Canadianists and, though these findings are several years old, what follows is a fascinating – though somewhat selective – summary.

Who Loves Canadians?

If you’re planning to reignite your international travel instincts, why not consider a visit to a part of the world where – research proves – you’re likely to receive a warm and friendly welcome? So here they are in no particular order:

1. The Netherlands

Irene Salverda, president of the Associations for Canada Studies in the Netherlands works at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. She said: “Many of my non-Canadianist friends refer to Canada as ‘the European version of America’. Canada resembles Europe the way it wishes it had stayed: full of natural beauty. The Dutch are attracted to the down-to-earth Canadian spirit. In Amsterdam, many locals will play dumb if an American asks for the way. But state you’re Canadian, and doors will open instantly.”

2. Germany

Wolfgang Klooß directs the Centre for Canadian Studies at Trier University. His view is:
“Canada as a model for a multi-faceted immigrant society with many different voices and multiple forms of cultural expression – including those of her native peoples – is still an important subject in the classrooms of many German universities.”

3. Slovakia

Lucia Otrisalova teaches American literature and Canadian studies and literature at Comenius University in Bratislava. She observed: “Canada is viewed as…a country which enjoys a level of prosperity similar to its neighbour to the south, but doesn’t interfere in matters that don’t concern it.”

4. U.S.A.

Political scientist Earl Fry is the Endowed Professor of Canadian Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He stated: “Periodic surveys continue to show that Americans like Canadians more than anyone else in the world. Americans can learn so much from Canada, especially in terms of public schools, health care, federalism, livable cities, relatively low violent crime, and other important areas.” Friendly neighbours indeed!

The insights recorded above offer, we think, some important clues as to why Canadians as a people enjoy such unparalleled respect around the world. And, it is our belief that if any one of our readers travelled to any one of the countries listed, they’d very likely receive an exceptionally warm welcome.