7 Most Honest Cities In The World

By Reshma Dewda on Nov 12, 2015
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As kids, we were reprimanded seriously if we tried to cheat or lie our way out of a situation. But how many of us still remember those principles as adults? Often, our mind prods us to take the easier way out; that could be by lying about something or taking something that is not rightfully ours.

As a nation too, we have certain ingrained values and principles on honesty and integrity. Based on two surveys made by Reader's Digest, we have compiled a list of the most honest cities in the world. (There are some shockers in there!)

1. Helsinki, Finland

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The people of Helsinki passed the ‘wallet’ test with flying colors. Wallets were deliberately placed on busy streets of Helsinki. It was observed that eleven out of twelve wallets were returned back to their rightful owners based on the personal items placed in them.

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana city was put through the ‘phone’ test. Mobile phones were placed in prominent locations and deliberately ‘lost’. 29 out of 30 phones were returned in this Slovenian capital. Rebutting East Europe’s notorious reputation, Ljubljana proved that it is as honest as honest can be.

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3. Mumbai, India

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India might have the reputation of being a country riddled with crime and terrorism but the results of both these surveys prove that the people here are honorable and ethical. Mumbai passed the wallet and the phone test triumphantly with 24 out of 30 phones returned safely and nine out of twelve wallets that were returned back as well. And you thought India was the least honest country to visit!

4. Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest is not just a gorgeous city on the outside but it also has a big, clean heart on the inside. Eight out of twelve wallets were returned back in the ‘wallet’ test that was randomly conducted here.

5. Toronto, Canada

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This Canadian metropolis came out shining in the ‘phone’ test. 28 out of 30 phones were rightfully returned in Toronto. The city is known for its high quality of life and contentedness of the citizens.

6. New York City, USA

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NYC maybe busy and bustling but it also has a big, honest conscience. Eight out of twelve wallets were honestly returned in the pilot survey in New York. In the phone test, only six phones out of thirty failed to return home in the Big Apple. Guess, it definitely is one of the most honest cities in the world!

7. Amsterdam

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Amsterdam and Moscow share the honor of returning seven out of twelve wallets that were randomly placed on busy streets. Despite being big, hectic cities, citizens of Amsterdam and Moscow found time to return the wallets to their rightful owners.

Surveys like these give us a ray of hope in the chaos, humdrum and daily struggles of living in a big metropolis. They prove that mankind, by nature is essentially honest and pious. Tell us about an instance where you have witnessed this in your own city and if you had a choice pick from the list of these most honest countries you'd like to holiday in someday!

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