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Never a stranger. Which nationality is the closest to strangers?

If you ever traveled to Argentina or have an Argentinean acquaintance, you will notice that they are too “affectionate”. Greetings between friends are usually with hugs and kisses on the cheek. There is nothing shameful or daring about it for an Argentinean.
Surely, in many other countries, something similar happens. Until now, nothing out of the ordinary.

According to a research done by the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology with reasons to study the preferred interpersonal distance in global terms, he interviewed about 9,000 people from 42 different nations. This study arrived at the conclusion that the Argentineans are the ones who establish the least interpersonal distance.

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Top 10 nationalities with less interpersonal space.

This distance of 77 centimeters that the Argentineans put, is towards strangers. You will be amazed to know that in this study they also analyzed the distance they put towards the acquaintances, 60 centimeters and the people close to them, 41 centimeters.

However, not all nationalities put so little interpersonal space. Here are the nationalities that need more interpersonal space:


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Top 10 nationalities that need more inter-personal space.


Greeting a stranger with a hug or a kiss on the cheek is very common. The only exception to the rule is in a business meeting. Every day, Argentineans are very affectionate with their peers. So you know, if you visit Argentina, its people will make you feel like one more. As a real local.

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