‘Honesty’ is what most of the nations in the world lacks today. But, there are some cities where honesty still serves as the best policy. To find out the world’s most honest cities, Reader’s Digest conducted a global, social survey with “Lost Wallet” test in sixteen cities. As part of the survey, 192 wallets were placed in public places like parks, shopping malls and sidewalks. In each of the cities, 12 ‘lost’ wallets were placed along with a mobile number, a family photo, coupons, business cards and cash of around $50. Of the 192 wallets, around half were returned, but the outcomes varied from city to city. Here are the names of such cities which emerges as the honest, based on the study by Reader’s Digest magazine-
#1. Helsinki, Finland:
Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland is the world’s northernmost metro area with more than one million people. The city is Finland’s major political, educational, and financial center as well as one of the foremost cities in Northern Europe. The capital of Finland emerged as the most honest city in the world with eleven out of 12 wallets being returned to their owners in the Scandinavian city.
#2. Mumbai, India:
India’s financial and entertainment capital, Mumbai is one of the world’s most populous cities and also one among the top ten centres for commerce in terms of global financial flow. This commercial capital of India is now the second most honest city in the world with nine out of 12 wallets being handed over to their respective owners.
#3. Budapest (Hungary) and New York City (United States):
Budapest, the capital and largest city in Hungary and New York, the financial and cultural hub in United States are the two cities that come up in the third spot for world’s most honest cities. In these cities, out of the 12 lost wallets, 9 wallets were given back to the Reader’s digest team by those people who came across it.
#4. Moscow (Russia) and Amsterdam(Netherlands):
Moscow, the capital city and the most populous city of Russia is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia. Based on the ‘lost wallet test’ conducted by the Reader’s digest, this city with the highest number of billionaires in the world is one among the most honest cities, where seven out of 12 wallets were returned to their owners.
Amsterdam, the capital and the most populous city of the Netherlands has also been ranked in the fourth place.
#5. Berlin (Germany) and Ljubljana (Slovenia):
Berlin, the largest city in Germany offers high quality of living. It is also well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, contemporary arts and public transportation networks. German’s capital city ranked 5th in the honesty survey where out of the 12 wallets lost, 6 made it back to their owner.
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The city is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative centre of Slovenia. This city is also ranked as the 5th most honest city.
#6. London (England) and Warsaw (Poland):
London is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the capital city of England and a leading global city in the fields of arts, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, tourism and transport. This city has a diverse range of people and culture and over 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.
Warsaw, the capital and largest city of Poland, is a major international tourist destination and an important economic hub in Central Europe. Warsaw and London share the same rank, where out of the 12 wallets; only five wallets were handed over.
7.Bucharest (Romania) Rio de Janeiro(Brazil) and Zurich(Switzerland):
Bucharest, the largest city in Romania is the cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is located in the southeast of the country. Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania accounting for around 22.7 percent of the country’s GDP. It is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe.
Rio de Janeiro commonly referred to as Rio, is the second largest city of Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area approximately with 6.3 million people.
Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland is the leading global city and one of the world’s largest financial centres.
Based on the Reader’s digest survey, these cities are in the seventh spot with 4 wallets returned out of 12.
#8. Prague, Czech Republic:
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions like the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petrin hill. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 4.1 million international visitors annually. Just 3 wallets were returned out of the 12 in this city.
#9. Madrid, Spain:
Madrid, Capital of Spain is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. The city houses the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), belonging to the United Nations Organization (UN), the SEGIB, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), and the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB). Madrid is far behind in the list of most honest cities where its residents returned just 2 wallets out of the 12.
#10. Lisbon, Portugal:
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is one of the oldest cities in the world. Because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism, it is recognized as a global city. Lisbon is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector in Europe’s Atlantic coast. Among the surveyed nations, Lisbon has turned out to be the least honest city with only one wallet being returned to its owner.