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This Hilarious Poll Shows Which Countries Require the Most Personal Space

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 24 April 2017

If you live in a big city, there’s probably one thing you’ll cherish most of all: personal space. Whether you’re flicking through the morning newspaper on your commute, or if you’ve accidentally slammed your sweaty armpit into someone’s face on the subway, we’ve all invaded someone’s bubble once or twice. 

Students and researchers at the University of Wroclaw in Poland recently released a study on which countries require the most personal space. Basically, the study reveals the places where a peck on the cheek and a hug are embraced and places where if you even stare at someone on the subway you’re likely to be murdered (AKA London).

The results below show that Argentina is hands down the friendliest nation, with most people happy for you be within 76 cm of them.

Via The Independent

Via The Independent

Romania, on the other hand, topped the ‘excuse me, you’re invading my personal space’ poll, and would very much like you to refrain from stepping anywhere near them. You’ve been warned, do not go within a 139 cm radius of a Romanian’s personal space.

Surprisingly places like the UK, USA and China were quite happy for the occasional hug invasion, along with Russia, Slovakia and Peru.

So if you’re on your way to any of the above nations, just keep this funny poll in mind.

And just in case you’ve forgotten why personal space is so important, watch the viral vine below.


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