16 Major World Cities, Ranked From Most To Least Honest

Reporters at Readers Digest “lost” their wallets in cities around the world and kept track of how many were returned to them in each. The results might surprise you.

The Readers Digest experiment:


Twelve wallets were left in plain view “in parks, near shopping malls, and on sidewalks” in each of these cities. According to the Readers Digest report, every wallet contained “a name with a cellphone number, a family photo, coupons, and business cards, plus the equivalent of $50.” Below are the cities, ranked by the number of returned wallets.

1. Helsinki, Finland: 11 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Well done! Turns out nice guys don’t finish last, after all… They Finnish first!

2. Mumbai, India: 9 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Nice job, Mumbai! You’re the bomb! Or should I say… You’re the Bombay!

3. Budapest, Hungary: 8 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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You’re the best, Hungary! The BudaBEST!

4. New York City, U.S.A.: 8 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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“NYC” is just another way to spell “nice,” huh? Way to go!

5. Moscow, Russia: 7 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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I don’t wanna rush ya, Russia, but next time you should Putin a little more effort!

6. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: 7 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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AmsterDAMN that’s mediocre!

7. Berlin, Germany: 6 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Umm… BerLAME!

8. Ljubljana, Slovenia: 6 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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SloveniYEAH? More like SloveniNO.

9. London, England: 5 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Come on, London, that was a royal fail!

10. Warsaw, Poland: 5 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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We all WarSAW what you did there… Very little.

11. Bucharest, Romania: 4 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Way to put the “booooo” in Bucharest.

12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 4 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Now that’s just Rio de JaneiWRONG.

13. Zurich, Switzerland: 4 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Eight more people just put the “rich” in Zurich, huh?

14. Prague, Czech Republic: 3 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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You’d all better Czech your pockets!

15. Madrid, Spain: 2 out of 12 wallets were returned.

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Uffff, what a Spainful situation!

16. Lisbon, Portugal: 1 out of 12 wallets was returned.

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PortuGEEEEZ that’s bad. Better luck next time, guys.

See the complete Readers Digest report here.

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