11 Most Introverted Countries In The World

Networking, unexpected drop-ins, incessant phone calls, pesky get-togethers … many of us just aren’t cut out for so much social stimulation.

If you’re an introvert, you will understand how important it is to live in an environment in which you can thrive in.  I like to think of the introvert as a prickly, desert-hardy cactus, which can self-sufficiently survive in solitary landscapes.  But put the cactus in the middle of a bustling city, or in a chaotic office, and it will be over-watered, over-stimulated, and underdeveloped.

As introverts, we aint no sunflowers, wallflowers perhaps, but definitely not sunflowers.

If we can’t find the space to live happily and freely … well then what?  As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get … going, and the final option at the end of the day may well be going some place else.

So if you’ve ever considered emigrating to another country, a much quieter country, this article will be of use to you.

The following list of introvert-friendly countries is by no means definitive, and was compiled through research undertaken on a variety of forums and websites.  Every country has a mixture of introverts, ambiverts, and extroverts, so it’s unlikely that you’ll ever find an “introvert paradise” with 100% of the population introverted.  That’s just unrealistic.

You will however, find different cultures, customs and norms in each of the following countries that are perhaps better suited to the quiet, reserved person.

11 Of The Most Introverted Countries In The World

The following list is ordered alphabetically, and provides useful information on each introvert-friendly country for your disposal.  Enjoy!

Austria

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Photo by: Peperoni

Population:  8,414,638 (2011 Census).

Official Language:  German.

Capital:  Vienna.

Cool Attractions:  Melk Abbey, Vienna State Opera, Hohensalzburg Castle, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Innsbruck Altstadt, Schönbrunn Palace.

What people say:  “I’ve been to Austria a few times, beautiful country, introverted yes, friendly, not so much.” (city-data.com)

 

Belgium

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Photo by: Antonio Ponte

Population:  11,035,948 (2012 Census).

Official Language:  Dutch, French, German.

Capital:  Brussels.

Cool Attractions:  Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Liege, Spa, Namur, Mechelen, Hasselt, Dinant.

What people say:  “Of the nineteen or so countries I visited, perhaps the most profound experience was in the Flanders region of Belgium.  It was here I embraced the knowledge of how special it was to live as an introvert.” (nancyfenn.wordpress.com)

 

Czech Republic

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Photo by: Sina

Population:  10,436,560 (2011 Census).

Official Language: Czech.

Capital:  Prague.

Cool Attractions:  Prague Castle, Terezin, Concentration Camp, Cesky Krumlor, Konopiste Chateau, Karlovyvary.

What people say:  “In the USA I can get along, though too much “people time” makes me tired and edgy.  Here in Prague, though, my introvert nature can breathe an expand, as this is an introvert nation”.  (praguepies.blogspot.com.au)

 

Denmark

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Photo by: Nelson L.

Population:  5,602,536 (2013 Estimate).

Official Language:  Danish.

Capital:  Copenhagen.

Cool Attractions:  Tivoli Gardens, Legoland Billund, Tycho Brake Planetarium, Rosenborg Castle, The Little Mermaid.

What people say:  “(The Danish) are just not easy to know on a closer level.  I would say they are more private and keep to those they know well.”  (portal.foreignersindenmark.dk)

 

Estonia

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Photo by: Neil Howard

Population:  1,294,455 (2011 Census).

Official Language:  Estonian.

Capital:  Tallinn.

Cool Attractions:  Tallinn Zoo, Lahemaa National Park, Tartu, Parnu, Rouge, St. Mary’s Cathedral.

What people say:  “On average, Estonians are introverted and they do not show much emotion”.  (www.photologix.nl)

 

Finland

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Photo by: Antii Merivirta

Population:  5,421,827 (2012 Estimate).

Official Language:  Finnish, Swedish.

Capital:  Helsinki.

Cool Attractions:  Fortress of Suomenlinna, Power Park, Lapland, Rauma, Helsinki Cathedral, Mekaanisen Musiik in Museo.

What people say:  “Put two Finns in an elevator.  Neither of them says a word and they don’t feel uneasy at all.  There is mutual understanding between them that they didn’t have to start small talk”.  (www.wrongplanet.net)

 

Iceland

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Photo by: Moyan Brenn

Population:  321,857 (2013 Estimate).

Official Language:  Icelandic.

Capital:  Reykjavik.

Cool Attractions:  Gullfloss Waterfall, The Blue Lagoon, Geysir Hot Springs, Vatnajokull National Park, Lake Myvatn.

What people say:  Iceland has a whole section of a social networking site dedicated to Icelandic introverts and shy singles.  Enough said.

 

Japan

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Photo by: Alejandro

Population:  128,056,026 (2010 Census).

Official Language:  Japanese.

Capital:  Tokyo.

Cool Attractions:  Mount Fuji, Great Buddha of Kamakura, Golden Pavilion, Disneyland, Imperial Palace, Hiroshima, Universal Studios.

What people say:  “But at some point it hit me: I’m an introvert and Japan is a country that rewards introverted behaviour.  Suddenly I knew why I never felt very comfortable in the US, where extroverted behaviour is praised … I have often said that if I were going to design my own country, it would resemble Japan”.  (bungotaketa.wordpress.com)

 

Latvia

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Photo by: Graham

Population:  2,970,371 (2011 Census).

Official Language:  Latvian.

Capital:  Riga.

Cool Attractions:  Siguida Castle, Venta Waterfall, Pedvale Open-Air Museum, Aglona Basilica, Rundale Palace and Museum.

What people say:  “… people here are introvert(ed) and communicate inside their close circle of friends”.  (integration.lv)

 

Sweden

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Photo by: Claudio.Ar

Population:  9,555,893 (2012 Census).

Official Language:  Swedish.

Capital:  Stockholm.

Cool Attractions:  Liseberg Funpark, Slottet Castle, Carl Larsson-Garden, Foteville Viking Reserve, Domkyrkan Cathedral, ABBA:The Museum.

What people say:  “... social relationships are particularly problematic among Swedes.  This may manifest itself as communication apprehension, reservedness, desire for social autonomy, positive attitudes towards loneliness, and strict boundaries between private and public life“.  (www.nordicway.com)

 

Switzerland

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Photo by: Francisco Antunes

Population:  7,954,700 (2011 Census).

Official Language:  German, French, Italian, Romansh.

Capital:  Bern.

Cool Attractions:  Lake Geneva, Swiss Alps, Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory, Zurich, Interlaken, Lucerne.

What people say:  “Switzerland’s type is much more introverted, inward, private.  Few Swiss, for example, entertain others in their homes.  Where an introvert in America is the “odd man out”, in Switzerland the introvert is the norm“.  (jungiancenter.org)

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You may also like to check out Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, South Korea, Luxembourg, Germany and China as potential introvert-friendly cultures.  Also, if you have any suggestions, or positive and negative experiences while travelling to any of these countries, please feel free to share below!

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  • Kerosin

    Really surprised to find Austria in this list! In my opinion Austria is more of an ambivert country. It`s somewhere between the (generally speaking) outgoing social behaviour of southern Europeans and the really introvert social behaviour of northern Europeans.
    Anyhow, I noticed some mistakes in the Cool Attractions list: Hofburg Imperial Castle, Innsbruck Altstadt, Schönbrunn Palace.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thanks for your input Kerosin! It’s hard to definitively know what is an introverted, ambiverted or extroverted country, so you can only judge by word of mouth.
      Also, I appreciate the corrections, I have edited the post. ;)

  • Deschutes Maple

    As an American living in Czech Republic I can only confirm that it is an inward, introverted country. It is very difficult to make friends here, the natives are so closed. The introversion is so extreme that Czechs will walk right into you as if you did not exist on the sidewalk, or in the tram. They seem to be in their own autistic ‘bubble’ of sorts, defiantly refusing to acknowledge the other. It’s really not a good way to be.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Sounds as though you don’t like living in the Czevh Republic Deschutes – but thank you for confirming that with us! How strange that one culture can differ so extremely from another!

  • Barbara Fuentes

    I live in South Korea–not an introverted country! No sense of personal space, little sense of privacy, and a fondness for loud expressions of emotion. Wonderful caring and mostly friendly people, but not introverts.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thank you for clearing that up for us @barbarafuentes:disqus. It’s difficult to truly know what a country is like unless you live there for a while! Otherwise it is all speculation and assumption.

  • ian

    I’ve been staying in Singapore for 4 years. It’s quite introverted too. And for that I like it here.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Should have added Singapore to the list :) I stopped quickly in Singapore on my way to Spain and took a short tour around the city (so humid!). Everyone seemed to keep to themselves, which I liked.

      Thank you for reading!

      -Luna

  • Michael

    Ow, I like this website.
    I’m certainly, sure a Lone Wolf.
    Like to read much, much more of your website.

    Greetings and Love from the very, very introvert country :-( The Netherlands

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thank you Michael! It’s exciting to hear from such a great array of introvert from around the world. :)

      I hope you find other useful and inspiring material here!

      -Luna

  • Julio

    As a Finn myself I cannot help identifying to this article. There exists many proofs to support the Finland section, as well as Japan. Not really sure if Germany or Sweden are ‘introvert countries’, but more like ‘ambivert’ countries.
    Nevertheless a intriguing article!

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thank you for the validation Julio :). I think Finland is definitely on my “to visit” list now!

      -Luna

  • Ayur Veda

    I wouldn’t say, that Czech Republic is so introverted country. People there love communicate with glass of beer)))

    • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

      Thanks Ayur Veda. :) I’m sure some of them do.

      -Luna

  • Vanessa @ Green Global Travel

    Interesting list of countries! I’m an introvert myself and felt more at ease in a way after the initial culture shock of visiting Germany. Most of Europe it seems just doesn’t have talking to strangers as something normal, and you’re right, it seems rewarded in the US to be really sociable and always out there. Though, it definitely makes it harder to make friends abroad when everyone is generally more private!

    • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

      If making friends abroad is your objective, then I’m sure there are countless other countries to accomplish that (Spain, Italy, Australia, Brazil etc.)! Strange how social customs vary so drastically from culture to culture! Thanks for reading Vanessa,

      -Luna

  • Kyle

    Any ENGLISH speaking countries fit the bill please? I only speak the one language. I am from Australia, NOT much of a place for the introverted!

    • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

      Kyle, I live in Western Australia at the moment, so I can definitely understand where you’re coming from. :)

      I’ve heard that Britain tends to edge towards to introverted a lot more than Australia. Most European countries speak English as well by the way, so migrating to these countries won’t exactly be like dropping into a completely different planet.

      Thanks for reading,

      -Luna

      • Jonathan

        What about New Zealand, I’ve heard that’s kind of a quiet place that might be good for introverts.

        • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

          I’ve never been to New Zealand personally, and haven’t heard that it’s introverted (I’d say it’s like Australia most likely: ambiverted, and edging towards extroverted).

    • hrmrmrmrm

      English is a fairly popular 2nd language

  • Kassy

    It would be interesting to know…. not so much what countries have the most introverts, but the happiest introverts. And further still, the country with the most happiest empath and feeling introverts, as we have different needs then the more isolating introverts as we need a small group of people who are deeply connected to us but are considerate of our introversion when we do need quiet personal time to recharge. Oh….. where is that country?

    • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

      Kassy, that would make a really unique and interesting article. Perhaps there is a way for me to find this out? I’m not sure. But you’ve certainly piqued my interest to look into this further!
      Many thanks for reading :).
      -L

  • Vesa Routamaa

    The question is not so simple. It depends if we are talking about extravert/introvert or extrovert/introvert. For example, US managers are more introvert than Finnish or even Chinese managers. US people may be extrovert because they have learned small talk that doesn’t mean being (necessarily) extravert. Additionally, inside countries, e.g. in USA, there are many cultures, which may differ a lot in terms of introversion and extraversion. For example, I suppose there are races and religious sects (e.g. in USA) that are very serious and introvert. According to my experience, for example Swedish people are quite extravert and still more extrovert. And Finnish people who are not very talkative are more Interested in people and things in the world around them than, for example, US people who are mostly living and staying in their own states and speaking only one language. Etc.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Hello Vesa, thank you for your thoughts. It really does depend on what you define as ‘extroverted’ and ‘introverted’. Although definitions of each word to slighty vary, basically my understanding is that an introverted culture is one that is reserved, private, polite, quiet and modest. The definition of extroversion differs as well, but general refers to a collective of people who are gregarious, loud, outspoken, sociable and ostentatious.

  • Will

    Great article, and you’ll notice that most of those countries are well run, organised and more egalitarian.

    As someone who’s half Norwegian through my mother, I think you’ve missed out Norway from this list, making it 12?

    Two of the key nationally prized characteristics in Norway are modesty and caution..one of the national sayings is one can’t just sleep out under the apple tree at night..basically, in a colder climate one would die of hypothermia without careful planning and preparation.

    Downsides of introverted countries are parochialism and depression, introverts are more prone to this, I understand.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Thank you Will for your addition. Being part Norwegian myself, I’ve always wondered what Norway was like, and now that I hear it’s a fairly introverted place, I think I may have just discovered my calling! Many thanks for making this addition!

  • Haley

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the post specifically, but I just wanted to comment somewhere that this site is amazing. I can’t believe I’ve only just found it today. I’m sure you hear it all the time but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t tell you, right? haha. It’s just so nice to find a place that you can really relate to! A place that even celebrates being anything other than perfectly outgoing and sociable.

    I am not introverted, but I do have social anxiety, and those two separate conditions can overlap to some extent and cause similar distress in the company of people who are anxiety-free or very extroverted.

    A site like this really gives me hope and makes me feel more accepted. So thank you! Wonderful writing :)

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Haley, thank you for your comment, it’s very much appreciated! It’s very rewarding for a blogger like me to read such comments as yours, so thank you for going out of your way to share what you feel. With love, A.L

  • http://elementalwellnesssolutions.com Dana

    Thanks for the article Luna. I live in the Northeastern U.S. and would love to move somewhere with a slower pace. It’s all ” Keep your nose to the grindstone!” And “No pain, no gain!” here, which can be really tiring and honestly….annoying! My partner says that I should just make the best of it and suck it up -In your typical U.S. of A. fashion!- While there are things that I like, I just can’t shake the feeling that there is a place out there that would fit me better. Where I’m from, not many people move away and definitely haven’t lived abroad. I think you really get to know yourself and what you want through travel. There’s a whole big world out there with places and people that are completely different from each other. Here’s to finding a quiet, calm herd. :)

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Dana, I can empathize with that feeling. I usually live in western Australia (but am currently abroad), and while the people are down-to-earth, they are quite extroverted, and the culture heavily revolves around alcohol and football (of which I feel like an eternal outsider within). Travelling, most definitely, is one of the best ways to open your eyes to new possibilities, new ways of life, and new cultures. At the end of the day, your life is of your own making, so if you feel burdened living in the environment you reside in, you may benefit from taking a big lunge across the other side of the world. I’m currently travelling and I have discovered that the experience gives you a lot of time to think about your life, and what you want it to look like and feel like. But at the end of the day, in my own personal experience, travelling doesn’t change who you are deep inside, in fact, you bring yourself wherever you choose to travel or escape to. So perhaps you would benefit from some solitary time on your own? Travelling enslaves you in that it forces you to blow big portions of money that would otherwise benefit you in the long run (e.g. early retirement, financial freedom). I hope these thoughts help. :) -L

  • gjdagis

    I spent an entire month in Lithuania in 2008. I found the people very friendly and helpful whenever I approached them for any reason. They seemed very happy to engage, especially when I tried to speak a few words of the language. They mind their own business (don’t INITIATE interactions that much), but ALSO don’t get into other peoples’ business like they do in the United States. That’s not “introverted” that’s showing other people respect and allowing others their own space.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Gjdagis, thank you for sharing some of your experience. Sounds as though the Lithuanians are quite a reserved collective of people. Not initiating interactions, and minding ones own business is usually thought of as an introverted characteristic. But we all have our own unique opinions and perspectives. Thank you for having a read. :)

  • Tess

    I used to live in Switzerland; WTF am i doing here?

  • Richard.

    I’m a hermit on my own woodland in UK.Feel threatened 24/7 by human predation.

    • Tess

      can i come and share your space?

  • Stella

    Interesting, though as an introvert, I find it good not to just hang around others who are exactly like me. I need my extrovert friends to add spice to life. These places, frankly, sound depressing.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Thank you for reading Stella. I appreciate your perspective. At the end of the day I suppose our personal taste in environments really depends on our personalities and the experiences we’ve accumulated in life. While some people enjoy a balance of introversion and extroversion, others prefer the solace of quiet environments (which other people will find ‘depressing’). Thanks for the comment. :)

    • Tess

      where do you live?

      • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

        Me? Normally in Western Australia, but for the next few months in Andalucia, Spain.

  • WHO

    All are beautiful places as well. I’ve always kind of been attracted towards the Nordic type countries and especially Sweden and Finland. Love mountains and the water and beauty.
    I would not say I am an extreme introvert. I can pretty much talk to anybody. I just prefer my quiet life with my husband (who is aspie and “tries to be more social” (which I don’t even want him to try to be something he isn’t)).
    I like keeping things fairly simple and don’t want huge circles of friends. I have a hard time building trust, which is probably a big part of my introversion.
    I will always kind of lust over the thought of living abroad in a quieter more humble place :)
    Thank you for sharing this list.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Thanks WHO! I was interested to discover that many European and Nordic countries share similar traits. It seems the colder the country, the more introverted. The hotter the country, the more extroverted (broadly speaking). Think of hotter countries like Africa, the Americas and Australia – these are far more extroverted on average than chillier countries like Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. Many thanks for reading!

      • Maggie Mapring Duangthip

        I agree with you, the colder the country, the more introverted. The hotter the country, the more extroverted. I’m from Thailand and I’ve been in Europe and I didn’t make many friends.

    • Tess

      I live in mountains, lakes and beauty here in the Eastern Sierra, California, but I yearn to be elsewhere…grass is always greener, eh?

      • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

        Hi Tess :) Yes, unfortunately it’s in our nature to yearn for more and more, rather than to be content with what we have. Amazing how quickly we can take the beauty of our surroundings for granted! I’ve spent 5 weeks in Europe so far and I catch myself yearning for something more, until I remind myself of everything that is to be found in the present moment. Sometimes I feel that our minds are like demanding 2 year olds, always running here and there for stimulation! Thanks for reading. -L

  • Iqbal

    Nice article as usual Luna. Well, i can’t agree no more about the countries you have listed and many of them are in Europe. It was my dream to go to these countries with a camera and a tape recorder. learning about their cultures, habits and else. I hope it’s still the way it is when i’ve got enough money so i can go there. hehe
    Just one problem, How do we, as introvert people, deal with strangers? any tips?

    By the way, i missed the way this comment used Disqus thing. This way, it’s a little bit complicated to comment the articles. :)
    Hope you always in a good condition, Luna ~:D

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Nice to hear from you again Iqbal! I’m glad you enjoyed this article. At the moment I’m staying in Europe, and I must say that although it’s stimulating and interesting, it really doesn’t change you that much inside (and not to mention the amount of money that is blown to spend a few months over here!)

      The best way I have found of dealing with strangers is to take genuine interest in them. Be curious about them, their experiences, their perspectives, and this will reflect in your conversations and interactions with them (making them flow a lot more smoothly). It’s also a good idea to treat all people you come in contact with, no matter how young or old, as equals. When you treat another human being as an equal, you speak on the same level and you approach them as you would approach anyone else. In the past I have found that I have been awkward and fearful in conversations due to my error of giving other people more worth than myself. These are a couple of techniques you could use to make it easier to talk to strangers: remember, they are just people like yourself.

      I liked the Disqus commenting system a lot as well … though recently Sol and I have had to replace it temporarily because it has been taking up too much space on our server (resulting in this site going down multiple times). Hopefully in the future we will be able to get the old one back again!

      All the best to you Iqbal! -Luna

      • Iqbal

        Yes. I’m little bit busy, must face some exams ahead so i barely can visit this site. :(
        i know, i know how much it costs (perhaps) haha. it’s enough to empty the savings :D

        Thank you for the tips Luna. When the time comes, i’ll do it. I can’t wait for travelling!

        Ah, i didn’t see that coming Luna. well, if this way of comment is the best one, it’s okay. No problem :)

        • Tess

          Nice to see ‘travelling’ spelled correctly! Are you a Brit? I am a Brit abroad (in US of E=extroversion) and long for Europe…

          • Raj

            Haha im Australian its too extroverted here what would u say is the most introverted Country.. Japan?…