Most-Visited Countries by the British

Name the countries that are visited by the greatest number of United Kingdom residents.
For the year 2015. source
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Last updated: March 10, 2017
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Thousands
Country
11,440
Spain
6,156
France
2,459
Italy
2,270
United States
2,114
Portugal
Thousands
Country
2,071
Greece
1,506
Netherlands
1,194
Turkey
1,112
Ireland
1,016
Germany
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Level 78
Mar 11, 2017
Too easy, not as interesting as USA and Canada.
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Level 70
Mar 11, 2017
Good quiz, didn't get Turkey (like a poor American's Thanksgiving)
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Level 78
Jul 29, 2017
Lol. But to set the record straight, not all Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Two of our family members can't eat turkey because it triggers migraines so we usually serve roast chicken or pork, (along with cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, of course!)
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Level 82
Oct 18, 2018
ander, I want to go to Thanksgiving at your house. Turkey is so overrated.
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Level 49
Sep 25, 2020
I have been a vegetarian for eight years now and before I did I always considered turkey to be too dry of a meat, chicken was better. And in case you are wondering - no I do not miss any meat at all, never have. lol
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Level 68
Oct 30, 2020
It is quite refreshing for a vegetarian to let it be known that they are a vegetarian.
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Level 28
Apr 15, 2021
I'm American as well, and since barely anyone in my family likes turkey, we usually eat corn beef instead for Thanksgiving.
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Level 56
Mar 24, 2017
The number of people going to the countries seems really low, though i don't know in which period of time they are. Also no tropical countries like Thailand that are otherwise quite popular tourist destinations, only european. Are you sure everything is correct in this? It all just seems so strange
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Level ∞
Mar 24, 2017
Yes, the quiz is correct. See the column header: "Thousands".
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Level 38
Jun 28, 2017
I'm speculating, but I think due to the proximity of the countries on the list to Britain compared with tropical countries like Thailand, flights are considerably cheaper and therefore more Brits can afford to go, and probably more regularly...
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Level 70
Jul 29, 2017
Bet it took a while to reason that out
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Level 38
Jul 29, 2017
Haha it does seem obvious, but Robin clearly demonstrated a need for that explanation. I appreciate your sarcastic input though!
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Level 81
Jul 31, 2017
Thailand is quite far away. but the list is still dominated by countries that are much sunnier than the UK. Spain (Tenerife, Costa del Sol, Barcelona, Majorca, Ibiza being top destinations), France (French Riviera), Italy (Rome, Naples, Sicily), Portugal, Greece, Turkey (Antalya being the popular destination)... Brits obviously like sun. I'm betting Thailand isn't too far down the list, either.
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Level 58
Jul 31, 2017
We do like the sun, but a lot of those places come with interesting history and culture, so for those of us who like those sorts of things, it's win win!
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Level 46
Jul 20, 2020
as a brit i don't think thailand is far down lots of brits wanna go but flights are expensive. And yes i can confirm most brits looove the sun. I can imagine next are thailand,cyprus and australia (a dream for the majority here). Also you forgot arguabilly the most popular destination for brits Benidorm (aka little britian)
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Level 65
Apr 20, 2017
Thanks for the easy points :-)
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Level 71
May 13, 2017
Does Switzerland get more Chinese tourists than British tourists?
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Level 48
Jul 29, 2017
And I forgot Ireland...
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Level 42
Jul 29, 2017
Wow, I was fast. 1:27 left
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Level 28
Jul 29, 2017
Completely forgot about Ireland but got all the others xD
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2017
Ditto. HTF did i forget Ireland!?!?
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Level 26
Jul 29, 2017
Looked and the comments and felt better cause I thought i was the only one who forgot Ireland
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Level 67
Jul 29, 2017
Wow, the Brits really don't like to travel too far, do they?
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Level 73
Jul 31, 2017
You'd find a similar pattern for most countries

Majority of short term tourists go to the nearest warm resort areas

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Level 54
Oct 9, 2020
Neither do Americans. Only a million less Brits travel to the USA than vice versa. As a percentage of population, we're much more likely to travel further.
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Level 68
Oct 30, 2020
You will have read - and you will probably have used as a punchline or explanatory prop for American parochialism - the fact that “the majority of Americans do not have passports”. This is true. The US State Department estimates that 42 per cent of the population possess one.
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Level 39
Jul 29, 2017
15 seconds to spare, I was thinking what other countries are closest to the UK... IRELAND!
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Level 50
Jul 30, 2017
Can't believe USA is ahead of Australia!! Just about everyone I know has been to Australia
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Level 74
Jan 9, 2019
US is half the sitting time and a quarter of the price.
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Level 36
Jul 31, 2017
thought that ireland might be number 1 as they are neighbours and its like an opporturnity to visit it in like 2 days or smth
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Level 83
Aug 8, 2018
i'd suggest they had missed out the northern irish who cross the border to go shopping/go to work etc and go back but it's probably not recorded anywhere. The note says UK residents which should include them as well I suppose.
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Level 50
Aug 24, 2019
On other quizzes like this one it only counts overnight stays, so that might explain the lower numbers for Ireland. And of course, as you say, there isn't really any data on people crossing from north to south.
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Level 57
Jun 14, 2020
Ireland doesn’t have 30 degree weather
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Level 63
Jul 31, 2017
Easy..... 1:33 left Please do more quizzes like this XD
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Level 53
Feb 20, 2018
what about Cyprus.
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Level 68
Oct 30, 2020
Too far away; it's Asia FFS.
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Level 16
Apr 8, 2019
i have a confession to make, i cheated from the comments. as always
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Level 36
Apr 8, 2020
same, always cheating
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Level 52
Apr 8, 2020
The reason I got Turkey and Greece is because I remembered the lyric from Yakko's world.
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2020
I've always wondered why the Czech Republic is usually so low on these types of quizzes, considering Prague is so well known in the fashion world. I guess I expected Londoners to travel there more
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Level 34
Jan 8, 2021
I would of thought France would be the highest seeming as its only 1hour away from Dover and think of how many lorries there are
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Level 72
Mar 1, 2021
I kind of expected Belgium and Canada here