10 Most Introverted Countries And Cultures That Value Introversion

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It may be hard to believe, but not all countries in our world favor the extroverted way of going about life. There are quite a few introverted countries and cultures that value introversion and appreciate quiet individuals. 

Imagine living in a country where people don’t expect you to verbally express your interest in the weather, spend your college nights partying, or worst- be enthusiastic in the workplace.

You get the idea, no need to spam you with social standards now.

I think any introvert fancies the idea of living in an introvert-friendly country where they can be themselves. Simple as that, right? Oh, but Life is not that simple.  Nonetheless, a summer solo trip to one of these most introverted countries can be enough for an introvert to recharge their social battery.  


10 Most Introverted Countries And Cultures That Value Introversion


1. Japan 

So Japan is unique. On one hand, Japanese culture is introverted. You can’t go around meddling in everyone’s business and not be frowned at.

Poeple there tend to be super focused and literally mind their own business. That means that they don’t really care about public curtsey or striking up a conversation with a stranger next to you at the bus stop or on the train. Trains in Tokyo can be packed with people, yet you hear nothing but sweet silence inside. Crazy.

An island country the size of California with a population of 125 million (2020) living in harmony can only be described as introverted. 

On the other hand though, when you interact with Japanese people as individuals you’ll quickly notice that most of them are outgoing and not so much introverted.

People there can party and drink hard at night, yet they would wake up at 6 am and head to work like it’s nobody’s business.  So basically you’re free to behave however you want as long as you’re respectful. Your introverted tendencies can be much more appreciated in Japan than in any western country. 

2. Finland

The core feature in Finnish culture when socializing is negative politeness. This means that the Finns find it impolite to do unnecessary things just for the sake of being sociable. 

An online Finn friend of mine explained that in Finland, being civilized means you have to give others their personal space, don’t stick up small talk, and keep to your inner circle. 

It’s also common for people in Finland to have quiet conversations that are interrupted by pauses. It’s like awkward silence is not a thing in Finland.

Finns are also described by foreigners as shy (which is often related to introversion). There’s an old joke about how the Finns express affection to one another and it goes this way: “How can you tell if a Finn likes you? He’s staring at your shoes instead of his own”. This is cute.

They’re also very humble. Finnish society probably encourages this quality because of the Lutheran culture that promotes hard work and obedience.

The culture in Finland is no doubt one of introversion, and It’s definitely on my bucket list.

3. Sweden

Sweden has a quiet atmosphere that would align with our introverted lifestyle. Doing my research, I found it mentioned several times that the Swedish culture is very respectful of personal bubbles and that it’s the right place to live happily and successfully “without being the outgoing, partying football player type”.

Sweden is also a place where public expression of one’s own beliefs is not so much valued. Swedes are quite reserved, so not pushing your opinions on others and keeping to yourself is seen as a sign of humility there.

Just keep in mind that it can be a bit hard to make friends if you are looking for ones there while traveling. But it’s still a generalized POV. People of course are not all the same. 

4. Lituania 

Lituania is actually the most introverted country in the world based on the popular 16 Personalities aggregate test results.

Lithuanians as individuals are often described by ex-pats as reserved but not unfriendly, rational, and introverted. You will definitely fit in if you’re a calm and quiet person.

People there regard quietness as a very appreciated quality only wise people possess, so you can see how an introvert may find Lituania as his heaven when you consider its green spacious lands, cold outside / cozy indoor atmosphere, and the nature of its people.

5. Switzerland

Oh, I love Switzerland! It has always been a wish of mine to visit this beautiful country in the winter, and my wish grew even stronger after reading Chanta’s article about how leaving the US for a job in Switzerland helped her ditch the extrovert facade and go back to her introverted nature.

In her article she described her workplace as” wonderful for someone like me: you never had to make small talk—no one in Swiss culture made small talk. And if you acted overly excited about almost anything work-wise or even not work-wise, the Swiss put you in your place. No one played ping-pong; there was no ping-pong. Productivity was rewarded—wasting time being a cheerleader was not.”

She talked also about Swiss poeple and I quote ” Swiss valued quiet—it was reflected in the country’s hiking obsession—over 60,000 kilometers of trails crisscrossed the tiny country and if you weren’t enjoying their solitude every Sunday, you were culturally amiss. Reserved and contemplative, the Swiss didn’t even smile at each other when passing by on the street—which, thanks to my initial fake extroversion, I had to learn the hard way. Loud enthusiasm had no place in Switzerland—unless you happened to be a church bell.” 

The way I see it, Switzerland is the ultimate heaven for introverts.

  1. Canada

I was pleasantly surprised to personally find that Canada is one of the best countries for introverts. Being a country full of immigrants like the US, I always thought I’ll find it hard to enjoy a solo trip there. But boy was I wrong!

Canadians are known for being polite and respectful, which makes it easy for introverts like me to feel comfortable and relaxed.

One thing I love about Canada is the vast, open spaces that allow you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you prefer hiking in the mountains or kayaking in a quiet lake, there’s plenty of nature to explore and enjoy.

Canadians are also very welcoming and friendly, but they respect personal space and privacy, which is a plus for introverts like me. I never felt pressured to engage in small talk or forced interactions, which was a breath of fresh air.

  1. Norway

Norway is known for its stunning natural beauty. I found the peace and tranquility of the country to be a perfect match for my personality. With its fjords, mountains, and glaciers, Norway is an ideal destination for introverts who enjoy the solitude of nature.

Norwegians are generally reserved and polite, they’ll respect your personal space and boundaries. They tend to avoid small talk and prefer to get straight to the point, and that made me prolong my stay there because I simply appreciate honesty and efficiency when dealing with strangers.

  1. Denmark

Denmark is another country that’s often ranked as one of the best countries for introverts. The Danish culture places a high value on privacy and personal space, which is perfect for introverts who need time to recharge and reflect.

I loved exploring Copenhagen, which is a city that’s both vibrant and peaceful. Danes are generally friendly and welcoming. I felt comfortable and at ease throughout my 6 days stay there and I definitely plan on vising again.

  1. Iceland

Iceland is a breathtakingly beautiful country that’s perfect for introverts who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. With its hot springs, glaciers, and waterfalls, Iceland is a nature lover’s paradise, and the quiet solitude of the country is the perfect fit for introverts who need time to recharge.

Icelanders are generally quiet and reserved, but they’re also friendly and welcoming. I appreciated the peacefulness of the country, and I never felt pressured to engage in small talk or forced interactions.

  1. Poland

Poland is a country that’s often overlooked by tourists, I went there because a friend invited me and I’m really happy I did!

I found it to be one of the most introverted countries in the world (LOL). Polish people tend to be reserved and polite, and introverted me actually had a hard time talking to the people there! it felt like I’m an extrovert around them!

I loved exploring Poland’s historic cities and charming villages, which were both peaceful and full of character. Whether I was strolling through a park or visiting a museum, I never felt overwhelmed or overstimulated, which is a plus for introverts like me.


What country is best for introverts?

According to the article, the best countries for introverts are generally those with cultures that value solitude, personal space, and quietness. Some examples of countries that are considered good for introverts are Finland, Sweden, Japan, and Canada.

Where do most introverts live?

It is difficult to determine exactly where most introverts live, as introversion is a personality trait that can be found in individuals all over the world. However, some countries are often cited as being more introverted than others, such as Finland, Sweden, Japan, and Canada.

What is the shyest country in the world?

It is difficult to determine the shyest country in the world, as shyness and introversion are not the same thing. However, some countries with cultures that tend to be more reserved and private, such as South Korea, may be considered among the shyest.

Which countries are the most extroverted?

According to the article, some countries that are generally considered more extroverted are those with cultures that value socializing, being outgoing, and being expressive. Some examples of countries that are often cited as being more extroverted are Brazil, Italy, Spain, and the United States.

Last words… 

Even for a social or an outgoing introvert, living in an extroverted country like the united states can be draining at some point in their life.

Introverts are pressed to be more, do more, and talk more for them to be socially accepted in Western culture.

So it’s a relief to know that there are some countries and cultures that actually value introverted tendencies and normalize solitary activities. And even though what’s written here on these countries is generalized, they still count in my introverted opinion as major factors to consider when looking for places to visit.

Hope this article was helpful, and as always; any feedback is very much appreciated!

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Sarra is a behavioral science student and HS science teacher ( also a cat mom! ) who obsesses over typing people but can't seem to type her own self. Let's just say that for the time being, she's a cross between an INFJ and INFP!

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