Dublin has been voted one of the friendliest cities on the planet by an influential travel magazine.
Readers of Conde Nast Traveller ranked the Irish capital fifth in its top 10 of the world's most welcoming urban destinations.
Rising eight places from the 13th most friendly city last year, it shares the position in the popularity stakes with Sydney, Australia.
The top spots included Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Victoria, Canada, and Charleston in South Carolina, US.
Only two European cities made it into the top 10 – the other being Seville in Spain – compiled from the findings of the magazine's readers choice survey.
Dublin is described as a "vibrant city" and, in a nod to its literary fame, as a "bibliophile's dream". It was also noted for being "green, lush and very walkable" and "the kind of place you stop in for a drink in a local pub, only to end up chatting with the locals for the next five hours".