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CNN Travel ranks Jamaica third coolest nation


KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica rounded out the top three countries ranked among CNN Travel’s 14 coolest nationalities.

In an online post, CNN said there’s more to Jamaicans than reggae, including Rastafarianism, which it described as “the most kick-back religion ever invented”.

They noted that Jamaicans have “an accent that’s the envy of the English-speaking world and the planet’s most distinctive and recognisable hairstyle” — dreadlocks.

“Note to backpackers: dreadlocks only cool on actual Jamaicans,” CNN Travel mentioned.

They also dubbed sprint legend Usain Bolt as the “icon of cool”. However, they said what makes Jamaica “not so cool” are its “high murder rate and widespread homophobia”.

Taking the top spot was Brazil followed by Singapore.

The United States of America filled the number five spot behind Mongolia and were followed by Korea, Spain, Japan, Botswana, China, Australia, Nepal, Belgium, and Turkey.