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The safest countries in the world for a comfortable stay

Seljalandsfoss waterfall next to the motorway
© Fabio tomat / Shutterstock
“To travel is to live,” the famous Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once said. Anyone who has already managed to appreciate the charm of distant wanderings and unexpected discoveries is unlikely to argue with this statement. In turn, those who are still planning an exciting meeting with the unknown locations in different parts of the world, for sure, expect to experience only positive emotions. In order to accomplish this goal, the trip should be safe in every sense of the word. There is no doubt that once you arrive in some country, you do not expect to be in the center of any armed conflict, to catch an exotic ailment, or to lose all your savings in favor of local pickpockets. To avoid these situations, you should pay attention to the authoritative ranking of the safest countries in the world. It is recommended to do it in advance, and then start packing your bags!

Global Peace Index: 10 safest countries in the world

The Global Peace Index is an annual ranking of the safest countries, which is created by the Institute for Economics and Peace (Australia).

In order to compile it, experts assess the situation in 172 independent countries and territories.

To "pass a verdict" and assign a particular position to a country, 23 different indicators are used. At the same time, these indicators are grouped into categories. For instance, they include political instability, the possibility of terrorist attacks, the number of murders, and the level of social protection.

The list below provides information regarding the ten safest countries in the world from the Global Peace ranking. The lower the index, the more favorable the situation in the region is.

New Zealand sheep on a pasture in the mountains
Sheep in New Zealand © Leelakajonkij / Shutterstock
View of Auckland skyline at blue hour from St Marys Bay
Auckland © Winston Tan / Shutterstock

Iceland (1,072)

The "Land of Ice" fairly holds the leadership in this list for the twelfth year in a row and attracts tourists with completely extraordinary flora and fauna. More than 350 thousand people live in the country, consisting of the island of the same name, with an area of ​​more than 100 thousand km² and small nearby islets. It is here that people have the opportunity to safely walk across the streets without any fears at any time of the day. Iceland is often described as a country where people live in complete harmony with nature. This area is widely known due to a high level of development, attracting investment and migrants from neighboring countries.

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon © Bhushan Raj Timla / Shutterstock

New Zealand (1,221)

The country of Polynesia with a population of over 4 million people is traditionally famous for its beautiful beaches, steep hills, and fjords. Besides, the natural world of New Zealand is another interesting attraction of the country, as it is distinguished by a large number of endemics, including plants and birds. Nowadays, this land is occupied by law-abiding citizens, and there are no terrorist threats. Therefore, a serious crime is considered nonsense in this area. As a peaceful country, New Zealand prefers to remain neutral and does not get involved in interstate conflicts.
Wooden lighthouse on the island, and yachts
Lighthouse Akaroa © Nawit / Shutterstock

Portugal (1,274)

Located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, this country impresses tourists with natural beauty and historical attractions. Forests, valleys, and waterfalls are integral parts of the natural world of this country. There is a high level of security in Portugal, and the political situation is stable. Petty thefts can occasionally occur on the streets, although they are also associated mainly with migrants, and not with the local population.
Lisbon, Portugal skyline with Sao Jorge Castle
Sao Jorge Castle © TTstudio / Shutterstock

Austria (1,291)

It is a large country in Central Europe with a population of about 9 million people. In spite of such a considerable magnitude, peace and tranquillity prevail here. Vienna is the capital of the country. Visiting its dizzying architectural monuments is the dream of any traveler. Moreover, Austria has a low crime rate: there is the best indicator among European countries, which is decreasing by 1-1.5% every year.
Bridge over the Danube river in Linz
Nibelungen Bridge over the Danube river © emperorcosar / Shutterstock
Old town panorama
Linz city center © emperorcosar / Shutterstock

Denmark (1,316)

The Kingdom of Denmark regularly appears in the rankings of the happiest countries in the world. It also ranks first in terms of foreign trade turnover per capita. Today, about 6 million people live here in safety, prosperity, and comfort. There are many architectural monuments in Denmark, which date back to both the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. It is in this area that the action of Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" takes place. For example, the castles of the cities of Hillerød or Helsingör became widely-known due to this play.
Boats on the Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen
Evening Copenhagen © Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Canada (1,372)

It is the safest country in North America and the second-largest country in the world (after Russia). You can endlessly admire its beauty. Here, in the province of Alberta, people have the opportunity to enjoy the famous Banff National Park and Glacial Lake Louise. Furthermore, the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains attract tourists from all over the world.
Sunset and evening illumination of the city
Nanaimo city © karamysh / Shutterstock
Reflection of trees in the Kanisbay lake
Algonquin Park in Ontario © James William Smith / Shutterstock

Singapore (1,347)

This city-state, located on islands in Southeast Asia, was included in the top ten of the ranking quite recently. There are several reasons why it happened: stable economic growth; the presence of face recognition cameras on the streets, which offers the opportunity to identify criminals very quickly; large fines for disturbing public order; cleanliness in every corner of this city-state. As a result, it's safe and pleasant to be here.

The Supertree at Gardens by the Bay
Supertrees in Singapore park © Nattawat_SPhoto / Shutterstock
Panoramic view of Singapore cityscape
Skyscrapers Marina Bay © N_Sakarin / Shutterstock

Slovenia (1,355)

It is a highly developed, prosperous country where tourists can find the most beautiful castles and lakes in Europe. Tivoli Park, Ljubljana Castle, Alpine Lake Bled, and Predjama Castle — the names of these attractions alone can blow your mind, especially if you know what is hidden behind them. Slovenia is considered one of the safest countries in the world to live.
Aerial view of spruce forest in Pokljuka
Julian Alps © Stepo Dinaricus / Shutterstock
View of the beautiful Black Castle on Lake Blasko
Bled Castle with Lake Bled © ZGPhotography / Shutterstock

Japan (1,391)

The Land of the Rising Sun is a territory where polite people live, high technologies are developed, and a perfect transport system is created. It is the country where you can find Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle, and Nagoya Castle, as well as ancient Kyoto and shining Tokyo. The land of cherry blossoms is also characterized by a low crime rate (mainly petty theft). Therefore, it is often recognized as a safe place for tourists.
Women in traditional Japanese kimonos
Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto © Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock
Fuji in spring with Cherry Blossoms
Fujiyoshida, Chureito Pagoda © Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Czech Republic (1,375)

The Czech Republic with its luxurious capital Prague is tremendously popular among admirers of ancient architecture and exquisite entertainment. It ranks last in the ranking of the safest countries, as beggars, homeless people, and women of easy virtue are still often found on the streets here. However, there are no religious conflicts on the territory of this country. If you are a vigilant and tidy person, you are unlikely to spoil your vacation in the Czech Republic.

View of the romantic fairytale castle
Castle in Moravia © Martin Mecnarowski / Shutterstock

Ranking of the Swiss World Economic Forum

When assessing the well-being of certain regions for a traveler, it is impossible to ignore the World Economic Forum. This non-governmental organization in Switzerland compiles a rating of "friendly to tourists" countries every two years. What is meant in this case? First of all, it is taken into consideration the safety of movement on the streets during day and night, the level of infrastructure of beaches and hotels, and the development of transport. The WEF rating of the safest countries for tourists in the world is as follows:

  • 1. Spain
  • 2. France
  • 3. Germany
  • 4. Japan
  • 5. United Kingdom
  • 6. USA
  • 7. Australia
  • 8. Italy
  • 9. Canada
  • 10.Switzerland
  • 11. Hong Kong
  • 12. Austria
  • 13. Singapore
  • 14. Portugal
  • 15. China
Lavender field summer sunset landscape near Valensole. Provence
Lavender Field in Valensole © Fesus Robert / Shutterstock

Useful Notes:

Of course, you should follow basic safety rules during any trip, even in the most prosperous countries.

  • Be careful with your personal belongings (do not leave anything valuable in the hotel or dubious lockers) and avoid visiting the outskirts of the city at night.
  • Always carry documents and bank cards with you (it is better not to carry everything at once, as you will have something to live for in case of theft).
  • Do not enter into discussions on political and racial topics — you have come to rest, and not to decide the fate of the world. 
  • In order to take care of your health, always use health insurance (anything can happen away from home) and be sure to get the necessary vaccinations on time.