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THE 10 SAFEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
Start planning your travel to these peaceful places.
Despite the world being full of messes in 2017—including in the travel sector—it actually managed to become safer overall, year over year. It’s still below levels from a decade ago, but improvement counts for something. But while world peace has fluctuated over time, one fact has remained constant: the same country has remained atop the rankings for the last decade.
Every year, the Institute for Economics and Peace, with help from the Economist Intelligence Unit, calculates the the Global Peace Index, which ranks 163 nations on “a country’s level of Negative Peace using three domains of peacefulness.” Those include ongoing domestic and international conflict; level of harmony or discord within a nation; and indicators related to militarization. Each domain accounts for a host of factors, such as weapon imports and political stability, to give each nation three scores that average for the overall composite, according to the index’s methodology.
Below you’ll find the full top 10 safest countries, along with each country’s score. Want to read the entire methodology and report in detail? You can find it on GPI’s website.
10. (tie) Ireland
The Republic of Ireland jumped from twelfth to tenth this year with a 1.408 overall score, netting its best marks for low political instability and political terror, and faring well in U.N. peacekeeping funding, among others, scoring a best-possible one out of five. Whether you’re just generally into beautiful places, or smaller islands specifically, the Emerald Isle has something for you.
10. (tie) Japan
Japan scored 1.408, getting high marks on the peace index for its low number of homicides and little access to weapons. Beyond safety, the country also makes it very easy for travelers to get around, with high-speed and even invisible trains part of a mission to double the number of visitors by 2020.
Switzerland’s famous neutrality works in its favor of its 1.373 peace index score, where the country was noted for its absence in both internal and external conflicts. That probably leaves it plenty of time to complete projects like the world’s longest and deepest tunnel.
Despite being larger than its neighbor to the south, Canada’s 1.371 score ranks much higher than the United States. Try visiting one the country’s most friendly cities or checking out Toronto on a stopover program.
While Slovenia has negligible terror activity and few internal conflicts, it does have a slightly higher than average police presence, which often makes visitors to the country feel safer, contributing to its 1.364 score. That’s good news for savvy travelers hoping to explore hidden European gems like Ljubljana and the Soca River valley.
The country that was home to the Velvet Revolution got 1.360 points for low per-capita military spending and relatively few acts of violent crime. Now, won’t you please start calling it Czechia?
Robert Frost wrote that “good fences make good neighbors,” and that’s true of Austria, whose neighbors (including Germany and the Czech Republic) also scored high on the index. Austria scored 1.265, getting points for low weapon imports and peaceful elections.
In 2016, Condé Nast Traveler declared Lisbon the most underrated city in Europe. The Global Peace Index only underlines that point: Portugal’s relative affordability and beauty combined with its safety score of 1.258 make it a must-visit.
2. New Zealand
New Zealand may be one of the world’s best destinations for gasp-inducing adventure travel, but you’re more likely to be shocked by stunning beach views than by internal conflict or violence, which led to the Kiwi’s score of 1.241.
For the tenth year in a row, Iceland tops the safety index. The Nordic nation scored low points for homicides, number of people in jail, and terror acts, earning a 1.111 overall. Another bonus: Being an island makes it somewhat harder to have border disputes. What more incentive do you need to jump in a thermal bath already?