For many of us living in Asia, safety is a concern. Save for Singapore, the rest of the Southeast Asian countries have a certain degree of crime and security issues that we would not call our countries safe.
So, for many families and millennials looking to start a family, this continues to pose as a problem. We seek to move to safer countries.
According to the Global Peace Index, these are the top 10 safest countries in the world to live in:
The Eastern European country borders Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, all of which have high levels of peace. Slovenia also has a higher than average police presence, giving its citizens a sense of peace.
No surprise that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. You could leave a shopping bag on a random street somewhere and you would find it there the very next day, untouched. That is how safe Japan is. In relation to the world, Japan also has a low threat when it comes to terrorism.
Canada, despite its size and proximity to the United States of America, it ranks much higher in safety and security. Touristy areas are free from violent crime and the overall country has very few violent crime cases.
Ahh, Switzerland. Is there anything is country isn’t good at? Switzerland was commended for its lack of internal or external conflict in the GPI and has a low threat for terrorism.
6. Czech Republic
Boasting a very low number of violent crimes, Czech Republic is one of the safest countries in the world. The risk for single women travellers here is super low and compared to its neighbour Germany, Czech Republic has experienced very little terrorist activity over 2016. The Foreign Office has even assessed the potential terror threat as “low” – its lowest rating.
As Portugal only shares its borders with Spain, is in a relative position of safety if conflict were to break out. Spain effectively acts as its buffer. Crime rates are very low here though it is one of the top European destinations of late.
4. New Zealand
New Zealand is its own island and flies pretty low on any radar as it mostly keeps to itself. Crime rates are low and the threat of terrorism is low. With a country that has more sheep than humans, it’s no surprise that it is very safe.
Austria has a relatively peaceful history and continues to score highly on the GPI. Out of the seven countries it shares its borders with, three of them – Slovenia, Czech Republic and Switzerland – are also in the top 10 safest countries in the world.
Not only is Denmark one of the safest countries in the world, it is also one of the happiest. The country is bordered mostly by the sea and crime levels are low.
Iceland is the world’s safest country, ranked at the top for the sixth year in a row on the index. It has low rates of homicide and terrorism and low numbers of people in prison. Plus, as a fairly remote island, it is able to stay out of border disputes.
If you’re looking to visit or live in the safest countries in the world, here they are! Would you consider moving to any of these countries? Let us know the comments.
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