The top 10 safest countries in the world

The safest countries in the world – as rated by the Global Peace Index.

Safety ranked globe

With a shooting here and a bombing there, earthquakes, tsunamis, war and civil unrest, travel may not be the first thing on many minds. But there are some safe places to go, such as one of the 10 safest countries in the world – according to the 2016 Global Peace Index.

Each year, the Global Peace Index rates all the countries in the world from safest to most dangerous. It uses more than 25 measures such as safety and security, homicide, intensity of internal conflict, violent crime, terrorism, weapons imports, police, political instability and incarceration.

Unsurprisingly, the largest deterioration in peace during 2016 occurred in the Middle East and North Africa.

At the peaceful end, Iceland took out the top spot for the sixth year in a row, with its minimal homicides and people in jail, as well as the low risk of terror acts. The fact that it’s an island nation also helped it score low on border disputes.

One of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark, is the second safest country in the world. Austria pops in at cool third, scoring very highly on peaceful elections and low weapon imports.

New Zealand gets one over on Australia, sitting a solid fourth and heralded not only for its exhilarating tourism, but also for its non-existent internal conflict and low rates of violence.

Rounding out the top five is Portugal. Its capital city, Lisbon, recently named by Condé Naste Traveler as the most under-rated city in Europe, can now add a ‘safest’ notch to its belt.

The remaining countries that make up the top ten are:

6. Czech Republic

7. Switzerland

8. Canada

9. Japan

10. Slovenia

Australia is currently the 15th safest country in the world, and for that, we should spare a thought for the 57 million refugees, displaced people and others who have lost their homes through violence, war and natural disasters.



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    27th Mar 2017
    Dont be so lazy, complete the list one to ten. Even if the first five deserve a special mention.
    Diamond Jim
    27th Mar 2017
    Off to Iceland and Denmark this year!!!
    27th Mar 2017
    You can see how it can all change over time with both Slovenia and Czech Republic both in the top ten. No so long ago they were hurling bombs at each other and Australia was playing host to temporary refugees (who all went back as agreed).
    27th Mar 2017
    I would not recommend Denmark. Czech Republic is a great place to visit. Hungary is also worth a visit, and Poland as well. Forget about anywhere in Western Europe a hot bed of hostilities and over run with illegal immigrants, thanks to Merkel.
    28th Mar 2017
    Probably right although Germany is (currently) still 'safe'. Give that one 20 years.
    28th Mar 2017
    Australia in 15th place tells you a lot about our country. As if the nightly news does not tell the whole story.
    Whilst Rome burns our politicians and their bureaucrats stand by and do little. You wouldn't want to offend the Pubs and Clubs Association whilst young Australian hooligans kill each other on the streets would you. And you wouldn't want to FORCE our limp courts to stop issuing suspended sentences to criminals and hooligans who are paraded in front of courts as model citizens.
    It never used to be like this.

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