The world’s safest travel destination

If safety is a factor when choosing where you travel – add this country to the top of your list.

The world’s safest travel destination

A regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices, SJ has been to five of the seven continents and has lived in two.

With scary scenes occurring frequently around the globe, even with the best will in the world to keep calm and carry on, it can make you think twice about travelling to certain places.

I recently visited Stockholm less than a week after its infamous tragic truck attack. Typically, Stockholm is one of the safer places in the world to visit. However, according to the World Economic Forum, it’s Sweden’s Nordic neighbours who are the ones who should be at the top of your bucket list.

Despite the rising concerns across most of Europe when it comes to terrorism, Finland remains the safest destination in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report. Investigating the ‘sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country’, the report collects data from 136 countries to analyse and draw conclusions.

Also taking into account how open a country is to tourism in general, infrastructure, environmental sustainability and price competitiveness, not only was Finland named the safest country in the world but it also topped the list for environmental sustainability.

solo female traveller standing on a mountain in finland

According to the report the top 18 safest countries in the world are:

  1. Finland (6.7)
  2. Iceland (6.6)
  3. United Arab Emirates (6.6)
  4. Hong Kong SAR (6.5)
  5. Oman (6.5)
  6. Singapore (6.5)
  7. Norway (6.4)
  8. Switzerland (6.4)
  9. Rwanda (6.4)
  10. Austria (6.3)
  11. Luxembourg (6.3)
  12. Portugal (6.3)
  13. Estonia (6.3)
  14. New Zealand (6.3)
  15. Slovenia (6.2)
  16. Sweden (6.2)
  17. Spain (6.2)

And the 16 least safe countries in the world when it comes to travel are:

  1. Columbia (2.6)
  2. Yemen (2.8)
  3. El Salvador (3.0)
  4. Nigeria (3.1)
  5. Pakistan (3.1)
  6. Venezuela (3.3)
  7. Egypt (3.3)
  8. Kenya (3.4)
  9. Ukraine (3.5)
  10. Honduras (3.5)
  11. Lebanon (3.6)
  12. Philippines (3.6)
  13. Mali (3.6)
  14. Chad (3.7)
  15. Guatemala (3.7)
  16. Bangladesh (3.7)

You can read the full report at the World Economic Forum.

Do these results surprise you or would they affect your choice of travel destination? How many of these countries have you been to? And how many are on your bucket list?



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    27th May 2017
    Went to Finland recently - damn good, want to go back, safest place, nicest people, amazingly good food, great society.

    Difficult language (but they all speak English), quite flat (but attractive scenery), nervously close to Russia. Food sometimes odd (they eat bear, but everything is lactose-free!).

    Recommendation: go,go,go. Spend more than a week. Go in late summer (berries, long days, colours). Forget the Northern Lights lottery (dark all day, cold, wet, might not see anything).
    27th May 2017
    Where is Australia on this list? United Arab Emirates at 3 and Oman at 5 if you are not female? Rwanda at 9?

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