SJ reveals the world's safest country for travel

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The world is arguably becoming a scarier place when it comes to travelling, and while it’s all part and parcel with the name of the game, no one would blame you for trying to minimise the risk that comes with going abroad.

With security issues on the rise, natural disasters, and attacks on foreigners all very real threats, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has again published their Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017. Now in its eleventh year, the initiative works with leaders in the travel and tourism arena to undertake an in-depth analysis of 136 economies across the world.

The WEF measures ‘the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country’, and one of their categories ranks countries by the level of their safety and security.

Taking into account factors such as the costliness of common crime and violence, as well as terrorism and the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime, the results are rather unexpected, to say the least.

Finland gets the title of the safest country in the world, and the full top 20 are as follows:

  1. Finland
  2. United Arab Emirates
  3. Iceland
  4. Oman
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Singapore
  7. Norway
  8. Switzerland
  9. Rwanda
  10. Qatar
  11. Luxembourg
  12. Portugal
  13. New Zealand
  14. Austria
  15. Estonia
  16. Sweden
  17. Slovenia
  18. Spain
  19. Netherlands
  20. Morocco

Although Australia did not make the top 20 cut – unlike our neighbours across the ditch – at least we fared better than the UK who came in at 78th position and the US, in 84th spot. Sadly less surprising were the countries at the bottom of the list, which included Colombia, Yemen, El Salvador and Pakistan.

You can see the full report at World Economic Forum.

Would these results change your travel plans when choosing destinations in the near future?


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Total Comments: 6
  1. 0

    what a crock – Finland is safe but I would have had NZ, Australia and Singapore next. If you know what your doing and been there before UK and USA are also safe. I’ll accept the Scandinavian countries are safe and haavxg been to Hing Kong many times its safe but you need to be careful where you go. There is no way I would classify any middle eastern country as safe.

  2. 0

    Thank you Bob. At least there are two of us that think that this is definitely a staged report from those who can pay to have reports rigged. The Middle East, Morocco and Rwanda are safe? you have to be joking! I have had discussions with various seasoned travellers about these areas and countries and those who have been there have all been very uncomfortable about their trip and the attitude of the locals towards westerners.

    • 0

      Yes it is rather silly. No African country is what you would regard as safe. We’ve done two trips over there (Southern and East Africa) and been fine but you need to be on your toes. To suggest Morocco, Rwanda and countries in the Middle East are safer than Australia makes the list pretty useless

  3. 0

    the risk of life, is, take a chance, to see the world, or stay, under your, comfy mushroom ;D))

  4. 0

    I agree with this article. Those countries are really safe to travel and we should not be concerned about many of todays threads goin there. Just imagine going to Germany or France right now…

    take care,



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