Can anywhere really be described as safe anymore? Well, surprisingly yes, thankfully there’s a few good eggs left in this world. Amazingly I don’t always just venture to the dangerous places, I’ve visited 8 countries on this list and can easily say they are some of my favourite destinations in the world. According to the Global Peace Index here are the 10 safest countries in the world!
Top 10 Safest Countries In The World
I’m going to just put it out there…I LOVE ICELAND! It’s my favourite country as I previously explored in this blog post. It is such a safe country that it barely has any crime, there are very few police officers and the country is the only NATO member that doesn’t have an army. It is no wonder that they’ve come out on top and that tourism is up 29% from 2014 to 2015 when they received a record 1.3 million visitors. The only safest issues you might have to worry about is volcanoes and the weather!
Once the seat of Viking raiders, you simply cannot beat a visit to Scandinavia for an enjoyable, healthy and clean but expensive break away. Denmark has it all; beautiful scenery, beautiful people, incredible food and not forgetting those fabulous Scandi designs. Most people might only know about the capital Copenhagen, but there’s far more incredible places to see in this country including Aarhus, Aalborg or if you really want to go off-the-beaten track their territory also includes the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Things are slowly starting to change in Denmark with refugee and immigration issues in 2016, I wonder if we’ll see them slide down the table next year as a result of increased security risks and terrorist threats.
Whenever I think of Austria I can’t help but picture a panoramic scene of the Alps, a bit like something from the Sound of Music. Although in the past Austria has had its fair share of issues to deal with, the country is now a powerhouse in Europe with a low unemployment rate and low rate of crime it is no surprise to see it so high on the Global Peace Index. Similar to Denmark, Austria might find itself slipping down the table in 2017 due to increased tensions due to the refugee crisis.
4. New Zealand
I’m not surprised to discover New Zealand in the Top 10 safest places, as a rather far flung place it has a low threat of terrorism and a surprisingly low crime rate. In fact the country has far more sheep than people!
I was lucky enough to visit New Zealand in 2006 and travel around the North Island, it reminded me (on a much smaller scale) of England although Auckland is very much an Asian-influenced city. Some parts of the country are incredibly remote and are often referred to as “the Shaky Isles” due to its frequent seismic activity.
The funniest fact I learned about New Zealand was about their incredible glow worms, according to my tour guide the reason they light up is because they literally shag themselves to death! Sad times.
Admittedly I’ve only visited the capital, Lisbon, but from what I found I now have the urge to go back and explore more of this beautiful country. I’m not surprised it’s in the top 10 safest places in the world, thankfully it is also one of the cheapest places in Europe to visit. So what are you waiting for?! If you need any help planning, check out my New Year‘s eve itinerary.
6. Czech Republic
This one, I’m rather shocked at. It’s a bit of a random entry, I guess the Czech Republic doesn’t really have any enemies as such. I visited Prague back in 2006, I’m sure it has changed within 10 years but I found the place to be stuck in the past and not very tourist friendly. However, all that doesn’t really matter when you can get a beer for under £1.50!
Often seen as the mediator, Switzerland opted not to join the European Union in 1992 but has since flourished and is now one of the richest countries in the world. I’m sad to say that I’ve never actually visited, it is one of the only European countries still on my to-do list but I hope to change that very soon.
Switzerland is often seen as a safe-haven, a place of economic stability and low crime rates. The only safety issues you might have to deal with would be the weather, the country is prone to avalanches and sudden weather changes due to its alpine scenery.
Don’t forget to bring home some Toblerone!
The second largest country in the world (behind Russia), this place is vast and is often seen as a destination to “get away from it all”. Canada is unique, by using both its British and French historical ties the country has developed into a tolerant and multi-cultured society.
When I visited Canada in 2013 it got deep under my skin, I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to go back and explore more. Compared to their closest neighbour, it was friendly, welcoming and absolutely ENORMOUS. Regarding safety, if you visit in winter and you’re getting out of the big cities, you’ll need to be aware of winter storms.
Admittedly I haven’t been to Japan yet, which is a crime in itself, however I aim to put that right in the near future! As one of the most advanced nations in the world, it’s no surprise that Japan is also one of the most expensive to visit.
In regards to safety, most Japanese people are obsessed with cleanliness but sadly Japan is prone to natural disasters and is regularly affected by earthquakes.
There’s a reason the country’s tourism board once focussed on the fact that Slovenia is the only country in the world with the word “love” in its name. Pretty neat. I once described Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, as Europe’s hidden gem. Although it’s a popular destination to visit, you very rarely hear of people’s experiences. Find out what else I discovered in Central Europe.
As a major transit route through Europe, people don’t often plan a stop here, this is incredibly sad but more and more people are starting to discover how this Central European country is a safe and welcoming destination.
Do you know which countries are the world’s most dangerous? Find out by reading my blog post here!
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