With daily headlines of terror, war and brutal crimes the world can seem like a pretty dangerous place. It’s enough to make even an adventurous tourist feel like staying in the safety of home. But there are many pockets of the world were crime and violence are low and in some cases almost non existent. Here are the top 10 safest countries in the world to live or visit.
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Switzerland is home to some of the safest cities in the world, including Zurich, Bern and Geneva. Switzerland has a tradition of neutrality, so even during times when the rest of Europe has been engulfed in turmoil and violence, Switzerland has been a safe place to live. Switzerland is one of the world’s centers of international banking. This wealth that this brings means a reliable and trustworthy police force and a population that doesn’t need to resort to crime.
Some people may associated Ireland with the sectarian violence that plagued Northern Ireland in the past decades. These days such violence is mostly a thing of the past. The people of Ireland are some of the most welcoming and warm that you will meet in Europe. In rural parts of the country the sense of community and family means that there is very little serious crime.
Iceland suffered badly in the recent financial crisis but this sparsely populated country still retained its reputation for being crime free. Iceland has homogeneous population of only just over 320,000 people. It is true that in Iceland everyone seems to know everybody else. The closeness of the people of Iceland means that it is also a very safe place to live and visit.
7- New Zealand
New Zealand is best known for it’s beautiful scenery and its clean, green image. It is also a very safe place for people to visit. Parts of Auckland, the countries major city can be dangerous but overall the city is very safe. The South Island which is the most popular destination for tourists has particularly low crime rates and the locals are always willing to help out if you run into trouble.
Finland is home to the Northern lights, exquisite saunas and the midnight sun. It is also a very safe place to come for a holiday. Finn’s have a reputation for being law abiding and the citizens enjoy one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
This landlocked country of 8.47 million people is one of the safest in Europe. The country can boast a great education system and a relatively affluent population. The country is the 10th richest in the world with an average GDP per person of $44,208. When you come to Austria you can enjoy the historic wonder of the Austria-Hungarian empire and its mountainous beauty without worrying about becoming a victim of crime.
The Japanese have a reputation for good manners and civil behavior. Even in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka if you accidentally leave your wallet or phone on the train you will invariably find that someone has handed it into the authorities for you. Outside of the major cities, crime is almost non existent.
Norway is the 3rd richest country in the world according to a recent 2013 study by the World Bank. Thanks to its affluence and law obeying population it is also one of the safest. Norway is famous for its rugged beauty, so the main thing you have to fear as you explore the mountains and rivers is nature not the local people.
Like many Scandinavian countries Denmark enjoys a highly educated population, social cohesion and a very low crime rate. While the capital city of Copenhagen does have areas which are more dangerous most of the city is very safe. In other parts of the country you will find that the locals are warm and welcoming to visitors.
Singapore has a well deserved reputation for providing its citizens with a safety and economic opportunity provided that they play by the rules. People are fined for throwing away chewing gum and famously in 1994 American Michael Fay was caned for spray painting a wall. However, in recent years the authorities have loosened up a lot. The city now enjoys a vibrant night life scene, fantastic shopping and some of the worlds’ best public transport. Due to it’s small size and well educated, affluent population it is also one of the safest places on the planet.