Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Safest Countries in The World 2017. If you follow the news today it might seem at times that the entire world is out to get you. There are lots of conflicts going on at the moment but there are also lots of parts of the world that are thriving and getting along with each other. When you are considering going abroad for a holiday it is only natural to worry about safety. For example, conflict, risk of being mugged or catching a tropical disease might be at the forefront of your mind. In reality, all of these things happen very rarely and the actual likelihood of anything happening to you while you are away is very slim. Nonetheless, we understand that you might still feel uncomfortable. With this in mind, we are going to take a look at ten of the safest countries in the world to visit.
According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, the following countries are the safest and most peaceful in the world in 2017 Their survey takes into account, rate of corruption, crime rate, incidence and severity of natural disasters, the ability of the state to solve criminal cases and the country’s ability to avoid or weather the storm of economic difficulties.
List of Top 10 Safest Countries in The World 2017
10. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a beautiful country which is well known for having a much lower cost of living when compared to many other countries in the European Union. The capital city, Prague, is a very popular destination for tourists and draws visitors from across the world. The emergency number is 112 and when you ring it you get the added bonus of having multi lingual options. The good news is that crime rates are extremely low and the country has a strong economy. It is a very cheap place to viist and it is thought that because the cost of living is so low, there is little need for criminal activity to take place. Entry to the country is easy and you do not require a visa if you will be there for less than 90 days and for tourism or business purposes. The available transport in the country is fantastic and it will only cost you around US$29 for a month long ticket which can be used on any subway, tram or bus. It is a brilliant country to visit.
The natural environment of Australia attracts people from around the world who want to experience it. It also offers amazing surfing opportunities and great beach cultures. Many people also visit for Christmas, looking for a warm experience! The country has super schooling and healthcare and many migrants are drawn by this. As a result though immigration is quite tight with a ‘points based’ system for immigrants. The level of corruption is extremely low and there is a very low crime rate.
There are many reasons to want to visit Japan. It has a culture that is thousands of years old, an incredible cuisine and unique culture. There is a strong distaste and cultural disavowal towards criminal activity in Japan, causing one to lose face with everyone. As a result there is an exceptionally low crime rate across the country. You have to be really desperate to commit a crime. Due to strict laws and this cultural outlook, Japan is one of the safest countries in the world to visit or live in. In the Global Peace Index of 2010 Japan was the third most peaceful country, engaging in very few military actions. Violent crime is very rare indeed.
It is thought that Canada has the highest population of immigrants of any nation on the planet. It creates a very welcoming and friendly environment for visitors. Tourists also get easy access to Canadian healthcare, as the government provides universal healthcare at an affordable price. Canada has never experienced a major terrorist attack. Its crime rate is very low and the standard of living high.
Finland is strongly committed to human rights, civil liberties and high quality of life. It is a very friendly and welcoming place (albeit Finnish people rarely smile) and it has a very low crime rate. This is one of the Top 10 Safest Countries in The World 2017.
Switzerland has a large number of provinces and languages, despite its small size. It is estimated that 1/3 of people who live in the country were born elsewhere. The government works very hard to keep violence, crime and unemployment to an absolute minimum. This equates to Switzerland being very safe and having a welcoming environment. Switzerland is famously neutral with Geneva being the location of many international peace talks over the years.
4. New Zealand
Far away from most of the rest of the world, even Australia, its closest neighbor, New Zealand has low crime rates and very low corruption rates. There are very strict laws and punishments which help to keep these low but nonetheless, it is all down to the culture which is very relaxed and welcoming. You will feel secure no matter where you go or what you do. New Zealand has so much to offer, from beaches to mountains and adventure.
Like its neighbor, Switzerland, Austria is one of the safest places on the planet. It is one of the richest nations on Earth with unemployment low and tourism thriving so there is little reason for crime to be high, which it is not. Austria is a very safe place for tourists to travel to.
There was a time that Denmark had issues with crime, disorder and terrorism but Denmark has recently risen up to become one of the safest nations. Denmark has a strong focus on internationalism and welcomes visitors from around the world. They value equality of opportunity and accept multiculturalism. There is a low wealth gap between the highest and lowest earners which helps to add to its happiness, which it is rated highly on. It is rare to find a Dane who doesn’t speak English and many also speak Swedish, due to the proximity of the two countries to each other.
At the top of this list lies Iceland, the isolated island in the north Atlantic. It is perhaps little surpirse, due to its isolationist tendencies and its small population that this is the most peaceful and safest place on the planet. Firstly, it does not allow astanding army to be in existence. There is no need for them. Instead, they have rescue teams and a National Guard who can help with emergencies. It shomicide rate is very low – 8 out of 100,000 people and petty crimes such as theiving are pretty much unheard of across the country. The focus is always on supporting the victim in times of crime and those who commit crimes are shunned by the rest of society. This is enough to put people off in what is a small place where lots of people know each other. One natural concern might be erputing volcanoes but in reality most of these are away from major settlement and there are only very rarely major eruptions. Iceland has a huge amount to offer and it is well worth visiting.
These are the Top 10 Safest Countries in The World 2017. This list has shown that there are lots of countries out there that are welcoming and enjoy having tourists in their country. They are also peace loving and thrive with a healthy economy and low political corruption levels. They often have small populations (with the exception of Japan) and shun those who commit crimes.