a man's hand holding an olive branch and making the peace sign

The safest countries in the world are not determined by a set of subjective rules. In fact, these countries are determined and ranked by several factors that are set in place by the Global Peace Index. This index bases its information on 22 factors such as economic balance, how one region relates to another, crime rates and tons of meticulously compiled data that then translates into which countries are the safest in the world.

Countries that would be considered peaceful are often disqualified if neighboring nations or states are at war or having complex issues. A majority of the safest countries are European. According to the World Atlas‘ safest countries in the world list, 18 out of the 25 are in Europe. So, without further ado, here are the safest countries in the world, listed in no particular order.


1. Scandinavian Countries – There Are Five of Them

the flags of the Scandinavian countries

Scandinavian countries are incredible in the sense that all of them are on the list of the safest. This includes Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. If you also consider Iceland part of Scandinavia and Finland, then five of the safest countries in the world are in one little cluster.

It makes sense. Each of these countries has a higher than average income, incredibly low crime rates, excellent economic opportunities, and healthcare for all citizens.

2. Qatar

the skyline of Doha Qatar

The Middle East is safer than you might expect, but Qatar enjoys a relatively excellent amount of safety and enjoyability for living or visiting. in 2018, Qatar is considered an optimal travel destination for nearly anyone. You only need to be aware of basic cultural norms.

Knowing some Arabic might help you, but dialect variation can make that difficult. Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world because of its wealth and tourism, but it also has strict laws. There are a plenty of cultural and religious sites within the country too.

3. Singapore

the urban skyline of Singapore with modern tall buildings

The luxury of Singapore is not lost on the world. Singapore has strict laws and police reliability that makes it incredibly safe. Terrorism and homicide rates are so low that they may as well not be mentioned. In Singapore, you can enjoy incredible food, shopping, entertainment, museums, incredible architecture and so much more.

It is no wonder that Singapore Airlines is also ranked as the top airline of choice for international flights globally. With a taste for luxury and safety, Singapore does not disappoint as one of the safest countries in the world.

4. Hong Kong

the urban skyline of Hong Kong

Hong Kong may be massive and bustling with life, but it is still one of the safest countries in the world. The biggest issue that anyone faces when living in or visiting Hong Kong is the rate of counterfeit currencies. This is why most shops and businesses only accept smaller bills.

Be sure that you are trading your currency at a legitimate foreign-exchange center, and keep your money close to you so that there are no mistakes. Hong Kong is also polluted, but it is still quite the experience. You can wander the streets full of colorful shops or enjoy traditional food. Museums are plentiful, and people here are typically friendly. It is also home to Disney Hong Kong.

5. Austria

the small town of Hallstatt in Austria

Another European country to add to the list of safest countries in the world. Austria is a top destination not only for the breathtaking castles that dot the picturesque landscape but also because international tourism is a large portion of the country’s GDP.

Austria has all of the reasons in the world to protect its tourism industry. As a result of this, it is quite safe and comfortable to visit. There is a lot of walking and nature involved, but Vienna is a city with a more musical atmosphere and tons of entertainment.

6. Canada

the skyline of Toronto Canada at dusk

Canada made the list because it is truly one of the most breathtaking places to visit for the wide-open expanse of nature, but it is incredibly safe as well. There’s more of a cultural focus in Canada related to native populations throughout the country.

Whether you are interested in going north to explore the wilderness, or staying within cities, you have tons of options. Canada is clean, friendly and embraces international tourism. Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto are the top destinations.

7. Japan

a beautiful image over the city of Osaka in Japan

Japan is an expensive country to visit, but it is one of the safest places to go. Tourists often remark that they have never felt safer. On mass transit, you can expect quiet and respect of your personal space even when trains or buses are crowded.

Japanese people value respect and urban solitude. You can experience the bustling streets of Tokyo and Shibuya districts, but you can find quiet in Kyoto and temples as well. Japan is relatively small, but you aren’t likely to run out of fulfilling adventures while visiting one of the safest countries in the world.

Putting It All Together

When you think of the safest countries in the world, you probably think about your home country first, but this is a subjective reaction. The safest countries are great for travel, living, raising a family, working and more governmental factors such as trade and world economics.

If you are considering any of the above, then the top safest countries in the world will help you narrow down choices. These countries are subject to change on a yearly basis, but certain countries remain at the top of the list for years.

Education opportunities, social welfare, criminal justice and low military impact all play a role in what makes these countries so safe to live in and visit. These factors are subject to change, but the government of a nation goes a long way in determining its safety as well.

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