10 Safest Countries in the World

Can you guess #1?

What is the safest country in the world? The annual Global Peace Index, compiled by the Institute of Economics and Peace, rated 163 countries in categories including homicide and prison population, terrorism, military might, and international conflicts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States could only manage 131st place, only 32 places higher than Afghanistan. These are the countries that made the top 10.

10
Switzerland

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Coming in 10th in this survey, Switzerland consistently ranks high in global studies for peace and safety. Analyzing safety within destinations, homicides, assaults, road deaths, the risk of natural disasters, and the global peace index, a separate 2023 study by Gamblino.com ranked the country first overall. 

9
Japan

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Business Insider recently reported that an increasing number of Americans are moving to Japan for its safety and affordability. One of my favorite parts about Japan is safety," said one American expat. "I am honestly so appreciative of the ability to be able to live in this safe community."

8
Slovenia

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"Slovenia broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2020 and managed to stay there since, thanks to extremely low crime rates and terrorism risk," says Conde Nast Traveler. "Whether you're just generally into beautiful places or want to explore some of Europe's best castles and lakes, Slovenia has plenty to offer—including the guarantee that you'll sleep well at night."

7
Portugal

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"The crime rate in Portugal is low overall, and its safety index score is high compared to most other European countries," says International Citizens Group. "Residents of Portugal report feeling very safe when walking alone during the day and night.

6
Singapore

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"With little to no homicide cases, traffic accidents or any natural disaster risk, the Lion City is the safest for tourists all over the world," says Travel & Leisure Asia. "Moreover, the crime rate in Singapore is comparatively lower than in other countries."

5
Austria

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"Not only is Austria one of the safest countries in the world, but it's welcoming, beautiful, accessible, and has a very high level of English," says Travel Off Path. "The stunning capital city of Vienna is one of the safest cities in the world."

4
New Zealand

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"New Zealand has a stable government, a strong economy, and a peaceful culture that values diversity and equality," says Prospero Health & Social Care. "With only 5.1 million inhabitants, the country's low population density also contributes to its low crime rate, as people tend to be more closely connected and invested in their communities."

3
Ireland

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Ireland dropped one spot in this year's rankings to #3. According to a UN study, Ireland has the 11th lowest homicide rate in Europe and the 23rd lowest in the world.

2
Denmark

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Denmark rose one spot from last year's index to claim the #2 position. Last month, TikTok creator Annie Samples, who moved to Denmark with her four children, went viral with a video about being able to leave her baby in a stroller in her front yard with no worries, because of the country's safety. "I don't think I'll ever get over this," she said.

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Iceland

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Iceland maintained last year's ranking as the safest country in the world. "it is hard to feel any safer than here: Iceland is a country with one of the world's lowest crime rates, ranking consecutively in 1st place on the Global Peace Index, and home to no animal predators dangerous to man," notes the tourism site Visit Iceland

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