The five safest countries in the world is a list used by Trip Adviser, based on a study by Vision of Humanity titled, Global Peace Index. The Global Peace Index takes into account 23 indicators to determine the safest countries in the world.
Among the indicators the Global Peace Index factors in are: homicides per 100,000 people, the potential for a terror attack in the country, hostility to foreigners, education and the unemployment rate. These are just a few of the indicators in play of the 23 total used to determine a countries tranquility. The Global Peace Index does not take into account natural disasters or acts of God when figuring the equation.
Interesting countries that did not make the top five but were in the vicinity were Sweden, Japan and Switzerland. These three countries have long been touted as some of the safest in the world. Japan came in at number seven on the Global Peace Index while Sweden was sixth and Switzerland did not make the top 10. Canada another country that is always mentioned when it comes to being safe and tranquil came in at number eight. Too many hockey fights I am guessing.
Austria is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world it comes in at fifth safest in the Global Peace Index. Austria the birthplace of California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is best known as the back drop for the world famous movie The Sound of Music. Austria’s ski resorts, located in the Tyrolean Alps get many visitors who come and go virtually unscathed. See the entire Global Peace Index for Austria, click here.
Iceland, is known for it’s green pastures and beautiful sky but it is also home to some very active volcanoes. One Volcano that has become active over the last few weeks. The volcano located of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano could end up triggering an eruption of the Katla volcano. See the full story of the eruption and the aftermath here.
Fortunately for Iceland volcanoes are not a part of the equation when it comes to safety. Iceland is not only one of the safest countries in the world, it is the richest. Iceland’s residents make the most money per capita than any other nation. The fact that Iceland is a wealthy nation leads to a low homicide and crime rate and with less worries the Icelandic population is less likely to have physical confrontations. To see entire Global Peace Index for Iceland, view here.
All of the Nordic countries scored well in the Global Peace Index but Norway scored the highest coming in at number three of the top five safest countries. Another country that is also among the wealthiest in the world, Norway’s crime rate is extremely low and a homicide rate that is also one of the lowest in the world.
The Norwegians love to drink but when they do, it does not lead to many physical confrontations. Norway is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world and a summer time visit to Norway is not only safe, it is one to be remembered. To see the entire Global Peace Index for Norway click here.
Denmark is the second safest country in the world despite the occasional violence in the slums and a political system that is sometimes eyed with skepticism. The country is yet another country along the tranquil waters of the Arctic. Denmark is relatively crime free and when it comes to homicide there is only one homicide per 100,000 people.
Denmark may have ranked number one if it wasn’t for a possible terror threat that is hanging over their head. The terror threat stems from a threat from Osama Bin Laden over cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper. Denmark is a safe and picturesque country to visit and there is no need to feel threatened when traveling the country. The entire Global Peace Index for Denmark is here.
1) New Zealand.
According to the Global Peace Index New Zealand is the safest country in the world. New Zealand does have many similarities with the countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Although New Zealand is halfway around the world, it has it’s own glaciers, green peaceful hills and majestic mountains. New Zealand is a world unto it’s own. Often overlooked as Australia’s Kiwi neighbor, New Zealand has developed a society rich in culture with no political instability and relatively low crime rates.
New Zealand has earned it’s right to become the safest country in the world by focusing on human rights and ultimately through developing a culture that shows high respect for one another. The Global Peace Index usually is released in September or October and it will be interesting to see if New Zealand can maintain it’s number one ranking. To see the details of New Zealand’s rankings according to the Global Peace Index, see here.