The World’s Safest Countries in The World – COVID-19
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The Global Peace Index ranks the safest countries in the world. The Institute for Economics and Peace publishes this report every year. It is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization that aims to shift the world’s attention to peace as a positive and achievable measure of human progress and wellbeing. This report ranks the most dangerous countries and determines which are safest.
Which countries have been proven safe?
The report features 163 countries. The report uses 23 indicators to assess how dangerous or safe a country is. These indicators can be broken down into the following categories:
- Current International and Domestic Conflict
- Societal Safety and Security
These are the factors that went into compiling this report:
- Both internal and external violence conflicts
- Graduation of distrust
- Political instability
- Terrorist acts possible
- As a percentage of GDP, military expenditures
These factors are used to calculate a score for each of the 163 countries in the report. Safety scores are ranked according to their score.
The majority of the safest 25 countries are European. Europe is the only continent to have not seen a decline in safety since 2009. The second-most-common region in the top 25 s Asia. The homicide rate in both regions is approximately 3 per 100,000 people.
Most notably are the Nordic countries of Europe. The top 25 most secure countries are Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Finland is also among the safest. This region has a homicide rate of 0.8 per 100,000 people. The five Nordic countries also rank among the top 10 most happy countries in the world.
List Of 10 Safest Countries In The World 2021
Switzerland is the safest country in the world with a score of 1.366. Switzerland is ranked in the top five for Safety and Security but has lost one rank since 2019. For the past five years, Switzerland was among the top ten weapons exporters per capita. Switzerland is ranked fourth in the world for food security, and it is also one of the most peaceful countries for continuing domestic conflict.
The safest countries have some common traits, including their wealth, education, and social welfare. These countries also have strong criminal justice systems and government that fosters healthy relationships with their citizens.
The United States is currently ranked 128th in Global Peace Ranking. Since 2016, the United States has been ranked 128th in the Global Peace Ranking. This can be attributed to decreased life satisfaction and an increase in the wealth gap.
Comparing 2020’s report with the 2019 report, 81 countries were peaceful than in 2019. There were 80 “deteriorations”, which indicate that 80 countries were less peaceful than they were in 2019. The average score of countries deteriorated by 0.3%. The most peaceful region in the globe remained Europe, a position it held every year since the Global Peace Index was created.
Japan is the ninth-safest nation in the world. Japan has been in the top 10 countries in the World Peace Index for 13 years, consistently receiving high marks for low crime rates, internal conflict, and political terror. Concerns include Japan’s difficult relations with its neighbours and the growing size and power of its self-defence force. Japan is well-known for its limited immigration and restricted access to firearms. Japan doesn’t consider carrying a firearm an individual’s right. According to the Safe Cities Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Tokyo is considered the safest city in the world, ranking first in cybersecurity, second for health security, and fourth for infrastructure security and personal security.
8. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is ranked number ten among the most secure countries in the world. From ten to eight in its 2019 ranking, the Czech Republic has risen two places. The crime rate has decreased steadily over the years, particularly in violent crimes. Despite having easy access to weapons, this is still a significant decrease in crime. Also, the Czech Republic has a low terrorist impact. The country’s decline in rankings can be attributed to its high involvement in a foreign conflict, high number of prisoners per head, security forces, and assessment by the police.
The GPI ranks Singapore seventh. According to the same Gallup report, Singaporeans feel the most secure and have the best experiences with law enforcement than anyone else. Due to the severe punishments that are given for minor crimes, Singapore has one the lowest crime rates worldwide. Police and the government strictly regulate guns and other firearms. Therefore, violent and confrontational crime is rare in Singapore. The city-state is also the second-safest city in the world according to the Safe Cities Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Singapore was ranked first in infrastructure security and personal safety, second in digital security, eighth in health security.
According to the Global Peace Index, Canada remains the sixth-safest nation in the world. This position has been maintained since 2019. Canada scored particularly well for its internal conflicts, level of crime and political stability. Canada is known for its friendly and open-minded people. Canada has a crime rate that is about one-third that of its neighbour, the United States (1.6 incidents per 100,000 vs. 4.5 per 100,000 respectively). In a 2018 Gallup survey, 84% of Canadians surveyed said that they felt safe in their country.
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Denmark ranks fifth on the Global Peace Index. It is the country with the highest happiness and safety. Denmark is the only country where everyone feels safe, regardless of what time it is, even children. Denmark is blessed with a high level of inequality and a strong sense of shared responsibility for social welfare. These two factors contribute to Denmark’s safety as well as happiness. In Denmark, corruption is very rare in politics and business. Honesty and trust are the top priorities. Denmark is also a welfare country, which means that all citizens have access to services and perks that allow them to live comfortably. Everybody in Denmark has free healthcare, tuition-free education, as well as at-home care for the elderly.
Austria is the fourth most secure country in the world. Austria’s score for 2020 increased by 0.111 points over 2020, but it maintained its fourth-place ranking. After the election of Sebastian Kurz’s People Party, Austria saw a decline in the likelihood that violent demonstrations would occur indicator in October 2017. Social unrest has increased in the wake of political instability. Austria is otherwise a safe country to visit. Although serious crimes are rare, people should be aware that pickpockets can and will take your purse. Austria has also been spared from major terrorist acts.
Portugal comes in third in the most peaceful countries rankings. Portugal was 18th in the world in 2014 and has made great strides to become third. Portugal, unlike New Zealand and Iceland, has an armed police force. However, the decrease in crime seems to have been due to this increased presence. Portugal’s unemployment rate has fallen from 17% to 7% over the past six years. This is a result of its economic recovery. Due in large part to its level of safety, Portugal is ranked as the best country for retirement in 2020 according to the Annual Global Retirement Index.
2. New Zealand
New Zealand is the second most secure country in the world. Like Iceland, New Zealand has a very low crime rate, especially violent crime. However, theft is quite common, particularly for tourists. New Zealand has no deadly animals, unlike its neighbour down-under, Australia, known for having some dangerous wildlife. New Zealand’s score slightly decreased from the year before due to the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019, which killed 51 people. New Zealanders are generally open-minded, and there are laws that prevent any abuse of freedom of expression or speech. New Zealand police do not have personal firearms, just like Iceland.
The Global Peace Index has declared Iceland the world’s safest country for the 13th consecutive year. Iceland is a Nordic country with only 340,000 inhabitants. Iceland’s low crime rate can be attributed to its high living standards, small population, strong anti-crime attitudes, trust in the police force and lack of tension between economic and social classes. The police in Iceland do not carry guns and have only extendable batons. Iceland also has laws in place to guarantee equality, such as legal same-sex marriage and same-sex adoptions, religious freedom, and equal pay for men and women.
Here is a quick recap of The top 10 safest countries in the world in 2021
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic