If you want to base your next vacation on where you’re going to feel safest, then Iceland might be the place to visit.
It’s on top of this year’s Global Peace Index – for the 11th year in a row.Each year, an Australian think tank crunches data to work out which countries are safest and most dangerous out of 163 independent states and territories.It looks at factors like crime rates, terrorist attacks, murder rates, weapon imports and exports, rates of people being incarcerated, corruption and the government functioning.
The island’s crime rates are tiny, with just 1.8 murders per 100,000 people per year in a population of 300,000.
Iceland also has no military, which means less risk of war, and its police are also not armed.
However, Iceland wasn’t the only European country in the top 10.
Austria came in at number three, Portugal at number four and Denmark at number five.
The Czech Republic got number seven on the list while Ireland came in 10th place.
The UK came in a dismal 57th place, although the good news is that we don’t have to travel far to find peace.
The United States came in 121st place, while Syria and Iraq came in at the bottom, after years of conflict.
The top 20 safest countries in the world:
2. New Zealand
7. Czech Republic
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