Well, now that’s really a task to actually pin down the safest countries in today’s world. With the increasing rate of global crime and violence, I really wonder what exactly we mean when we say so and so country is the safest or one of the safest countries in the world. Is it low crime rate? Or no natural disaster? Or is it a quick and sound administration, devoid of corruption? To be honest, we really don’t know on what specific and neat grounds we can actually refer to a country as safe. Yet, following the universal law, there remain few exceptions always. There are indeed a handful of countries that we can actually count upon if we are looking for safety, and more importantly, a peaceful life. Here is a list of 10 such safest countries of the world today that assure a peaceful life with safety:
If safe sounds synonymous to peace to you then Belgium is surely the place you are looking for. A tiny but the best place in Europe, Belgium has ranked among top 10 countries in Global Peace Index. Located exactly at the heart of Europe, Belgium is home to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, Brussels being one of them. Brussels, also the capital of Belgium is home to European Union and NATO. Magnificent castles, enchanting natural beauty, medieval architectural cities – I think Belgium knows perfectly how to mesmerise people.
Stationed at number 9 on our list, Sweden is located in far north of Europe continent. Having the Scandinavian history behind itself, Sweden is country with a rich cultural and historical heritage. With a comparatively low index of robberies (9000 in a year), Sweden can surely be labelled as one of the safest countries to stay in a country full of lakes and pristine lush greens. Sweden attracts a lot of tourists every year because of its ‘safe’ status and is being considered a heaven-like place for people.
Maintaining some of the high standards of living in the world Canada secures number 8 spot on our list. Take a stroll in the Toronto lanes or visit Niagara Falls and you will realize why it is considered one of the safest countries in the world. Calm people, clean environment and an abundance of nature’s bounty make altogether the country superswesome to spend the life in. With one of the best healthcare systems in the world and a stable economy, Canada has never been a target of any terrorist activities. All these facts surely makes it one of the most liveable place in the world. Not to mention that 20.6% of its population is built only by outsiders and have the highest immigrant rate per capita in the world; I guess this alone describes why it is being considered one of the safest countries in the world.
Said to be the abode of world’s most modest people, Finland surely finds a mention on our list as it sits at number 7. Since the end of World War II, the government of Finland has adopted the neutrality policy, thus successfully avoiding wars or any conflicts with rest of the world. It is also known to have one of the best education systems in the world. The literacy rate in Finland is 100% that has been achieved by providing compulsory education to all its citizens. Even the smallest towns have some of the best schools located therein, thus, ensuring an easy accessibility to quality education for all. It is also known for its high regard for civil liberty, democracy, and human rights coupled with an excellent healthcare and employment system. Snow-capped mountains, exciting adventurous games, distinctive culture, mouth-watering cuisine – all of these wrapped in the blanket of warmth and peace. Do I need to say anything more?
With a traumatic past as its history yet one of the strongest nations in the world today, Japan is known for its strict safety and security measures for its people and for all its tourists. A very strict judicial system against crimes Japan has a very low rate of violence. This, when coupled with any terrorism or homicide activity being highly unlikely, and a law that strictly prohibits people to possess firearms, Japan is surely one of the safest countries in the world today. With the title of Happiest Country in Asia, Japan happily sits at number 6 on our list in all its glory.
A peaceful country indeed Austria is a small country sitting in South-Central Europe. Politically strong and strategically precise Austria knows how to maintain good relations with others in the political arena, thus ensuring an overall safety and peace. Its dignified stances with a “no-compromise” attitude in global politics have always garnered praise from rest of the world. Austria is popularly known as The Land of Music with many popular singers to its credit. It is also know to maintain an extremely efficient integrated public transport system connecting even the smallest towns with the main cities. And above all, Austria is synonymous to beautiful resorts in the lap of breathtaking Alps, magnificently cultural centres like Vienna and an overall calm and peaceful environment.
Switzerland is my personal favourite in the list. I mean how Switzerland, which has literally become synonymous to the term ‘romance’, can be unsafe in any way?! It is the lovers’ paradise that we are talking about, after all! It is known for its neutral behaviour in regional, national and global political issues enabling it to maintain a dignified and peaceful relation with other nations. It also ranks in the Top 10 Countries in Global Peace Index 2015.
One of the strong contenders in the safest and most peaceful countries as well, New Zealand has been featured almost every year on several lists of safest and most peaceful countries in the world, since 2007. With relatively less number of people behind the bars, limited military capability but quite strong and efficient, cordial relations with other nations, coupled with down-to-earth hospitality and breathtaking natural beauty, New Zealand is surely the safest and most beautiful country to spend life in. It was also bestowed with the title of Least Corrupted Country in the World in 2013 by Corruption Perception Index.
Despite being a small country, Denmark has successfully tackled issues related to violence and terrorism in the past. Since 2012 it has been regularly featured among the Happiest Countries in the World as well. Consisting of 400 small islands, it is widely appreciated and well known for offering equal opportunities and freedom to all. The income gap between higher officials and junior-ranking employees is remarkably low in the country as compared to other nations. It also offers a lot in terms of culture, cuisine and outdoor sports coupled with splendid beaches.
Ranked numero uno in Global Peace Index 2015, Iceland surely deserves to be on the top of this list. Iceland is well known for its frosty climate, glaciers, hot springs and most importantly, low crime rate. Surprisingly, Iceland does not have a standing army. Rather, it maintains several rescuing teams always moving around. Even the pettiest crime like pickpocketing has a negligible chance of taking place in this most peaceful and safest country. In addition to all these, according to Global Study on Homicide, Iceland’s homicide rate has never exceeded over 8 per 1,00,000 till date.