Safest Countries In The World

The 2015 Legatum Safety & Security Index lists mostly European countries as the safest worldwide.
European countries take the lion's share of the top safest countries in the world, with Iceland leading the way within this region. Since 2009, the world has become a more dangerous place according to the Legatum Prosperity Index. With a worsening atmosphere of insecurity developing worldwide today, now, more than ever before, people are looking for the safest places to live in and travel to. We feel that by showcasing the top 25 safest countries in the world, we can then look for common threads these share to find what could potentially make our world a safer place as a whole.

European Domination
Out of the top 25 countries topping the list of the globe’s safest, 17 are European, with several of the others in the top 25 hailing from Asia or Oceania, and Canada standing alone in representing the Americas. Further, Europe is also the only continent to have not seen a decline in safety and security since 2009. Seeing almost no civil wars or state-sponsored political violence Europe truly feels as the safest place to live for many there and abroad. Moreover, being formed by countries with near-full democracies or otherwise well-represented republics, most of Europe’s nations proffer unto their respective populaces high levels of freedom to express their political opinion without fear, further increasing feelings of safety and security there. According to the Global Study on Homicide, Europe, Oceania, and Asia have the lowest regional murder rates, each at around 3 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 12.5 in Africa and 16.3 in the Americas. Such a disparate gap between these regions is huge, and corresponds very well to the rankings discussed below.

Are Wealthier Countries Safer Countries?
Analyses across a spectrum of different statistics show that living in a ‘rich’ country, or a country with a well-developed economy, generally correlates directly with positive senses of security therein. The Economy sub-index from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index shows that only one country (China) out of the top ten in this category is considered unsafe (did not make it to top 25). Furthermore, only 5 of the top 25 safest countries are not ranked among the Highest category in the Economy sub-index rankings. Similarly, only five of the safest countries failed to place in top 30 countries with the highest per capita

Gross Domestic Products.
Scandinavia: The Safest Region In The World
Having all three of its most prominent constituent nations (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) among the 8 safest countries in the world, Scandinavia has to be considered the safest region. Moreover, if we more loosely consider Iceland and Finland as making up part of Scandinavia as well, this means that out of the eight safest countries in the world, 5 are located in Scandinavia. Considering intentional homicide rate averages from across these five countries, the regional rate is 0.8 annual incidences per 100,000 inhabitants. Compared to the already mentioned low rates across the continent, Scandinavia’s homicide rates stand at around merely a quarter of those seen across Europe.

The Pride of Small Asian Countries
The second-best represented region in the top 25 safest countries in the world is Asia. Aside from Japan, the Asian countries nearing the top of the list are considerably small in size, both in terms of population and physical area. What is more, two of them are not even full recognized countries by some others, with Hong Kong being a "Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China", and Taiwan (a.k.a. The Republic of China) not being fully recognized by a number of other countries that conduct business and foreign relations with China (PRC) on the mainland, Taiwan’s cross-sea economic and political rival. It is not all about local culture though. For instance, expensive tickets for minor violations of the law are also said to play a big role in low crime rates in countries like Singapore. Not only are the laws there rigorous (even selling chewing gum is forbidden) but also brutal, considering that over 88% of sentences in 2012 included some degree of caning.

Commonalities among the World’s Safest Countries
As we can see, certain regions of our globe are considered far safer and more secure than others. Among the most significant factors driving such high levels of safety include the educational levels of these populations, their levels of relative social welfare and wealth, and effective criminal justice systems. Furthermore, the governments in these places do not carry out a significant degree of state-sponsored violence and, as such, set a good example and foundations of healthy relationships with their citizens.

CountrySafety and Security Ranking
Hong Kong1
New Zealand11
South Korea17
United Kingdom23
Czech Republic24




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