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Amid widespread turmoil across the globe, it’s good to know that some countries are still considered highly safe and peaceful.
Using the 2023 Global Peace Index rankings, let’s explore the safest places you could move to. Oh, and stick around until the end to learn which five countries are considered the least safe.
Often one of the first countries people think of when considering peaceful nations, Switzerland has low levels of political instability and has not been at war since 1815. Residents report feeling safe and secure, and many live a prosperous life. Switzerland regularly features in the top five of the United Nation’s Happiness Report, with exceptional education, health, and environmental support from the government.
Despite being 12 times more densely populated than America, Japan is considered a very safe country to live in. Crime rates have been falling for several years now, and incarceration numbers have been decreasing steadily since the 1950s.
Over the last decade, Slovenia has transformed its reputation. Once one of the Republics of Yugoslavia and a hidden gem in Europe, the country is now a hot spot for tourists and those looking for a new home. Boasting some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes and an emerging economy, Slovenia is one of the most impressive up-and-coming nations on the continent.
Like Slovenia, Portugal has had a resurgence over the last decade or so. It has constantly climbed the Global Peace Index rankings year after year. Portugal also happens to be one of the most affordable nations in Europe and offers higher-than-average housing, work-life balance, personal security, and environmental quality.
Thanks to Singapore‘s very low crime rate, transparent legal system, and robust security measures, it’s considered one of the safest countries in the world. The Southeast Asian nation has focused heavily on bringing cultures and communities together, which has produced a strong sense of security and trust among its diverse population.
Despite being the gateway between Eastern and Western Europe, Austria has managed to cement itself as one of the safest nations on the continent. Governments have prided themselves on building relationships with rival political blocs and fostering close cooperation with neighboring countries.
New Zealand scored almost perfect marks for societal safety and domestic and international conflict. Thanks to its location, it is highly isolated from other countries and as a result is considered one of the safest places to live in the world. New Zealand also ranks top in overall health status and is above average when it comes to education, jobs, and earnings.
Despite centuries of tense relations with the United Kingdom, and domestic terrorism, Ireland has come out the other end as 2023’s third most peaceful country. Thanks to its longstanding independent status and a neutral army, Ireland has been climbing the safety ranks for some time. When it comes to the financial cost of violence in Ireland, just 3% of its GDP goes to crime-related issues—providing the country with plenty more money to spend on its resident’s well-being.
Despite needing to up its military spending due to Russia’s growing threat in the region, since 2008, Denmark has never dropped below fifth in the Global Peace Index. Safe to travel and live in, the Nordic nation has very high levels of political stability, freedom of press, and consideration of human rights.
The Icelandic people must be able to sleep well knowing that for 16 years in a row, their home has been the most peaceful nation on earth. Having no standing army, air force, or navy but still being a member of NATO, the country has high levels of security for a very low financial cost. Iceland also enjoys world-class educational systems, record-low crime rates, and the highest job earnings in the world.
Five Least Peaceful Nations
Now you know where you’ll be safest, here are the five countries that are considered the least safe in the world in 2023.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- South Sudan
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