The Top 10 Safest Countries in the World

With the recent surge in terrorism and polarization of the society worldwide, the value of safest countries has risen by many folds. People are looking to move to peaceful countries. Tourists are also looking to go on vacations only in those countries where they feel safe. As such, the demand for the safest countries in the world is at all time high. This article will list the top 10 safest countries in the world in 2017. This list of safest places to live in the world is based heavily on the findings of the Global Peace Index 2017. The GPI is the most trusted source on the subject as it analyzes each country on a number of factors. The lower the country scores on the GPI, the more peaceful it is. Higher the score on GPI, the more dangerous the country is.

The Top 10 Safest Countries in the World

Without further ado, following are the “The Top 10 Safest Countries in the World.”

  1. Iceland (GPI Score 1.11)
  2. New Zealand (GPI Score 1.241)
  3. Portugal (GPI Score 1.258)
  4. Austria (GPI Score 1.265)
  5. Denmark (GPI Score 1.337)
  6. Czech Republic (GPI Score 1.36)
  7. Slovenia (GPI Score 1.364)
  8. Canada (GPI Score 1.371)
  9. Switzerland (GPI Score 1.373)
  10. Japan (GPI Score 1.408)

10. Japan

Japan Safest Countries in the World

Japan is the only Asian country to rank in this list of the safest countries in the world. It just shows how far Japan has come since the World War days. It is the symbol of peace and prosperity in Asia. There is little to no crime in the country and limited access to weapons. The country is also a great destination for anyone looking to come to Asia. This is because Japan has many activities and facilities for tourists, such as fast speed trains.

9. Switzerland

Switzerland Safest Countries in the World

Switzerland is not only a peaceful place but one that is also beautiful. Tourists flock the country from all parts of the world and get mesmerized by its stunning landscapes. Switzerland is famous for being a neutral country in the sense that it does not take sides in any conflict. This is the driving factor in its ranking here as one of the safest countries in the world.

8. Canada

Canada Safest Countries in the World

Canada is much larger than USA but the large land does not hamper its peacefulness. The country is known worldwide for its cultural harmony among people from different religions, castes, races and nationalities. The current PM Justin Trudeau is seen engaging in cultural activities of all minorities in his country. Canada is also well known for its immigration friendly policies.

7. Slovenia

Slovenia Safest Countries in the World

Slovenia may be involved in some small internal conflicts, but the large police presence is a major contributing factor in its high ranking in the list of the safest countries. The presence of police personnel and law enforcing agencies is a pleasant site for visitors, who feel at ease with strong security measures.

6. Czech Republic

czech republic Safest Countries in the World

Czech Republic is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It may have had a turbulent past but it is now of the most safest places in the world. Czech Republic is known for one of the lowest per capita military spending in the world. The crime rate is also really low.

5. Denmark

denmark Safest Countries in the World

Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. Scandinavian countries are well known worldwide for having a high human development index and Denmark is no exception. With a great health care in place and flexible working hours, Denmark is one of the most peaceful and prosperous nations in the world. The Danish are satisfied with the standards of living and are regularly cited among the happiest people in the world.

4. Austria

austria Safest Countries in the World

Austria is another European country that ranks among the safest countries in the world. It acts as a buffer state and is surrounded by seven countries. Austria is known for its peaceful elections and low weapons import.

3. Portugal

portugal Safest Countries in the World

Portugal is has borders with only one country, Spain. The sea surrounds the other boundaries. This means that Portugal is naturally a peaceful place and would not be affected if a conflict was to break out in the area. Spain acts as a buffer. Portugal is known for its scenic landscapes and affordable lifestyle, which makes it an ideal destination for tourists.

2. New Zealand

new zealand Safest Countries in the World

New Zealand is the second most safest country in the world. Known for its stunning landscapes and natural beauty, New Zealand is a must visit place for tourists. The scenic beauty of New Zealand is unparalleled. This is the reason why a number of movies have been shot in the country. The low internal crime rates and efficient governance system makes New Zealand one of the safest countries in the world.

1. Iceland (Safest Place in the World)

iceland Safest Countries in the World

At the top of the list of the safest countries stands Iceland. Iceland has been on the top of the safest countries list for 10 straight years now. The geographical location of the country has a huge role in this. Iceland is a remote island, allowing it to stay away from regional conflicts. The location is not the only contributing factor. Iceland has extremely low levels of homicide and terror related incidents. It also has a very low number of people in prisons. All this makes Iceland the most peaceful country in the world.


This was the list of the top 10 safest countries in the world. Let us know if your country ranked in the list or if you have visited any of the above mentioned countries.





Zain has done his MBA from LSE. Travelling is his hobby and he takes at least 2 vacations in a year to keep himself refreshed. He has a great interest in marketing. Football is a game he loves and he follows FC Barcelona ardently. Feel free to reach him on social media for a chat.

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