These Are The Safest Countries to Visit in the World

The world can be a little scary sometimes. If you’re rethinking that dream trip, opt for one of these safer destinations instead.

Once a year, the top notch guys and gals at the Institute of Economics and Peace calculate the Global Peace Index – a handy little tool which ranks 163 nations on ‘a country’s level of Negative Peace using three domains of peacefulness.’

The criteria is simple. In order for a state to be deemed safe, it must rank highly among the following: domestic and international conflict (i.e. war), the levels of disharmony/harmony within a nation, and all factors, which relate to militarisation, political stability and every nitty gritty thing in-between. All these factors give each of the 163 sovereign states three scores that average out into an overall ranked winner.

Itching to find out which nation came out on top? Check out the 10 safest vacation spots here on Earth below:

10. Ireland (tied, tenth place)…

Skellig Michael | © UTBP/Shutterstock

Score: 1.408

Why’s it so safe? The Republic of Ireland got tops marks for low levels of political instability and terror.

10. Japan (tied, tenth place)…

Mt. Fuji | © lkuni/Shutterstock

Score: 1.408

Why’s it so safe? Japan got joint tenth place with the Republic of Ireland because of its low number of homicides and the difficulty of accessing weapons.

9. Switzerland…

The Matterhorn | © Ekaterina Grivet/Shutterstock

Score: 1.373

Why’s it so safe? Switzerland is ranked at number nine, due its political neutrality and its lack of both internal and external conflicts.

8. Canada…

Niagara Falls | © Nagel Photography/Shutterstock

Score: 1.371

Why’s it so safe? Regarded as much safer than its southern neighbour, the United States, Canada nabs eighth spot for political stability and for some of the friendliest cities on the planet.

7. Slovenia…

© Lake Bled | © ZM_Photo/Shutterstock

Score: 1.364

Why’s it so safe? This eastern European beauty gets the seventh spot on this list for minimal internal conflicts and its high police presence.

6. Czech Republic…

Movaria | @ Tomas Tichy/Shutterstock

Score: 1.360

Why’s it so safe? The Czech Republic scores high for its low military spending and crime rates.

5. Denmark…

Copenhagen | © LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock

Score: 1.337

Why’s it so safe? Aside from being the happiest place on Earth, it’s also one of the safest (because it’s so happy).

4. Austria…

Austrian Alps | © Andrew Mayovskyy/Shutterstock

Score: 1.265

Why’s it so safe? Austria comes in at number four for peaceful elections and low weapon imports.

3. Portugal…

Algarve | © Anton Foltin/Shutterstock

Score: 1.258

Why’s it so safe? Affordability, happiness, political neutrality, low crime rates and beauty, make Portugal ones of the safest places to live and visit in Europe.

2. New Zealand…

Arthur's Pass | © Travellight/Shutterstock

Score: 1.241

Why’s it so safe? The Kiwis grabbed the number two spot for their lack of internal conflict or violence.

1. Iceland…

Hvitserkur | © Filip Fuxa/Shutterstock

Score: 1.111

Why’s it so safe? The land of ‘ice and fire’ gets top marks for low scores on homicides, number of people in jail, and terrorism.

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