The Research Institute for Economy and Peace has published theGlobal Peace Index 2018 (GPI - GLOBAL PEACE INDEX), which reveals the safest countries, as well as the most dangerous ones in the world.
The report classified 163 countries based on how quiet they are. The rankings were determined by 23 factors, including homicide rate, ease of procuring weapons, political terrorism and deaths caused by internal conflict.
Overall, the report found that 93 countries have become more peaceful since last year and that 68 countries have become less peaceful. Therefore, the world has become a marginally better place since 2017. Countries ranked in the top places have the lowest scores and are the most peaceful.
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One of the many islands that enter the top 10, with a score of 1.408 GPI, Japan is theonly Asian country to enter the list of the safest countries in the world. The cuisine alone is enough to entice you to book a flight to the Land of the Rising Sun, but its majestic landscapes with towering volcanoes and dramatic cliffs will make you want to extend your vacation. Find out more…
After a 12th place last year, Ireland entered the top 10 with a score of 1.408 GPI. Most people know the emerald green island as the home of Guinness, but this country also features some of the planet's most amazing natural wonders. Ireland is definitely worth a visit.
It should come as no surprise that a country known for its neutral stance during the war and for being the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross ranks in the top 10 of the most peaceful countries with a GPI score of 1.373. So once in Switzerland unwind in one of the country's ski resorts, or head into town for a delicious Swiss chocolate.
THEonly North American country which reaches the list of the top 10 safest countries with a GPI score of 1.371. The Canada offers something for all tastes, whether you are looking for an adventure in full nature or for strong emotions to live in a big city.
Perhaps Slovenia isn't the first destination that comes to mind when planning a European adventure, but you might change your mind considering its 1.364 GPI rating and its great location close to the Alps and with access to the Mediterranean Sea. Don't miss a visit to the Lake Bled, the most popular attraction in the country, to enjoy incredible views.
6: Czech Republic
Tourism in this country in the hinterland of Europe is on the rise. In 2016, the number of visitors to the Czech Republic increased by 6,9% and with a GP1 score of 1,36, it is one of the safest European countries to visit. We recommend strolling through the cobbled streets of Prague, but also venture out of town to experience a countryside unlike any other.
Scandinavia is one of the safest regions you can visit with other countries like Norway and Sweden ranking in the top 20, but Denmark is the safest country among them with a GPI score of 1.337. Known as the happiest, the southernmost Nordic country is home to world-class museums, unique amusement parks and historic architecture.
Surrounded by three other countries ranked in the top 10, Austria is nestled in a safe pocket in central Europe with a GPI score of 1.265. Find out Vienna, its Old World charm and a culture unlike any other in the region.
Portugal, one of the most underrated countries, needs to be known much more. The coastal country is home to some of the best castles in Europe, incredible cuisine, and Instagram-worthy sunsets. Its GPI score of 1,258 only adds points to its brilliance. Book a trip to reach Lisbon, the country's capital, to enjoy a mix of ancient sights and modern wonders.
2: New Zealand
Home of breathtaking views and amazing wildlife, New Zealand it is a Mecca for adventure lovers. In fact, Queenstown, located on the South Island, is known as "Adventure Capital of the World“, Thanks to a plethora of extreme activities available to visitors. And its GPI score of 1.241, which places it among the safest countries in the world, only adds to the desire to visit this extraordinary country.
Since 2008, this small island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean has been called the most peaceful country in the world. Location and population (around 330.000 in 2015) certainly contributed to its impressive global GPI of 1.111. The country is one of the most sought after destinations by tourists and with its stunning scenery and a world class capital, theIceland it is not only beautiful but above all safe.