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The 10 Safest Countries in the World

The Institute for Economics and Peace has released itsGlobal Peace Indexfor 2018, an annual ranking of the world's safest countries. Overall, the study found, the world is 0.27 percent less peaceful today than it was at this time last year. But while world peace has fluctuated over time, one fact has remained constant: the country that has remained at the top of the rankings for the last decade.

Below you'll find the full TOP TEN safest countries:

10. Ireland

The Republic of Ireland remained slightly more peaceful than last year, netting its marks for low political instability and political terror, and faring well in U.N. peacekeeping funding. Whether you're just generally into beautiful places, or smaller islands specifically, the Emerald Isle has something for youand now you know you can sleep easy at night.

9. Japan

This country makes it very easy for travelers to get around, with high-speed and even invisible trains part of a mission to double the number of visitors by 2020.

8. Singapore

The island city-state earns bragging rights with enviably low rates of domestic and international conflict, plus societal safety.

7. Czech Republic

The country that was home to the Velvet Revolution has a low per-capita military spending and relatively few acts of violent crime.

6. Canada

Despite being larger than its neighbor to the south, Canada's ranks much higher than the United States for safety (we're at 121st this year...womp). Try visiting one the country's most friendly cities or checking out Toronto on a stopover with Air Canada.

5. Denmark

Denmark regularly ranks among the happiest countries in the world. These days, the main source of conflict is whether its better to summer on the country's northern coast or soak up some hygge during the winter.

4. Portugal

In 2016, Lisbon was declared the most underrated city in Europe for Portugal's relative affordability and beauty.

3. Austria

Robert Frost wrote that "good fences make good neighbors," and that's true of Austria, whose neighbors (including Germany and the Czech Republic) also are also very safe. Austria has low weapon imports and consistently peaceful elections.

2. New Zealand

New Zealand may be one of the world's best destinations for gasp-inducing adventure travel, but you're more likely to be shocked by stunning beach views than by internal conflict or violence.

1. Iceland

For the tenth year in a row, Iceland tops the charts on the safest countries in the world. The nation is low in homicides, number of people in jail, and terror acts. Another bonus: Being an island makes it somewhat harder to have border disputes. What more incentive do you need to jump in a thermal bath already?

Posted by: Starship Travel
July 10, 2018
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