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The safest countries in the world

  • World's Safest Countries

    When traveling internationally, especially for the first time, many tourists research their destination country’s safety. What makes a country safe? It could be whether you can walk your dog at night without looking over your shoulder or even how the country fares on women’s rights.  

    Gallup conducted a Global Law and Order poll to answer this complex question, interviewing more than 148,000 adults in 142 countries or areas in 2017 with a baseline of four questions to determine citizens’ own feelings of safety in their daily lives. Questions included whether people felt confidence in their local police, whether they felt safe walking at night, if they’ve had anything stolen in the past 12 months, and whether they’ve been mugged or assaulted in the past year.

    Stacker analyzed the full results to rank the safest countries in the world. Consider these locales next time the travel bug strikes.

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  • #43. Croatia (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    As one of the newest members of the European Union, Croatia is part of the Balkan Peninsula—along with Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Hungary—bordering the Adriatic Sea. The country is famous for its endless coastline, 120-plus islands, alluring UNESCO Heritage Sites and major festivals and events like Yacht Week. Hikers and explorers would do well to stay on marked paths, as unexploded land mines still dot the countryside from a series of past conflicts.


  • #43. Poland (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    Though it’s been in the news for decidedly undemocratic reasons of late, that shouldn’t dissuade travelers from putting Poland on their travel lists. From its striking history sites and wildlife-rich forests to world-famous museums and Europe's largest medieval town square, there is so much to see, eat, and do in this massive country, you’ll be pressed to find the time. From a safety perspective, law and order is always high on their priority lists.


  • #43. Israel (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    If all you knew about Israel was from what you read in the news, one might assume Israel was a war-torn country engaged in daily battles. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth—and Gallup’s index backs it up. Israel is home to the world’s largest three monotheistic religions, with millions of tourists visiting holy sites in Jerusalem every year. This travel boom compels the country to keep the sites and cities as safe as possible. Outside of the capital, the cuisine, beaches and nightlife in Tel Aviv are all world-class.


  • #43. Mauritius (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    This fascinating island in the middle of the Indian Ocean has a long history of colonization that strongly influenced its unique demographic makeup. Once at times ruled by the Dutch, French, and British, the island has developed a wide range and blend of languages, ethnicities, and religions that all make for a rich culture. Nature-lovers will be wowed as the island is home to some of the most unique and rarest flora and fauna on earth.


  • #43. Bangladesh (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    If you want to travel to Bangladesh, now may be the time—climate change may influence its tourism for decades to come. In the meantime, this south Asian country is home to diverse wildlife, ancient monasteries, stunning beaches and islands, and medieval-era fortresses. Crime is relatively low here.


  • #43. Philippines (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    Nestled between the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, the Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands. There are places to avoid in any country, and this country is no exception. Tourists are advised to steer clear of Marawi City on Mindanao, due to local uprisings and terrorist concerns. If you are caught with even small amounts of drugs in the Philippines, sentences are harsh and mandatory, particularly in light of the current presidential administration’s reputation for enforcing these laws.


  • #43. Serbia (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    With the Kosovo War firmly in its rear window, Serbia is now a country known more for its vibrant nightlifein Belgrade particularly, eclectic cuisine, big festivals, and a history that spans between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg monarchy. Traveling through the country will reveal hidden gems, ancient fortresses, and sprawling natural parks.


  • #43. Australia (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    On one hand, Australia has some of the most incredible geological formations, endless pristine beaches, soaring modern cities, and the Great Barrier Reef, which is the planet’s largest living organism. On the other hand, the country has some of the most vicious and venomous animals on the planet. The lesson here is to always stay on the path. In general, you’re in little-to-no danger from the human population itself.


  • #43. South Korea (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    Steering clear of Demilitarized Zone, which is still dense with war-era landmines, the rest of the country is a safe haven where food, family, and fun are all high priorities. Don’t miss out on fun attractions like Lotte Worldone of the largest indoor-outdoor theme parks on the planet—or the array of UNESCO World Heritage sites, like Seoul’s 700-year-old Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine.


  • #43. Romania (tie)

    Law and order index score: 82

    Though it’s considered one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union, Romania has made a concerted effort in recent years to clean up their government and promote tourism on a wide scale. The country boasts unique highlights not found anywhere else. On a single trip, you can visit Dracula’s Castle, visit resorts on the Black Sea, and admire capital city Bucharest’s architectural landmarks by day and booming club scene at night.


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