The 10 Safest Countries in the World

Written by Niccoy Walker
Updated: September 11, 2023
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10 Safest Countries in the World
You can travel with peace of mind in any of these safe countries.

The Global Peace Index measures the peacefulness and safety of countries around the world. The Institute for Economics and Peace produced this index, which includes over 99% of the world’s population and uses special indicators and respected sources. This index takes into account societal safety and security, domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization. Discover the 10 safest countries in the world, including the safety of their residents and why they are the most peaceful nations.

1. Iceland

Appenzell cattle dog running on the green grass

Iceland is the safest and most peaceful country in the world.


For 14 years, Iceland has been the safest and most peaceful country in the world. The primary reasons this Nordic country experiences a safe environment are its small population, high standard of living, lack of tension between social classes, and a high level of trust in its police department. Further, Iceland protects equality among its citizens and has no military.

2. Denmark

Copenhagen downtown city skyline, cityscape of Denmark

Denmark is just as happy as it is safe.


Not only is Denmark the second safest country in the world, it’s also the happiest. This European nation excels at providing a safe and equitable space for its residents, who enjoy free higher education and healthcare. Danish people also enjoy a corruption-free government that makes safety its highest priority. There is very little crime in the country, as early intervention and prevention is a major factor.

3. Ireland

nice senior woman on mountain bike, cycling on the cliffs of Dunmore Head near Kilballyowen , County Limerick in the southwestern part of the Republik of Ireland

Ireland has a very low crime rate.


This European country takes third place as the safest country in the world, which is a significant increase from its once 11th spot. While this country can experience some crime, such as pickpocketing in tourist areas or alcohol-infused bar fights, it still has a very low crime rate compared to other countries. Ireland also has low threats from terrorism, political corruption, and cultural violence. And its residents enjoy high financial freedom and quality of life.

4. New Zealand

New Zealand has a peaceful culture with residents who value community.


As the first non-European country on the list, New Zealand is a peaceful culture and island country in the Southwest Pacific Ocean. The crime rate is very low, and violent crime is extremely rare. New Zealanders value diversity and equality and place priority on connecting with their local communities. This country also has a stable government and a solid economy. And because of its beautiful weather and lack of dangerous animals, people can truly relax there.

5. Austria

Austria is one of the safest countries in the world due to its high quality of life and low crime.


This landlocked European country is the fifth safest in the world. While petty theft in tourist areas can be common, serious and violent crimes are almost nonexistent. Austria features a rich culture and a strong economy, which bolsters its residents. It also has high-quality education and healthcare systems. Residents who are happy and content are less likely to engage in violent and criminal behavior. 

6. Singapore

The Singapore Flyer, a large Ferris Wheel in Singapore is visible against a cityscape across an expanse of water.

Singapore has strict laws and punishments, deterring people from committing crimes.

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Residents of Singapore have a high sense of security and positive interactions with law enforcement, more so than most countries in the world. And because of its strict enforcement laws and punishments, people are often deterred from committing any heinous acts. Singapore also has a sophisticated surveillance system. Citizens are proactive in reporting criminal behavior, the police force is reliable, and the legal system is transparent, all of which add to the safety of the country. 

7. Portugal

A happy tourist woman overlooks the colorful old town Alfama of Lisbon city, Portugal, and castle Sao Jorge on her sightseeing trip

Portugal increased its police presence and decreased its unemployment rate.

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This Southern European country was once number 18 on the list of safest countries in the world. But it has made great strides to climb the ladder to a safer level. Portugal significantly decreased its unemployment rate and increased its police presence. Both factors drastically reduced crime. Portugal is a friendly and family-centered environment and consistently ranks as one of the best places to retire due to its safety and standard of living.

8. Slovenia

Slovenia has excellent travel security and a stable economy.


As a mountainous country in Central Europe, Slovenia features a dramatic landscape and excellent quality of life. It became a democratic government in the 1990s and has since greatly improved many areas of life for both residents and visitors. Slovenia is an excellent country for tourism due to the country’s excellent travel security and low crime rate. It also has a stable economy and democracy, giving its citizens a high level of peace and security.  

9. Japan

Tokyo city in Japan

Japan places importance on national character and social harmony.

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The Japanese believe in national character and social harmony. They also avoid conflicts and observe a hierarchy in both personal and professional relationships. Japan has very little internal conflict and very low crime rates. It also has strict laws and preventative measures in place to reduce petty theft. And political unrest is virtually unheard of.  

10. Switzerland

Sunrise in historic city center of Lucerne with famous Chapel Bridge and lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstattersee), Switzerland

Switzerland has a very high standard of living, a stable economy, and a low crime rate.

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Switzerland is the tenth safest country in the world, with its biggest offense being petty theft. This European country features a stable economy, a low crime rate, and a democratic government. Its residents are also generally wealthy, enjoy excellent healthcare, and have an overall very high standard of living. And Swiss law is respected among its citizens, giving law enforcement officials the green light on doing their job meticulously. 

Summary of the 10 Safest Countries in the World

RankSafest Countries in the World
#4New Zealand

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About the Author

Niccoy is a professional writer for A-Z Animals, and her primary focus is on birds, travel, and interesting facts of all kinds. Niccoy has been writing and researching about travel, nature, wildlife, and business for several years and holds a business degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. A resident of Florida, Niccoy enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time at the beach.

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