Top 10 Safest Countries in the World in 2021 !

The Global Peace Index is one of the World’s most secure countries ranking. This report is published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace. This non-partisan, non-profit independent organization focuses on peace in the World in a positive, viable, and tangible way.’ The report investigates the safest and most dangerous countries

The factors that are included in this report are:

  • Number of conflicts of violence within and outside
  • The level of suspicion
  • Politically unstable
  • Terrorist potential Potential
  • Number of killings
  • Military costs as a GDP percentage

Europe is on rank one of the 25 safest countries. Europe has not seen a safety decrease since 2009 as the only continent to be. In the top 25, Asia is the second most common area. The homicide rate in both regions is around three per 100,000 people.

The Nordic countries of Europe are in particular. All of the top 25 safest countries are Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland, so the region of Iceland is considered the safest in the World. In the region, the homicide rate is 0.8 per 100,000 population. So, here the top 10 safest countries in the World are as follows:

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Portugal
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Singapore
  8. Slovenia
  9. Japan
  10. Switzerland

10. The Czech Republic

Population (2021):10,721,474
Growth Rate:0.20% (189th)
World Percentage:0.14%
Peace Index:1.375

The Czech Republic is the World’s ten safest countries. From its 2018 ranking, the Slavic country Czech Republic fell from 7 to 10. Over the years, crimes, in particular violent crimes, have declined steadily. However, the country’s weapons are relatively easy to access. The terrorist impact of the Czech Republic is also low. The country’s rankings have declined due to its relatively high engagement in foreign conflicts, the high per capita proportion of prisoners, and the security and police assessment.

The Czech Republic

9. Japan

Population (2021):126,141,812
Growth Rate:-0.27% (221st)
World Percentage:1.62%
Peace Index:1.369

Japan is the World’s ninth most secure country. For 12 years, the most powerful military country Japan has always received high marks for low crime, internal conflict, and political terror as the top ten countries in the Global Peace Index. Japan’s disturbing relations with its neighbors and the country’s increasing scale and power of self-defense forces are areas of concern. Japan is known for limited immigration and limited firearms access. Japan does not see the carriage of a firearm as a right of the person. According to the Safe Cities Index of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Tokyo is regarded as the safest city in the World and the second most important for healthcare.

Japan

8. Slovenia

Population (2021):16,258,779
Growth Rate:2.89% (11th)
World Percentage:0.21%
Peace Index:3.3

Slovenia is ranked 8th in the World Peace Index.  Slovenia ranked among the top five demilitarisation countries, including decreases in military spending as a percentage of total and military GDP. In Slovenia, crime rates, especially violent crime, are very low, with small robbery, bag-snapping, and car break-ins the biggest concern. The danger of terrorism in Slovenia is also very low. Slovenia is considered one of Eastern Europe’s safest countries to visit.

Slovenia

7. Singapore

Population (2021):5,896,686
Growth Rate:0.84% (132nd)
World Percentage:0.08%
Peace Index:1.347

Singaporeans felt the highest sense of personal security and had a positive experience with law enforcement in the same Gallup 2018 report. Singapore has one of the richest countries and the World’s most despicable crime rates due to severe penalties, even for small crimes. In Singapore, violent and aggressive crimes are scarce, and the government and police strictly control weapons and other firearms. In the Safe country Index of the Economist Intelligence Unit, the country is the second safest in the World (EIU). Infrastructure security and personal security, Singapore was ranked second in digital terms.

Singapore

6. Canada

Population (2021):38,067,903
Growth Rate:0.91% (122nd)
World Percentage:0.49%
Peace Index:1.327

Under the 2018 Global Peace Index, Canada is the sixth safest country in the World and retains its position. In particular, the highest-paid country Canada received good results in domestic conflicts, crime levels, and political stability. Canada has some of the World’s most notoriously friendly people in addition to good work opportunities, great access to health, and good governance. Canada’s crime rate is about one-third that of the United States, its neighbor. Eighty-four percent of Canadians surveyed said they were safe in their country in a 2018 Gallup survey.

Canada

5. Denmark

Population (2021):5,813,298
Growth Rate:0.35% (172nd)
World Percentage:0.07%
Peace Index:1.316

Denmark is one of the World’s most reliable and happiest nations, ranked fifth on the Global Peace Index. Denmark is one of the only nations where people, including children, report that they feel safe at all times of day or night. Denmark has a high level of equity and a strong sense of collective social responsibility, both of which contribute to Denmark’s safety and happiness. Corruption is rare in business or politics because honesty and confidence in Denmark are the highest priorities. Denmark is also a welfare state, so everybody receives services and benefits to living comfortably. In Denmark, everybody has access to the best healthcare without any extra fees.

Denmark
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4. Austria

Population (2021):9,034,854
Growth Rate:0.67% (168th)
World Percentage:0.12%
Peace Index:1.291

Austria is the World’s fourth most secure country. The rankings in 2019 improved Austria in several spheres, including increased UN peacekeeping funding, arms exports, and a reduced impact on terrorism. However, after the elections in October 2017 for the People’s Party of Sebastian Kurz, Austria witnessed a worsening probability of violent demonstrations. Social unrest has increased because of the country’s political instability. A very safe country to visit is Austria, otherwise. Serious crimes are rare, although pickpockets and purse-snatchers should be aware of them. Moreover, any significant acts of terrorism have been spared Austria.

Austria

3. Portugal

Population (2021):10,174,403
Growth Rate:-0.31% (218th)
World Percentage:0.13%
Peace Index:1.274

In the most peaceful countries, the cheapest land is available and Portugal ranks third as the safest place. Portugal finished 18th in the World in 2014 and is now ranked 3rd since 2014. Portugal has armed police, but, contrary to Iceland and New Zealand, increased police presence in the country has led to a reduction in the crime rate. Portugal has revived economically in the last six years, from more than 17 percent to less than 7 percent. Portugal is largely ranked as the best retirement country in 2020 in the annual global retirement index, owing to its safety level.

Portugal

2. New Zealand

Population (2021):4,852,190
Growth Rate:0.85% (130th)
World Percentage:0.06%
Peace Index:1.221

The second safest nation in the World is New Zealand. New Zealand has a very low rate of crime, particularly violent crimes, just like Iceland. But theft, especially for tourists, is a common occurrence. Unlike its down-under neighbor, Australia, New Zealand has no deadly animals known to have dangerous wildlife. New Zealand’s score was slightly lower than before, owing to two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people on 15 March 2019. New Zealanders are generally open-minded and have legislation to avoid the abuse of the freedom of speech or expression of anybody. Police do not carry personal firearms like Iceland in New Zealand.

New Zealand

1. Iceland

Population (2021):342,879
Growth Rate:0.66% (149th)
World Percentage:0.00%
Peace Index:1.072

Under the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest and best country in the World for the 12th consecutive year. Iceland is a Nordic country with a population of 340,000, which is relatively small. Due to its high standard of living, poor people, strong social attitudes towards crime, highest life expectancy, high confidence in its highly qualified policing force, and a lack of social and economic tension, Iceland has a very low crime level. Iceland has no military, and the police are not carrying firearms (only extendable batons and pepper spray). Iceland also has legislation to provide for equal rights, such as equal sex and equal sex law, religious freedom.

Iceland

So, these are all about the top 10 Safest Countries in the World If you want to take a glimpse at the Top 25 Safest Countries in the World, then have a look below:

RankCountriesPopulation 2021
1.Iceland 343,353
2.New Zealand 4,860,643
3.Portugal 10,167,925
4.Austria 9,043,070
5.Denmark 5,813,298
6.Canada 38,067,903
7.Singapore 8,715,494
8.Slovenia 2,078,724
9.Japan 126,050,804
10.Switzerland 8,715,494
11.Czech Republic 10,724,555
12.Ireland 4,982,907
13.Australia 25,788,215
14.Finland 5,548,360
15.Bhutan 779,898
16.Malaysia 32,776,194
17.Netherlands 17,173,099
18.Belgium 11,632,326
19.Sweden 10,160,169
20.Norway 5,465,630
21.Hungary 9,634,164
22.Germany 83,900,473
23.Slovakia 5,460,721
24.Romania 19,127,774
25.Mauritius 1,273,433

Five Least Safest Countries

If you are still curious to find the data of the Top Five least safest Countries in the World, then here you can go!

5. Yemen

Population (2021):30,490,640
Growth Rate:2.33% (44th)
World Percentage:0.39%
Peace Index:3.412

Terrorists, criminal elements, and non-governmental citizens continue to threaten the kidnapping/arrest in Yemen. Here western workers can be targeted for attack or abduction. Significant destruction of infrastructure, housing, medicine, schooling, and energy and water supplies was caused by military conflict. This restricts electricity, clean water, and the best healthcare availability. This instability often hampers humanitarian organizations’ ability to provide food, medicine, and water that are critical. The country continues to endure critical violence levels, including armed conflict, artillery shelling, and airstrikes. 

4. Syria

Population (2021):18,275,702
Growth Rate:0.91% (1st)
World Percentage:0.23%
Peace Index:3.566

The Syrian people declined between 2011 and 2018 because of the Syrian Civil War, as more than 5 million people were seeking refuge in other countries. The population has been increasing again since 2018 and is expected to exceed 20 million by the end of 2023. Since March 2011, the Middle East, which took the highest position until last year, is plagued by civil war. It was the second most deadly war in the 21st century, with 470,000 people, including 55,000 children, killed.

3. South Sudan

Population (2021):11,381,378
Growth Rate:0.99% (62th)
World Percentage:0.15%
Peace Index:3.526

As a country is inhabitable, and as many as 33% of the population occupies 7% of the land, Southern Sudan must confront challenges, such as increasing population density. Besides, economic growth will continue to worsen with increasing population degradation and environmental degradation. The country was placed in third place with civil unrest, ongoing political conflicts, and widespread criminal acts – including robberies, attacks, car jacks, and kidnappings. There is an armed conflict mostly outside the capital of Juba between government and opposition groups with little or no rule of law and order.

2. Iraq

Population (2021):41,179,350
Growth Rate:2.38% (39th)
World Percentage:0.53%
Peace Index:3.369

Iran’s population is growing rapidly. This is also due to defense reasons to people migrating from neighboring countries (Iraq and Afghanistan). In recent years Iran’s population has changed and increased dramatically, but according to Iran’s Deputy minister for health, Fatima Rakhshani is expected to decrease in 2021. Internal and external conflicts occur throughout the country, including terrorist attacks and ISIS, which continue to capture and kill civilians and military of the country.

1. Somalia

Population (2021):16,258,779
Growth Rate:2.89% (11th)
World Percentage:0.21%
Peace Index:3.3%

The rapid population growth of Somalia is putting a strain on poor health and instability in the country. Furthermore, the research shows that civil war risk is much higher in countries where 60% of the population is less than 30 years of age, such as Somalia (70%). The country’s already unstable environment is exacerbated by the absence of police forces, prevailing drainage, and food shortages. It is highly risky to abduct, and terrorist attacks are common in airports, state buildings, hotels, and restaurants. The majority of activists are targeting foreigners, government officials, and the UN’s workers.

Conclusion:

The safest countries globally, including their wealth levels, social well-being, and education, have some commonalities. Moreover, these countries have effective criminal justice systems and governments with very good relations with their citizens. The USA ranks 128th overall in the World Peace Ranking. Since 2016, the US has dropped each year, attributed to decreased satisfaction with lives and an increasing wealth gap.

Sophia Wadke
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