Many may be wondering whether to travel at all after the recent Paris attacks and a security lockdown in Brussels. It appears as if the whole world is in some kind of a conflict all the time. This perspective may be biased by the coverage and vivid visuals that the media give to even the smallest of incidents. In reality, there are in fact whole regions of the world that can be identified as relative havens of peace in an all-too-often violent world.
The Global Peace Index has issued a report which lists all 162 countries in the world according to how peaceful they are. They used a wide range of respected sources such as The World Bank and some of the UN agencies before they drew up their list. Peace, according to their definition based on 22 indicators, is the absence of war, violence, low military spending, levels of policing, organized crime, and the application of democratic government.
According to the index Iceland is the safest country in the world in 2015 due to factors such as its low levels of political instability and murder rates. Even petty crimes such as pickpocketing and wallet snatching are virtually non-existent.
The Nordic countries, alpine nations and the Asia Pacific region dominate the list with New Zealand ranked fourth and Australia ninth.
Iceland has taken first place in the Index since it began in 2007 and is one of the few countries in the world with no standing army, instead the Icelandic Coast Guard is in charge of the island’s water and airspace.
Top 10 safest places in the world to travel by The Global Peace Index
4. New Zealand
10. Czech Republic
With breathtaking scenery and unique experiences on top of safety and security, it’s not hard to see why Australia and New Zealand have become a hot spot for luxury travel enthusiasts and incentive groups.
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