Safety is a super important consideration when travelling, especially when heading overseas to an unfamiliar country. Every year, the Institute of Economics and Peace releases a Global Peace Index (GPI) – which is an indicator of a country's overall safety and a very handy guide for travel planning. The GPI ranks countries on factors ranging from rates of violence and crime to corruption, terrorism and international conflicts.
Which country is regarded the safest? Iceland came out on top – as they have every year since all the way back in 2008 – thanks to its low crime rates, low military spending and low rates of international conflict.
Denmark landed in 2nd place, in part due to its low levels of corruption. And Ireland jumped five places up since last year's results.
The ten safest countries in the world in 2023:
- New Zealand
What about the most dangerous countries?
At the other end of the spectrum, there are countries that are suffering through war, extensive violence and political instability. According to the Global Peace Index, these are the ten countries that finished in the bottom ten, ranking as the most dangerous in the world for 2023.
- South Sudan
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
You can check out the rankings and GPI’s interactive map here.