It might produce some of the gnarliest Eurovision entries, but Finland came up as one of the safest places on the Travel Risk Map 2019, which assesses countries across the world for medical risks, security and road safety. Finland also topped the World Happiness Report two years running. Go wild-swimming in your pick of clean lakes or find a summer party for safe and happy revelling where it barely gets dark – try Lapland’s art, culture and nature-focused Silence Festival or find a midsummer party round a huge bonfire on Seurasaari island, off Helsinki. Or in winter prepare for empty frozen snowscapes and the Northern Lights, with dog sledding, skiing and plenty of saunas to thaw out in after. Plus, Santa.
Finding a safe place to visit is important for any traveller: a destination where you can feel secure and relaxed and still have all the fun. But where are the safest countries in the world? We’ve trawled through reams of data to find out. From peace and security statistics and rankings to reports on how tolerant countries are to other cultures and minorities, as well as local crime figures, traveller surveys and our own Time Out Index, we’ve done the reading to find you the most beautiful, amazing, inspiring and safest places in the world, where everyone’s free to be themselves.
It’s no surprise that Nordic countries scored highly – from cosy, happy Denmark, to gender-equality champion Iceland – while Singapore came out as a top destination for solo travellers. Canada and Portugal provide safe travels for LGBTQ+ visitors, while you’ll find safety in nature in Chile. So here’s where you can max out on fun and feel safe while doing it.