Safety and security are always one of the most important factors when choosing a country to move abroad. Regardless of what’s going on in the world, the Institute for Economics and Peace instigates a report on the Global Peace Index which indicates the ranking of the safest countries in the world. A total of 163 countries are featured in this report.
The report ranks each country’s level of safety based upon 23 different indicators such as the number of internal and external threats, the level of distrust, human well-being, environmental safety, political and economical stability and more. The countries listed in this article are all ranked according to this year’s report.
EU Countries Dominate the Global Peace Index:
Despite the current situation on Europe’s doorstep, EU countries still dominate the Global Peace Index. In fact, this year’s ranking includes eight countries at the very top that are part of the European Union.
The 5 Safest Countries to Live in 2023:
Croatia is a country with a Mediterranean lifestyle that many digital nomads and retirees find attractive. Its peace index has increased a lot in recent years and it is ranked 15th out of 163 countries evaluated. The crime rate in its major cities is considerably low, and people can walk through the neighborhoods at night without any fear for their safety.
Finland is often touted as one of the happiest countries in the world, but when it comes to the Global Peace Index, it ranks 14th. Comparatively, crime rates are very low in the country, although one might find themselves in the midst of a storm or blizzard. Major natural disasters are practically non-existent here.
Hungary has become a popular destination for people from all over the world because of its scenery, lifestyle, safety standards, and cost of living. It is the world’s 13th and Europe’s ninth safest country in this year’s index, thanks to its minimal crime rate and few natural hazards.
Canada is known for having a universal reputation for being a very safe country. It ranks 12th in this year’s Global Peace Index and is far better than neighboring USA that ranks 129th. For the most part, it enjoys a healthy human development index, a growing GDP per capita, and a low crime rate.
Switzerland is a modern country with a highly educated and engaged population. Despite dropping one spot in this year’s ranking, Switzerland ranks 11th, and crime is very low. People feel safe walking around even in the middle of the night, and the country’s long-standing neutrality is also a key factor in keeping the country safe.
In conclusion, the Global Peace Index provides a comprehensive overview of the safest countries to live in. Whether you are a digital nomad retiree or someone thinking about immigration, this list will help you make an informed decision about where to move next.