Safest Cities In The World
What are the safest cities in the world in 2023? It is wise to think about the security of that city before traveling in the country or abroad. Finding a safe and secure destination helps to take away any stress or uncertainty. The level of security and security, of course, varies from country to country and city to city.
To measure the safety of a city, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index (SCI) is used. Based on this, the cities are given a score between 0 and 100. 0 means least safe and 100 is the safest city. According to NUMBEO, Abu Dhabi is the safest city in the world with a score of 88.14, followed by Doha, Qatar with a score of 86.17. Check out the list of top 10 safest cities in the world here.
10. Munich, Germany – 82.49
Germany is one of the safest countries in the world in general. Also, Munich is the safest city in the country and the tenth safest city in the world in 2023, with very low crime rates. It is the capital and most populous city of the German state of Bavaria. With a population of 1.56 million inhabitants as of April 2022, it is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. It is also the 11th largest city in the European Union.
In addition, Munich is a global center of arts, science, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business and tourism and enjoys a very high standard and standard of living. Ranked the world’s most livable city by the Mercer survey, and Monocle’s Life Survey 2018. Also, Munich is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in Germany in terms of real estate prices and rental costs. It is one of the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany.
- Safety City Index: 82.49
09. Zurich, Switzerland – 83.22
Zurich is known as one of Europe’s largest financial centers and an expensive tourist destination. The annual street parade, several top museums and the surrounding Swiss Alps continue to attract tourists from all over the world every year.
Despite its relatively small population, Zurich is one of the largest financial centers in the world. The city is home to several financial institutions and banking companies. Zurich is a quiet place to live or visit, and ranks as one of the safest cities in Europe and 9th safest city in the world 2023.
In addition, ten of the country’s 50 largest companies are headquartered in Zurich, including ABB, UBS, Credit Suisse, Swiss Re and Zurich Financial Services. Also, most Swiss banks are headquartered in Zurich and there are many foreign banks in the Greater Zurich area.
- Safety City Index: 83.22
08. Dubai, UAE – 83.70
Dubai is the eighth safest place in the world with the lowest crime rate. It is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In addition, Dubai has the world’s second highest five-star hotel and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
In addition, Dubai has one of the world’s lowest violent crime rates, and was ranked the seventh safest city in the world in 2019. Also, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency classified the offenses into six categories. These offenses include theft, forced robbery, domestic burglary, fraud, sexual assault and abuse, and criminal damages.
According to the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security, petty theft, pickpocketing, scams and sexual assault still occur, although they are usually not violent and do not involve weapons.
- Safety City Index: 83.70
07. Funchal, Portugal – 84.61
Funchal is the capital of Portugal’s autonomous region of Madeira, which is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its high cultural and historical value, Funchal is one of the main tourist attractions in Portugal. It is also popular as a destination for New Year’s Eve, and is the leading Portuguese port on cruise liner docking. Funchal is a major tourist city, with hotels, ports and an international airport, Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (FNC), located in the nearby municipality of Santa Cruz.
In addition, there is also a passenger gondola lift (the Funchal Cable Car), which takes people from the lower part of the city to the suburb of Monte and another that runs between Monte and the Botanical Gardens. Funchal is one of the safest cities in the world in 2023, with a score of 84.61.
- Safety City Index: 84.61
06. Quebec City, Canada – 84.78
Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and the sixth safest city in the world in 2023. It is the eleventh largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area in Canada. It has a humid continental climate with hot summers as well as cold and snowy winters.
In addition, the ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico. The area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the “Historic District of Old Quebec”.
Additionally, city landmarks include the Château Frontenac Hotel that dominates the skyline and Quebec’s Citadelle, an intact fortress that forms the centerpiece of the ramparts around the old city and includes a secondary royal residence.
- Safety City Index: 84.78
05. Taipei, Taiwan – 85.68
Taipei is the economic, political, educational and cultural center of Taiwan and one of the major centers of East Asia. Considered a global city and rated as an alpha-city by GaWC. Taiwan is notable for its generally low crime rate and Taipei is the capital and special municipality of Taiwan.
The city attracts many multinational corporations, international financial institutions, foreign consulates and business organizations to set up bases there. Thus, Taipei has approximately 3,500 registered foreign businesses and attracts more than 50% of the total foreign investment in Taiwan. Foreign companies with offices or regional headquarters in Taipei include Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, HSBC, Citibank, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, JP Morgan, PwC, and many others.
- Safety City Index: 85.68
04. Sharjah, UAE – 85.83
Sharjah is the third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Like other cities of Arabia, severe punishment is given for crime here, so the crime rate here is very low. Sharjah is the fourth among the top 10 safest cities in the world in 2023.
Sharjah shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates of the United Arab Emirates within a federal structure, although each emirate has jurisdiction over certain functions such as civil law enforcement and the provision and maintenance of local facilities.
In addition, the city is a center of culture and industry, and contributes to 7.4% of the UAE’s GDP alone. Also, the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the Emirate of Sharjah without a liquor license and alcohol is not served in Sharjah’s hotels, restaurants or other outlets due to the Muslim majority in the area. This has helped Sharjah increase the number of Islamic tourists visiting the country.
- Safety City Index: 85.83
03. San Sebastian, Spain – 86.03
According to Numbeo SCI, San Sebastian is the third safest city in the world in 2023 with a very low crime rate. It is a city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. The locals call themselves Donostiara in both Spanish and Basque. San Sebastian Basque is also part of Eurocity Bayon-San Sebastian.
Additionally, the main economic activities are almost entirely service-based, with an emphasis on commerce and tourism, as it has long been one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain. Despite the city’s small size, events such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Jazz Festival have given it an international dimension. San Sebastian, along with Wroclaw, Poland, was the European Capital of Culture in 2016.
- Safety City Index: 86.03
02. Doha, Qatar – 86.17
Doha is one of the safest cities in the world in 2023. Strict consequences for crime are common in Doha and most Arab countries and are considered a major reason crime remains low. The city has a strong police force and police or security guards are present in most of the public places.
Doha is the capital and most populous city of Qatar. It is the fastest growing city in Qatar, with more than 80% of the country’s population living in Doha or its surrounding suburbs. It is the political and economic center of the country.
In addition, Doha is the headquarters of several domestic and international organizations, including the country’s largest oil and gas companies, Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas and RasGas. Doha’s economy is built primarily on the revenue that the country earns from its oil and natural gas industries.
- Safety City Index: 86.17
01. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 88.14
Abu Dhabi is ranked as the safest city in the world in 2023 due to its strict laws and well-funded law enforcement. It is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the second most populous city after Dubai. It is also the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The combination of various sovereign wealth funds headquartered in Abu Dhabi has assets of over US$1 trillion under management. The crime rate here is lowest.
In addition, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the wealthiest of the United Arab Emirates in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) and per capita income. Also, the UAE’s large hydrocarbon wealth gives it one of the highest GDP per capita in the world, and Abu Dhabi owns most of these resources, 95% oil and 92% gas. Abu Dhabi commonly ranks as one of the richest cities in the world.
- Safety City Index: 88.14
Quick recap of the top 10 safest cities in the world in 2023
- 01. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 88.14
- 02. Doha, Qatar – 86.17
- 03. San Sebastian, Spain – 86.03
- 04. Sharjah, UAE – 85.83
- 05. Taipei, Taiwan – 85.68
- 06. Quebec City, Canada – 84.78
- 07. Funchal, Portugal – 84.61
- 08. Dubai, UAE – 83.70
- 09. Zurich, Switzerland – 83.22
- 10. Munich, Germany – 82.49