Safest Countries in the World
The question in the mind of people who want to travel the world is, what are the safest countries in the world? Responding to this, we have prepared a list of the top 10 Safest Countries in the World 2023, according to the Global Peace Index. The Global Peace Index is a report produced by the GPI Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) that measures the relative state of peace of nations and regions. The GPI ranks 172 independent states and territories according to their level of peace. Most of the safest countries in the world are European countries.
10. Canada – GPI score 1.33
Canada is the tenth safest country in the world in 2023 according to the Global Peace Index with a score of 1.33. It is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometers (3.85 million sq mi), making it the world’s second largest country by total area. Canada’s capital city is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Additionally, Canada has very low crime levels and in addition to good job opportunities, good access to healthcare, and effective government, Canada has some of the most notoriously friendly people in the world. The crime rate in Canada is about one-third that of its neighbor, the United States. In a 2018 Gallup survey, 84% of Canadians said they feel safe in their home country.
- GPI Score: 1.33
- Population: 38.2 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $1.88 trillion
09. Czech Republic – GPI score 1.329
The Czech Republic ranks ninth among the top 10 safest countries in the world in 2023 with a GPI score of 1.329. It climbed two places from its 2019 ranking from ten to eight. There has been a steady decline in the crime rate in the country over the years, especially in violent crimes. Terrorism is also less prevalent in the Czech Republic.
Furthermore, the Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Austria to the south, Germany to the west, Poland to the northeast and Slovakia to the east. The Czech Republic has a mountainous landscape covering an area of 78,871 square kilometers (30,452 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental and oceanic climate.
- GPI Score: 1.329
- Population: 10.73 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $276.1 billion
08. Ireland – GPI score 1.326
Ireland, a developed country, performs well in several national performance metrics, including health care, economic freedom and freedom of the press. It is a member of the European Union and a founding member of the Council of Europe and the OECD. The Irish government has followed a policy of military neutrality through non-alignment since immediately before World War II and as a result the country is not a member of NATO, although it is a member of the Partnership for Peace and Pesco aspects. Ireland is the eight safest country among the top 10 safest countries in the world 2023.
Additionally, Ireland is a country in north-western Europe comprising 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The country’s capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern side of the island. About 40% of its population of 5 million people live in the Greater Dublin area. In addition, Ireland is also one of the richest countries in the world.
- GPI Score: 1.326
- Population: 5 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $477 billion
07. Switzerland – GPI score 1.323
Switzerland is the seventh safest country in the world 2023, with a score of 1.323. At the same time, it is also one of the happiest countries in the world. Switzerland is a land of natural beauty surrounded by a land at the confluence of Western, Central and Southern Europe. It is a federal republic made up of 26 cantons, with federal authorities based in Bern. Switzerland is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It has a total area of 15,940 square miles and a population of about 8.74 million.
In addition, Switzerland has been among the ten highest arms exporters per capita every year for the past five years. Also, Switzerland ranks fourth globally for food security and is one of the ten most peaceful countries for ongoing domestic and international conflict.
- GPI Score: 1.323
- Population: 8.74 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $824.7 billion
06. Austria – GPI score 1.317
Austria is a landlocked country located on the Eastern Alps in the southern part of Central Europe. It is made up of nine federated states, one of which is Austria’s capital and largest city, Vienna. Austria is the fourth safest country in the world by 2023. It’s 2022 score, according to the GPI, saw a slight increase of 0.011 points from 2020 but retained its fourth-place ranking.
Additionally, Austria occupies an area of 83,879 km (32,386 sq mi) and has a population of about 9 million. While Austrian German is the official language of the country, many Austrians communicate informally in various Bavarian dialects. Austria is a very safe country to travel to. Serious crimes are uncommon, although people should be aware of pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Also, Austria is spared from any major acts of terrorism.
- GPI Score: 1.317
- Population: 9 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $481.7 billion
05. Slovenia – GPI score 1.315
Slovenia is a country in Central Europe. It is ranked 5th among the top 10 safest countries in the world in 2023, with a GPI score of 1.315. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. Slovenia is mostly mountainous and forested, covering 20,271 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi), and has a population of 2.1 million, of whom 300,000 live in the capital and largest city, Ljubljana.
In addition, Slovenia is a developed country with an advanced high-income economy: ranking very high in the Human Development Index. As measured by Guinea, it has one of the lowest rates of income inequality in the world. Slovene, a South Slavic language, is the official language. The country’s capital and largest city – Ljubljana – is located almost in the center of the country.
- GPI Score: 1.315
- Population: 2.107 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $60.9 billion
04. Portugal – GPI score 1.267
Portugal is ranked fourth among the top 10 safest countries in the world 2023 by the Global Peace Index. Also, it comes in third place in the ranking of most peaceful countries. Portugal has experienced an economic revival over the past six years, reducing its unemployment rate from 17% to less than 7%. Additionally, Portugal is ranked as the best country for retirement in 2020 according to the annual Global Retirement Index.
Portugal is a country whose mainland is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, and whose territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. Spain is the only country to have a land border with Portugal. Its official and national language is Portuguese and the capital and largest city is Lisbon.
- GPI Score: 1.267
- Population: 10.3 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $251.7 billion
03. Denmark – GPI score 1.256
According to the Global Peace Index, Denmark is the third safest country in the world in 2023. It is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. Denmark is located to the southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered by Germany to the south. As of 2020 Denmark has a total area of 42,943 km (16,580 sq mi). Metropolitan Denmark has a population of 5.8 million, of which 800,000 live in the capital and largest city, Copenhagen.
In addition, Denmark is one of the few countries where people report feeling safe at any time of day or night. Denmark has a high level of equality and a strong sense of general responsibility for social welfare. Because corruption in business or politics is rare in Denmark, since honesty and trust are the top priority. Everyone in Denmark has access to healthcare at no extra charge, tuition-free education and home care assistants for the elderly are provided.
- GPI Score: 1.256
- Population: 5.8 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $392.5 billion
02. New Zealand – GPI score 1.253
With a GPI score of 1.253, New Zealand is the second safest country in the world in 2023. New Zealand has a very low crime rate, especially violent crime. There are no lethal animals here, which is known to have some dangerous wildlife. New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two mainland North Island and South Island and over 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres. New Zealand’s most populous city is Auckland and the capital city is Wellington.
Additionally, New Zealand’s score has dropped slightly from a year ago due to the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch on 15 March 2019. New Zealanders are open-minded and have laws in place to prevent abuse of anyone’s freedom of speech or expression. Also, the police here do not carry personal firearms.
- GPI Score: 1.253
- Population: 4.87 million (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $243.3 billion
01. Iceland – GPI score 1.1
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the least populated country in Europe. According to the Global Peace Index (GPI), Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 13th year in a row. Also, Iceland is one of the happiest countries in the world. The capital and largest city of the country is Reykjavik. To its southwest, Reykjavik and the surrounding area are home to more than two-thirds of the population.
Furthermore, Iceland has a very low level of crime due to its high standard of living, small population, strong social attitudes against crime, high level of confidence in their well trained and highly educated police force. Iceland also has laws to guarantee equality, such as religious freedom and equal pay for men and women.
- GPI Score: 1.100
- Population: 344,000 (approximately)
- GDP (nominal): $24.1 billion