Did you know that the world is becoming less peaceful with only 10 countries free of conflict?
This data was obtained from the Economist Intelligence Unit who collect and collate data on a yearly basis to create the Global Peace Index (GPI) report. The definition of safety for the purpose of the GPI is the absence of crime.
So if you’re looking for a travel destination for 2017, be sure to check whether that country is safe prior to booking your tickets.
These are the 10 safest countries to visit in 2017:
This year, Slovenia has made it into the top 10 safest countries list for the first time. Famous for its ski resorts, mountains, lakes, caves and castles, Slovenia is a paradise for nature lovers and culture enthusiasts alike.
Japan is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and with good reason. Most of the action is centred around Tokyo, which you can easily explore by catching the bullet train that reaches speeds of 200 miles per hour.
Japan has a great mix of activities for the family all year round. There are countless temples, architectural wonders including castles and towers, ski resorts with varying terrain and hot springs. If you’re looking for more of a cultural experience, there is a very active nightlife, cosplay events and of-course the electronics in Akihabara.
Whatever your desires Japan really has it all. The best part? It is one of the safest places in the world, staying in the top 8 on the GPI index for the last eight years.
Canada holds a great many attractions that have worked their way into popular culture. These iconic landmarks include Niagara Falls, Canadian Rockies and Canada’s Wonderland to name a few. In addition there are many ski resorts to try, art galleries to visit and natural wonders to explore.
Canada is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world. It’s home to 35 million people and has the world’s longest border shared by the same two countries. Canada has scored in the top 15 on the GPI index since 2008.
When you think of Switzerland you can’t help but think of Swiss Alps that soar over 2000 metres above sea level. Switzerland has a history of minimalism, reliability and versatility, just think of the Swiss Army Knife. Like its products, the country has a lot to offer. From numerous ski resorts, nature hikes to family friendly zoos and scenic lakes, there is something for everyone. While you’re there why not take a cheese and wine tasting tour?
Switzerland is topping the charts this year on the GPI so take your family and enjoy the sights, with no worries about your safety.
6. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is home to a plethora of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural wonders, art and music. It also happens to be the number one beer-drinking country in the world with a consumption of 143 litres per capita. So it’s no wonder why the country ranks above average for personal security, education, work-life balance and environmental quality according to the OECD Better Life Index.
In 2015, the Czech Republic made its debut in the top 10 safest countries list and has only rose in the ranks since.
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is known for its stunning coastline, climate, surf and food. Not only that, it’s home to the world’s oldest bookshop, largest artificial underwater park and is the only place in Europe where you can interact with dolphins. So if you’re looking for a safe country to visit in 2017, Portugal is one to consider.
4. New Zealand
Looking to spend your holidays in the sun? You can’t get much safer than New Zealand. Home to just under 5 million people, this island paradise is a sight to behold. Visit the famous glaciers, experience the Maori culture, check out the volcanic ally with clear blue water or simply rent a car and drive through the countryside.
If you are looking to get away from the rush of the city and enjoy nature, the south island is a great place to go. If you want the city experience, don’t miss out on what Wellington has to offer. Whatever your interests, New Zealand has you covered!
Austria is a great mix of nature and culture offering attractions from ice cave tours to a 900 year old cliff fortress, one of the best preserved in Europe. Staying in the capital city of Vienna, you can expect to see a wide range of attractions. There are museums, mansions, grand gardens and even “escape room, get out in time” style games for you to explore with the whole family. Stepping out of the capital city you can see expect to see waterfalls, gothic churches and visit nordic thermal spas.
Austria has made the top 3 safest countries in the world for the past three years. With their extremely low crime rates, you can have peace of mind while travelling.
Denmark is home to exquisite cuisine and unsurprisingly “the world’s best restaurant” Noma. There are countless attractions to explore in Denmark including beaches, wineries, chocolate tours and even LARP events, which are taken very seriously. If culture is what you are looking for, don’t miss out on the spectacular castles and heritage sites.
Denmark has been the second most peaceful country in the world for the last six years. If safety is what you are after, you can’t do much better than Denmark!
Iceland was once again named the world’s safest country. With the population count of 323,002 and an average temperature of 0 – 10 degrees Celsius, it’s one of the colder places to travel to. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, but is full of natural wonders. If you are willing to deal with the cold, you have a chance to see “the northern lights”, an erupting volcano, or a mighty river that appears to vanish into the earth.
Iceland has been the safest country in the world over the last eight years. So if you’re looking for a somewhere safe to travel to in 2017, consider meeting the Icelanders and exploring the beauty it has to offer.
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