Where to go on vacation: tourists named the 15 safest countries in the world
Winter vacation time is in full swing. When choosing where to go, you should consider not only the usual factors, such as weather, prices, and the number of cultural attractions but also the level of security. Over the past year, the list of countries that meet these criteria has slightly changed.
Therefore, USA Today, citing data from Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, has compiled a list of the fifteen safest countries that welcome tourists. Among them are 10 European countries.
To compile the list, the company interviewed 1,702 people about their own travel experiences in different countries and collected information on terrorism, weather emergencies, health and safety of underrepresented groups.
This large country in North America topped this year's list of the world's safest countries for travelers due to its low violent crime rate and strict gun laws.
Switzerland is known not only for its high standard of living and beautiful landscapes but also for its low crime rate.
Norway has the best northern lights. In particular, the country is also famous for its safety. According to the report, Oslo, the capital of Norway, is the safest area of the country, USA Today writes.
Those who want to see Ireland's Cliffs of Moher or sip some Guinness can rest assured that their lives are not in danger. USA Today notes that in 2022, the country had fewer murders than 16 US cities.
5. The Netherlands
The BHTP claims that survey participants repeatedly said they feel safe in the country and its capital, Amsterdam. The only problem may be an increased tax on tourism.
6. United Kingdom
With beautiful countryside and cities with low crime rates, the UK is a great option for traveling. It is worth noting that the country is planning to introduce an entry fee to its borders soon.
This country is famous not only for its delicious seafood and wine but also for its fairly cheap vacations. Portugal's cities are safe and well-maintained, and the countryside is peaceful.
This country is balanced thanks to the temperament and calmness of its citizens. Last year, Denmark was the second safest country in the world for tourists, and low crime rates are still a priority.
Like its Scandinavian neighbor Denmark, Iceland is often considered the country with the greatest gender equality and the safest country in the world when it comes to crime, according to USA Today. Although the country is not very large in scale, it is definitely breathtaking with its landscapes of glaciers, geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, and volcanic terrain.
The rugged wilderness and newest cities make Australia a desirable country for travelers. According to the report, 377 murders were reported in 2022, which is about half the number of murders in Chicago, USA Today reported.
11. New Zealand
New Zealand is famous for its high prices and comfortable active seaside vacation. With a low crime rate, the country is also considered quite peaceful and safe for independent travel.
In recent decades, Japan has been developing at a frantic pace. It is here that ancient traditions and the latest technologies have been combined. In particular, politeness and order are also highly valued in Japanese culture, making it a safe place for tourists. However, one should not forget that this country is "rich" in natural disasters.
France has stood the test of time as one of the most popular destinations in the world. Fortunately, for travelers, the country has relatively safe transportation (except for petty theft, which is common in the subway) and protection from disease epidemics, USA Today writes. In particular, do not forget about violent demonstrations: check local media for such events and be careful.
In general, the Mediterranean country has a low crime rate, but you should beware of petty theft. Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection recommends that people pay special attention to their documents.
This year, Brazil is on the list of safe countries to visit. Despite the long flight, you can enjoy the incredible beaches and warm air as it is summer in the country. However, USA Today advises to be vigilant at the borders as they are dangerous due to criminal activity.