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When you’re planning your next vacation, there’s nothing more important than knowing that the country you’re visiting is safe.  

This is particularly true if you’re a solo traveler. This is because solo travelers often feel more vulnerable and are more safety conscious when traveling the world.  

Those hoping to travel to the safest possible destinations often look to the Global Peace Index for inspiration, where to top 5 safest countries to visit right now can be found.  

woman petting horse in vienna

The Global Peace Index is an annual ranking of the world’s safest countries, curated by the Institute of Economics and Peace.  The 2023 list has just been released.

When creating these ranking the index looks at three main factors: 

  • The level of societal safety and security 
  • The extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict 
  • The degree of militarisation 

Wondering where the U.S. landed on the list? Lower than you might expect, as the 131st safest country in the world.  

A hiker wearing an orange wind breaker on top of a mountain in New Zealand

So where are the safest countries in the world right now? Here are the top 5 destinations:  

Iceland

Iceland has retained its place as the most peaceful country in the world for the 15th year running.  

In fact, Iceland is so safe that as well as securing first place for being the most peaceful country overall, it also secured the top spot in all three individual categories of safety and security, ongoing conflict, and militarization.  

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Blue Lagoon thermal spa in Iceland.

Crime rates in Iceland are low, there is no army in the country, and the police force doesn’t carry guns.  

As well as being incredibly safe, Iceland is also a beautiful country that is welcoming to tourists from around the world.  

People often think of Iceland, often known as the land of fire and ice, as being a winter vacation destination, but summer is a great time to visit Iceland.  

The long daylight hours and warmer weather make it the perfect time for outdoor pursuits.  

Denmark

Swapping place with Ireland, safety in Denmark has increased, taking it from the 3rd to the 2nd safest country in the world.  

It’s no surprise that 2 of the 5 countries on this list are in Scandinavia, which has a reputation for its tolerance and low crime rates.  

Copenhagen Denmark Boat Canal

What makes Denmark so unique is the high levels of social trust its people demonstrate. Danes trust their government and each other, and for good reason: Denmark is one of the least corrupt countries in the world.  

While Denmark is historically considered an expensive country to visit, and prices will certainly be higher here than in Southern Europe, it remains one of the most affordable Scandinavian countries, making it a great alternative to Norway or Sweden if you’re on a budget.  

Ireland

Europe remains the most peaceful region in the world and is home to 7 of the 10 most peaceful countries. Ireland continues to be in the top three of this enviable list.  

Crime rates in Ireland are very low. And any crime that does occur is largely fueled by drug and alcohol misuse. 

This means that it’s safe to enjoy a Guinness or two, but you shouldn’t drink so much that you’re not aware of your surroundings while in Ireland at night.  

tourists and shoppers walk down a pedestrian street in Dublin

You’ll be enchanted by the famous Irish charm of many of Ireland’s cities and can enjoy traveling here without any concerns about being a victim of crime.  

While U.S. travelers are advised to take the usual safety precautions, the rates of homicide and sexual violence here are among the lowest in Europe and the world.  

New Zealand

New Zealand has shot four places up the rankings, going from being the 8th safest country in the world to the 4th.  

It is also the only country outside of Europe to make the top 5 list.  

Tourist sitting in New Zealand overlooking a volcano

New Zealand is a popular destination for backpackers and budget travelers, who often choose to travel alone, so its excellent safety record is sure to be reassuring.  

New Zealanders are very sociable, and violent crime rates are low in the country. Tourists should be aware that street crime can occur in larger towns and cities, so they should be careful when walking at night.

Austria

Rounding out the list is Austria, which is ranked as the 5th safest country in the world right now.  

Austria has incredibly low crime rates. In fact, violent crime is almost non-existent in the country and never impacts tourists. 

Hallstatt, A Small Alpine Town In Austria Seen At Dusk, Austria

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the usual safety precautions. The most common crimes here are petty theft, bicycle theft, and ATM scams, all of which can negatively affect tourists.  

There are many remote and beautiful parts of Austria where tourists enjoy visiting to get off the beaten path.  

This is perfectly safe and a lot of fun. Just remain aware of your surroundings, particularly when traveling at night.  

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