World’s Safest Countries Revealed

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Australia is one of the world’s safest countries, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF’s 2015 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report placed Australia in a respectable 13th place on its list of safety and security in 141 nations. The report took into account the costliness of common crime, violence and terrorism on businesses, the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime, and homicide rates.

New Zealand placed even higher than Australia on the index, along with the Gulf nations of Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman.

According to the report, the Nordic country of Finland ranked as the safest country in the world. Here are the top twelve nations:

1. Finland

2. Qatar

3. United Arab Emirates

4. Iceland

5. Austria

6. Luxembourg

7. New Zealand

8. Singapore

9. Oman

10. Portugal

11. Switzerland

12. Hong Kong SAR

Normally considered one of the world’s safest places, Japan finished in 22nd place, while popular destinations the UK, US and Indonesia finished in 63rd, 73rd, and 83rd respectively.

 

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Lisa Nikolau

Lisa Nikolau is a freelance writer who has been specializing in travel, culture and current events since 2012. She currently writes on travel and news related topics for YouTravel.com.au.She has traveled to Peru, throughout west and eastern Europe, and has lived in southern Spain.At the moment, Lisa’s favorite pastimes are learning foreign languages, exploring hiking trails in the Olympic National Forest, and ending the day with friends at one of Seattle’s many microbreweries.