Ireland ranked in top 10 safest countries on the planet, US doesn’t make top 100

For the 11th year running, Iceland has been voted the number one haven for residents.

This is great news for the tourist industry as we depend greatly each year on the tourist industry to generate revenue for the country.

The tourist industry in Ireland employs one in nine people nationally and is worth in the region of over 9 billion annually.

Who and what determines which countries are the safest?

Every year, The Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australian think tank, carefully analyses 163 countries to determine just how peaceful they are.

It analyses this using a Global Peace Index, which takes into account factors such as government, corruption, crime, terrorism, weapons, and prison systems.

A country’s peace is measured by using three themed factors: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation.

The Vision of Humanity Organisation states in the report that, “this report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to-date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.”

The Top 10 safest countries in the world ranked as follows:

1. Iceland
2. New Zealand
3. Austria
4. Portugal
5. Denmark
6. Canada
7. Czech Republic
8. Singapore
9. Japan
10. Ireland.

The report noted that the average level of global peacefulness has declined for the fourth consecutive year, falling by 0.27 percent in 2017. The results of the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) also showed that 92 countries deteriorated, while only 71 improved.

Despite some deterioration across factors such as Ongoing Conflict, Safety and Security and Militarisation Europe has once again ranked the most peaceful region in the GPI for the tenth successive year. In 2018, Europe claimed 20 of the top 30 rankings in the GPI, and with 25 of the 36 European nations in the top 50.

For the 11th consecutive year, Iceland was ranked as the world’s safest place as their crime rate is tiny, with just 1.8 murders per 100,000 people annually.

This year the US didn’t even make the top 100 safest countries in the world, ranking 121st.

However, the US has improved slightly on their ranking of last year by moving up one rank.

Syria again was reported as the least safe country out of the 183 profiled and studied.

The report cited political polarisation, nuclear weapons, external conflicts, weapons exports, and high rates of incarcerations as reasons for such a low score.

You can read the report compiled by the institute in its entirety, here.

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Sarah Talty is a passionate travel writer and journalist from beautiful Clare. She's travelled far and wide across the globe but still firmly believes Ireland is a hidden gem and the beauty on our doorstep remains unrivalled worldwide. Sarah has interviewed everyone from astronauts who've been to the moon to rappers who've been to prison and loves nothing more than researching and writing about something that excites her. However, binging Netflix shows comes a close second.