Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world, says leading travel magazine

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler releases a list of the safest countries in the world, and this year, Ireland ranks in the top three.

Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world, says leading travel magazine.

Safety is a huge factor when you’re planning a trip or a holiday, and so every year, leaders in travel Condé Nast Traveler release an in-depth list of which countries around the world are the safest according to a number of factors.

While the country taking the number one spot has not budged for the past 16 years, Ireland has leapt an almighty five spaces for the 2023 index.

To measure which countries around the world are the safest, the index takes into consideration factors like incarceration rates, homicide rates, deaths from internal conflict, and more. So, let’s take a look.

The index – how safety is measured

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To assemble this list of the top ten safest countries in the world, the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) ranks 163 nations using three areas of peacefulness to create an annual Global Peace Index (GPI).

These areas are “the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation”.

Then, to further assess a country’s safety, the organisation looks at 23 “qualitative and quantitative indicators”, which include “incarceration rates, homicide rates, deaths from internal conflict, perceptions of criminality and more”.

Then, each country is given an overall score – the lower the score, the safer the country is.

Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world – taking the third spot

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For this year’s list of the safest countries in the world, Ireland has jumped from 8th place in 2022 to 3rd place in 2023 with an overall score of 1.312.

Ireland rounds out the top three safest countries in the world despite only making its way into the top ten for the first time last year.

The emerald Isle gets its ranking thanks to positive scores on low crime rates, the strength of the economy and the friendliness of the people.

Ireland comes in third place behind Denmark in second place and Iceland in first. This is a position Iceland has held for the past 16 years.

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The safest nations in the world – the top ten

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Iceland has been ranked the number one safest and most peaceful country in the world for the 16th year in a row since the index was first released.

According to the index, “The Nordic nation has some of the lowest military spending and international conflict rates in the world (not having any shared borders helps).

“There has been a four per cent deterioration in the country’s score since 2008 though – the report attributes this to increased homicide and terrorism risks”.

The top ten is rounded out with Switzerland in 10th place, Japan in 9th position, Slovenia in 8th place, Portugal in the 7th spot, Singapore in 6th place, Austria in 5th place, and New Zealand in 4th place.

This leaves Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland to round out the top three. You can read the full article here.

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