Top 10 Safest Countries in 2016

With the way the world is portrayed on the news, it’s hard to know if it’s really safe anywhere you go, especially outside the comforts of your own neighborhood. But there is a silver lining in all this muck. Each year, the Global Peace Index (GPI), published by the Institute of Economics and Peace, generates a list of all the countries and ranks them in order of their security or level of peace. This list can give us a better idea which countries as a whole are safer than others. Without further delay and a little drum roll please…here are the top 10 most peaceful countries of 2016:

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

Now, mind you, these countries didn’t get put in the top 10 by chance. The findings are supported by 22 factors which include “violent crime, political terror, import/export of weapons, refugee influx, and violent demonstrations.” As you can see from the list above, out of the top 10 safest countries, 7 are actually located in Europe.

Among 163 countries worldwide, the United States obviously didn’t make the top 10, nor did it make the top 20 for that matter. Instead, GPI has the United States located next to number 103, and that’s our own backyard we’re talking about! The excuse “It’s not safe to travel” is not a valid reason to avoid seeing the world, especially when countries like France and Peru are considered more peaceful than the one we live in. Even a popular destination like Mexico is rated 140 out of the 163, but that isn’t stopping clients of Columbus Travel from booking their summer and fall vacations there. At the bottom of the list, Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq qualified as the 3 most dangerous countries, so maybe hold off on traveling there for a little while.

No matter where you journey though, agencies like Columbus Travel want you to be safe and have a great vacation. Check the State Department website for alerts and warnings and do the research before you leave home.

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