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Safest Countries in the world 2011 - top 10

Updated on November 23, 2011

Safest Countries in the World 2011

The Safest countries

What are the safest countries in the world to live? In most western countries the matter of security is still high on the political agenda. Where one party feels society is getting more dangerous, the other party claims the streets are only getting safer. The Global Peace index provides a perspective on how safe your country really is, and also which countries are the safest countries in the world.

Global peace index Report

Every year several agencies conduct a survey focussing on the matter of security world wide and establishes lists with the safest countries world wide. The Global peace index is by far the most important one. It bases it findings on 23 factors. It does not only take wars and armed conflict into consideration, but also, and probably more important for the safer countries in the world, also things like violent crimes, murders, percentage of prisoners, chance of terrorist attacks and society's perception of safety. In other words, all factors that contribute to being a safe country. The GPI survey is conducted in cooperation with the Economist Intelligengence unit, the Institute for Security and Peace, and several experts in the field of international security.

The safest countries in the world 2011

This year for the third time in a row it became apparent that the world has become more dangerous in comparsion to the previous year. Also in Europe it is the second time in a row that it has become less safe. Nonetheless, it is still the safest region in the world. Region number two is North-America. In Europe especially the Scandinavian countries are doing very well with 4 countries in the top 10 of safest countries in Europe. Iceland has made the most progress after the instability of 2008/2009, and is now back to being the safest country in the world, thereby taking the thrown from New-Zealand. Japan is still doing very well despite of the nuclear drama this year. They remain high because they have shown that they were very well prepared in coping with the disaster. Furthermore, Japan hardly has any violent crimes and is politcally very stable. It is also one of the safest countries in the world because it hardly has any military expenditure(due to the agreement they made after their defeat in 1945). The United States can be found at place 82 in 2011, demonstrating that it is Canada's safety that makes the North-America score high as a region.

Safest Countries in the World 2011 top 10

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


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      Suzana 5 years ago

      Slovenia is really very safe country.

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      Me97 5 years ago

      I live in Singapore. It is one of the most extremely safest country In the earth.

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      marie 5 years ago

      This might be weird, but if they dont put Breivik in jail for several years, i will be watching my back this year when i arrive in oslo. ok im overreacting, but oh well. Nevertheless, Norway is really really the countryside and so i will go back this year. Highly recommendable.

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      jp 5 years ago

      I think Singapore should definitely be on the list.

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      markinternational 6 years ago from The Netherlands

      Indeed it is. It might please you to hear that it is considered to be the second best country to live in the the world. As you can see in my other article about best countries to live in.

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      me 6 years ago

      I believe that Australia is one of the best countries in the world.

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      me 6 years ago

      I believe that Australia is one of the best countries in the world.

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      gavin 6 years ago

      I think australia shuld be on the list

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      markinternational 6 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks for your comment.

      Of course, some of there of the safest countries on that list are rather debatable.

      However, a one man mass killing should in my opinion not alter countries general safety. As awful as they may be, they can unfortunately happen pretty much everywhere. The bomb was planted by the same twisted man. On every other aspect Norway remains one of the safest countries in the world.

      Indeed, one could argue that Denmark has some tension when it comes to the the islam and immigrants, and they have indeed been under increased terrorist threat. However,having lived there for a long time,id say there are countries in which the situation is a lot more tense. I could also name switzerland in this respect, wanting to ban islamic buildings.

      Nonetheless, Swizterland takes the 16th place.

      But your suggestions are indeed countries that could be ranked among the safest countries in the world.

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      happychappyjb 6 years ago from UK

      I seriously doubt Japan can make the list after the nuclear leaks, Tsunami and earth quakes it is one of the most dangerous places to in 2011. I would prefer going into armed conflict than going to Japan as it sits on a knife edge of a tectonic plate.

      Again Norway saw one of the worst genocides of the century where around a hundred kids were killed by Anderas and also exploded a bomb in the city center in 2011.

      Denmark has a high potential for violence as its racist parties makes fun of Muslim rituals such as the cartoon about Prophet Mohammad, and banning of halal food shops and minerates for Mosques.

      I would suggest Switzerland, Fiji and Malta may make your list.

      Thanks for the article...