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Iceland, Denmark among safest destinations for travelers

Intan Tanjung
Intan Tanjung

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, June 23, 2016  /  01:13 pm
Iceland, Denmark among safest destinations for travelers

An aerial view of Reykjavik in Iceland. (Shutterstock/-)

Traveling abroad, especially by yourself, might sound exciting as well as challenging. If safety and security are high on your priority list when choosing a destination, then you may want to consider going to Iceland, Denmark or Austria.

According to Global Peace Index (GPI)'s recent ranking, the three countries were among the world's safest destinations based on 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators including access to weapons, violent crime, political instability, UN peacekeeping funding, and nuclear and heavy weapons.

At the top of the list for the sixth time, Iceland is known for its stunning geothermal spa, Blue Lagoon, has a small population and low homicide rate. No wonder this Nordic country spends less money on violence compared to other countries, which is only around US$242 million, the Daily Mail reported.

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Meanwhile, Denmark and Austria made the top three thanks to their low rate of border dispute and weapon imports, respectively.

A surprise comes from Portugal, which unexpectedly sits at fifth place this year, making it a perfect option for those who want to enjoy a safe vacation in a place with plenty of sun. At 14th place last year, Portugal is said to be the country with the largest improvement of peacefulness in the region.

There are 163 countries listed on the GPI ranking. Among countries that have the lowest rating, or considered to be the most unsafe destinations, are Syria, South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. (kes)

(Read also: Five tourist scams you should watch out for in Europe)

Most peaceful countries in 2016:
1. Iceland
2. Denmark
3. Austria
4. New Zealand
5. Portugal
6. Czech Republic
7. Switzerland
8. Canada
9. Japan
10. Slovenia

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