A list of the Safest Countries in the World is released every year by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The Global Peace Index contains a list of 163 regions across the globe that are ranked based on domestic and international conflict, the militarization of the country, and discord with a nation related to political stability and crime.

01Ireland

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In 2018, Ireland was slightly safer than the year before, but it remained in the 10th spot. All information indicates Ireland is politically stable, has a low chance of political terror, and is involved in funding UN peacekeeping across the globe. So, if you enjoy green spaces, friendly bars, Irish music, dark beers, folklore, and history, you may want to consider a visit to the Emerald Isle.

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02Japan

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Japan gets high marks for its limited access to weapons and the very low annual murder rate. In recent years, Japan has been trying to improve tourist facilities to increase the number of visitors to the island. Being one of the safest countries in the world is sure to encourage people to travel to this vibrant, colorful nation. The country is also very easy to get around thanks to its efficient high-speed trains.

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03Singapore

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The country of Singapore jumped from 27th place in 2017 to make the top ten in 2018. Singapore has very low scores in domestic and international conflict. Societal safety is at an all-time high in the country, so you can rest easy while you're enjoying the sights. Tourists can instead concentrate on which of Singapore's many attractions they should visit first.

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04Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic has recorded very few acts of violent crime, and the country spends very little of its funds on military activities. These factors led to the Czech Republic becoming one of the safest countries in the world this year. Spend your days exploring all the interesting sites and attractions of this central European country.

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05Canada

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Canada might be much bigger than its neighbor to the south, but all that green space and low crime rates help this nation rank in the top ten safest countries while the United States comes in at 121st. You will find plenty to do and see in this friendly country. The cities of Toronto and Vancouver are well worth a visit.

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06Denmark

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Denmark is not only one of the safest countries in the world, but it regularly rates as one of the happiest, as well. There is plenty to see and do in this interesting country. Visit museums on the history of the Vikings, savor the unique cuisine of the region, and spend your days taking in all that Denmark has to offer.

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07Portugal

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According to Conde Nast Traveler, Lisbon is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. Portugal has a low crime rate and is not involved in any military conflicts, making it one of the safest spaces to visit. The country is relatively affordable and is now attracting large numbers of tourists. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, drinking delicious wine, and eating unique cuisine.

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08Austria

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Austria received good points for minimal international conflict, limited access to weapons, and peaceful elections. The countries surrounding Austria all scored well on an index that indicates the peacefulness of certain regions. Visit the interesting museums related to the two world wars. Enjoy the delicious cuisine of the country and then go hiking in the mountains to work off the indulgence.

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09New Zealand

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New Zealand has ranked as one of the safest countries in the world for the last ten years. The level of violent crime is very low and the country remains peaceful in regards to elections and international conflict. Thrill seekers will love the extreme thrills, including the worlds highest bungee jump. Those seeking a more peaceful holiday may enjoy the stunning scenery and beautiful beaches. New Zealand is well-known for its varied wines and markets appealing to foodies.

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10Iceland

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Iceland is the safest country in the world for the tenth year in a row. The nation scored low points for homicide, violent crime, political instability, and acts of terror. Enjoy the unique scenery of Iceland: visit the hot baths and volcanoes, and experience the Northern Lights. Iceland's cuisine is interesting and unique, and there is no end of exciting things to do in this small island country.

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