Lonely Planet Writer

Revealed: the safest places around the world

If you are nervous about travelling abroad, why not visit one of the safest destinations in the world? A new report from Gallup, the 2018 Global Law and Order report, ranks places around the world based on how people feel about their safety. More than 150,000 people around the world were asked questions about how safe they feel walking alone at night, their confidence in local police, whether they had been assaulted or mugged and more. Countries were given law and order index scores based on the responses. Here are the top 10 safest destinations according to the report:

View of cityscape in mid-autumn festival at night, Singapore. Image by fiftymm99/Getty Images

Singapore – 97

People living in Singapore rate their home as the safest in the world. It’s also been named the best city for expats if you’re considering a move abroad.

Norway – 93

Nordic countries often top the list of safest spots around the globe and Norway is no exception. But travellers may have to be concerned about the changeable weather if they decide to get out and explore the country’s nature.

Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellfoss waterfall - one of the most amazing places in Iceland, beautiful landscape with lots of water.
Iceland is one of the safest countries. Image by Santi Sukarnjanaprai/Getty Images

Iceland – 93

Epic Iceland is more popular than ever and as the country continues on its massive tourism boom, there has been a lot of effort from local agencies to help keep tourists safe as they explore.

Finland – 93

While Finland ties for second place in Gallup’s ranking, it was named the safest country in the world last year by the World Economic Forum.

Oriental buildings of the old city of Itchan Kala. Khiva, Uzbekistan. Image by ©mihtiander/Getty Images

Uzbekistan – 91

This captivating country is one of the safest in the world – and it’s making efforts to open its doors to tourists.

Hong Kong – 91

Hong Kong ranks as one of the safest destinations, but be warned that it’s also one of the most expensive cities for international workers according to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey.

Zurich seen at sunset.
Zurich seen at sunset. Image by ©Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock

Switzerland – 90

One of the wealthiest countries in the world, Switzerland is famous as a centre of banking. It’s also been ranked as the best country in the world by US News and World Report for its quality of life, business opportunities and more.

Canada – 90

With a massive size and small population, Canada is the perfect destination for travellers who love the outdoors. It also ranks as one of the most reputable countries in the world.

Padar Island in the Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Image by ©aumphotography/Getty Images

Indonesia – 89

Indonesia is a popular destination for travellers and the country is trying to get people to explore even more by encouraging people to visit the 10 “new Balis”.

Denmark – 88

Denmark is one of the safest countries according to the report, and it has also come first for rankings of quality of life and work-life balance.

There are many safe countries around the world, but naturally, travellers should always keep their wits about them and check their government’s advisories before travelling abroad.