Safest countries in the world to visit

Whether you are moving or travelling to a new country, it is important to be conscious of how safe a place is before embarking. For those of you who are worried or get easily anxious about the thought of theft and crime while abroad, here is a list of 4 of the safest countries in the world that might put your mind at ease while you explore.

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Norway is one of the more peaceful and prosperous countries in the world despite a pretty violent Viking history. It is a stable country with a strong economy, zero enemies and an embracement of personal freedom and human rights. You can relax and be at ease while exploring the colourful villages or relaxing on their picturesque beaches. Just make sure to bundle up during the winter months as it can sometimes get below a bone chilling -40 Celsius in the inner regions.

Austria is not only one of the most scenic Western European countries, but also one of the safest. With tourists coming in and out all year round, the nation focuses on having high security and safety for tourists and residents alike. Austria has peaceful relations with neighboring countries which is always beneficial for all visitors. This is the ideal place to spend time if you are interested in skiing in the Alps, photographing architecture or learning about the rich history all over the country.

Another safe country to consider visiting is Denmark. In 2013. it was named the “Happiest country in the world” meaning Danes ranked as having a large GDP per capita, a healthy life expectancy at birth, a culture of generosity and many other factors. If that doesn’t automatically draw you to want to take a trip, perhaps the zero tolerance policy of violations of human rights will. Or the extremely low crime rates and focus on equality in gender may appeal most. There is even a green zone in the capital, Copenhagen, where soft drugs are tolerated.

Iceland is at the top of the list as being one of the safest countries in the world. This country has consistently ranked near the top of the list on the Global Peace Index. Currently there is no standing army and Iceland has one of the lowest crime rates anywhere in the world. There is a first rate social welfare system in place as well which matches the country's ethos on respecting human rights. While there was a recession between 2007 and 2010, the economy is recovering strongly offering tourists a great destination.

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