Portugal is one of the safest countries in Europe
Sharing a continent with tourism heavyweights like France, Italy and Spain, Portugal may pass under the radar for some. However, it is a place that boasts still-unspoiled beaches and rugged coastline, exciting cities such as Lisbon and Porto and a distinctive and delicious cuisine of its own. Furthermore, very favourable GPI ratings in all categories and a relatively low crime rate make Portugal one of the safest countries in Europe.
The land of fire and ice has successfully captivated the imagination of travellers around the globe. What helps to make Iceland the next best destination for even nervous travellers is its GPI ranking. Iceland yet again takes first place on the GPI league table, for the 8th time in a row. It’s excellent infrastructure, and an extremely low crime rate only helps its case.
Explore Lisbon. Ride the Ascensor da Glória, wander the maze-like streets of the Bairro Alto, take a trip to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, marvel at one of the world’s largest oceanariums, savour delicious Portuguese cuisine – and if it all gets a bit too much, get out of town and hit the beach.
From the neon lights of Tokyo’s Shibuya neighbourhood to the temples of Kyoto and everything in between, sometimes it can be hard to believe that it is all part of the same country. Japan also has one of the world’s lowest crime rates, making it a place you can travel with barely a thought for your personal safety.
Ireland may not have the best weather, but it makes up for it with bucolic rolling landscapes, a proud cultural heritage and some of the friendliest and most welcoming locals you are likely to come across. It also has good GPI scores across the board, making it one of the safest countries in the world to choose for a holiday.
There might be snakes, spiders, sharks and crocodiles, but thanks to very respectable GPI scores, Australia comfortably ranks among the safest countries to travel in the world. Famed for its outdoor lifestyle, the Great Barrier Reef and some of the most laid-back coastal towns around, Australia is a must-visit for any traveller.
A country of timeless forests and tranquil lakes, Finland is populated by people with a love of the great outdoors. The towns are small and welcoming — even the capital is a city of only 600,000 people — and with favourable GPI scores across the board, Finland is high on the list of the safest countries to travel.
With a policy to concentrate on ‘high-value’ tourists and charging a steep daily tariff simply to stay in the country, Bhutan has protected itself from the ravages of mass tourism. This makes it one of the least visited countries in the world, but those who do manage to travel there will find an unspoiled Himalayan kingdom that retains much of the traditional way of life. While not among the cheapest destinations, it ranks highly among the safest.
Located in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar, this island paradise of sun, sea and palm-fringed beaches has highly favorable GPI scores, making it one of the safest countries to visit for a tropical getaway.
For anyone used to other countries in Southeast Asia, Malaysia can come as a surprise. One of the safest countries in the region, expect comfortable, efficient public transport, a network of modern, well-maintained roads and locals who almost all seem to speak excellent English. If you are arriving from somewhere like Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, you might even find things a little too easy!
Much of South America has a reputation for being a place where travellers need to keep their wits about them. However, with good GPI scores across the board and perhaps the lowest crime rate in the region, Chile is one of the safest countries to travel on the South American continent.