These Are the Safest Countries in 2023, According to Global Peace Index

These Are the Safest Countries in the World in 2023

The list for this year is finally out.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) recently released the Global Peace Index 2023, an annual report that measures global peacefulness. It features a ranking of the safest countries in the world based on three domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation. These domains include a variety of sub-factors, such as levels of crime and violence, political stability, and military expenditure. 

And if you’re one who likes to travel, this is certainly essential info when figuring out where you wish to go next. So, let’s take a look at the world’s safest countries in 2023, shall we?

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Top 15 safest countries in 2023

iceland, safest countries 2023

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  1. Iceland
  2. Denmark
  3. Ireland
  4. New Zealand
  5. Austria
  6. Singapore
  7. Portugal
  8. Slovenia
  9. Japan
  10. Switzerland
  11. Canada
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Finland 
  14. Croatia
  15. Germany

Overall, Europe remains the most peaceful region in the world, as it’s home to 10 out of the 15 safest countries in 2023. However, the IEP also noted that “[it] is less peaceful now than it was 15 years ago, as tensions between European countries and Russia continue to grow.” 

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On the other hand, Singapore and Japan are the only countries in Asia that made it to the top overall ranking. Both countries also made it to the top five of the Societal Safety and Security domain. This means that both countries scored low when it came to sub-factors like violent crime, political instability, the number of homicides per 100,000 people, and the number of people in jail. 

Also read: 15 Most Walkable Cities in the World to Visit or Live In

The Global Peace Index 2023 covers 99.7% of the world’s population, with its data gathered using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from qualified sources. To see the full report, click here

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Marcy Miniano
Marcy Miniano

A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.


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