These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries

The Mieido Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, April 2016. Japan is the 10th-safest country.

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The Mieido Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, April 2016. Japan is the 10th-safest country.
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Economics and security are closely connected. A strong economy and safe citizenry each enables the improvement of the other.

The World Economic Forum takes a nation’s security into account for its annual “Global Competitiveness Report,” focusing on the threats that organized crime, terrorism, homicide rates, and reliability of its police force can pose to a nation’s place in the global economy.

The US ranks as the 56th most secure country in the world, falling just short of China at 55.

Here are the top 20 safest countries in the world, according to the forum’s October 16, 2018, report:


20. Canada

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Three moose roam near Peace River, British Columbia, Canada.
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19. Bahrain

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Sakhir Palace, Bahrain during a recent visit by US Secretary of Defense Mattis.
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18. Spain

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Skyline of Zaragoza, Spain, in January 2015.
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17. The Netherlands

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Known as the Venice of the Netherlands, Giethoorn is navigable only by canal.
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Screenshot from YouTube.

16. Australia

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Fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 1, 2018.
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15. Qatar

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A view of the mosque at dusk in Doha, Qatar.
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14. Estonia

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View of the city’s main gates in Tallinn, Estonia.
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13. Austria

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Alpine dairy Alpe Albona in the Vorarlberg mountain range near Bludenz, Austria.
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12. Portugal.

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View of the city center from Sao Jorge castle in Lisbon, Portugal.
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11. Norway

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View of the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, near Tromso, Norway.
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10. Japan

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Participants in Heian period dress parade through Kyoto Imperial Palace during the Aoi festival in May 2018.
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9. United Arab Emirates.

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The sun sets behind skyline in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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8. Hong Kong

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The symphony of Lights laser show over Victoria Harbour on December 1, 2017. The show begins at 8 p.m. every night.
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7. Luxembourg.

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Luxembourg city.
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6. New Zealand.

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Riders take in the scenery at Blue Mountain Station in Fairlie, New Zealand.
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5. Switzerland

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The 15th- and 16th-century houses in Rheinsprung Street, in Basel, Switzerland.
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4. Oman

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A view of the skyline in Muscat, Oman.
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3. Iceland

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A rainbow forms near Skogafoss waterfall in southern Iceland.
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(Though we hear it’s fresh out of beer)


2. Singapore


The world’s safest country: Finland

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Visitors gather outside of Santa’s office at Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi Finland.
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