If you’re planning to travel abroad, but are nervous about safety, this list is for you. A new 2018 Global Law and Order report released by Gallup ranks destinations around the world based on how safe people feel there. Based on responses from over 150,000 people, it looks at how safe people feel walking alone at night, confidence in local law enforcement, the frequency of muggings and more. Here are the top safest destinations based on this report:

Tourist gathering at the Merlion in Singapore.
The Merlion is a central gathering spot for tourists at Marina Bay in Singapore.

Singaporeans rate the country as the safest in the world. It is a melting pot of cultures and one of the top choices of expats. Singapore is also extremely easy to explore thanks to its efficient public transport systems. It is also known as a great food destination.


The Nordic countries regularly appear on lists of the safest destination around the world, and Norway is no exception. Also regarded as one of the most beautiful countries on earth, the mountains, northern lights, cosmopolitan cities, diverse wildlife, and fjords of Norway make it one of the most exciting places to visit.

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Icelandic church in Vik, South Iceland

Iceland has recently become a hugely popular travel destination. This is thanks in part to being heavily featured on the hit HBO TV series Game of Thrones. This popularity has resulted in efforts by the government to ensure the safety of visitors. Its vast rugged landscape and friendly locals have also helped make it one of the safest destinations t visit.


Tying for second place with Iceland in Gallup’s ranking, Finland was named the safest country in the world in 2017 by the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017.

Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
The famous Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

This Central Asian country has recently been making efforts to open its doors to visitors. It has even provided visa waivers for some countries and easier application processes for others. Home to fascinating Silk Road monuments, including the celebrated Registan Square in Samarkand, the government has worked to make it safe for tourists.

Hong Kong

Though it’s said to be one of the most expensive cities, Hong Kong is also one of the safest destinations to travel. With much of the city given over to protected parks, Hong Kong’s colourful traditions and varied food have more space to thrive.

City centre of Zurich with the Limmat River, Switzerland
The city centre of Zurich with the Limmat River, Switzerland

Regularly ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Switzerland is also said to be one of the most expensive to live in or visit. Nonetheless, its quality of life contributes to its reputation for safety.

Rounding out the top 10 are Canada, Indonesia, and Denmark, which also claims to be the happiest country in the world. While there are many countries that are extremely safe for tourists, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings. Also, check safety advisories before travelling abroad.


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