Looking to move abroad but don’t know where yet? This might help shorten up your list.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (with headquarters in New York City, Sydney and Mexico) recently released their ninth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) report and its conclusions are not good. According to the IEP,  the world is more dangerous now than it was 7 years ago.

The Global Peace Index ranked 162 countries according to 23 indicators that can be grouped into three categories: the level of safety and security in a society, the number of international and domestic conflicts, and the degree of militarization.

The most dangerous countries in the world: A snapshot

Dangerous Countries
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The report crowns Europe as the most peaceful region, having 15 of its countries within the top 20. Iceland, Denmark, and Austria are the most peaceful countries in the world, while middle-eastern countries Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are catalogued as the most dangerous countries in the world.

Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Argentina are the most peaceful countries in Latin America. More specifically, Costa Rica and Chile obtained better scores than countries like France, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia). These might be some interesting destinations to consider for your next move.

Scoring lower, but still within reasonable levels, are some of the most attractive destinations for expats in Asia. Countries like Malaysia, Laos, and South Korea outperformed countries like Greece and Serbia.

The four countries in Africa that experienced the biggest improvements in their safety levels are: Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, and Benin.

See how dangerous your next destination is:

# Country Score
162 Syria 3.645
161 Iraq 3.444
160 Afghanistan 3.427
159 South Sudan 3.383
158 Central African Republic 3.332
157 Somalia 3.307
156 Sudan 3.295
155 Democratic Republic of the Congo 3.085
154 Pakistan 3.049
153 North Korea 2.977
152 Russia 2.954
151 Nigeria 2.910
150 Ukraine 2.845
149 Libya 2.819
148 Israel 2.781
147 Yemen 2.751
146 Colombia 2.720
145 Lebanon 2.623
144 Mexico 2.530
143 India 2.504
142 Venezuela 2.493
141 Philippines 2.462
140 Chad 2.429
139 Rwanda 2.420
138 Iran 2.409
137 Egypt 2.382
136 South Africa 2.376
135 Turkey 2.363
134 Cameroon 2.349
133 Kenya 2.342
132 Azerbaijan 2.325
130 Burundi 2.323
130 Myanmar 2.323
129 Niger 2.320
128 Mali 2.310
127 Eritrea 2.309
126 Thailand 2.303
125 Zimbabwe 2.294
124 China 2.267
123 El Salvador 2.263
122 Mauritania 2.262
121 Kyrgyz Republic 2.249
120 Guinea-Bissau 2.235
119 Ethiopia 2.234
118 Guatemala 2.215
117 Guinea 2.214
116 Honduras 2.210
115 Republic of the Congo 2.196
114 Sri Lanka 2.188
113 Uzbekistan 2.187
111 Cambodia 2.179
111 Uganda 2.179
110 Belarus 2.173
109 Jamaica 2.153
108 Tajikistan 2.152
107 Bahrain 2.142
106 Turkmenistan 2.138
105 Cote d’ Ivoire 2.133
104 Algeria 2.131
103 Brazil 2.122
102 Djibouti 2.113
101 Swaziland 2.102
100 Dominican Republic 2.089
99 The Gambia 2.086
98 Haiti 2.074
97 Trinidad and Tobago 2.070
96 Papua New Guinea 2.064
95 Saudi Arabia 2.042
94 United States of America 2.038
92 Guyana 2.029
92 Peru 2.029
91 Armenia 2.028
90 Bolivia 2.025
89 Paraguay 2.023
88 Angola 2.020
87 Kazakhstan 2.008
86 Morocco 2.002
84 Bangladesh 1.997
84 Ecuador 1.997
83 Burkina Faso 1.994
82 Cuba 1.988
81 Equatorial Guinea 1.987
80 Mozambique 1.976
79 Georgia 1.973
78 Liberia 1.963
77 Benin 1.958
76 Tunisia 1.952
74 Nicaragua 1.947
74 Oman 1.947
71 Jordan 1.944
71 Macedonia (FYR) 1.944
71 Togo 1.944
70 Moldova 1.942
69 Kosovo 1.938
68 Cyprus 1.924
67 Madagascar 1.911
66 Gabon 1.904
64 Panama 1.903
64 Tanzania 1.903
63 Lesotho 1.891
62 Nepal 1.882
61 Greece 1.878
60 Argentina 1.865
59 Sierra Leone 1.864
58 Timor-Leste 1.860
57 Montenegro 1.854
56 Vietnam 1.848
55 Zambia 1.846
54 Ghana 1.840
53 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.839
52 Albania 1.821
51 Malawi 1.814
49 United Arab Emirates 1.805
49 Senegal 1.805
48 Namibia 1.784
46 Indonesia 1.768
46 Serbia 1.768
45 France 1.742
44 Uruguay 1.721
43 Mongolia 1.706
42 South Korea 1.701
41 Laos 1.700
40 Latvia 1.695
39 United Kingdom 1.685
38 Estonia 1.677
37 Lithuania 1.674
36 Italy 1.669
35 Taiwan 1.657
34 Costa Rica 1.654
33 Kuwait 1.626
32 Bulgaria 1.607
31 Botswana 1.597
30 Qatar 1.568
29 Chile 1.563
28 Malaysia 1.561
27 Croatia 1.550
26 Romania 1.542
25 Mauritius 1.503
24 Singapore 1.490
23 Slovakia 1.478
22 Hungary 1.463
21 Spain 1.451
20 Netherlands 1.432
19 Poland 1.430
18 Bhutan 1.416
17 Norway 1.393
16 Germany 1.379
15 Slovenia 1.378
14 Belgium 1.368
13 Sweden 1.360
12 Ireland 1.354
11 Portugal 1.344
10 Czech Republic 1.341
9 Australia 1.329
8 Japan 1.322
7 Canada 1.287
6 Finland 1.277
5 Switzerland 1.275
4 New Zealand 1.221
3 Austria 1.198
2 Denmark 1.150
1 Iceland 1.148

 

You can download the full report in PDF here. Safe travels!

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