6 of the Safest Cities in the World to Visit
When planning a trip overseas, one of the chief factors to consider is your safety. Crime rates vary widely from travel destination to travel destination, and it’s important to keep in mind the kinds of risks you might encounter in each. The following cities rate highest in terms of safety — they have maintained low crime rates, while some have even ranked tops in terms of cleanliness and friendliness.
The following six cities are some of the safest you’ll find on your travels. That said it’s still important to keep your guard up in unfamiliar territory. Check out the U.S. Department of State’s website for some important guidelines to brush up on before you embark. Bon voyage!
1. Copenhagen, Denmark
About Travel notes that despite the size and popularity of Denmark’s capital city, it maintains an impressively low rate of criminal activity. The U.S. Department of States Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) further observes that Denmark as a whole consistently ranks among the least corrupt countries in the world, with crime rates continuing to drop.
In an op-ed for the Huffington Post, one visitor to Copenhagen wrote that she felt she “was cocooned in a bubble of friendliness, sparkles, and hugs” in the city — dramatic, but it paints a nice picture for wary travelers. That same article goes on to suggest that Copenhagen is a model for urban safety.
2. Tokyo, Japan
A 2012 TripAdvisor survey ranked Tokyo as the world’s safest city. In that same survey, Tokyo marked tops in friendliest cab drivers, best taxi services, and cleanest streets. In 2013, the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) wrote that Tokyo’s “general crime rate is below the U.S. national average.” These factors, in addition to Tokyo’s rich history and top-notch nightlife, make it well worth a visit for anyone who considers himself or herself a world traveler.
3. Reykjavik, Iceland
On health and safety precautions in Reykjavik, travel authority Lonely Planet succinctly puts it: “If you find a safer city, let us know!” This sentiment is confirmed by sources of all kinds: Travelio notes that Iceland has been named among the top ten safest world countries, while Reykjavik consistently scores highly on safety. In fact, a 2009 survey showed that 93 percent of Reykjavik visitors agree or strongly agree that it is a safe destination. We like those odds.
Singapore placed in second on TripAdvisor‘s 2012 survey of the safest cities in the world, also ranking in second in the “cleanest streets” and “best taxi services” categories — and coming in at third for “friendliest taxi drivers.” This capital city has maintained its relatively low crime rate well over the years; even more remarkably, 2013 saw the city’s lowest crime rate in thirty years, according to Yahoo! Singapore. In part, BBC attributes this dwindling crime rate to the harsh punishments doled out for low-level offenses.
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
TripAdvisor notes that Amsterdam is safe for travelers of all kinds, and that the city is ranked among the top twenty-five safest cities in the world. Amsterdam’s crime rate is lower than most other European cities. According to the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), violent crime is exceptionally rare — but make sure to heed your belongings to avoid being the victim of a petty theft during your stay.
6. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Beautiful Dubrovnik — “the pearl of the Adriatic” — placed in third on TripAdvisor’s 2012 list of the world’s safest cities. Visitors flock here for the pebbled beaches and magnificent architecture. According to Secret Earth, this city’s crime rate is “very low” when compared to Western European and U.S. standards, and “petty crime is virtually non-existent.”