A new study has revealed that Switzerland is the safest country in EU. The study by Gamblino.com analyzed nine metrics that contribute towards how safe an area may be such as homicides, assaults, road fatalities, natural disaster risk, and global peace index, to find which European country is the safest.
Each country was given a score out of 10 for each factor, which was then totaled to provide a score on the safety index. The lower the score, the safer the country is.
1 – Switzerland
Switzerland ranks as the safest country in EU. With very low homicide, assault and road fatalities, travellers are likely to be very safe in this country. Switzerland also has a very low risk of natural disasters and one of the lowest levels of corruption perception in Europe. With stunning ski slopes and scenic hiking trails, this is a must-visit for anyone seeking the beauty Europe has to offer.
Safety index: 45
2 – Iceland
Iceland is a Nordic volcanic island defined by dramatic landscapes, gorgeous glaciers and cascading waterfalls. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but ranks as the second safest country in EU. With very low numbers of robberies (14.6) and homicides (0.89) per 100,000 people and also ranking as one of the most peaceful nations as well, this country remains one of the trendiest European destinations among North American tourists.
Safety index: 47.4
3 – Norway
Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Norway also ranks as a peaceful nation, with a very low rate of robberies and homicide as well as only two traffic accidents per 100,000 people making it perennially among the safest country in EU.
Safety index: 47.9
4 – Denmark
Denmark has been reported to be one of the happiest countries in the world, and this study has the country as the fourth safest in the EU. This country has lower levels of assault and road fatalities than most.
Safety index: 49.4
5 – Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a small landlocked European country known for the dense Ardennes forest, nature parks in the north, the rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Not only is the country doused in beauty, but it has a very low risk of natural disaster. Residents and visitors have great personal freedom, and the country has the lowest homicide rates in Europe.
Safety index: 50
6 – Finland
Finland has many elements that make it such a great travel destination. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country’s Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts. Tourists can also be sure that they will be safe in Finland as they have very few assaults and robberies per 100,000 people as well as being ranked as a very peaceful nation.
Safety index: 51.2
7 – Ireland
Ireland is a nation filled with natural beauty and enveloped in history, culture and tradition. The capital, Dublin, is a touristy hot spot with the famous Temple Bar, Guinness factory as well as various museums and castles that make it a great place to travel to. On top of this, travellers can ensure their safety as there are a low number of homicides (0.87 per 100,000) and sexual violence (60.9 per 100,000) in comparison to most of Europe.
Safety index: 51.5
8 – Netherlands
The Netherlands is known for its flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. The capital, Amsterdam, has a rich history and world-class attractions including the Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII. The Netherlands has low assault and sexual violence rates with a very low perception of corruption and is ranked as a very peaceful nation.
Safety index: 52
9 – Austria
Austria is famous for its castles, palaces and architectural works, as well as its alpine summits and deeply carved valleys. Austria has very few robberies and homicides per 100,000 people and ranks highly on the peace index.
Safety index: 52.1
10 – Sweden
Rounding out the safest country in EU list is Sweden, a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Sweden is well known for its high quality of life and its welcoming of visitors. Coupled with lower crime stats than most of Europe as well as a high rating on the global peace index, Sweden is a great destination for safe travel.
Safety index: 52.2
Safest Country in EU metrics:
- Homicides per 100k people
- Sexual violence per 100k people
- Serious assaults per 100k people
- Robberies per 100k people
- Road fatalities per 100k
- Corruption perception
- Natural disaster risk
- Global peace index
- Personal freedom index
Each metric was ranked out of 10, the lower the overall score the safer the country.