The Safest Countries in the World, According to Data

The Safest Countries in the World, According to Data

What are the safest countries in the world? The Legatum Prosperity Index (LPI), an annual ranking system that measures nations on a dozen measures of social progress, guides us to finding the answers. Where does the U.S. fall on the list?

25) Lithuania

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Rounding out the top 25 is Lithuania. It also ranks highly for women and raising kids.

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24) Spain

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Spain ranks 24th worldwide for safety. The Spanish highly value social equality, scoring highly for LGBTQ+ rights, women, Black people, and raising kids.

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23) Qatar

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The Middle Eastern nation of Qatar ranks 23rd in safety.

22) Slovakia

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Slovakia is the 22nd safest country in the world. This eastern European nation is a good place to raise a family.

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21) United Kingdom

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Post-Brexit, the United Kingdom comes in at number 21 for safety rankings. While moving there has gotten more challenging, the UK remains a great destination for Black people and end-of-life care.

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20) Australia

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Australia starts the top 20 countdown for safest countries in the world. It boasts high rankings as a place for raising kids, end-of-life care, and LGBTQIA people.

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19) Germany

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Germany reinforces the social safety net as firmly as its safety laws. It ranks 19th for safety.

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18) Canada

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Our Northern neighbor takes the 18th spot for safety rankings on the LPI. Canada is considered one of the best countries for Black people, women, and raising kids.

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17) Malta

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An island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is the 17th safest country worldwide, scoring high marks for LGBTQ+ rights.

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16) Hong Kong

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Hong Kong ranks 14th for safety.

15) Finland

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Finland is often named the happiest country on Earth. The Scandinavian nation also scores well for end-of-life care, queer folks, and women.

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14) Slovenia

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Bordered by Austria and Italy, Slovenia earns the 14th spot among safest countries and is considered an excellent home for women and children.

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13) Czech Republic

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Czech Republic is also a great place for women and raising kids. It’s number 13 on LPI’s safety rankings.

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12) Austria

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Austria takes its safety very seriously, placing among the top 10% of safest countries—a great place for kids, LGBTQ+ people and women.

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11) Ireland

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The Republic of Ireland takes the 11th spot for safety.

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10) Sweden

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Sweden reinforces its spirit of equal status, known as the Law of Jante among its citizens. The Legatum Institute puts it in 10th place for safest countries in the world.

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9) The Netherlands

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Dutch people tend to be a peaceful crowd, which shows itself in their top 10 safety ranking. The Netherlands is among the best countries for queer people and women, according to data in the Expatsi Test.

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8) Iceland

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The chilled country of Iceland also boasts exceptional safety for its residents. It’s 8th for safety on the LPI.

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7) Singapore

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This city-state in southeast Asia keeps close tabs on its citizens through an attentive police force and heavy use of security cameras. It’s the 7th safest country.

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6) Denmark

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Denmark takes 6th place in safety. It’s also the best country in terms of social capital, creating a welcoming space for queer people and women.

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5) Japan

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Japan comes in at number 5 for LPI’s safety rankings. Japanese culture emphasizes honor and respect, making it one of the safest countries for raising kids.

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4) Taiwan

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Taiwan is the LPI’s 4th safest country. It’s among the best nations for end-of-life care and LGBTQ+ people.

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3) Norway

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Norway takes 3rd in the LPI safety rankings. It’s ranked 1st in personal freedoms, making it an ideal country for Black Americans, women, and queer people.

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2) Switzerland

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LPI’s runner-up in the safety category is Switzerland. Switzerland excels among countries for end-of-life care and raising kids.

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1) Luxembourg

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Luxembourg is the safest country in the world, according to the LPI’s data. This small European nation is among the best places to raise kids, be LGBTQIA, or be a woman.

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BONUS: Where does the U.S. rank for safety?

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The U.S. takes 69th place in its safety rankings, out of a total 167 countries.

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11 Reasons Women Are Fleeing the USA

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While the number of people emigrating from the United States grows, there’s one thing the news isn’t reporting: many of these people are women.

The number of solo woman expats is soaring, while married women work to convince reticent husbands to move abroad. Here are some of the reasons women are fleeing the USA:

11 Reasons Women Are Fleeing the USA

The 20 Best Countries for Americans To Move To, Based on Data

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The Expatsi Test is an assessment tool for Americans who want to leave the United States. It asks the regions they’d like to move to, their budget, the kind of visa they might apply for (like retirement, digital nomad, or skilled worker) and their preferences for things like safety, healthcare, infrastructure, weather, geographical features, and personal freedoms, and reveals the top 10 countries that best meet their needs.

Based on 37,546 respondents in 2023, here are the top 20 countries for American emigrants.

The 20 Best Countries for Americans To Move To, Based on Data

How to Leave America: 6 Steps to Your New Life

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Are you thinking about leaving the United States? You’re not alone; as many as 15% percent of Americans say they want to leave the country permanently.

➤ How to Leave America: 6 Steps to Your New Life

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Brett Andrews is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps expats discover how to leave the U.S. Brett and his partner Jen developed the Expatsi Test to recommend countries to move to, based on factors like budget, visa type, spoken languages, healthcare rankings, and more. In a former life, he worked as a software developer, IT support specialist, and college educator. When he's not working, Brett loves watching comic book movies and reading unusual books.