Iceland Is The Safest Country In The World

The country has been declared 'The Safest in the World' at the Global Peace Index conducted by the Institute of Economics and Peace
The Icelandic countryside
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Iceland reigns as a quintessential destination on the travel bucket lists of many avid travellers. Amidst the thrill of exploring new landscapes, safety becomes a major consideration. Iceland's recent accolade as 'The Safest Country in the World 2023' in the prestigious Global Peace Index (GPI) stands as a testament to its commitment to safety and tranquillity.

The Global Peace Index, an annual assessment by the Institute of Economics and Peace, carefully evaluates nations worldwide to gauge their safety measures. Criteria span a range of indicators encompassing crime rates, violence, terrorism, and global conflicts, affirming Iceland's noteworthy distinction as the foremost secure country globally.

Joining the ranks of top-notch safety, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, and Austria secure spots within the top five, while India secures the 126th position. A surprising turn of events places the USA at 133rd, with countries like China, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, and Honduras deemed more peaceful by comparison.

Iceland's continuous dominance in the safety rankings has been consistent since 2008, owing to its remarkably low crime rates, establishing it as a beacon of peace in the world.

Helsinki cityscape
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Special Mention for Finland

While Iceland claims the top spot in the overall Global Peace Index ranking, it's noteworthy that Finland emerges as the epitome of safety when scrutinizing the 'safety and security' category, one of the pivotal indicators of peace.

This particular category delves into specific statistics, such as the incidence of homicides per 1,00,000 individuals and the scale of the prison population to gauge safety and security measures. In this crucial dimension, Finland proudly secures the title of the world's safest and most secure country. Following Finland are nations like Japan, Iceland, Singapore, and Norway, each making commendable strides in ensuring a secure and serene environment for their citizens and visitors.

Some Top Attractions in Iceland

You can make your own itinerary for when you are visiting this country, but here are some places that must be on your list.

The Blue Lagoon: Nestled in a striking lava field, this geothermal spa boasts warm, mineral-rich waters renowned for their therapeutic benefits, offering a haven for both skincare and relaxation.

The Blue Lagoon
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Thingvellir National Park: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering a unique experience of walking between tectonic plates- an awe-inspiring and unforgettable marvel.

The Westfjords: Known for their remote and lesser-visited terrain, the Westfjords captivate with raw beauty, steep cliffs, and a sanctuary for birdwatchers, making it an untouched paradise waiting to be discovered.

Akureyri: As Iceland's second-largest city, Akureyri offers a fantastic launchpad for countryside exploration and adventure.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon: A picturesque glacial lagoon adorned with floating icebergs, this is a paradise for photography enthusiasts and a breathtaking natural wonder.

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