What’s the Safest Place on Earth?

When I was a freshman in high school, we had an open-ended research paper assignment. Just like my adult self, I was already concerned with natural disasters and personal safety in general, so I decided to use the assignment to find the safest place in the US.

As I wrote about in this blog entry 8 years ago, the criteria I used was to find the city where the fewest people die every year due to crime, natural disasters, and animal attacks (I was convinced that killer bees, snakes, spiders, bears, wolves, and sharks were a daily threat to me).

My data concluded that Fargo, North Dakota was the safest city in the US. But looking back, I realize that I shouldn’t have limited myself to my home country. There’s a big world of safe places out there!

Fortunately, the YouTube channel RealLifeLore explored this topic in a video a few weeks ago. I was curious to see the results, so I saved the video to watch before writing this post. Here are some of the criteria they used:

  • Lowest homicide rate: Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Japan
  • Lowest natural disaster list: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates
  • Least air polluted countries: Sweden, Iceland, Finland
  • Lowest risk of death by noncommunicable disease: Switzerland, Japan, Iceland
  • Global Peace Index of “safest country”: Iceland

Before turning into a giant ad for Casper-brand mattresses, the video declares Iceland to be the safest country in the world.

What do you think? Where do you consider to be the safest place in the world?