Top 10 Safest Countries In The World In 2019

Added by Edan Barak on May 8, 2014

4 Austria

GPI Score: 1.250

Austria manages to skirt a poor rating under the GPI’s Armed-Services Personnel category – the category only counts full-time personnel. All able-bodied males between the ages 18 and 27 are part of the armed forces, and by force, as they are all conscripted unless they have otherwise volunteered. However, all conscripts are considered part-time personnel. That being said, Austria’s armed forces are limited in scope, mainly being used as border forces. Outside of this, Austria’s government is stable and secure, their economy is very productive, and overall there is a high standard of living.

3 New Zealand

GPI Score: 1.237

The only representative from the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand has had a stable government since the mid-19th century, although there have been some times of political unrest, mainly due to ongoing conflict between the native Maori and the European settlers, with sparring over land ownership not uncommon. They benefit from close relations with neighboring countries, and they provide a good bit of aid to the surrounding Pacific Island countries. Their armed forces are active in actions across the world, but mainly in supporting and special operations roles, reducing the casualty rate greatly.

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