Top 10 Safest Countries In The World In 2019
GPI Score: 1.207
A long-standing constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy running the government on a daily basis, Denmark has not seen political unrest since World War II. The country is in great standing with its neighbors, and is one of the countries that follows the Nordic versions of economic and social models, which provide a universalist welfare state and social mobility, while trying to maximize labor force participation. Denmark is active on the world stage, with armed forces involved in numerous UN Peacekeeping activities. One of the main reasons cited for the country being so high is the high minimum wage, which has led to low income inequality, while maintaining an unemployment rate lower than the EU average.
GPI Score: 1.162
Having stabilized since the unrest caused by the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland is one of the few countries in the world without a standing army, helping them out greatly in the GPI. A parliamentary democracy, they have seen little in the way of internal unrest since protests in 2009 due to the financial collapse. Like many other countries in the top ten, Iceland has a well-developed social welfare system that provides universal health care, as well as tertiary education, for all citizens. It has an unemployment rate far below the world average, and life expectancy far above world average. Violent crime in Iceland is nearly nonexistent – a number of years have registered only a single homicide in the country, although the incidences of rape per capita is higher than average for Europe.