The Top 10 safest holiday destinations on the globe

2016-06-22 13:19 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - With terrorism becoming a global issue, choosing a holiday destination that's free from risk has become a near-impossible task. 

If it's not terrorism, there are also health risks, political instability and general crime - all contributing to a crippling fear that following your dreams to travel the globe will end in disaster. 

But this is no way to live. We're firm believers in educating yourself about all the possible pitfalls, and then heading out regardless of the fear-mongering. 

If you're a little concerned about safety when travelling, you can put your mind at ease by choosing one of the Top 10 safest destination on the globe to travel to. 

You cannot really go wrong with Iceland, it seems. This cool country in the north has been listed as the World's safest destination by the Global Peace Index (GPI) for the sixth consecutive year. 

The study, by international thinktank the Institute for Economics and Peace, finds that, while 81 countries improved, the deterioration in another 79 outweighed these gains, meaning that peace declined at a faster rate than in the previous year. 

Despite this, some of the most peaceful countries are now recording historically high levels of peace.

The score for the Middle East and Africa (MENA), the least peaceful region in the world in last year’s report, dropped further as regional conflicts intensified, dragging down global peacefulness. 

South Africa ranks 126th out of 163 and is classified under the medium risk countries. 

The Top 10 Safest Destinations for 2016 are:

1. Iceland

2. Denmark

3. Austria 

4. New Zealand

5. Portugal

6. Czech Republic

7. Switzerland

8. Canada

9. Japan

10. Slovenia 

The GPI states that the global deterioration in peace in 2015 was driven by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability. "While the majority of terrorist activity is highly concentrated in five countries - Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan – the breadth of  terrorism is spreading, with only 23% of countries in the Index not experiencing a terrorist incident."

Europe, which was once again the most peaceful region in the world, saw its average score deteriorate in this year’s report in the wake of terrorism incidents in Paris and Brussels, with deaths from terrorism in Europe having more than doubled over the last five years.

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