HOLIDAYS abroad are undeniably very exciting for most travellers and there’s plenty to get enthusiastic about when jet-setting to foreign shores. However, how safe is your holiday destination? The safest countries in the world for 2020 have been revealed.
Holidays are a time of fun and relaxation for many people and an opportunity to put worries behind you. However, there’s always the worry of something going wrong. Terrorism, natural disasters and crime are just three of the major concerns for globetrotters.
Luckily, some destinations are much safer than others, and the safest of them all has been revealed in a new study.
French travel insurance company Insurly has identified the top 10 safest countries for 2020.
Insurly collected data on natural disasters, transport, the quality of healthcare systems and levels of violent crime and terrorist threat.
Countries were ranked from 0 to 100 – so which is the safest country in the world right now?
Switzerland was crowned the safest country on the planet for 2020. It scored a whopping 93.4 out of 100, the stats revealed. According to Insurly: “If you travel to Switzerland, the risks are insignificant.
In second place was Singapore with a score of 92.7 out of 100. Insurly described the island city-state off southern Malaysia as “ideal” for travellers. There is very little violence in Singapore so it scores well in terms of security. In fact, the travel insurance company points out that it could rank first if it had a better quality of air – which remains its weak point.
Norway was ranked as the third safest country in the world this year with a score of 91.1. Nordic countries often rank highly when it comes to global safety and security, but Norway was listed as the best of them all. The destination won its highest-scoring for its health risk.
Following Norway came Luxembourg and Cyprus in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Completing the top 10 were: Iceland, Denmark, Portugal, Finland and Japan.
So how did the UK fare according to Insurly’s research?
Unfortunately for Britons the UK only received a score of 77.8, placing the country in 29th place. As for holiday destinations popular with British tourists, Spain narrowing missed making it into top 10 and came in at 13th place.
Australia was numbered as the 31st safest country, France 32nd, Italy 36th and Dubai 37th. The USA ranked much further down the list, only coming in at 44th place while Egypt was in 65th place, Turkey in 69th and Tunisia in 82nd.