Qatar, UAE among Top 3 safest countries in the world

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The world’s safest cities have been mapped out and unsurprisingly Middle East countries like Qatar and UAE has made it to the top three.

The rankings by World Economic Forum (WEF) take into account “the costliness of common crime and violence as well as terrorism, and the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime”.

The world’s 20 safest countries, according to the WEF’s Global Tourism & Travel Report are:

1. Finland – rating: 6.7
2. Qatar – 6.61
3. UAE – 6.6
4. Iceland – 6.5
5. Austria – 6.47
6. Luxembourg – 6.46
7. New Zealand – 6.41
8. Singapore – 6.4
9. Oman – 6.38
10. Portugal – 6.33
11. Switzerland – 6.32
12. Hong Kong – 6.31
13. Australia – 6.24
14. Slovenia – 6.2
15. Ireland – 6.18
16. Belgium – 6.18
17. Netherlands – 6.16
18. Norway – 6.1
19. Sweden – 6.1
20. Germany – 6.06

The UK didn’t even make to the top 60 safest countries, coming in at 63rd, below the likes of Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia and Rwanda.

The US fares even worse, lagging behind in 73rd, just below Albania, Bahrain and Kazahkstan.

India ranks low at 129, with a rating of 3.82, while the neighbouring Bhutan ranks high at 25.

In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia ranks at 29, while Kuwait is at 43 and Bahrain at 71.

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Bottom of its survey is Nigeria, followed by Colombia, Yemen, Pakistan and Venezuela.

It should be noted, however, that a number of countries, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, and North Korea, do not feature at all.

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