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The 3 Safest Countries to Visit in Europe in 2016

09 March 2016 by Anna Staford

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Europe is one of the go-to top travel destinations for travellers worldwide. With its varied landscapes, history, spectrum of cultural diversity and veritable cornucopia of sightseeing options, Europe has something for everyone. With safety also becoming a key feature on the travellers agenda, we’ve compiled a list of the three safest countries in Europe to help you choose your next trip, so you can enjoy the sights at be at ease without worrying about crime and other worrisome nuisances. You can also visit Foreign Travel Advice for more detailed useful information.

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Crime rate: 19.83 Very Low

Worries being mugged or robbed: 19.12 Very Low

Safety walking alone during daylight: 89.55 Very High

Safety walking alone during night: 76.46 High

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Known as “The Land of Music”, Austria stands strong as one of the safest and most beautiful countries in Europe. Located in Central Europe, Austria is a German-speaking country with a population of close to 8.5 million. With mountain villages, alpine trails and baroque architecture, there is loads to see in this quaint country. Cities including Vienna, are recognized for their cleanliness and safety. What makes Austria particularly unique is its human scale and sense of cosiness. Whether you’re travelling alone or with a group, Austria is always a great destination option, offering a plethora of memorable experiences.



Crime rate: 21.05 Low

Worries being mugged or robbed: 20.72 Low

Safety walking alone during daylight: 90.72 Very High

Safety walking alone during night: 73.93 High

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With a population of over 5.7 million, Denmark stakes claim to a population of some of the friendliest and most open-minded people in the world. Danes enjoy and appreciate a high standard of living, placing special importance on the value of education, health care, prosperity, human development and civil freedom. Denmark is often ranked as one of the happiest places in the world, which also leads to a low crime rate and hence a high safety standard for travellers. With its compact, avant-garde capital city – Copenhagen, Denmark is rich in history, nature and values. To make things even sweeter, you will also have the opportunity to sample some of the most delicious pastries the world has ever known: the coveted Danish. What’s not to love about Denmark?



Crime rate: 25.00 Low

Worries being mugged or robbed: 26.53 Low

Safety walking alone during daylight: 80.21 Very High

Safety walking alone during night: 63.54 High

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Iceland, famous for its dramatic scenery and the Northern Lights, is a Nordic island nation with a population of only 330,000. The small population and sparse density provides for a safer, uncrowded travel experience. Geographically and volcanically very active, Iceland offers a unique natural setting - though perhaps that could be a point deducted on the overall safety score, as its natural conditions and notoriously unpredictable weather can cause conditions to change with little notice. Iceland is a friendly country with very low crime rates. Iceland is definitely a must for the more adventurous traveller looking to visit a premium European destination.

Consider our suggestions and don’t forget to ensure that you take out Travel Insurance before you travel. In these current unsettled times with conflict on our doorstep, its best to be protected against the unexpected.

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