The 8 Safest and Most Peaceful Countries in the World – Here’s Where You Should Go Next

View from the new Fosshotel Reykjavík

View from the new Fosshotel Reykjavík

By Paul Riegler on 2 August 2016
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With all that’s taken place across the globe, from Munich, to Nice, to Ansbach, to Orlando, to Paris, even the most inveterate travelers are wondering if they should stay home.

Headlines notwithstanding, there are still many places in the world that are safe and we revisited a study released in June by the Institute for Economics and Peace called the Global Peace Index. The institute looked at 23 qualitative and quantitative measures ranging from the number of police personnel, political stability, the presence of nuclear weapons, the impact of terrorist acts, and other measures.

We compared the institute’s top ten list against countries we’ve visited recently and found eight matches, which we’re pleased to present here.

Viðey Island near Reykjavik

Viðey Island near Reykjavik

1.) Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic country located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. It’s the most sparsely populated country in Europe and Reykjavik, its capital, is the world’s northernmost capital.

Over one-third of Iceland’s population of nearly 350,000 resides in the capital and two-thirds populate Höfuðborgarsvæðið, the Capital Region. The country has been through a banking collapse that devastated the economy in 2008 followed by the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which crippled air travel across the Atlantic in 2010, yet has recovered and come out on top.

Visitors come for the natural beauty that includes dramatic volcanic landscapes, geothermal hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches, to view the aurora borealis lighting up the night sky, and to get a taste of life as a Viking may have.

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