REVEALED: Top 10 Safest Cities in the World
And the most unsafe, too.
Culture, beauty, and awesome things to do are all important when it comes to travelling - but feeling unsafe in a city can ruin a trip, even if all of the above are on-point.
So where are the safest cities in the world? So glad you asked, because the Safe Cities Index 2017, a report produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit, has landed.
Rocking (safely) into the number 1 spot is Tokyo, Japan - for the third year in a row, no less - followed by Singapore in second place, and Osaka, Japan at number 3.
The report analysed 60 major cities across the globe using 4 main criteria - digital security, personal security, infrastructure security, and health security.
Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Sydney, Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Zurich completed the top 10, in that order.
As for the bottom of the list - the least safe city is apparently Karachi, Pakistan - which recieved just 38.77 points in comparison to Tokyo’s 89.8.
Yangon, Myanmar came in second to last place, while Dhaka, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Caracas, Quito, Tehran, Cairo, and Johannesburg also all reside at the bottom of the list.
It’s interesting to note that not a single UK or U.S. city made the top 10 - although San Francisco Los Angeles, Chicago and London are all included in the top 20 (London scraped in at… well, number 20).
On a slightly worrying note, security is falling rather than rising in most cities - aside from the exceptions of Madrid and Seoul.
“In many instances, it’s a matter of resources—financial, human and political,” the report states. “Yet in others, it’s a question of understanding. The latter is easier to bridge and cities can start with identifying the problems and understanding how they’ve been solved elsewhere.”
What do you make of these findings - agree, disagree?
By Lizzie Cox