Safety is one of the main points you have to consider when you’re an expat. As a foreigner living abroad, you can’t help but feel like there’s always a huge target mark on your back when it comes to crime just due to a simple fact that you are a foreigner. So you have to consider the issue of safety whenever you choose your country of expatriation as we have mentioned before. If you are particularly keen on specific data to help you select your country of expatriation, this is something you might want to look at.
It helps to base important decisions such as your new country of residence based on probability. This of course doesn’t eliminate bad luck completely, but as always, less risks means less danger which is immensely important especially if you will be relocating with your family.
Remember, when you are looking for a place for expatriation or even just tourist travel, you have to know the real data and not just base your choices on stereotypes. You might be surprised with what you can find in places you didn’t expect. Safety, while a major concern when it comes to travel, doesn’t always have to hinder you from going to the places you want to see. Statistic data can only give you probability and an idea, but let them act as guides not barriers. “For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” – Eleanor Everett
To give you a heads up on the most morbid statistics about places, here’s a guide to the least as well as the most murderous places on earth.
In 2013, UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) released data on the international homicide count and rate per 100,000 population per country and territory from 2000-2012. Topping the list of the place where you are most likely to get murdered are countries in Central America like El Salvador, Honduras and Colombia. Southern Africa also tops this morbid list with 30.5 rate of murders in the most recent years. By region, Africa leads with 17.0 rate and 169,105 count followed shortly by the Americas with 15.4 rate and 144,635 count in the most recent years. Europe follows with a very distant rate of 3.1 and 127,120 count, Asia has 3.1 rate and 23,516 count and the lowest per region is Oceania with 2.9 rate and 1,180 count.
The safest doesn’t always mean the best, there are other factors at play when you are living abroad, but information and data can also help you make the best educated evaluation for your future. According to the UNODC data, the countries with the lowest murder rate in the world are:
Monaco is a sovereign city-state in Western Europe, which also means that is in fact very small and much easier to manage in terms of safety, despite not having any navy or air force. They do however; have the largest police force in the world with 515 police officers per 35,000 people.
If safety, colourful monarchy, rich culture and casinos are your idea of a perfect place, look no further than the city-state of Monaco with a rate of zero, yes, zero murder rates in recent years.
Another small state, this time located in the Pacific Ocean has a zero rate in recent years for murder. Palau’s entire country population is 21,000 spread in 250 different islands. Things are pretty peaceful in these islands despite the very hot climate and an Asylum for former Guantanamo Prisoners. Palau has magnificent island beaches that were also featured in the famous television show, Survivor.
If you want the perfect isolated island beaches this would be a great alternative to the very high risk Central American beaches. Enjoy a murder-free tan in Palau.
Not only is Hong Kong ranked as one of the least murderous places in the world, it’s also had the longest life expectancy of any region in 2012. If you don’t want to give up the urban lifestyle but still want to feel safe and sound, Hong Kong is the place for you. With only 0.2 rate for murder, Hong Kong is the best place for business, east meets west culture and safety from homicide.
Another sovereign city-state and super power of Asia, Singapore not only has a low murder rate, it also has a very low over-all crime rate in the world. Singapore also has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world.
If you are looking for a melting pot of culture and relaxed but urban lifestyle, a booming economy and a very low rate for murder (0.3 in recent years), then Singapore is the place for you.
You could say that Japan is really one of the safest places in the world considering they have over 126 million people and only have 0.4 murder rate in recent years. Japan is renowned world wide as one of the most innovative countries in the world. The four largest islands of Japan, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku also represent different faces of culture in this beautiful country.
Japan has highly evolved urban cities like Tokyo and also very cultural suburban cities like Kyoto which is very rich in cultural heritage. There’s a place for your kind of dream life in this country. Japan one of the most interesting and murder-safe places in the world.
Other countries with very low murder rates are Iceland, Brunei, Luxembourg, Bahrain and Norway.
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