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Finland, Qatar, UAE Top World's Safest Cities; UK, Less Safe Than Rwanda, Saudi Arabia

Travelers Today       By    Patricia Sim

Updated: Oct 07, 2016 08:31 AM EDT

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If you're the type of traveler who is paranoid about crime, war, and calamities, consider visiting these countries first. The top 20 safest countries in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) 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

According to Traveller AU, the rankings 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."

Global heavyweights such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America fared poorly, lagging at 63rd, and 73rd place, respectively. According to The Telegraph, this puts them below countries such as Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, and Rwanda.

The bottom scorers for the survey were Nigeria, Colombia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Venezuela. Despite their dismal performances, some important countries were left out of the survey, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, and North Korea.

Set to top the list of the world's busiest airport within the next 5 years, the UAE is really putting its best foot forward in achieving their Expo 2020 goals, coming in as the 3rd safest nation in the world this year. 

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