International SOS, a travel security risk services company, has released its 11th annual Travel Risk Map, which shows the safest and most dangerous places to travel in 2020.
Switzerland is among the safest countries in all categories, including infectious diseases, political unrest, and road safety.
Other safe nations in Europe, whose risk in all categories is listed as “insignificant”, are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Luxembourg, and Slovenia.
The next category, “low risk”, covers most of Europe, with the exception of eastern Ukraine and Russia, which are rated between “medium” and “high” risk, depending on the category measured and the specific region.
Globally, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan present low risk for travel, while parts of Asia and most of the African continent are deemed unsafe.
Switzerland is safe not only for tourists but also for expats who live here. According to InterNations, a website for expatriates around the word, Switzerland is “particularly safe” for foreigners living here, with 96 percent of those surveyed feeling “personally safe”.
Switzerland was found to be among the safest countries in other studies as well. It is listed in the second place in the Global Finance magazine’s survey of 128 nations, based on the criteria such as crime, terrorism, and war.
And Encyclopedia.com, which culls data from a variety of published sources, ranks Switzerland in the first place for its low crime rate and general safety.