Switzerland ranked one of the world’s ‘safest countries’

A new study has ranked Switzerland among the world’s least dangerous nations to travel in

Switzerland ranked one of the world’s 'safest countries'

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, which culls data from a variety of published sources, ranks Switzerland in the first place for its low crime rate and general safety.

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Switzerland scraps blood alcohol limits for rubber boat captains

In good news for weekend sailors, Switzerland is to get rid of blood-alcohol limits for users of vessels including small, non-motorized rubber boats and kiteboards.

Switzerland scraps blood alcohol limits for rubber boat captains
Boating on the Aare River is a popular summer activity in the Swiss capital of Bern. Photo:

The changes have been made because it is “too difficult” to test the blood alcohol limit of people operating these types of vessels and because these non-motorized craft pose only a minimal risk, the government said in a statement.

However, before you get completely intoxicated when taking your rubber boat onto the nearest Swiss river, the government also sounds a note of warning. Under the new rules, all operators of such small craft will still have to be fit to drive.

This fitness to drive could be assessed during random controls.

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The rule changes, which were first touted last year, apply to boats with motors up to 2.5 metres in length and to non-motorized rubber boats up to four metres in length. Also exempt from alcohol limits are windsurfers and kiteboarders, along with canoeists and kayakers.

The operators of all other pleasure craft will be liable to the same blood alcohol limit of 0.05 percent. This is also the limit on Swiss roads.

The changes come into force in 2020.

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