Feeling safe is very essential to every living being either as a traveller or for residence, that’s the reason why we’ve made a well-detailed article on the safest cities in the world in 2020. The ranking considered 60 cities based on 57 qualitative and quantitative indicators, ranging from personal security to infrastructure, health and digital security.
What are the safest cities in the world? We have listed them on here, we’ve also scored each from the range 0 to 100 in percentages. The result is now followed, not only by the cities with the best position in the index but also those considered less safe. Check out!
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List Of The Safest Cities In The World
Below is a list and well-detailed information on the top ten safest cities in the world to visit or reside in;
#1. Tokyo (92.0)
Capital of the land of the rising sun, Tokyo is the safest city in the world also, Tokyo is the largest metropolis in the world and will host the 2020 Olympics! By global standards, it is difficult to imagine how such a big city can be so safe at the same time. Investments in education and infrastructure are often cited as the reason for Japan’s high rate of development, Tokyo is one of the most safest cities in the world.
#2. Singapore (91.5)
On our list of top ten safest cities in the world is Singapore, the city with strict laws that punish even spitting on the ground and chewing gums, the small city-state of Singapore has secured second place on the list of safest cities in the world. The high cost of living and the large number of foreign companies that attract qualified immigrants drives the country, which comes in first place when considering only infrastructure security and personal security. In terms of health security, however, the country is down to 8th position, signaling that there is still room for improvement.
#3. Osaka (90.9)
Second Japanese city in the ranking and the city with a bronze medal for security, Osaka showed that stricter laws and enforcement could be the answer to a better city. The power of Yakuza, the infamous Japanese mafia, has been drastically reduced in recent years, making Osaka one of the safest cities not only in Japan but in the whole world!
#4. Amsterdam (88.0)
With progressive ideas, Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is reputed to be at the forefront of the world. For years it has been putting real knots on the heads of many government officials when presenting alternative public policies, especially with regard to public transport and the decriminalization of drugs. There is a lack of studies that prove that the model adopted by the city is an example, but it is undeniable that the results obtained are satisfactory, to the point of bringing it to the fourth safest city in the world!
#5. Sydney (87.9)
The city of Sydney, capital of the state of New South Wales, Australia, was once a penal colony. Between 1788 to 1868, about 160,000 convicts were transported to the region. It was either that or the death penalty. Any doubts that the criminals knew how to take the “second chance”? Taking greater leaps than those of a kangaroo, the city emerged as one of the main economic drivers of the country, becoming famous for its tolerance for differences and security.
#6. Toronto (87.8)
Canada’s largest city, Toronto has 5.5 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, more than half of which are immigrants. A modern, organized, plural city that embraces cultures from all over the world. With very low crime rates, Toronto has a reputation for being the safest city in North America, welcoming travelers, whether accompanied or not.
#7. Washington, DC (87.6)
It is to be expected that the house where the president lives is a safe place, Washington is one of the safest cities in the US. However, far beyond the White House’s strong security system, the city of Washington breathes tranquillity. The scenery bears little resemblance to the most important political, economic and military center in the world, winning over visitors with its welcoming style and quality attractions.
#8. Copenhagen (87.4)
Scandinavian is generally known to be safe, and it would be no different from Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. The city has low levels of crime against locals and tourists, although it has recently experienced a small increase in rates. Nothing so worrisome as to take it off the list of the ten safest cities in the world.
#9. Seoul (87.4)
Reinforcing Asia’s image as a safe destination, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is where tradition and modernity meet security. A large metropolis with an excellent public transport network, where there are no “dangerous areas” or which should be avoided. To explore Seoul is to know a complete city, without fear of making mistakes.
#10. Melbourne (87.3)
Australia is again present in the ranking, this time with Melbourne, the second largest city in the country. A destination for those who like cosmopolitan air, restaurants with outdoor tables and an active nightlife. With beautiful beaches and beautiful natural landscapes, Melbourne exudes a quality of life, where violence is not a daily concern.
The least secure cities in the world
According to the ranking, these are the cities considered least safe in the world, with scores below 50 points, below the average:
- 55th Cairo, Egypt (48.6)
- 56th Dhaka, Bangladesh (44.6)
- 57th Karachi, Pakistan (43.5)
- 58th Yangon, Myanmar (41.9)
- 59th Caracas, Venezuela (40.1)
- 60th Lagos, Nigeria (38.1)
Understanding safety in cities
Humanity is already a mostly urban species. More than 56% of the world population lives in cities, and by 2050 we will be 68%, reflecting a faster than expected urbanization process. With more people sharing the same space, security challenges increase.
It is interesting to analyze that in many developed cities, like Tokyo (1st) or Copenhagen (8th), the main concerns are in relation to cybersecurity, privacy policies and availability of internet access. In cities with a medium level of security, such as São Paulo (41st) and Santiago (33rd), bottlenecks in infrastructure and social inequality cause imbalance in grades.
In extreme cases, like Caracas (59th), in Venezuela, and Lagos (60th), in Nigeria, armed conflicts and major political instability affect everyone and make tourism extremely unrecommended. Other exceptional cases deserve to be analyzed calmly: This is the case of Yangon (58th), in Myanmar, where an internal ethnic crisis brings the country’s score down. As well as Bangkok, in Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh, in Vietnam, both tied for 47th place: the high number of traffic accidents is a major factor for the low score in the ranking, but it does not necessarily affect outsiders.
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