These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries

The Mieido Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, April 2016. Japan is the 10th-safest country. Jon Connell/Flickr/Attribution licence

Economics and security are closely connected. A strong economy and safe citizenry each enables the improvement of the other.

The World Economic Forum takes a nation’s security into account for its annual “Global Competitiveness Report,” focusing on the threats that organised crime, terrorism, homicide rates, and reliability of its police force can pose to a nation’s place in the global economy.

The US ranks as the 56th most secure country in the world, falling just short of China at 55.

Here are the top 20 safest countries in the world, according to the forum’s October 16, 2018, report:

20. Canada

Three moose roam near Peace River, British Columbia, Canada. tuchodi/Flickr/Attribution licence

19. Bahrain

Sakhir Palace, Bahrain during a recent visit by US Secretary of Defence Mattis. Lisa Ferdinando/DoD photo

18. Spain

Skyline of Zaragoza, Spain, in January 2015. Gregorio Puga Bailon/Flickr/Attribution licence

17. The Netherlands

Known as the Venice of the Netherlands, Giethoorn is navigable only by canal. Screenshot from YouTube.

16. Australia

Fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 1, 2018. Brett Hemmings/Getty

15. Qatar

A view of the mosque at dusk in Doha, Qatar. Christof Koepsel/Getty

14. Estonia

View of the city’s main gates in Tallinn, Estonia. Jordan Mansfield/Getty

13. Austria

Alpine dairy Alpe Albona in the Vorarlberg mountain range near Bludenz, Austria. Johannes Simon/Getty

12. Portugal.

View of the city center from Sao Jorge castle in Lisbon, Portugal. Sean Gallup/Getty

11. Norway

View of the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, near Tromso, Norway. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

10. Japan

Participants in Heian period dress parade through Kyoto Imperial Palace during the Aoi festival in May 2018. Carl Court/Getty

9. United Arab Emirates.

The sun sets behind skyline in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Christopher Furlong/Getty

8. Hong Kong

The symphony of Lights laser show over Victoria Harbour on December 1, 2017. The show begins at 8 p.m. every night. Anthony Kwan/Getty for Hong Kong Tourism Board

7. Luxembourg.

Luxembourg city. Hannelore Foerster/Getty

6. New Zealand.

Riders take in the scenery at Blue Mountain Station in Fairlie, New Zealand. Fiona Goodall/Getty

5. Switzerland

The 15th- and 16th-century houses in Rheinsprung Street, in Basel, Switzerland. Sean Gallup/Getty

4. Oman

A view of the skyline in Muscat, Oman. Chris Jackson/Getty

3. Iceland

A rainbow forms near Skogafoss waterfall in southern Iceland. Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty

(Though we hear it’s fresh out of beer)

2. Singapore

The world’s safest country: Finland

Visitors gather outside of Santa’s office at Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi Finland. Tony Lewis/Getty

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