These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries

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

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

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

19. Bahrain

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

18. Spain

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

17. The Netherlands

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

16. Australia

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

15. Qatar

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

14. Estonia

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

13. Austria

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

12. Portugal.

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

11. Norway

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

10. Japan

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

9. United Arab Emirates.

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

8. Hong Kong

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

7. Luxembourg.

Hannelore Foerster/GettyLuxembourg city.

6. New Zealand.

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

5. Switzerland

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

4. Oman

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

3. Iceland

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

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

2. Singapore

The world’s safest country: Finland

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

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