Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists for 2022, according to a report by a leading travel magazine.
Every year the luxury online travel site Condé Nest promotes the Global Peace Index, which is developed by the Institute of Economics and Peace.
They release a new ranking of 163 countries across the world for a variety of factors which add up to the overall safety they offer.
These factors include issues such as societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation in countries, incarceration rates, homicide levels and perception of criminality.
Iceland was named the safest country in the world for the 13th year in a row.
Ireland was placed at a respectable eighth place on the list thanks to positive scores on low crime rates, strength of the economy and friendliness of the people.
When you consider that Ireland has such a friendly reputation – and is even nicknamed the land of ‘a thousand welcomes’ – it is perhaps surprising that it is the first time the country has ever been named in the top ten.
It has been just outside the top ten at number 11 since 2016 until now, with the lowest score being number 16 in 2011.
Although Ireland managed to rise three places in the list, it wasn’t without some problems.
The index mentioned that there had been some ‘violent anit-lockdown demonstrations’.
Ireland was joint first for lack of domestic and international conflict but only 18th for domestic safety and security.
The index said that the level of peace across the world had decreased by an average of 0.07% in the past year, and the index had a warning about current problems facing the world.
It said: “The conflicts and crises that emerged in the past decade have begun to abate, only to be replaced with a new wave of tension and uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and rising tensions between many of the major powers.”
Peace levels around the world have fallen in nine of the last 13 years.
Ten safest countries in the world
1 – Iceland
2 – New Zealand
3 – Denmark
4 – Portugal
5 – Slovenia
6 – Austria
7 – Switzerland
8 – Ireland
9 – Czech Republic
10 – Canada
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling