WORLD - 20 Safest Countries

Arno Froese

The Global Peace Index is a ranking of the safest countries in the world. This report is published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, “an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress.” The report researches countries to determine which are the safest, while also ranking the most dangerous.

A total of 163 countries are featured in the report. There are 23 different indicators used to determine how safe or how dangerous a country is. These factors are broken into these categories:
• Ongoing International and Domestic Conflict
• Societal Safety and Security
• Militarization

The factors used to compile this report include:
• Number of internal and external violent conflicts
• Level of distrust
• Political instability
• Potential for terrorist acts
• Number of homicides
• Military expenditures as a percentage of GDP

Based on these factors, a score is calculated for each of the 163 nations featured in the report. The lower the score, the higher the nation is ranked in terms of safety.

A majority of the top 25 safest countries are European countries. Europe is the only continent to have not seen a decline in safety since 2009. The second-most-common region in the top 25 is Asia. Both regions have a homicide rate of about 3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Most notably are the Nordic countries of Europe. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland are all in the top 25 safest countries, which is why this region is considered to be the safest in the world. The homicide rate in this region is 0.8 incidences per 100,000 inhabitants. These five Nordic countries are all in the top 10 happiest countries in the world as well.

The top 10 safest countries in the world are as follows:
1. Iceland
2. New Zealand
3. Portugal
4. Austria
5. Denmark
6. Canada
7. Singapore
8. Czech Republic
9. Japan
10. Switzerland
[And, according to the World Economic Forum]
55. China
56. USA, Global Peace Index 2020

Arno's Commentary

It is noteworthy that Europe, the continent with the most wars and diversity, has become the continent of peace, prosperity, and security.

Europe is represented by Rome, and Rome—according to Scripture—is the last Gentile superpower. We may rightly call three continents Roman; namely, Europe, America (North and South), and Australia. But Roman influence is not limited to these, but is global. Europeans sailed around the world, conquered territory, and established sovereign countries, of which many still exist today. Africa was colonized by many European countries (except Ethiopia, and that is debatable). The major European colonizers were Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, and finally, Germany, Italy, and Belgium. Only a handful of countries were not colonized: Turkey, Iran, China, and Japan. But doubtless, these too were greatly influenced by the European colonizers.

Now, instead of military adventures, conquering and subduing nations, world peace seems to be the spirit of the day. Daniel 7:23 describes this last world empire: “…Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.” We are also reminded of what is written in Daniel 11:21: “And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” Note the words “peaceably” and “flatteries.” That’s precisely our modern Greek-Roman democracy. 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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