Canada Ranked Safest Country In World; U.S. Destination Top City

Kudos to Canada. And a nod to Hawai’i, as well.

A study by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection has anointed Canada as the safest country on the planet for 2024. Montreal came second in the world for safe cities, beaten only by Honolulu.

The company analyzed the responses of 1,702 travelers who were polled between 24AUG and 13SEP 2023, along with third-party data sources to evaluate concerns such as terrorism, weather emergencies, health measures, and the safety of underrepresented groups. The rankings also take into account data and information sourced from the U.S. State Department, The Economist, and Global Finance magazine, among other sources.

Canada was tops, up from sixth position in 2023.

“Ranked as the 11th most peaceful country in the world by the 2023 Global Peace Index, Canada has a reputation for its diversity, inclusivity, and low crime rate,” said Afar magazine. “This only enhances its legendary travel offerings, from fabulous multicultural cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to remarkable natural beauty in national parks like Jasper, Banff and Prince Edward Island.”

Honolulu was named the world's safest city and was cited for its diversity and openness.

"Surrounded by mountains and hiking trails and bordered by some of the best beaches on the planet, Honolulu doesn’t exactly need a boost when it comes to tourism, but having the highest safety rating certainly doesn’t hurt," said Afar.

WORLD’S SAFEST COUNTRIES

  1. Canada
  2. Switzerland
  3. Norway
  4. Ireland
  5. Netherlands
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Portugal
  8. Denmark
  9. Iceland
  10. Australia
  11. New Zealand
  12. Japan
  13. France
  14. Spain
  15. Brazil

WORLD’S SAFEST CITIES

  1. Honolulu
  2. Montreal
  3. Reykjavik
  4. Sydney
  5. Amsterdam
  6. Dubai
  7. Copenhagen
  8. London
  9. Seoul
  10. Venice (Italy, not California)
  11. Tokyo
  12. Berlin
  13. Paris
  14. Barcelona
  15. Orlando
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