The Safest Places to Travel in Europe
How do you choose a holiday destination?
Perhaps you look for good weather or value for money. But if you’re most worried about safety, a new study by Forbes Advisor that ranks the safest vacation destinations in Europe may help you decide.
The list ranks 25 European Union (EU) countries, plus the UK, Switzerland and Albania. However not including the EU’s Latvia and Luxembourg. It’s based on data including crime rates, air pollution and quality of health care. In addition to the quality of each country’s bathing waters.
Each destination has a safety score out of 100. And with a score of 88.3, Switzerland was found to be the safest country to visit in Europe.
According to data from the Euro Health Consumer Index, Switzerland had the best health care out of the 28 countries included in the research. It also had the fourth lowest murder rate. Additionally it tied with Portugal for the sixth cleanest bathing waters, according to data from the European Environment Agency.
Second on the list was Slovenia, scoring 82.3 with its low crime rate, including the lowest murder rate among the included countries.
Portugal was in third place, scoring 82.1 and ranking fourth for air quality.
The UK had the worst result for safest travel, with a safety score of just 41.2. This includes the highest rate of theft, and the worst bathing waters. The best bathing waters were in Cyprus.
Iceland, which has been named the most peaceful country in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace since 2008, was not included in the Forbes Advisor ranking.