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This Scandinavian Jewel Was Just Named the Safest Country to Visit

Finland Is Safest Country to Visit,
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Marjo Tynkkynen/REX/Shutterstock (4929738b) Cafe Johan and Nyström, Helsinki, Finland Various

* Latest rankings from 2017 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report
* Report tallies five key metrics
* Finland ranks as safest country; United States ranks 84th

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 has put Finland at the top of the list for safety for tourists.

The report compiles its safety numbers by examining five factors: business costs of crime and violence, reliability of police services, business costs of terrorism, index of terrorism incidence and homicide rate.

Finland, which is celebrating its centenary this year, was named the safest place to visit thanks to its low risk of serious harm from violence and terrorism.

At a close second was the United Arab Emirates, followed by Iceland, Oman and Hong Kong. The United States came in at number 84, making it more dangerous than all of Western Europe.

The U.S. was even ranked behind nation states that are known for widespread human rights abuses and genocides, including Rwanda (9), Qatar (10) and Saudi Arabia (61).

A few standouts that are less safe than the Unites States are Iran (87), Israel (103), Russia (109) and Mexico (113). The least safe destination in the world: Colombia, which ranked at the bottom due to its high crime rate.

The report does not consider the safety risk of state-sanctioned violence against certain disfavored groups. For example, in the UAE cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, homosexuals can face imprisonment. In 1995, meantime, Qatar sentenced and American tourist to six months in jail and 90 lashes for homosexual activity.