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Iceland ranks no.1 as world’s safest country, while Pakistan ranked at 116th

Iceland grabbed the outlet’s top spot at Global Finance Magazine due to its low crime rate and low per capita murder rate. Global Finance attributed the success of Iceland and fellow European countries to their economies and healthcare systems.

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Global Finance Magazine recently announced its rankings for World’s Safest Countries and this year, Iceland has retained its top spot. The Global Finance’s World Safest Countries 2021 ranked 134 countries taking into account factors such as war and peace, personal security, and natural disaster risk including the “unique risk factors stemming from COVID-19.

Iceland was also named the safest country in the world in 2019.

Why Iceland got the top spot

Renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes and Northern Lights, Iceland has plenty more to offer when it comes to impressive living standards. This is why it continues to rank first as the world’s safest country – a title the Nordic nation has held for 13 years straight.

Iceland has been rated the most peaceful country in the world by the ‘Global Peace Index’, and this is inherently due to having no armed forces, low crime levels, and high standards of sociopolitical stability. Citizens also boast strong social attitudes while its police force is well-trained and educated. Police also prefer to carry batons and pepper spray in place of firearms.

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Icelandic citizens are generally perceived as friendly and there is little tension between social and economic classes.

According to Global Finance, the top 5 safest countries are Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Singapore, and Finland.

Pakistan is ranked at 116th

Pakistan has been ranked at 116th out of 134 countries. The country has recently witnessed a spike in the number of crimes like sexual assaults, domestic violence, child marriage, trafficking, and harassment, etc.

According to a report by Statistics Social Development Organization (SSDO), the country is facing an alarming situation as cases of violence against women and children increased during the year 2020.

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An estimated number of 5000 women are killed per annum from domestic violence, with thousands maimed or disabled. Women have reported attacks ranging from physical to psychological and sexual abuse.

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