According to recent studies by Global Peace Index, the world has become a more dangerous place since the beginning of 2010. The worrying trend of increased insecurity has led to many carefully reconsider their next travel destination: opting for the safest destination possible seems to have become a more appealing option than ever before.

The same applies to students looking for a safe study environment abroad. Whether the emphasis is on the lack of crime, political violence, prejudice, or simply with having access to a fully functioning social welfare system, students seek out to study in countries with a safe and secure environment.

Fortunately, places with the aforementioned qualities do still exist. And what’s even better, WEF (World Economic Forum) has published detailed results in 2017 for the top 10 safest countries in the world. Want to take a guess at who stands at the number one spot?

The safest country in the world

The 2017 WEF report ranks the top 10 countries in safety and security as follows:

  1. Finland
  2. The United Arab Emirates
  3. Iceland
  4. Oman
  5. Hong Kong SAR
  6. Singapore
  7. Norway
  8. Switzerland
  9. Rwanda
  10. Qatar

Even with global concerns of terrorism becoming more evident in Europe over the recent years, Finland has gone on as the safest country in the world. Outside of safety and security, WEF also ranked Finland in the top 10 in the following categories: environmental sustainability, human resources & labour market, business environment and ICT readiness.

No wonder, then, that students like Chang from China chose Finland as the country to graduate from his master’s degree programme in telecommunication. When asked how he has found life in Finland, a familiar topic came up: “The living environment is safe here. You have to fear neither crime nor discrimination. Especially the students’ parents want to know about that,” Chang said.

Learn more about studying in Finland

Finland University serves as a gateway to one of the finest Finnish multidisciplinary Universities on offer. Its member universities are all among the top 2% universities globally, with a unique learning environment designed to get the best out of every student. If you are interested in studying in Finland and would like to find out more, there's good news: the downloadable Finland University guide provides a quick starting package of how to apply for international master’s degree programmes and scholarships in the member universities of Finland University.

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