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World map showing security risks | © International SOS and control risks
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This Map Reveals the World's Most and Least Dangerous Countries

Picture of Alice Johnston
Food Editor
Updated: 23 November 2017
Whether you like to live on the wild side or prefer to go through life with 0% risk, keeping safety in mind when choosing a holiday destination is important.

Are countries that are generally considered to be dangerous really not suitable to visit? How safe is your home country, and places that you’ve visited before? It can be difficult to discern how safe places are with alarmist news stories breaking every other hour.

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World map showing security risks | © International SOS and control risks

A new interactive map created by International SOS and control risks that shows the security, medical and road safety of every country in the world has been created to help you figure out where’s safe to travel.

The countries that are considered to be low-risk to travel in are Finland, Norway and Iceland, which have the lowest rankings for all three categories.

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World map showing health risks | © International SOS and control risks
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World map showing road safety risks | © International SOS and control risks
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From left to right: scale for road safety risk, scale for medical risk and the scale for security risk | © International SOS and control risks

Security risks in Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Switzerland are shown to be ‘insignificant’ and ‘low’ in Canada, the US, Spain, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Syria, Mali, Libya, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen are all ranked as ‘extreme’ in this category, with Mexico, Pakistan and parts of India ‘high’.

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Africa’s security risks | © International SOS and control risks
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The security risks of Asia and Australia | © International SOS and control risks

The countries in the ‘low’ category for risks to health include Canada, the U.S, most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Brazil, China and Russia are shown to have ‘rapidly developing variable risk’ when it comes to health. Africa poses a very high risk to travellers, as do Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Guyana.

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The security risks for the US, Canada and Europe | © International SOS and control risks
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The security risks of the Middle East | © International SOS and control risks

For road safety, other than African countries, the places that pose the largest risk are Brazil, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakhstan. The US has a ‘moderate’ ranking in this category.

For people want to travel to Europe, the risk is ‘low’ or ‘very low’ across the board, as are Australia, New Zealand and Japan.