It's no secret that the world is a dangerous place. We've had so many events this year disrupt our high hopes in humanity — from white supremacist rallies, mass shootings, cars driving through crowds, and more. Now, as if we needed yet another thing to worry about, President Donald Trump is in conflict with North Korea's Kim Jong-un — who, let us remind you, has recently been testing out missiles.
Such conflict has us concerned, and we aren't the only ones. Express.co.uk recently created a map of the safest countries to retreat to if World War 3 breaks out, and (naturally) the US is not one of them. Based off the Global Peace Index of 2017, the safest countries are in fact Canada, Iceland, Denmark, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, New Zealand, and Japan. Of course, keep in mind that with North Korea testing their missiles over Japan earlier this year, that last ranking may not last.
Between 163 countries receiving various scores in categories like militarisation, society & security, and domestic & internal conflict, the Global Peace Index has some solid proof on why you should consider moving to one of these 10 countries. And if you need a little more convincing, global statistics show there's been a 247% increase in deaths from terrorism since 2008, and the number of refugees has doubled since 2016.
So, let's focus on the more positive note and take these top ten countries. The Global Peace Index describes 'positive peace' as "the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies", placing a premium on things like acceptance of the rights of others, a free flow of information, and low levels of corruption. I think we can all agree that sounds pretty good.