The 10 Safest Countries in the World for Traveling and Expat Life [in 2022]

When it comes to traveling and living abroad, safety is a huge concern especially today when there is more than wars and crime to worry about.

Fortunately, the world has become much more peaceful in recent years with most countries showing improvement on their safety index, but if you want to still play it safe (no pun intended!) you need to check out this article.

The following list includes the top 10 safest countries in the world for travelers and expats, both in terms of crime and general violence, but also in terms of how safe they are in the health department – which is also extremely important nowadays.

If you don’t want to go in-depth with the article, you can simply check them now. The safest countries to live or travel to in 2022 are Singapore, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, and Austria.

What are the safest countries in the world today?

Yes, the world is an exciting place to live in, but it can also be a dangerous one. As the year 2022 is here and you might start to make plans, it’s time to go in depth and check out which are the safest countries you can visit (and why they are considered safe).

1. Singapore

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Singapore is the number one country on this list for a reason. It’s considered safe by both travelers and expats, with low crime rates and little to no violence. The healthcare system is also top-notch, so if you’re looking for a place to stay healthy while abroad, Singapore should be your go-to destination.

In addition to its safety, Singapore is also known for its diverse culture and delicious food. If you’re looking for a place to travel that’s safe and offers plenty of cultural experiences, Singapore should be at the top of your list. Just be prepared for the high cost of living there!

If, on the other hand, you don’t want to spend a lot and you don’t really care that much about complete safety in all areas, you can check out my list of the cheapest countries to live in. They’re all still pretty safe and completely amazing.

2. Iceland


Number two on this list is Iceland, another place that’s perfect for those who want to stay safe while still enjoying their time abroad. Living in Iceland is not only affordable (at least compared to Singapore), but it also offers plenty of opportunities for work and travel alike.

What makes Iceland so popular among travelers is the fact that it’s peaceful, beautiful, and rich in culture. Whether you’re looking forward to seeing gorgeous landscapes or having fun at one of the many festivals held there, Iceland should be your next destination.

In addition to being a great place for travel and culture, Iceland is also considered safe by both expats and travelers alike. In fact, crime rates are so low that it could serve as an example to other countries.

And they managed to keep their citizens and visitors healthy since the world went crazy in 2020, which is another big bonus.

3. Japan

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If you want to live in a country that’s not only safe, but also offers an outstanding quality of life with great healthcare and access to the most modern technologies, Japan is what you’re looking for.

Japan has been rising as one of the top destinations for those who wish to travel or move abroad because it’s considered very safe by travelers and expats alike. In addition to that, Japan’s economy is doing great and it has a rich cultural heritage which you can enjoy no matter where in the world you’re from.

But if safety isn’t your only concern when thinking about moving abroad, don’t worry – there are other aspects of life in Japan that will make up for it. Japan has become the ideal place to live in 2022 thanks to its safe streets, great work opportunities and the amazing healthcare system.

Crime rates are low and only a few major accidents have been recorded recently, which makes it one of the safest countries for travelers and expats alike. In addition to that, you will find plenty of employment opportunities there (no matter your age, education or experience).

There are also plenty of healthcare facilities in Japan that will improve your quality of life and offer you exceptional service. If you’re thinking about moving abroad but want to stay safe at the same time, think no more. Japan is there for you.

Again, it’s not one of the cheapest countries in the world, but at least you know that you’re paying premium money for your family’s and your own well-being. Just have in mind that English is not widely spoken here.

4. New Zealand

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New Zealand is a great place to move and travel because it’s quite safe, both for travelers and expats alike. It has plenty of things to offer in terms of culture and entertainment, which makes it perfect for those who want to enjoy their time abroad while staying safe at the same time.

The crime rates in New Zealand are very low, which makes it a great place for both expats and visitors. And even though the cost of living is higher than in some other countries on this list, you will find plenty of employment opportunities there, especially if you’re an English speaker.

If you like beautiful landscapes and nature experiences (think mountains and amazing Lord of the Rings-like panormans), New Zealand should be your next destination. It’s perfect for those who want to travel and stay safe at the same time.

New Zealand offers great accommodation opportunities along with a wide range of entertainment facilities available around most major cities. And don’t forget that this is one of the least affected countries in the world since 2020, their approach to handling the new disease being appreciated all over the world.

5. Norway

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Norway is also considered one of the safest countries in the world this year. It has a good healthcare system, plenty of employment opportunities and even though it’s quite expensive to live there (like all Scandinavian countries), you will find that your money goes much further than in some other parts of the world, especially the US.

Crime rates are very low in Norway, and you will never find it unsafe to walk out on the streets alone, no matter if you are male or female.

And if you’re thinking about moving abroad to live a healthier life while enjoying nice cultural aspects at the same time, Norwegians have an amazing approach to healthcare.

Norway is also known as being environmentally friendly so there’s no need to worry about your carbon footprint. It’s one of the best places in the world if you’re looking for a safe and healthy place to move or travel.

6. Sweden


Sweden is one of the most peaceful and safe countries in the world, with a very low crime rate. It’s a great place for those who want to live a healthy lifestyle without having to worry about their safety – Sweden has an excellent healthcare system that will take care of you and your family.

The cost of living can be expensive in Sweden, but you will find that your money goes much further than in some other Western European countries. And if you’re looking for a great place to raise children, Sweden is definitely one of the best choices out there – it has one of the best education systems in the world.

Like Norway, Sweden is also very environmentally friendly and its people are very open-minded – everyone is welcome to this country. It’s a great place for expats and travelers, with plenty of modern facilities both in the cities and outside them.

Sweden offers excellent opportunities for employment, which makes it a perfect destination if you’re looking to move abroad but want to stay safe at the same time.

7. Denmark


Denmark is yet another Scandinavian country that can be an excellent choice for expats and travelers alike. It has a very low crime rate, great healthcare system, modern educational facilities and even though the cost of living in Denmark is high, it is worth it.

Plus, it’s not that difficult to make a nice amount of money each month and afford at least a decent living there thanks to the plethora of work opportunities you have there. And if you’re looking for a place to raise children, Denmark is one of the best countries in the world – it has a high standard of living and excellent educational opportunities.

Denmark is also one of the top countries in Europe in terms of internet speed and in today’s world, that is also an extremely important element to consider. (But in reality, all the countries that I have listed here do really well in this area).

I initially wanted to simply write “Scandinavia” as a recommendation, because all countries in this region are extremely safe and always ranking on top of “safe to be in” lists, but Scandinavia is a region and not a country so… I had to list them all one by one.

But in all honesty, if you were to choose any of the Scandinavian countries, you would do really well. Just make sure that you do enjoy the colder weather because you won’t get too many sunny days over there.

8. Canada


Canada is a North American country located right next to the United States of America. It’s very safe and stable, with only around one percent of its population ever being victims of violent crimes each year.

It has excellent healthcare facilities and this nation also ranks high on “safest countries” lists because it doesn’t have any real threats when it comes to natural disasters.

It is also very easy for expats and travelers alike to find work in Canada, even if you don’t have any specific skills or training. What’s more, most of the labor force speaks English so it will be easier than ever to fit into this country.

And last but not least, Canada has an amazing landscape that is really worth exploring – you’ll never get bored living in this North American country.

9. Switzerland


Switzerland is another European country that can be safely recommended to expats and travelers alike. Crime rates are really low in Switzerland, even though the cost of living there may seem a little high at first sight…

What’s more, you have excellent healthcare facilities available so it will be easy for you to stay safe while enjoying all the beauty that Switzerland has to offer.

Switzerland is also a great place for expats and travelers because it offers plenty of work opportunities, no matter if you’re looking for part-time or full-time employment. Just keep in mind that the Swiss are not too keen on hiring foreigners unless they really have to do so… But if someone does decide to hire you, the salary is usually really good.

Just like in any other European country though, if you’re looking for an English-speaking nation where it’s easy to find work opportunities and settle down – Switzerland might be a perfect choice. All of its official languages are German, French or Italian but people do speak enough English so that will not be a problem.

And last but not least, Switzerland is home to some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world – so if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, this country should definitely be on your list.

10. Austria


Austria is another European country that you should definitely consider if you’re looking for a safe nation to travel or live in. It has very low crime rates and the cost of living there is not too high – actually, this is probably the cheapest country you can live in out of the 10 on this list.

Just like all the other countries listed here, Austria offers excellent healthcare facilities and has done a good job keeping things under control since the world changed forever in 2020.

The only downside to Austria is that the job market is not as good as in some of the other countries on this list – but if you’re lucky enough to find a job, it will usually come with a high salary. Don’t forget, the cost of living is also smaller so if you’re relying on a pension, you’ll get a bigger bang for your buck here.

Austria also has a really rich culture and heritage that is worth exploring – so if you do end up living in this country, make sure to take some time to travel around and see everything it has to offer.


The 10 countries above are the safest you can travel to this year. They are usually more expensive than your regular travel destination, but at the same time we should all know that you can’t really put a price on your own health and well being.

But remember, safety should never be the only factor you consider when making such an important decision – make sure to research each country and its culture in depth before making your final choice.

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