While many countries are beautiful, tourists are often hesitant to visit countries that aren’t safe. While personal security is a major factor, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed our way of travelling, but it has also changed our idea of what makes us feel safe.
The annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index (SCI) usually ranks 60 international destinations in various categories. These categories are digital security, health security, infrastructure, personal security and this year’s new category, environmental security.
For the first time in a very long time, a European city has been announced as the world’s safest city. Move over Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka. Copenhagen now holds the title with a score of 82.4 out of 100.
In 2019 the Danish capital was awarded a joint eighth place on the list. The enormous jump has been largely due to their long-term successes.
“Copenhagen is definitely a worthy overall leader and Toronto a well-deserving runner-up, but as much because of long-term success in making residents secure as from any particular improvement in the last two years,” reads the report.
Amsterdam was placed sixth, with New Zealand’s Wellington receiving seventh place. Eighth place went to both Hong Kong and Melbourne, with Sweden coming in at number 10.
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