Europe was named the most peaceful region in the world in 2016 by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Not that you need another reason to take off on a Euro-trip, but this continent’s countries wrangled the top places on the Global Peace Index list (presented by IEP), as well as ours. In such an uncertain and sometimes unpredictably violent world, it’s comforting to know there are still many places that value peacefulness above all else. Traveling is stressful enough without having to constantly worry about safety. Of course, your safety can never be 100% guaranteed, but visiting any of these 11 most peaceful countries in the world will certainly help you rest a little easier!
1) New Zealand
Not only is New Zealand a breathtaking country in terms of natural landscapes, it’s also one of the world’s most peaceful nations. NZ has a low criminality rate as well as a small number of incarcerated citizens. Perhaps New Zealand maintains its peaceful stance because of its limited military capabilities. Transparency International declared New Zealand as the world’s least corrupt country in the world in 2017. Kiwis pride themselves on an honest justice department and police force. In fact, by law police officers are not permitted to carry firearms. There’s little need with the extremely low violent crime rate. Travelers can rest assured they won’t be swindled by locals or authority figures. As a visitor to NZ, get ready to feast your eyes on some magnificent sights. The scenic drives and natural landscapes never end. The nation is also a world leader in wine production. Don’t forget about whale watching!