The World’s Most Dangerous Countries

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  1. Now I feel proud of myself for surviving Brazil last Sept! But maybe I should start worrying about Indonesia for my next trip?

  2. Anonymous says:

    This set of listings makes little sense. Plus, there are many metrics on safety beyond just homicide!

  3. There are many metrics, of course. But as homicide is seen by many as the worst and ultimate crime I still see it as an important indication.

  4. Jeffe Castan says:

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  5. Jeffe Castan says:

    I live in Indonesia (Java)as a foreigner (french). Depends on where you go, what's your hebaviors in general with local people, what kind of activity you plan to have in Indonesia. But if you come as a normal persone, don't make deal with drug dealer (VERY bad idea) or weapon traffickers, etc … in a word, you don't plan any criminal activity, you will be safe in Indo. Indonesian are very friendly people. If you smile to them, talk nicely, they will welcome you. Just care of your gear.

  6. azza says:

    weird the bahrain comes the 7th under The 10 safest countries per 100,000 people considering whats going on right now their, i dont really think is safe, based on what this research was done

  7. Anonymous says:

    eeerrrmmmm where the fuck is somalia

  8. Anonymous says:

    This list is clearly not a fair reflection of danger as most of the homicides in mexico and south america relate to rival drug gangs. Where is Somalia or Syria? they have been labelled as no go areas by the UK FCO.yet are not on a worlds most dangerous countries list.

  9. The list is based on 'official' numbers of killings in each country, and those numbers are from before the Syria civil war started. I presume Syria would be on the most recent list. Somalia on the other hand has become much safer the last year.

  10. ethan says:

    WWOWOWOWOWO!!!! Gunnar, loved this article and I might tell you, it's quite accurate!!!!
    I was rushing, reading country by country and trying to find ONE SPECIFICALLY….and wowowow!!! was I surprised!!! I was born in Brazil, and in many ways I agree with you, afterall I felt quite apprehensive in my last family visit in 2007. In the Northeastern area I was born and became a young adult, Joao Pessoa (state capital of Paraiba) ued to be quite safe as most other states in the neighborhood! Not today anymore. Can't wear nothing you usually do here in the US such as watches, new tennis shoes, anykind of jewelry, and as a tourist/visitor, don't you dear carry any nice cameras to take pictures of the beauty of the ocean and of the beautiful nature that is in ""your face"" kind of beauty…you're making yourself a huge TARGET!!! I felt unsafe and fearful of walking anywhere alone. My relatives adviced me to really be aware of my surroundings…the thieves usually will follow you in pairs and may even smile at you, waiting for the right moment to grab whatever they find is worthy of ""cash."" That happened to me in Fortaleza, at Praia de Iracema. Anyways, you still can be safer in Brazil than in some of Africans or Asian countries! Congrats…Ethan.

  11. Anonymous says:

    as a Russian citizen, I can tell that Russia is not safe at all, compared to the United States. Those homicide data are based on reports, and many Russians just don't report those issues. Vigilante justice governs in most cases..Or many women don't report abuse.

  12. Anonymous says:

    what no philippines?

  13. What no..USA? They have the highest number of prisoners.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Despite all the critics and misinformation, I did not find Iran in the list. Living in Iran is pretty safe.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What you talking about, people, LOL. Safe or not safe…Childish talking. NOWHERE is safe where is human beings living! What, you have a life time guarantee that in Norway you never gonna be shot or somebody will still your wallet near Prado Museum? Such a stupid…

  16. Anonymous says:

    Like everywhere else in the world. Actually this kind of list looks to me pretty abusive and racial…People everywhere the same.

  17. aaa says:

    Exactly. They are all in jail, not killing. Got the point?

  18. Anonymous says:

    This list is obsolete.

  19. Anonymous says:

    It doesn't mean NOTHING!!! And how many potential bastards among us? And how many NOT in jail yet??? Do you think it' never gonna be crime anymore? Job well done? We talk about society. We talk about potential criminal which is NOT commit their crimes yet. Is this YOUR POINT? Such a silly!

  20. Alid Abdul says:

    This is misleading information, I live in Indonesia and our tourism increased every year, many tourists who came to our beloved country feel safe and want to come back.

    yes our country have problem with homicide and murderer but it doesn't mean our country is a dangerous place to live.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hej Gunnar, may i suggest you check out the maps and rankings on http://www.visionofhumanity.org . It may be interesting to analyse how they compare to yours. Background info on the Global Peace Index is here: http://www.visionofhumanity.org/globalpeaceindex/about-the-gpi/

  22. Anonymous says:

    Ill meet you for a coffee at the village cafe restuarant in mogadishu then. oh wait a minuite. it was blown to bits by a suicide bomber in september killing 14 people. How on earth can you claim somalia has become safe.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Sou sobrevivente do Brasil, hahaha PRO BRASILIA FIANT EXIMIA, LOL \//\//waoint esteve aqui.

  24. Anonymous says:

    hmmm..being Pakistani,i regard this country as DANGEROUS to live in..but but USA should be on the top of the list..YES!! they have highest number of prisoners and almost all in jail but the point is ''AFTER COMMITTING CRIME'' the loss has been suffered,isn't it? but yet people create mountain of molehill if any any attack occurs in my country..SIGH!! see the world children!!

  25. Anonymous says:

    i am glad Nigeria was not mentioned anywhere in the various lists, yet some claim Naija is not safe. there is relative peace everywhere except some few States in the Northern parts of the Country, no thanks to "Bloody Boko Haram"

  26. Anonymous says:

    i have been to Russia and it is fine.

  27. Anonymous says:

    do you realize that most of the murders in tanzania are between the elite and the unlucky people who are caught in the crossfire? tanzania is safe for tourist as long as you take the usual precautions and worse thing that happens is that you lose your wallet or gear

  28. Mads Ahrenst says:

    Hi Gunnar

    First of all thanks for all your great posts. I love reading them.
    I get the point you are trying to make on which countries are the most dangerous. I assume the report that you refer to is this: http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/statistics/Homicide/Globa_study_on_homicide_2011_web.pdf
    We have to remember that all these estimates are conducted between 2006-2010.
    E.g. in 2008, Somalia had only 138 (!) homicides out of a population of 10 million. Further, Syria had 582 (3 in 100,000).

    It is hard to tell exactly what is happening in some countries like these, as it is probably only very few of the true homicides that are being reported, as to why it can be hard to interpret these numbers as being final.

    Maybe you could elaborate a bit on where you felt the most unsafe when you travelled yourself? It would be highly appreciated 🙂

    Regards from Denmark
    Mads

  29. Hi Mads,

    Such list will never be totally accurate nor up to date, but they can give us a certain idea of the situation in countries.

    I have been to all 198 countries, but never felt particularly unsafe in any of them. I was threatened to take a taxi by the police in Karachi, they told me it was not safe to walk the streets alone and I almost got in a fight in Somalia. I must have been very lucky to have steered clear of dangerous regions when there has been trouble there.

  30. Mads Ahrenst says:

    It seems like it. I do, however, also think that the ministry of foreign affairs in Scandinavia make a huge fuss of smaller problems within certain regions of countries.
    Did you hire bodyguards in some of the countries that you visited?

  31. Anonymous says:

    There are some in jail, and those that there are in jail already killed, Got the point?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Where did you traveled in Colombia?

  33. Anonymous says:

    These lists don't mean anything. The whole world is upside down.

  34. Only Bogota so far, but I am planning a trip to Cali as well.

  35. Anonymous says:

    OMG :/ I live in South Africa n it is by far the unsafest 2 me lol, every year the crime rate gets higher.I jst got robbed 2day(pick pocketed) n last week my aunt got robbed.it has become sooooo unsafe.I wana go live in New Zealand now.lol got no money tho 🙂 haha

  36. Unknown says:

    So proud of Brazil being number 1 in something ¬¬

  37. Anonymous says:

    About Somalia, my information is that contrary to Somalia proper, the de facto state of Somalia in the north is quite secure. iS THAT ACCURATE ,

  38. Anonymous says:

    Let me tell you a little bit about the problem of Somalia. Surely, the problems in somalia have been exaggerated by the world media. Despite what you may have heard from the media, you could live in Somalia without government in the past 15 years.Could you believe that in somalia you could collect your money from the Bank by putting it into your mobile phone and you don't even need to have cash on your pocket. By using your mobile phone, when you want to pay a cup of coffee, you send that money from your mobile to the coffee shopper.Almost every town in Somalia there is a branch of bank transfer and airstrips were working properly. The two largest hospitals in Mogadishu have 160 beds in their wards and they have never filled until Al-shabab has emerged on the ground, which has caused the biggest disaster ever that has been happened in Somalia. Currently the situation in the country has improved rapidly and surprisingly and it is worth to be mentioned, sometimes you may not heard even one person that is reported to be killed in three weeks time and you know it is a country which is recovering the longest civil war in history. The north and the east of the country had already a some sort of a reliable peace and they are continuously improving until now.

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  40. A very good post indeed. It's a shame about some of the responses. I have to admit that the way how tides work is just fascinating. Basically the same cycle is repeated over and over

  41. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Significam sim. Eu moro no Brasil, nem todos crimes são reportados pela polícia, i.e., pode ser pior ainda. Eu tenho medo de sair com uma câmera fotográfica na mão, é um verdadeiro chamariz para assaltantes. Você não pode abrir sua carteira e contar o dinheiro em público, todos os dias alguma linha de ônibus sofre assalto. Não estou com vontade de escrever em inglês. Usem o Google Translator.

  43. Anonymous says:

    hahhaha, gostei… Eu tbm sou brasileiro e aqui ta dificil mesmo… Tenho medo de sair nas ruas, e não assisto aos telejornais sensacionalistas… Se não fico louca e nem saio de casa… Tambem não estou a fim de escrever em Ingles, e usem o google tradutor, kkkkkkkkkk

  44. Happy Uganda doesn't appear here… 🙂
    that doesn't mean it's safe!

  45. Unknown says:

    Why is the US government NOT on the list? NO, I'm NOT kidding!

  46. Anonymous says:

    Where did you travel in India?

  47. Anonymous says:

    I respect the attempt to quantitatively measure the world's most dangerous countries, but the limited metric (and the variation in how reliable such statistics are across-countries and how they are defined) of homicide rates is completely useless here. The very idea of 'most dangerous' is problematic: most dangerous to whom?

    These complaints aside, there are a few countries that are either not on this list at all or are not placed 'highly' which are clearly more dangerous than those ranked highest.

    Most notable: Somalia is almost certainly the most dangerous 'country' on Earth using most any definition, with little room to debate. The DRC is probably right behind. Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Yemen…

    And, of course, war torn countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and, these days, Syria, must be right at the top.

    All this leaves out countries that are dangerous in the sense of having especially cruel authoritarian governments – the countries where the state is dangerous to its own people: North Korea, Turkmenistan…

  48. Anonymous says:

    Dos paises que fiquei nunca fui assaltado. No brasil, mesmo com todo cuidado, não pude evitar as vezes. No brasil só quem tem liberdade são os bandidos. E o pior que a maioria dos brasileiros se ofendem se alguem quer mostrar que em outros lugares do mundo não funcionam como o brasil. Em lugares civilizados não é ok ser agredido ou roubado ou permitir corrupção politica a vistas claras como é no brasil.

  49. Anonymous says:

    It really matters? More dangerous to human beings. Unless some people think their life worth more than the others. Like in Brazil when a tourist got tortured a end dead, the drug dealer really doesn't care if one is a european tourist ou an african worker. Just google for the local news.

  50. Dedino says:

    Brazil can be very dangerous depending on where you go. The crimes rates are very low in some cities, specially those in the state of São Paulo (not the capital itself) and the southern cities 😉

  51. Dedino says:

    Incrível que onde eu moro, posso andar tranquilamente na rua sem medo de assaltos, nunca fui vítima disso. Só porque vocês moram em lugares ferrados não quer dizer que TODO país viva nessa situação, vide interior de SP e Sul.

  52. Anonymous says:

    I live in Brazil and its not dangerous depending where you go, like Dedino said. The crime is very concentrated in a few locals, usually in the favelas and suburbs of the biggest cities bacause of drugs dealers etc…
    You can see that when you consider the lists using the most dangerous countries per 100,000 people and the combined list, where Brazil doesn`t even appear.

  53. Anonymous says:

    True that… Rapist, kidnapping, stealing, etc must be consider too

  54. Anonymous says:

    So…

  55. Anonymous says:

    He said "safer"

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  57. Lore Rmz says:

    I am from Mexico and even if we have the drug war that doesn't mean you are going to get killed as a tourist, and you haven't even consider the fact that we are almost 120 million people, so yeah when you see the news it sounds worse than it really is, so it isn't fair to just scare people about Mexico, when a lot of tourist come here and go back to their countries safe.

  58. Anonymous says:

    as an Iranian, I agree. it's just the social restrictions imposed by the government that sucks. otherwise it's very safe

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  60. Anonymous says:

    It's there, but not as high in the overall ranking… But I think it's underreported BIG TIME!

  61. Brazil is very dangerous. I live here for 29 years. I read the news and watch TV every day. Don't believe the ones who say here is peaceful. Violence is growing in everywhere here

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  63. Anonymous says:

    Yes that true, just got back.US citizens must have a local guide with them at all times and are not allowed out at night. Social restrictions by the government keep it safe, even as a woman (cant swim in swimming pools even at tourist hotels as a resident guest,etc) …but cant say the same for the roads where you are really likely to come unstuck ..since their New Year,March 18 this year, death toll on roads 2 months ago hit 100,000..saw some real horror smashes…17 burnt in a bus that crashed in to another 16 injured…47 on board a tourist bus killed the day before..can say more but that is enough.

  64. Anonymous says:

    I was suprised to read about St Kitts and Trinidad as some of the most dangerous. Jamaica yes not Trinidad. Regarding the safest maybe New Zealand, Japan, Malta, Cyprus, Denmark and Cuba can count amongst the safest.

  65. Anonymous says:

    You should've visited Islamabad,Pakistan instead of Karachi. Islamabad is a safe place and the most modern city in Pakistan.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Belize isn't that bad it all depends on what you do and say because in fact even gang members and drug dealers are nice and mannerly in Belize

  67. Anonymous says:

    it is way to confusing and just saying nz isn't bad at all

  68. shaha alagil says:

    i would presume that the United Arab Emirates would be one of the safest.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Indian is in top list of American kidnapping.
    Pakistan almost all city is safe and peace else Karachi
    Islamabad,Lahore,Muri,Gujrawala all of them good for living…..

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  71. Kristine says:

    I'm from the Philippines. Actually, homicide is low as compared to crimes in other countries listed. But what's not good here is that due to poverty, some people resort to stealing. So tourists should be careful and not wear anything fancy or flashy. Some people steal but do not kill. And just as long as you stay away from the Mindanao area, then you'd be fine. 🙂

  72. srinivasa says:

    Great post and contains very useful information to read. thanks

  73. Anonymous says:

    I have been in Brazil many times and never something happened, I just saw friendly people

  74. I am always ready to explore new places, new countries but never want to go Afghanistan. I love traveling but I love myself too. Afghanistan is top in my dangerous country for traveling. Safety is always very important when you want to go any country. I think Afghanistan is not safe for tourist specialty for US citizen.

  75. Monty says:

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  76. Alice says:

    Great information about Dangerous Countries. I am from pakistan and i feel proud.
    But i want go in USA next Vatican i try for USA. I thing USA best place for living and business.

  77. I have lived in Brasil for nearly 15 years. Anyone who says the violence is localized, or those who come every year and stay in five star hotels and say they`ve never seen anything are to be totally discounted. The violence is generalized with some places worse than other, but this is a country in a tailspin with no end in sight in terms of violence.There are many resons for it, but they are far too detailed to get into here.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Personally I'm quite disappointed in this article. As a traveler I'm not that concerned about homicides. Homicide figures are virtually irrelevant for a traveller. A fair share of homicides take place between people who know each other and are the result of a dispute (in a family, business or criminal setting). In some countries also war activities may result in a fair number of 'murders', in many countries this is quite localised e.g. gang wars in certain parts of certain cities or certain regions/frontlines.

    The real danger for travelers is traffic. In many countries one of the major causes of unnatural deaths and one to which a traveler is exposed above average as traveling means taking part in traffic.

    Terrorism and war may make it to the headlines and scare people most as it's unfamiliar, traffic is the number one unnatural killer of travelers, to my best knowledge at a big distance of all other causes of unnatural deaths.

  79. Nabeel Khan says:

    Hey Garfors, where did you travel in Pakistan. If you online traveled to Karachi, then you missed a lot of nice things Pakistan has to offer. Karachi, although the largest city, is not safe now a days due to gang wars there. But apart from that, entire Pakistan is safe for visiting as a tourist. The most bad condition you can get is to lose you r wallet or precious camera but it is also very rare. Did you visit Lahore, the tourist hub, the food hub and a great historical city. It is very safe to visit as I live there. Just don't go to the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and you will be safe anywhere in Pakistan. You should also check out the beautiful northern mountainous valleys of Karakoram and Hamaliya.

  80. I have lived in Brazil for my entire life I live in Fortaleza now the fifth populated state in Brazil. I was stolen in 1985 and never more because at that time i had just arrived here from Manaus and had no idea where was dangerous. The tough neighborhoods here are out-skirted so if you do not live in those areas where drug dealers live probably we will not be mugged and it is completely different comparing to Rio where there favelas are on hills around and a mugger comes up from everywhere. Therefore, a lot of information or news that come from Brazil to other countries are from those states where drug dealers are very organized and people are rodded-up and any ordinary discussion ends up shooting

  81. Nabeel Khan says:

    I meant "only traveled to Karachi" in my previous reply.

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    Wow, that must have been scary. I'm from Pakistan, and you should've visited cities like Islamabad, Murree, Skardu, Khaplu or Jhelum, among literally countless other cities to see what Pakistan is really all about. You can hardly remember you're still in the Pakistan so negatively portrayed by the media when you go to cities other than Karachi 🙂

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  96. joao cunha says:

    Brazil is even worse than this. Police and government official try hard to make the numbers look less ugly, If you get shot at Ipanema beach, they will register your death as drowning at the sea.