I constantly hear the question "how does Costa Rica compare to other countries in overall safety?" Or, "I am considering moving to Central America and was concerned about the relative safety of a few countries!" For no other reason, than it's just a really good idea to know, how does the relative "safety" of a particular country compare to another! Well, here you go...the 2015 list of the World's Safest Countries.
There's 195 countries on this planet and ValuePenguin was able to collect enough data, or shall we say that enough data was provided, from 107 countries to compile this wonderful reference list. Whether it's where you live or where you're visiting this summer, your country falls somewhere on a sliding scale, from dangerous to safe. Keep in mind, the belief is that a country without accessible data is less likely to be safe than one with troves of it. But don't trust me. Take a look at the numbers.
To rank these countries, they collected data on a variety of safety-related topics from a variety of reputable sources, everything from the quality of countries’ water sources to their rates of kidnappings and the prevalence of drugs between their borders. Then they narrowed their list of data points to the seven listed below. These seven were chosen because of their connectedness to the idea of “everyday safety,” but also because they were the most available for as many countries as they could fairly include in the study. And this is a fact of the study overall: "We believe that a country that is open and up to date with its data is more likely to be safe than a country that isn’t. Unfortunately, there were also cases of inconsistencies in the reporting of their data that excluded some countries. Scotland and England, for example, are not included because of their reporting relationship with the United Kingdom at large."
Here are the details of our seven data points that comprise our “Safety Score,” from weighted least to weighted most heavily:
1. Population Year of data: 2014 Source: worldometers
2. CO2 Emissions (in metric tons) Year: 2010 Source: The World Bank
3. National police personnel (per 100,000 residents) Year: 2013* Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
4. Traffic deaths (per 100,000 residents) Year: 2010 Source: World Health Organization
5. Thefts (per 100,000 residents) Year: 2013* Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
6. Assaults (per 100,000 residents) Year: 2011 Source: NationMaster
7. Life expectancy (in years) Year: 2013 Source: The World Bank
Although they adjusted for population in our safety rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small country to a large one. To account for this fact, they separated the safest countries into three categories: those with populations up to 5 million; between 5 million and 20 million; and more than 20 million. Here are our findings:
Costa Rica ranked in a tie for 9th place overall and some of the more "popular" countries like Belize and Nicaragua were in the 70's or lower!
Have a sensational day! PURA VIDA!!