Where are the safest cities in the world? And what makes them so safe? As it turns out, they’re spread all over the globe, and the reasons they’re so safe are fairly consistent: low crime rates, active law enforcement, and quality infrastructure.
In this post, we’ll look at the top 30 safest cities in the world based on the Numbeo Safety Index, learning what makes each one unique and which city is the safest of them all.
About the Numbeo Safety Index
The Crime and Safety Indexes produced by Numbeo are based on survey responses provided by visitors to the Numbeo website. These questions cover the perceived level of safety in a city by the people who live there, focusing on aspects like fear of attack, level of corruption, and how safe someone feels walking alone during the day and at night.
The Crime Index is an estimation of the overall level of crime in a location, based on a scale from 0 to 100. The higher the index score, the higher the level of estimated crime. The Safety Index is inversely proportional to the Crime Index; the higher the Safety Index score, the higher the level of estimated safety in the location.
It’s worth noting that only cities with enough survey responses are included in the list of safest cities in the world. Survey responses up to 36 months old are considered in determining the rankings.
The data used in this post is based on the Numbeo rankings for the middle of 2023. Rankings are continuously updated on the Numbeo website, where it’s possible to get the most recent data regarding the world’s safest cities.
Ranking of Safest Cities in the World in 2023
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30 Safest Cities
30. Seoul, South Korea
Safety Index: 75.2
Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea, and it’s one of the safest countries in the world. A captivating city known for its unique blend of the traditional and modern, a strong emphasis is placed on safety and security here.
An excellent public transportation system and well-maintained streets are some aspects that contribute to the feeling of safety in South Korea’s capital. Crime rates throughout the country and in Seoul have also reached record lows in recent history.
South Korea on the whole is considered safe for locals and visitors alike. The US Department of State has issued the lowest level travel advisory for the country, recommending visitors exercise normal safety precautions.
29. Prague, Czech Republic
Safety Index: 75.3
The Czech Republic is one of the safest countries in the world, so perhaps it’s no surprise that its capital city is considered one of the world’s safest. Prague attracts a great number of tourists each year thanks to the impressive architecture of sites like Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and its Old Town Square.
Although the rate of violent crimes across the country has actually risen in the beginning of 2023, the country is still safer than it was in 2019. The capital has long been considered one of the safest European cities for tourists to visit.
28. Helsinki, Finland
Safety Index: 75.4
The 28th-safest city in the world according to this Numbeo list is Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Helsinki is located in the southernmost region of Finland and is known for having something for everyone, including architectural beauty, exciting nightlife, and a vibrant arts scene. It is continental Europe’s northernmost capital.
Finland is consistently labeled as one of the safest travel destinations in the world, and this translates to its capital, Helsinki. This is thanks to low rates of assault, homicide, and road fatalities. There is also little risk of natural disasters in Helsinki and Finland.
27. Timișoara, Romania
Safety Index: 75.8
Next on the list of safest cities in the world is Timișoara, the fifth-most populous city in Romania. The city lies on the Bega River and is the primary economic and cultural hub of Western Romania.
A popular destination among international tourists for its well-preserved historical architecture and many green spaces, Timișoara is sometimes referred to as “Little Vienna” or the “City of Flowers.” The cultural scene is also very much alive in Timișoara, the birthplace of the Romanian Revolution.
The city’s high level of safety is reflected in its low crime rate. Although Timișoara is considered safer than other places in Romania, it is just one of five Romanian cities ranked in the top 100 safest in the world.
26. Reykjavik, Iceland
Safety Index: 75.9
A Safety Index score of 75.9 earns the capital of Iceland spot number 26 on the list of safest cities in the world. Reykjavik isn’t the only safe place in the country, either. Iceland as a whole was the safest country in the world in 2022 and for many years prior.
Extremely low crime rates, a close-knit community, and a very low poverty rate all contribute to the city and country’s safety. Iceland is also one of the happiest countries in the world, which contributes to a sense of safety and well-being in Reykjavik.
In addition to a safe atmosphere, visitors to Reykjavik can enjoy the many nearby cultural and natural wonders through day trips from the city.
25. Tokyo, Japan
Safety Index: 76.0
Tokyo is a major world capital. Its prefecture had a population of just over 14 million according to the 2020 National Census, and the Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous in the world. The city is famous for its unique blend of hyper-modern qualities with traditional Japanese culture.
In addition to its size and renown, Tokyo is also one of the safest cities in the world. It has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world, an impressively low crime rate, and exceptionally clean streets. All of these factors contribute to an environment that generally feels safe for visitors and locals.
24. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Safety Index: 76.3
Lending its name to one of the largest provinces in Thailand, Chiang Mai is a beautiful city located in the northern part of the country. Easy access to stunning natural beauty and a wealth of cultural attractions such as temples, festivals, and markets have made Chiang Mai a popular tourist destination in Thailand.
Friendly locals, a peaceful atmosphere, and low crime rates all work in favor of making Chiang Mai an exceptionally safe city. After Singapore, it is the second-safest city in all of Southeast Asia.
Although Chiang Mai is considered a very safe city, it’s still important to exercise normal safety precautions such as remaining aware of your surroundings. It’s also a good idea to check the air quality before and during a visit.
23. Tallinn, Estonia
Safety Index: 76.5
With a score of 76.5, the capital of Estonia is the 23rd-safest city in the world according to Numbeo. Tallinn is located on Estonia’s northern coast, across the Gulf of Finland from the also super-safe city of Helsinki.
Tallinn is an interesting city that blends its medieval cultural heritage with a thriving tech sector. It’s a leader in digital innovation, but it’s also strongly connected to the past via sites like the Tallinn Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
With growing popularity among tech companies and tourists alike, Tallinn boasts low crime rates and a friendly atmosphere that puts residents and visitors at ease.
Safety Index: 76.9
Singapore is noteworthy for many reasons: not only is it the safest city in Southeast Asia, it’s one of the smallest countries in the world, one of the richest countries in the world, one of the most expensive countries in the world, and has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.
One aspect of life in Singapore that undoubtedly contributes to the level of safety is the focus placed on law and order within the city-state. Known for strict laws with punishments that are often severe, there is little incentive for people to engage in crime in Singapore.
Singapore is also exceptionally clean and has an excellent public transportation system, two more factors that make it a city that feels safe for residents and visitors.
21. Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Safety Index: 77.6
Cluj-Napoca is the second-largest city in Romania by population and is known as the unofficial capital of the historical Transylvania region. A lively cultural scene and well-preserved historic architecture make it a popular city with tourists.
There is a significant police presence in Cluj-Napoca, and crime rates in the city are low. This affords the city a peaceful atmosphere and works in tandem with the city’s beautiful architecture to make for a welcoming environment. St. Michael’s Church and Central Park are some popular landmarks in this Romanian city.
20. Groningen, Netherlands
Safety Index: 77.6
The 20th-safest city in the world is Groningen in the Netherlands. The city is the capital of the northernmost province of the Netherlands of the same name and is the economic and cultural capital of the north of the Netherlands. Museums, canals, and a large student population all contribute to the city’s charm.
Groningen is considered to be very safe thanks to its low crime rate. The city is also exceptionally safe for bicyclists, as it is recognized as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. At least half of all traffic in the city is by bicycle, which makes for very low rates of automobile accidents.
19. Basel, Switzerland
Safety Index: 77.6
Located along the Rhine River in a country known for its historic neutrality, Switzerland’s city of Basel is another of the safest cities in the world. Its Safety Index score of 77.6 places it in a three-way tie with Groningen and Cluj-Napoca for safety.
Known as the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel is home to forty museums, one of which is the Kunstmuseum Basel, the largest museum in the country. The city’s beautiful architecture and location along the Rhine River create a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere, and the city’s low crime rates contribute to the city’s high level of perceived and actual safety.
18. Zagreb, Croatia
Safety Index: 77.8
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and one of the safest cities in the world. It’s located in the northwestern region of the country near its border with Slovenia and lies on either side of the Sava River.
Divided into sections, Zagreb’s Upper Town is known for its historic landmarks and cultural institutions such as the grandiose Zagreb Cathedral and the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships. Lower Town features more modern infrastructure and offers a more lively atmosphere.
Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world, and its capital city is no different. Its reputation as a safe city with low crime rates is one of the reasons it’s such a popular destination.
17. Eindhoven, Netherlands
Safety Index: 77.9
The second of three Dutch cities on this list, Eindhoven ranks as the 17th safest city in the world with a Safety Index score of 77.9. It is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands by population and is located in the southern part of the country.
Although Eindhoven is now considered very safe, it had the highest crime rate in the Netherlands for several years starting in 2006. The majority of crime during this period was property crime, and violent crime represented just 6% of criminal activity.
Today, most residents of Eindhoven feel very safe thanks to the city’s well-maintained infrastructure and low incidences of crime.
16. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Safety Index: 78.2
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is situated along the Ljubljanica River in the central western part of the country. The city is known for its natural beauty in addition to a strong cultural scene, rich history, and architectural gems. These factors make Ljubljana a popular city among tourists.
Safety in Ljubljana is rated so highly because of the relatively low levels of crime in the city and because the city has a peaceful atmosphere. A pedestrian-friendly city center, for example, encourages the use of public spaces and a sense of comfort.
15. Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)
Safety Index: 78.3
Hong Kong is well known for being a bustling metropolis with an economy that places it among the richest countries in Asia. It’s technically a special administrative region of China, along with Macau, both of which have some of the highest population densities in the world.
Law enforcement in Hong Kong is efficient and present, and this in combination with the city’s well-developed infrastructure makes for a safe environment. Crime does happen in Hong Kong, but it is overwhelmingly of the petty-theft variety. The Hong Kong Police Force even offers tips for reducing the risk of crime.
In addition to its status as an economic hub, the fact that Hong Kong is considered one of the safest cities in the world may contribute to the fact that it makes the list of most visited countries in the world.
14. Yerevan, Armenia
Safety Index: 78.4
Yerevan is the capital of Armenia as well as its largest city. It has served as the capital of Armenia since 1918, but it is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on Earth. A low crime rate and amenities like pedestrian zones, street cafes, and public parks give the city an overall feeling of safety.
Although Yerevan is considered to be very safe, that doesn’t necessarily apply to Armenia as a whole. Tensions between the country and neighboring Azerbaijan have inspired the US Department of State to issue a travel notice recommending against travel to certain areas in Armenia. These don’t include Yerevan.
13. Eskisehir, Turkey
Safety Index: 78.9
The 13th-safest city in the world according to the 2023 Numbeo list is Eskisehir, Turkey. The city is known for its many hammams and has been called “the Student’s City” for its high student population. It is home to Anadolu University, one of the biggest universities in the world.
A dedicated police force and video surveillance systems are employed to increase safety in the city by reducing crime rates, and the green spaces add to a sense of tranquility. Although the city is generally considered to be very safe, there have been issues in the recent past with threats directed at the LGBTI+ community.
12. Trondheim, Norway
Safety Index: 79.0
Norway may be one of the coldest countries in the world, but it’s also one of the safest. Its city of Trondheim, the third-largest in the country, ranks as the 12th-safest in the world. The city’s low crime rate, characteristic of cities across Norway, is a major factor in making Trondheim a place where people feel safe.
The technology sector is the main economic industry in Trondheim, home to the country’s science and technology university and known as the technology capital of Norway. The city also functions as a major land and sea transportation hub.
11. Zurich, Switzerland
Safety Index: 79.3
Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland and the capital of the Swiss canton of the same name. While it isn’t the official capital of Switzerland, Zurich is famous around the world for its financial district and extremely high cost of living.
The Department of Safety in the canton of Zurich is committed to providing a safe environment in Zurich, and the city enjoys very low rates of violent crime. The urban lifestyle available in Zurich with such close access to the Alps makes for a unique city that visitors and residents find appealing.
10. The Hague, Netherlands
Safety Index: 79.3
The safest city in the Netherlands and the 10th safest in the world is the Hague. As the seat of the Dutch government and the administrative center of the Netherlands, it’s sometimes called the de facto capital of the country, though Amsterdam is the official capital of the Netherlands.
The city’s international zone is home to forested parks, museums, and a number of international organizations. Its aesthetic appeal makes it popular among visitors and international visitors, as does the safe and peaceful atmosphere.
Security is an important issue in the Hague, and the city’s public safety policy involves a 3-pronged approach to promote safety.
9. Munich, Germany
Safety Index: 79.5
Despite its status as the sixth-largest country in Europe, there is only one German city that makes this list of the safest in the world: Munich. Munich is the capital of Bavaria, which is the largest of the German states by total area. The city is popular among tourists and holds a variety of festivals each year such as Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world.
In addition to a reputation for beer drinking, Munich is known as a city with high standards of safety. Tourists and residents in Munich enjoy a well-maintained infrastructure and a blend of historical elements with modernity. Marienplatz, the English Garden, and some world-famous museums are some of the main attractions in the city.
8. Muscat, Oman
Safety Index: 79.9
Oman is one of the richest Arab countries in the world, and its capital city of Muscat is known for its beauty, rich history, and safety. The city is nestled between the picturesque Gulf of Oman and sprawling deserts and mountains. It is the most populous city in Oman as well as the seat of the country’s government.
Safety in Muscat has improved in recent history, with a 14% drop in crime rate from 2017 to 2021. Violent crimes are rare in Muscat, and robust security measures discourage all kinds of crime.
7. Bern, Switzerland
Safety Index: 81
Although the Constitution of Switzerland doesn’t specifically designate any capital city, it does stipulate that the country’s government be seated in Bern. This makes Bern, the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland, the country’s de facto capital.
Bern is relatively small, situated along the banks of the Aare River, and features some well-preserved medieval architecture. These elements come together to give the city a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere where people feel safe.
Low crime rates and efficient public services make Bern a pleasant place to live, and cultural sites like the Bern Old Town make it a great place to visit.
6. Québec City, Canada
Safety Index: 82.5
The city of Québec is the capital of the province of Québec, the largest of the Canadian provinces by total area. As one of the oldest European settlements in North America, the Historic District of Old Québec was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Safety is a priority in the French-speaking province of Québec, where the Sûreté du Québec has served as the police force for more than 150 years and works with municipal police forces. Québec City consistently enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in Canada and the world.
A Safety Index score of 82.5 makes Québec City the sixth safest city in 2023.
5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Safety Index: 83.8
Of the top five safest cities in the world, three are located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The country is known for its impressively low crime rates, expansive deserts, and high standards of living.
Levels of crime in Dubai, especially those such as theft and break-ins, are so low that a social media influencer was inspired to demonstrate the city’s safety with the keys of his Rolls Royce. In addition to how safe it is, Dubai is known for its iconic skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and world-class shopping.
Although life in the UAE is considered to generally be very safe, there are occasionally threats of terrorist attacks, which has led the US Department of State to issue a travel advisory of “Exercise Increased Caution.”
4. Taipei, Taiwan
Safety Index: 85.1
There are few locations in Asia that feel safer for visitors than Taipei. The city has a Numbeo Safety Index score of 85.1, which makes it the fourth-safest city in the world. Low crime rates and a well-maintained infrastructure give the city a welcoming, accessible atmosphere.
While the city feels very safe, there are things such as questionable traffic safety and petty crime that can affect visitors. Many tourists elect to partake in guided tours in Taipei to get the most out of their time in the city while remaining safe.
3. Doha, Qatar
Safety Index: 86
In third place on this list of safest cities in the world is Doha, the capital and largest city in Qatar. The city is the primary financial hub of the country and is home to around 80% of its population.
Located on the Persian Gulf coast, Doha is a modern city with a beautiful skyline and engineering marvels such as The Pearl, an artificial island. Safety in the city is highly prioritized by the government, which uses advanced surveillance systems and law enforcement agencies to discourage crime.
While crime levels are low in Doha and safety is generally high, there are concerns with how security forces treat the LGBTI+ community.
2. Ajman, United Arab Emirates
Safety Index: 87.5
The city of Ajman is the capital of the eponymous emirate in the UAE. It is the second-safest city in the country and in the world. As the smallest of the emirates, Ajman is known for its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful beaches and a very low crime rate add to the sense of safety experienced in the capital.
Safety is taken very seriously by the city of Ajman, which implements robust security measures and strict laws regarding everything from violent crime to traffic violations. These measures contribute to a safe environment in the city.
1. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Safety Index: 88
The safest city in the world and the capital of the UAE is Abu Dhabi. The high Safety Index score of 88 comes from a low crime rate, efficient law enforcement, and modern infrastructure. In a recent survey, more than 93% of residents in Abu Dhabi reported feeling safe when walking alone at night.
In addition to its remarkable levels of safety, Abu Dhabi is known for incredible architecture, the world’s fastest roller coaster, luxury shopping malls, and a number of beaches. These attractions, paired with the city’s safe atmosphere, make it a prime tourist destination in the UAE.