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The British firm Control Risks has released their latest Riskmap for 2013, an annual report that lists countries in order of risk to visitors. While mainly for the use of investors, the information could also be useful for globe-trotting travellers.

Published annually, the Riskmap works like a thermometer that enables companies to assess the risk of their employees stationed abroad and evaluate projects for the upcoming year. The Riskmap has five different levels: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme. What could be interesting for tourists is that the data takes into account personal safety, so risk of kidnappings, armed attacks and even flight safety.

Top 10 safest places to travel

Country examples

  • Insignificant risk: Switzerland, Norway, Sweden
  • Low risk: United Kingdom, Iran, Poland
  • Medium risk: Greece, Egypt, Northern Ireland
  • High risk: Libya, Pakistan, Philippines
  • Extreme risk: Syria, Afghanistan, Mali


In general, Europe is immune to major geopolitical risks despite some subregional differences. There is little to no chance of risk when visiting places like Switzerland, Slovenia and Scandinavia but the risk level is rated as medium in the Balkan region.

By contrast, and with no surprise, the majority of regions that are considered risky are in Africa this year and the Middle East. This concerns primarily war zones like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sahel.

Want to know more? Check out the full Control Risks report or play around with the interactive RiskMap.

Have you ever felt in danger while travelling? What country were you in?

Img: RiskMap 2013

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