New Zealand ranked 7th safest country in the world

  • 08/10/2016

New Zealand is the seventh safest country to travel to according to a new global tourism report.

The World Economic Forum has released its latest Travel and Tourism Report which places Aotearoa as the safest country in Australasia.

Finland tops the list globally, closely followed by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Iceland and Austria round out the top five.

The safety ranking takes into consideration common crime and violence as well as terrorism, and how reliable police are when it comes to being protected from crime.

We were well ahead of our Australian neighbours who placed 13th in the safety ranking, likely owing to an increase of terror attacks in recent years.

Surprisingly, the United Kingdom came in at 63rd place, while the United States of America was even further behind at 73rd.

The Safety and Security ranking makes up just one part of an overall ranking where New Zealand ranked 16th overall.

We came third in "international openness", eighth in "business environment", sixth in "human resources and labour market" and unsurprisingly, 117th in "price competitiveness".