DestinationsIt’s not the UK, which has been discovered to be the unsafest destination out of the 28 European countries studied.

Where are the safest countries in Europe to travel to?

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Travellers to Finland can breathe in Europe’s freshest air.
Travellers to Finland can breathe in Europe’s freshest air. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Riekkinen

Forbes Adviser has released a new study that reveals Switzerland is the safest European country to go on holiday this summer, where as the UK is the least safe.

Analyses for the research was based on the quality of bathing waters, the quality of healthcare and the rate of thefts and homicides. These findings were then tabulated and assigned a final safety score, to deduce the safety levels of Europe’s popular travel destinations.

1. Switzerland

Where are the safest countries in Europe to travel to?
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Switzerland boasts the highest safety score of 88.3. The rate of homicides is low compared to other countries, at 5.7 per million, amounting to 50 homicides in 2019. It also offers the best healthcare out of all the 28 European countries analysed.

If travellers fancy soaking in the bathtub after a long day spent in the Swiss Alps, they’ll be happy to note that 93% of Switzerland’s bath waters is considered excellent quality. While the air that travellers will be taking in is also the 10th cleanest in the list.

2. Slovenia

Where are the safest countries in Europe to travel to?
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Slovenia is the second safest country to travel to with a safety score of 82.3. It has one of the lowest homicide rates in the list, amounting to 4.8 per million. The country’s bathing waters also perform well, with 85% rated as excellent.

3. Portugal

Where are the safest countries in Europe to travel to?
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With a safety score of 82.1, Portugal is the third safest country for travellers. Like Switzerland, 93% of Portugal’s bath waters are excellent quality. When it comes to air quality, Portugal triumphs over Switzerland, with one of the cleanest air in Europe.

4. Austria

Where are the safest countries in Europe to travel to?
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Austria stands at fourth place with a total index safety score of 81.4. The number of homicides is low compared to other countries, amounting to 8.2 per million people. The country has one of the highest percentages of excellent bathing waters out of all the countries analysed (98%), second only to Cyprus (100%).

5. Germany

Where are the safest countries in Europe to travel to?
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Germany made the top five safest European country to visit in 2022 with a safety score of 81.2. It has a low number of homicides, at 6.9 million, ranks eighth for best air quality, and the country’s 93% of excellent bathing waters make it ideal for swimmers and tourists.

European countries ranked by safety in 2022

  1. Switzerland, 88.3
  2. Slovenia, 82.3
  3. Portugal, 82.1
  4. Austria, 81.4
  5. Germany, 81.2
  6. Spain, 78.8
  7. Czechia, 76.6
  8. Italy, 76.4
  9. Netherlands, 75.4
  10. Denmark, 75.3
  11. Greece, 75
  12. Cyprus, 74.9
  13. Belgium, 74.1
  14. Crotia, 73.6
  15. Finland, 72.6
  16. Ireland, 68.4
  17. Malta, 68.4
  18. France, 68.1
  19. Hungary, 68
  20. Slovakia, 67.3
  21. Sweden, 67
  22. Lithuania, 64.9
  23. Poland, 64.6
  24. Bulgaria, 61.7
  25. Romania, 61.1
  26. Estonia, 59.9
  27. Albania, 54.18
  28. United Kingdom, 41.2

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