Nowadays, websites love to collect stats and create indexes, and gamblino.com has been investigating which is the safest country for tourists in Europe. Sadly, Ireland didn’t take the top spot but came in a respectable 7th place!
The study compiled its index of the safest countries in Europe for tourists using nine metrics. These included rates of homicide, assault and road fatalities alongside the risk of natural disasters and information from the global peace index. Cheery stuff.
It’s good news for Ireland, as you’re hardly likely to experience an earthquake or a tornado, for example. Plus, Ireland is incredibly welcoming to tourists, attracting around 10 million visitors every year, pre-pandemic.
In fact, even during the pandemic many movies were filmed in Ireland and we all know what an impact that can have on tourism. We’re certainly not short of tourists in the capital, where people come to visit Temple Bar, experience Dublin’s literary history and flock to the Guinness Storehouse.
So who beat Ireland to be named the safest country in Europe for tourists?
Well, this may not surprise you – picturesque Switzerland came out on top. There they have relatively low rates of corruption and few murders.
Iceland ranked second, then Denmark, Luxembourg and Finland. There are relatively few violent crimes in all of these areas and let’s face it, they’re stunning spots. It’s always a good thing for tourism when a country is known to be a safe place, and as one of the safest countries for tourists in Europe, we’re sure that the sector will only grow in the country.