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Safest Countries in Europe for Holiday in 2022

A new study has revealed the safest countries in Europe to travel to this Summer. The research, conducted by Forbes Advisor, analysed metrics such as the quality of bathing waters, the quality of healthcare and the rate of thefts and homicides and merged the results in a final safety score, to find out the safest holiday destinations in 2022.

Top 10 Safest Countries in Europe in 2022

Country/Final Safety Index out of 100 

  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. Belgium 74.1 
  13. Croatia 73.6 
  14. Finland 72.6 
  15. Ireland  68.4
  16. Malta 68.4 
  17. France 68.1 
  18. Hungary 68 
  19. Slovakia 67.3
  20. Sweden 67 

According to the findings, Switzerland is the safest country to visit this year, with a Safety Score of 88.3.

Switzerland has the best quality of healthcare out of all the 29 European countries analysed in the research (893 out of 1000 according to the Euro Health Consumer Index), followed by the Netherlands (883) and Denmark (885).

Besides, the country ranks sixth in the ranking for the best quality of bathing waters, with 93% of bathing waters in the country being excellent quality, following Cyprus (100%), Austria and Greece (98%) Malta (97%) and Croatia (96%), based on data from the European Environment Agency.

The study also considered pollution levels, based on measurements of atmospheric particulate matter that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) from IQAir. Switzerland’s average PM2.5 concentration of 10.8 means it has the tenth cleanest air in the list, while the rate of homicides according to Eurostat is low compared to other countries, at 5.7 per million, amounting to 50 homicides in 2019.

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