The World's Safest Cities to Travel

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Safe cities are known for their low crime rates and effective police forces. They are recognized as places where social solidarity is strong, and people feel secure. These cities, where respect for social norms, tolerance, and a sense of trust are widespread, often stand out for their cultural diversity and quality of life. High income levels, tight security measures, and modern infrastructure contribute to the reliability of these cities. They stand out as preferred and exemplary places on a global scale because they also encompass elements such as sustainability, environmentally friendly policies, and social welfare. The Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index (SCI) is used to measure the safety of cities. According to this index, cities are given a score between 0 and 100.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index report;

The Safest Cities in the World

1. Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo, one of the most magnificent cities in the world, boasts a population of over 37 million and holds the title of the world's most populous metropolis. Despite its crowdedness, Tokyo is one of the most comfortable and reliable cities in terms of transportation. Tokyo, which aims to break the world record in transportation, has nearly 900 train stations. The stations are quiet, calm, and equally spacious. One of the preferred means of intercity travel is the high-speed train called the Shinkansen. This train has the capability to cover a journey that would take 6 hours by car in just 1 hour, providing you with the comfort of reaching your destination quickly. The subways are as fast as trains, making them the most preferred mode of public transportation within the city. Therefore, the use of metro-trains is more widespread in Tokyo compared to buses or cars. While taxi usage may not be as widespread as the metro and trains, it serves as a fast and reliable means of transportation. In this city with a highly developed transportation system, prices are reasonable and determined based on the distance traveled.

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2. Singapore


Singapore is an island city-state located on the Malay Peninsula. Situated 137 kilometers north of the Equator, Singapore is one of the few city-states in the world. It is surrounded by Malaysia's Johor state to the north and Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south. To the north and west, it is bordered by the Johore Strait. Covering an area of 622 square kilometers, Singapore is made up of about 40 islands. This region is connected to the Malay Peninsula by a 1200-meter-long railway. The length of Singapore Island is approximately 43 kilometers, and its width is 22.5 kilometers.

3. Osaka, Japan


Osaka is a city located in Japan, situated in the Kansai region of Honshu, the country's largest island. Osaka is the second-largest city in Japan after Tokyo. It also serves as the central hub of Osaka Prefecture. The western part of Osaka opens up to Osaka Bay. Additionally, all cities in Hyogo Prefecture except for Amagasaki are included in Osaka Prefecture. The combined area of these over ten small cities is smaller than that of Osaka. Throughout history, Osaka has been Japan's center of commerce. It is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the world. Nationally, the city is regarded as the "Kitchen of the Nation" or the culinary capital by gourmets.

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The capital and also the most populous city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, which is bordered by Germany to the east and Belgium to the south, welcomes countless visitors throughout the year. The city's history, which is a popular and beloved travel destination, dates back to the 12th century. Founded as a fishing village on the banks of the Amstel River at that time, Amsterdam has become one of the country's most important cities today. Both in terms of population and culturally and economically, Amsterdam is the most important city in the Netherlands and is considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

In Amsterdam, we mostly encounter buildings dating back to the 17th century. The name of the city comes from the dam (dam) built on the Amstel River, where it was first established, hence Amstelredamme. Like many canals throughout the country, the canals in Amsterdam were dug to control the waters in marshy areas, and they were also used for transportation or defense purposes in previous periods. The city's most famous square, Dam Square, continues to host countless visitors from all over the world throughout the year.

The area known as the old section of Amsterdam is home to numerous intertwined canals. The historic buildings around these canals are now used as residences, public institutions, or private businesses. It is also possible to come across houseboats on some of the canals in the city. Although these settlements emerged due to housing shortages in the 1960s and 1970s, today they are more of a lifestyle choice. With its vibrant nightlife, charming cafes, canals, museums, bike paths, parks, and much more, Amsterdam is one of Europe's most beloved tourist cities, offering many discovery routes to enhance your travel experience.

5. Sydney, Australia


Sydney, located on the southern coast of Australia, is one of the country's oldest settlements. It is also the most developed city in terms of economy and population in Australia. The city, which boasts one of the most magnificent and significant harbors in the world, contributes significantly to the country both in terms of tourism and economy.

Sydney is a city that attracts many tourists from all over the world. Thanks to its climate, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife, we can say that the city is the tourism capital of Australia.

6. Toronto, Canada


Located in North America and being the most populous and largest city in Canada, Toronto is also among the best cities to live in the world. With its clean streets, multicultural structure, and low crime rate, Toronto has become a hub of attraction. The city boasts a modern and high standard of living.

7. Washington D.C., United States


According to the World Economic Forum, the United States has the fourth-best tourism service infrastructure in the world. The capital, Washington, is a popular tourism destination for history enthusiasts, art and culture lovers, and is also considered one of the safest cities. The country's capital ranks high in digital, health, and infrastructure security due to factors such as emergency services, air transportation services, disaster risk management development, cyber security measures, and risk control. It ranks seventh on the list with a score of 87.6.

8. Copenhagen, Denmark


When it comes to Scandinavian countries, countries where you wouldn't have any doubts about safety come to mind. Especially, the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, is known as a city that perfectly embodies and deserves this reputation. In the city where the happiest people in the world live, although there have been some gang activities in the past, the overall crime rate has been declining in recent years. Over the past decade, the city has become a polestar in many aspects, from architecture to design, and restaurant trends.

9. Seoul, South Korea


Seoul, despite its proximity to North Korea, is one of the safest cities in the world. South Korea is still known as a country that engages in fewer national and international conflicts compared to other countries. The crime rate in Seoul, South Korea, is very low for visitors, and the rate of violent crime is also low. The local people are generally friendly and approachable. If you explore the city like a local resident, public transportation is safe and reliable. The city ranks ninth on the list, with a score of 87.3.

10. Melbourne, Australia 


Australia's cultural capital, Melbourne, was named 'The World's Most Livable Metropolis' by The Economist magazine for a full seven years. While it has now yielded its place on the list to Vienna, the city's love for coffee and culture continues. Melbourne maintains its charm with its outdoor markets, acclaimed restaurants, and Victorian-era parks. It ranks tenth on the list of the world's safest cities, with a score of 87.2.

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