Nigeria shares top spot with Afghanistan as Most Dangerous Places on Earth
Libya and Somalia are the most dangerous places on earth for 2020, according to a new map designed for travellers that alerts them to risks abroad. For security, countries with an extreme risk to safety include Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and parts of Nigeria.
The interactive ‘Travel Risk Map’ reveals the countries where people are most likely to have trouble when it comes to road safety, security and medical matters.
The safest places have been labelled as Finland, Norway and Iceland – all Nordic countries.
The map has been launched by international medical and security specialists International SOS.
Libya and Somalia both rank lowly in each of the three categories along with Afghanistan and Venezuela, meaning they are the most dangerous.
In contrast, Norway, Finland and Iceland are all labelled as having a low risk of medical problems, security and road safety issues, meaning they are the safest – along with the likes of Sweden and Greenland.
When it comes to health, countries with the highest risk of contracting medical issues or disease include African nations Niger, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Eritrea and the Central African Republic.
This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low-risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a ‘variable’, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in purple
Yemen is also was also labelled a high risk country when it came to health along with Syria and North Korea
At the opposite end of the ranking, places with a low risk of disease are most of those in Europe, Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
For security, countries with an extreme risk to safety include Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and parts of Nigeria.
Places, where security risks are deemed insignificant, are Norway, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia.
When it comes to road safety, the countries besides those in Africa that pose the greatest risk include Venezuela, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Most of Europe is ranked as having a low risk, along with Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Alongside the Travel Risk Map, the Ipsos MORI ‘Business Resilience Trends Watch 2020’, also found that 47 per cent of business travellers expect travel risks to increase in next year.
This is down from 51 per cent predicting risk increase in 2019.