Crime in the land of fire and ice is extremely rare. The Global Peace Index ranks Iceland as ‘the world’s most peaceful country, a position it has held since the first iteration of the GPI.’ That’s quite the track record.
With a total population of less than 400,000, Iceland is a network of relatively small-scale, inter-connected communities. The degrees of separation are few, and there’s a feeling that even total strangers are likely to share a common acquaintance. Even in the capital, and most populous city, Reykjavik, there’s a close-knit feel that promotes safety and accountability.
Iceland ranks very low on the Crime Index, with a score of 23.75. It’s such a peaceful country that it doesn’t even have an army, and the police don’t carry any firearms. It boasts world-beating public healthcare and generous social services. It is a national point of pride that visitors should feel welcomed, safe and supported. Solo female travelers who may have more safety concerns, can feel confident that they’re in a place that recognizes their concerns, and is acting accordingly.
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