The most dangerous countries in Europe in 2023
Europe is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and peaceful continents in the world, but it also faces problems with crime and violence. Find out which countries are the most dangerous in Europe.
Most tourists associate Europe with beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and pristine cities, as well as freedom, democracy and security. However, this is not entirely true; Europe is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and peaceful continents in the world, but it is not immune to crime and violence. In some countries of the continent, the level of danger is higher than in other countries.
The most dangerous countries in Europe can be identified using the Global Peace Index (GPI). The GPI is developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and ranks countries from the safest to the most dangerous based on various factors: level of violence, political instability, militarization, etc. The GPI is considered a reliable and accurate indicator that measures the degree of security in a country. It is used by governments, international organizations and businesses to make informed decisions about travel, investment and other activities.
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- 10th place - Bulgaria
The most common form of crime in Bulgaria is carjacking and breaking and entering. Places to avoid are the red light district near the Pliska Hotel and park areas near the Lion's Bridge. In Sunny Beach and other major cities and resorts, tourists are targeted by pickpockets. Do not take valuables to the beach and beware of poorly lit streets. There is also a lot of underground crime in the country, such as drug trafficking and human trafficking, as well as widespread corruption in the government.
The country's place in the world ranking is 140;
Global Peace Index - 1.54;
Homicide rate - 0.99 per 100,000.
- 9th place - Romania
Pickpocketing is widespread in Romania, and the country also has a high level of fraud. Taxi drivers may overcharge tourists, and you should be careful in bars and shops. Romania is one of the poorest countries in Europe and is known for its organized crime groups and corruption. Human trafficking is also a serious problem in Romania.
The country ranks 133rd in the world ranking;
Global Peace Index - 1.64;
Homicide rate - 1.46 per 100,000.
- 8th place - North Macedonia
North Macedonia is known for its political instability and ethnic tensions. Taking into account the protracted political crisis in the Republic of North Macedonia and regular mass protests in the country, it is recommended to refrain from visiting crowded places.
Rank in the world ranking - 128;
Global Peace Index - 1.7;
Homicide rate - 2.00 per 100,000.
- 7th place - Albania
The crime rate in Albania is quite high, with property crimes being particularly popular in the country. There are also many organized criminal groups in the country that deal in drugs. Another negative factor is the high level of corruption in Albania.
The country ranks 123rd in the world ranking;
Global Peace Index - 1.76;
Murder rate - 2.12 per 100,000.
- 6th place - Montenegro
Montenegro took the 6th place in the ranking because the country has a relatively low crime rate compared to other countries on this list. However, it is known for its political instability and organized criminal groups.
The country is ranked 116th in the world ranking;
Global Peace Index - 1.8;
Homicide rate - 2.87 per 100,000.
- 5th place - Serbia
Serbia has a low level of street crime, but pickpocketing does occur and tourists are usually the main target. Travelers in Belgrade should always keep their belongings with them and never leave them in plain sight. Difficult economic conditions have led to an increase in organized crime, which is most often associated with violent crime. Serbia also has a high level of corruption.
The country ranks 112th in the world ranking;
Global Peace Index - 1.83;
Homicide rate - 1.02 per 100,000.
- 4th place - Moldova
Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe with a high crime rate. The country has an unresolved conflict with the separatist region of Transnistria. There are also large-scale political protests in Moldova. Public demonstrations and events can lead to violence and mass arrests. Avoid protests and rallies. Corruption is also a big problem in Moldova.
Rank in the world ranking - 102;
Global Peace Index - 1.88;
Homicide rate - 2.31 per 100,000.
- 3rd place - Cyprus
The most common crime in Cyprus is petty theft: robbery of bags and pockets. Tourists often become victims of these crimes because locals consider them to be much wealthier. There is also a threat of terrorism here, as the country is located next to states in which the war is ongoing.
The country's place in the world ranking is 97;
Global Peace Index - 1.9;
Homicide rate - 1.24 per 100,000.
- 2nd place - Belarus
Belarus has a relatively low crime rate compared to other countries, but the country is known for its authoritarian government and lack of press freedom. Also, the security situation in the country is unstable, as Russian troops conduct military operations from Belarus, which increases tensions in the region.
Rank in the world ranking - 48;
Global Peace Index - 2.26;
Global Crime Index - 5.08.
- 1st place - Ukraine
Undoubtedly, one of the most dangerous countries in Europe today is Ukraine. In general, it is a great country to visit and has a lot to offer. However, in February 2022, Ukraine experienced a full-scale military invasion by Russia. Therefore, Ukraine is now a zone of active hostilities. In general, the western part of the country is safer than the eastern part, which was invaded by Russia, but most governments in the world advise their citizens to refrain from traveling to Ukraine if possible.
The country ranks 11th in the world ranking;
Global Peace Index - 2.97;
Global Crime Index - 6.18.
When considering a trip to Europe, be sure to take this list into account. If you are planning a trip to one of the above countries, follow the basic safety rules: be careful, do not walk at night alone and pay attention to the recommendations of the government of your country regarding travel to the selected country.
In emergency situations, especially if your rights have been violated, you should seek help from highly qualified lawyers.
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