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The safest and most dangerous cities in Europe: a new EU ranking

A new ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities in Europe provides an opportunity to better understand the crime and security situation in different cities of the European Union. The assessment is based on various factors such as crime, corruption, quality of life, law enforcement and security systems. Read more about the safest and most dangerous cities in Europe

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The European Union's 2023 report highlights the security situation in cities. In Rome, one of Italy's main capitals, only 38% of residents feel safe on the streets at night. Even as a tourist attraction, Rome was named the most dangerous city in Europe last year. This data has caused outrage among locals and prompted the need for security reforms.



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The most dangerous cities in Europe

According to the report, Rome topped the list of the most dangerous cities in Europe. The second place went to the Greek capital Athens, where only 40% of the population feels safe. Marseille, a French port city, came in third with a safety index of only 43%. These findings have raised serious concerns among residents and are prompting governments to take steps to improve the security situation in these cities.

1. Rome (Italy) - only 38% of residents feel safe at night;

2. Athens (Greece) - 40%;

3. Marseille (France) - 43%;

4. Naples (Italy) - 44%;

5. Liege (Belgium) - 44%;

6. Istanbul (Turkey) - 44%.

The safest cities in Europe

The study confirmed that the safest cities in Europe are Copenhagen, Oviedo and Ljubljana, where 87% of residents feel safe. Smaller cities are generally perceived to be safer, with nine out of ten residents having full confidence in their environment. In cities of up to 250,000 people, this figure drops to 75%, but is still high. However, in cities of one million people, only 67 per cent feel safe, which shows the importance of developing security programmes and policies in such large urban areas.

1. Copenhagen (Denmark) - 87% of residents feel safe on the streets at night;

2. Oviedo (Spain) - 87%;

3. Ljubljana (Slovenia) - 87%;

4. Bialystok (Poland) - 86%;

5. Groningen (Netherlands) - 86%;

6. Zurich (Switzerland) - 86%.

It is important to note, however, that no city is absolutely safe or dangerous. Criminal incidents can occur in any city, so it is important to be cautious regardless of the safety rating. Travellers should follow basic safety rules, avoid dark and deserted places at night, do not carry large amounts of money and valuables, and always keep your passport and valuables safe. In addition, it is worthwhile to be familiar with local rules and customs to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.





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