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New Study Reveals the Unsafestest Countries to Travel to this Summer

The research, conducted by Forbes Advisor, analysed metrics such as the quality of bathing waters, the quality of healthcare and the rate of thefts and homicides and merged the results in a final safety score, to find out the safest holiday destinations for this year. 

The study has revealed that the UK is the unsafest country in Europe to travel to this summer.  

 According to the findings, Switzerland is the safest country to visit this year, with a safety score of 88.3.

 Switzerland has the best quality of healthcare out of all the 29 European countries analysed in the research (893 out of 1000 according to the Euro Health Consumer Index), followed by Netherlands (883) and Denmark (885). 

 Besides, the country ranks sixth in the ranking for the best quality of bathing waters, with 93 percent of bathing waters in the country being excellent quality, following Cyprus (100 percent), Austria and Greece (98 percent) Malta (97 percent) and Croatia (96 percent), based on data from the European Environment Agency.  

 The study also considered pollution levels, based on measurements of atmospheric particulate matter that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) from IQAir. Switzerland’s average PM2.5 concentration of 10.8 means it has the tenth cleanest air in the list, while the rate of homicides according to Eurostat is low compared to other countries, at 5.7 per million, amounting to 50 homicides in 2019.  

 Registering one of the lowest homicide rates, amounting to 4.8 per million, Slovenia is the second safest country to travel to according to the findings, with a Safety Score of 82.3. With average pollution levels (13.3 PM2.5), and healthcare quality (678), the country’s bathing waters also perform well, with 85% rated as excellent.  

 With a safety score of 82.1, Portugal is the third safest country to visit this Summer. Ranking seventh for excellent quality of waters (93 percent) with Switzerland and Germany, Portugal is fourth for quality of air, with one of the lowest air pollution rates (7.1 PM2.5), after Finland (5.5 PM2.5), Estonia (5.9 PM2.5), and Sweden (6.6 PM2.5). 

 Portugal ranks 10th for healthcare quality after Germany (754). With a total index score of 81.4, Austria is the fourth safest country to travel to this year. 

 The country has one of the highest percentages of excellent bathing waters out of all the countries analysed (98 percent), second only to Cyprus (100 percent) and ranks seventh for quality of healthcare (799 according to Health Consumer Index), following Sweden (800) and Finland (839). 

 The number of homicides is also low compared to other countries, amounting to 8.2 per million people.  With a final Safety Score of 81.2, Germany is the fifth safest country to visit this year. 

 The country’s percentage of excellent bathing water amounts to 93 percent, making it mainly safe for swimmers and tourists. 

 Eighth for best air quality (with a pollution level of 10.6 PM2.5), and a low number of homicides per million (6.9), Germany is the ideal destinations for all sort of travellers.