Safest Countries in Africa

This post examines the safest countries in Africa based on two metrics; Safety Index and Crime Index.

This is based on data obtained from Numbeo. A country’s Safety Index and Crime Index must add up to 100. Thus, as the safety Index of a country increases, the crime index decreases. They are polar opposites.

A country with a high safety Index is considered safe and is characterized by low crime rates as well as a minimal incidence of terrorism and violence.

Below is the list of 10 safest countries in Africa based on data from Numbeo.

1. Rwanda: With a safety Index of 75.65, the landlocked East African country is ranked number one for safety on the continent . It is also ranked as the 15th safest country in the world.

2. Tunisia: The North African country has a safety Index of 55.71 making it the second safest country on the African continent.

3. Sudan (North Sudan): The North East African country has a Safety Index of 55.43.

4. Zambia: Zambia is ranked the fourth safest country in Africa with a safety Index of 53.72.

5. Egypt: Egypt has a safety Index of 53.43

6. Ghana: The West African nation has a safety Index of 53.19 making it the safest of all ECOWAS countries.

7. Mauritius: The island nation on the Indian ocean has a safety Index of 51.10.

8. Morocco: The North African country is ranked the 8th safest country in Africa with a Safety Index of 50.93.

9. Ethiopia: Even with the recent crisis in Tigray, the country at the horn of Africa ranks 9th on the continent with a safety Index of 49.91.

10. Botswana: The Southern African country is the final entry on the top 10 list. She has a Safety Index of 47.63.

Nigeria is ranked 19th in Africa and 126th globally with a safety Index of 36.16.

Qatar’s safety Index of 86.22 makes it the safest in the world followed by the UAE (84.86) and Taiwan (84.13)

Switzerland (78.32) is the safest in Europe and ranked 6th in the world.

Canada (57.05) is ranked 60th globally, with Australia (56.15) in 63rd and the UK (53.53) in 75th place.

The USA (51.84) is ranked 86th.

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