Tokyo is the safest city in the world, as per the Safe Cities Index 2019, recently published by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Tokyo is followed by Singapore and Osaka in the rankings, while Amsterdam and Toronto bag the top places among European and North American cities respectively.
The index ranks 60 of the largest cities in the world based on 57 indicators covering four dimensions of security: personal, health, infrastructure, and digital. Personal security, for instance, measures the prevalence of crime, frequency of terrorist attacks, and the threat of civil unrest. Health security measures the air and water quality, mortality rates, and access to safe food and health services.
Infrastructure security scrutinizes the quality of transport facilities and networks, disaster management, and the percentage living in slums. Digital security considers the risk and awareness of digital threats, such as malware, the number of computers affected, and the percentage of population with internet access.
The Japanese capital has emerged as the world’s safest city, with a score of 92.0 out of a possible 100. The megacity on the island of Honshu in East Asia is famous for its splendid restaurants and for being one of the most popular shopping destinations. A fine blend of the ultra-modern and the traditional, Tokyo is one of the most populated cities in the world. The city also has the top spot in the digital security index.
The prosperous city-state in Southeast Asia is a major financial hub and one of the most expensive cities in the world. Though famous for its skyscrapers, the city is extremely environment-friendly, with nearly half its land area under green cover. Located on 63 islands, and being among the 20 smallest independent nations in the world, Singapore has been ranked as the top city for both personal and infrastructure security.
Osaka is the former capital of Japan and its third largest city by population. Home to the famous Osaka Castle and the world’s second largest aquarium, the city has a rich history and culture. Although somewhat lagging behind other safest cities in terms of infrastructure, Osaka is ranked the best in the world in terms of health security
The Dutch capital, with a population of less than a million, is the world’s safest city outside of Asia. The city in Northwestern Europe is famous for its historic canals, museums, and entertainment. In recent times, the city has also become a technological hub, with world renowned brands, such as Tesla, Uber, and Netflix, establishing their European headquarters here.
Sydney is Australia’s largest city and its major economic hub. The capital of New South Wales is known for its coast beauty, and landmarks such as the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney is a multicultural city, with over 30 percent of its population born overseas.
One of the largest cities in North America, Toronto is the capital of Canada’s Ontario province. The city is another major cosmopolitan on the list, with 40 percent of its residents not being native Canadians. The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years.
7) Washington, DC
Located on the east coast of America, Washington, DC is home to the famous White House, the official residence of US presidents. It is one of the most visited cities in the world and named after the first US President, George Washington.
Copenhagen, one of the oldest cities in Europe, has been the capital of Denmark since the early 15th century. The city is known for its architecture and entertainment, with its cycling culture and environment-friendly nature adding to its Scandinavian appeal.
Tied with Copenhagen in the 8th place, the South Korean capital has jumped several places to be among the ten safest cities. Seoul, with a population of over 10 million, hosts one of the world’s largest metropolitan economies. The high-tech city has headquarters of companies like Samsung, LG, Kia, and Hyundai.
Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is located on Australia’s southeastern coast. Considered the country’s sporting capital and known for its diverse culture, Melbourne also has the highest number of restaurants and cafes per number of people in the world.
You can download the Safe Cities Index 2019 here.
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