Bulgaria among the safest countries in the world: GPI

As security threats sweep across the world with more terrorism on the rise whether in the East or the West, the 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI) came to a conclusion that Bulgaria is among the countries that are considered as safe spots on this planet.

Bulgaria- Stadium of Philippopolis | Dennis Jarvis

According to the GPI, the world became a little more peaceful last year but has been significantly less peaceful over the last ten years. The Sofia Globe reported that this study outcome is that the world continues to spend enormous resources on creating and containing violence, but very little on peace.

A total of 93 countries became peaceful over the year but 68 deteriorated again, said the Institute for Economics and Peace, concluding that “Most countries have a small increase in peacefulness only, while a handful of countries have had very large deteriorations in peace”.

Generally, Europe is the most peaceful region on Earth with Bulgaria being the 28th safest country in the GPI.

According to the report, Bulgaria’s positive values included several areas such as low homicide and incarceration rates, low weapons imports and a low terrorism impact. Yet, the report also noted that the perception of criminality is relatively high in the country not to mention violent crime rate especially because access to weapons is easy in the country.

Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark are the five safest countries on Earth while Syria was recorded as the least safe country being in the 163rd place. Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen on ranks also are considered among the least safe ranking from 162 to 159.

According to the Safe Around website, while a very safe country, some parts of Bulgaria’s cities are best to be avoided, and pickpockets can be a problem near some touristic spots.

In addition to pick-pockets, there are also some scam risks for visitors, as numerous scammers are in constant seek of dishonest earnings. Also, according to official statistics, the average kidnapping risk is 1.73 per 100,000 people. Kidnapping is a rare phenomenon, but it still exists.