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Top 5 Countries to Visit in 2019

 If you are planning to go to the place which is safest and topped in the Global Peace Index, here is a list of those countries as the world has chaos due to terrorism, populist elections, and economic trade barriers. 

But, at the same time when the terrorism and army seem essential for a nation to exist, would you believe that there is a country which does not have an army, but is rich in the economy?

Yes, such a place exists on the earth, and here goes the list in descending order

5. Denmark

Denmark, with a population of just over 5 million people, has been named the third happiest country in the world for 2019- a title it has earned the past six years. 

Denmark is famous for being one of the happiest countries in the world.

Its stereotype is that of semi-socialist paradise where healthcare is free, students are paid by the government to go to college, and the national pastime is cuddling in front of a roaring fire with a glass of red wine and a good book

Some interesting facts about Denmark

Danes Trust People 

In surveys, 79% of Danes say they trust most people. Where does this sense of trust come from? Denmark's small population and cultural homogeneity have something to do with it, But the Danish sense of trust is far-reaching, from neighbors to government. Danes don't lock their car doors or front doors.

Danes Pay one of the highest income tax 

Danes pay of the highest income tax rates in the world - 45% for an average Danish annual income of $43,000 and 52% for those who earn more than $67,000. 

But in exchange for forking over half their earnings, it is highly subsidized child care and generous unemployment benefits.

Losing a job  is not a big deal in Denmark

If anyone loses a job in Denmark, it's not a big deal. In fact, unemployment is built into the system- called "flexicurity model," employers in Denmark have a lot more freedom to fire employees because there are government programs to retain workers and better position them for the job market.

The Most Generous Retirement System of the word 

Denmark also has one of the most generous retirement systems in the world. providing for the 65- plus population through a combination of state-funded pension and private, employer-funded pension programs.

Danes enjoy a work-life balance

"Work-life balance" in Denmark isn't just an HR buzzword, it's a way of life. 

Danish workers put in the second-fewest hours of all Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development countries at 1,412 hours a year.

If Danes worked all 52 weeks a year, that would average out to only 27 hours a week, but since most Danish employers offer at least five weeks of paid vacation.

4. Austria

Austria is a safe place to visit as long as you use common sense and take precautions. Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg and in January 2016 there's been one prevented in Vienna. Thus, the threat of terrorist attacks is high in Austria, as well as all over in Europe.

Be vigilant to possible threats. Austria has one of the lowest levels of serious crimes in the world. Street crime levels are very low. In a country which attracts more than 25 million tourists per year.

3.  Portuga

When considering peace, national security is an obvious factor and the statistics speak for themselves. In Portugal, the probability of violent crimes ranks low and unemployment fell from over 17% in 2013 to below 8%at the end of 2017. 

In the last decade, an increase in the presence of police and a decrease in crime rates suggest a possible correlation.

Harmony and peace are about so much more, however, and these feelings radiate through Portuguese communities. Locals, known for their melancholic yet friendly and calm demeanor, welcome visitors with amicable smiles, local tips, and the occasional invitation to try a Portuguese dish, or to see a local hidden gem. 

It's not uncommon for locals to befriend visitors, even if just for a minute, and share a piece of their day to day life.

2.  New Zealand 

The country's location is the best place to start. The islands of New Zealand are very isolated- more than 2,000 Kilometres from Australia.  

New Zealand doesn't have near neighbors to fight with. It has been spared the conflicts that have regularly engulfed the peoples of Europe and Asia, who found it almost impossible to avoid war even if they wanted to.

The absence of external threats helped create a more open and tolerant society. Countries that have regularly been at war, for example, France, Japan, Ethiopia, and the United States, have all produced gruff, conservative politicians determined to protect both their territory and the social order. Leaders of this sort were much rare in New Zealand.

There were fewer people to oppose social changes such as increased rights for women. New Zealand was the first country to give the vote to women in national elections.

New Zealand was one of the last countries in the world to be populated by humans. In country terms. It's beautiful and apparent in the landscape; the pure, crystal clear waters. 

New Zealand is working towards obtaining 90% of its power from renewable sources by 2025. Already, wind power usage is at one of the highest proportions in the world. Nuclear power, however, does not gain much public or political support, with only 19% of New Zealanders choosing nuclear as a good source of energy for the next ten years or wanting more research done into it.

It seems that green, clean and pure image is high on the agenda for New Zealanders. New Zealand remains one of the few developed countries in the world not using nuclear power. Whether this stay the case remains to be seen.

New Zealand became the 13th country in the world to legalize gay marriage back in 2013 As this remains an ongoing issue in Australia, the idea that New Zealand is Australia's little sister seems completely redundant here.

The first country to have all of its top positions of political power held simultaneously by women.

Between March 2005 and August 2006, all five highest offices of power in New Zealand were held by women:

- Governor- General: Silvia Cartwright
-Prime Minister: Helen Clark.
-Speaker of the house: Margaret Wilson
- Chief justice: Sian Elias
-Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II

Again, impressive barrier breaking for this 'backward' Island. I'm sure this had and continues to have a positive impact on young girls and their aspirations here. It can be done, clearly. The rest of the world should take note.

No fake news in Newzealand 

New Zealand's media landscape is one of the most liberal in the world. 

The broadcasting sector was deregulated in 1988 when the government allowed competition to the state-owned Television New Zealand (TVNZ). 

Privately-owned TV3 is TVNZ's main competitor. Defamation cases are civil matters and can result in both punitive damages and heavy fines. There are no government restrictions on the internet, and four in five homes have access to the web. Journalists are generally able to cover the news freely, and physical attacks or threats against the media are rare.

In a Washington based think tank's social progress index report for 2017, New Zealand is ranked very highly in terms of social progress. This means it performs highly on almost all indicators, with over-performance on indicators such as press freedom, corruption, freedom over life choices, tolerance for immigrants, LGBT rights and low pollution.

1. Iceland 

Iceland has topped the safest countries in the world in 2019 in Seeker's List - for various reasons as there is no class system in Iceland. 

 97% of Icelanders describe themselves as a middle class so a class system is barely existent which reduced jealousy and crimes associated with poverty. 

Children have equal opportunities for education and they go to the same schools.

There is no gender inequality in Iceland - Iceland is on top when it is about gender equality and was the first country in the world to elect a female president in 1980, Vigdis Finnbogadottir.

The LGBT community is also respected and the first openly gay prime minister, Johanna Siguroardottir, was democratically elected in 2009.

Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force

Iceland has only waged one war or the cold war and it was barely a war but political disputes between the governments of Iceland and the UK over fishing grounds. The only weapons Icelanders used in the war were scissors (to cut the fishing nets of the enemy).

In spite of the high rate of civilian gun ownership, Iceland still has one of the lowest crime rates in the world with a murder rate of 0-15, per year, none that involve a firearm.

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Besides all the above facts, there are no mosquitoes in Iceland, acquiring a gun and a hunting license in Iceland is not an easy process.

Steps to gun ownership include a lot of paperwork, prospective gun owner also need to prove they have no criminal record, they need to have a full medical examination and take a three-day course and a written test on gun safety, management, what animals are allowed to be hunted and when and so on. so basically, there are a lot of legal checkpoints to ensure public safety.

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