When traveling today, we have to consider the safety and risk factor of certain countries. It can be a topic of concern for some, but luckily, medical and security services firm International SOS has created a clever interactive map to put any travel anxieties at ease.
The research conducted in conjunction with the map revealed that Norway, Finland, and Iceland have been rated some of the safest countries to visit.
Using a business trends report from the research company Ipsos Mori, International SOS has mapped the countries that companies consider most risky when it comes to the health, road safety, and security of their workforce before they send colleagues abroad.
The countries that consistently ranked as low risk across all three areas of healthcare and medicine, security, and road safety included Norway, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland, and Greenland.
When it came to medicine alone, most of Western Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Uruguay, Turkey and the UAE were all ranked as low-risk.
The company noted that some of the European countries saw a decreased risk because of improved standards of medical care.
For security, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Slovenia ranked as an insignificant risk. Most of Europe, North America, China, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Cuba and the Bahamas, as well as African countries including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Ghana, also ranked as low risk.
The roads were deemed particularly safe in Europe, Australia, Canada, Scandinavia and New Zealand.
Rob Condina, a security expert at International SOS told Country Living: "Destinations with low-risk ratings such as Finland and Norway may be attractive to many holiday-makers, particularly against the heightened awareness of both security and medical incidences that have occurred in popular holiday destinations over the past couple of years. It's worth considering that medical, security, and road risk ratings can often differ within a country. Travelers should take into account their own travel experience and ability to cope with any changes in their environment. This may help [them] to widen their travel choices if they wish. Even when traveling to 'safe' destinations, visitors should keep up to date with any changes prior to, and during, their visit."
The company said that, in general, the perceived risk to health, safety, and security when traveling around the world remains high and the study found that 63 percent of business travel decision-makers thought global risks had increased in the past year alone due to terror attacks, the increased threat of war, and widespread hurricane devastation.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.