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‘Onni’ (Happiness) by Rafael Saiful consists of two bronze statues overlooking the sea at the shore at Eira in Helsinki. The installment is not an “official” artwork of the city, but because of its beautiful and inspiring nature, it has remained in its place since 2006. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Finland is the safest country in the world, according to the latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The World Economic Forum has, for the past 11 years, engaged leaders in travel and tourism to carry out an in-depth analysis of the travel and tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world.

The second place was taken by The United Arab Emirates, Iceland scoring the third place. It’s worth noting that the ranking is based on what extent a country exposes tourists and business to security risks, including violence and terrorism.

Among other Nordic countries, Norway scored the seventh place and Sweden the sixteenth. Denmark was 27th.

The least safe destination in the world was Colombia, followed by Yemen and El Salvador. Egypt ranked 130th, followed by Venezuela in 131st, then Nigeria in 132nd and Pakistan 133th.

The safest countries in the world, ranked by the World Economic Forum. Picture: WEF

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