Top 10 Safest Countries from Natural Disasters
In this selection the 10 safest countries in natural disasters are highlighted. With an abundance of earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods across the planet every year, it is important to be aware of the best countries to live in and avoid natural disasters. To compile this selection, we use the World Risk Report of 2016 , a publication of the United Nations University, which analyzes 171 countries based on their exposure to and vulnerability to natural disasters. The publication highlights all nations located in areas that have a high risk of earthquakes, floods, storms, and others. Vulnerability, however, has 3 components that define the country’s ability to control damage, susceptibility, lack of coping capacity, and lack of adaptability. This means that a more developed country is a safer place.
10. SWEDEN – RISK INDEX 2.12%
Sweden is a highly industrialized and urbanized country with more than 85% of its population enjoying residence in urban areas. His development gave him an excellent classification in categories of adaptive and coping abilities. His adaptive abilities are especially praiseworthy, being one of the best among all nations.
9. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – RISK INDEX 1.97%
The first of many countries in the Middle East that will find a place in this selection, this is home to the famous city of Dubai and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. The United Arab Emirates has been blessed with low exposure to natural disasters, a lucky factor for all the numerous high structures residing here.
8. KIRIBATI – RISK INDEX 1.78%
The low exposure to disasters that Kiribati enjoys has resulted in the country categorized as one of the world’s safest refuges. It’s really very vulnerable, rating extremely low on all components, but an exposure of only 3.05% serves as a relief to this quiet nation.
7. BAHRAIN – RISK INDEX 1.69%
Located in the Middle East, Bahrain is one of the few Arab countries, on the condition that it has decreased its dependence on oil, and then directed to other industries with the relentless pursuit of a more sustainable future. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for not being very vulnerable to natural disasters.
6. ICELAND – RISK INDEX 1.52%
Iceland is one of 8 countries that rank low in all categories, resulting in a low risk index as well. It is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, which means there is plenty of room for people who choose to move to Iceland from all countries in the selection.
5. GRANADA – RISK INDEX 1.42%
Like Kiribati, Grenada is an island nation and does not perform well in the vulnerability department. And it ranks slightly better, although it has a higher percentage of exposure risk, Grenada seems to be safer than Kiribati.
4. BARBADOS – RISK INDEX 1.32%
The beautiful island country of Barbados has a 3.46% exposure risk percentage, and is the leading position in this selection of the 10 safest countries in natural disasters, with a 1.32% risk index. A scenario of luck considering all the tourists who continually gather there to enjoy their natural beauty.
3. SAUDI ARABIA – RISK INDEX 1.14%
This nation is often criticized for its almost exclusive dependence on oil, but the royal family refuses to take advice from anyone. For now, however, Saudi Arabia enjoys the status of a highly developed, comfortable-functioning country that seems to have a minimal threat of natural disasters.
2. MALTA – RISK INDEX 0.60%
This small European nation has the second-lowest risk exposure percentage in the world, making it an excellent place for everyone looking for safety in the future, and Malta is second in this selection of the 10 safest countries in natural disasters with a risk index of 0.60%. However, considering its small area covering only 315.9 km², it is quite densely populated .
1. QATAR – RISK INDEX 0.08%
It is not surprising that the country’s leading position in this selection of the 10 safest countries in natural disasters is also located in the Middle East. Qatar follows well in each category of the study. It is a highly developed country that ranks first among the richest countries in the world when it comes to per capita income. The official language of the country is Arabic, and Arabic Qatari is a local dialect. The country has experienced rapid economic growth over the past few years due to high oil prices, and in 2008 the eighth consecutive budget surplus was published. Obviously, their huge oil reserves played a large role in bringing the nation the wealth it currently has. All of these combined facts indicate that Qatar is not vulnerable when it comes to natural disasters. Nature blessed this nation because it is the least exposed among all the countries included in the study, with a 0.08% exposure risk percentage.