Sara Thopson - Mar 30, 2009

Experts evaluate the most dangerous countries in the world to warn adventure-seeking tourists. Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq top the list. The safest places are in Europe.

Certain countries are surely not ideal for tourism, for example, the most dangerous ones. According to Forbes, the most dangerous country in the world is Somalia. This former colony is infamous for its pirates and continuous conflicts between local warlords.

The list of the most dangerous countries was created thanks to data provided by iJet Intelligent Risk Systems and by Control Risks. Various indicators were used to determine the ranking. Crime rate, police protection, civil unrest, terrorism risk, kidnapping threat and geopolitical stability were among the assessed factors.

Second and third rank goes to countries that suffered from the American invasion, Afghanistan and Iraq. If security situation in Iraq is somehow improving it is quite the opposite in Afghanistan. The fourth most dangerous state on Earth is the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pakistan that has problems with terrorists and with tribal militants in the northwest is ranked as fifth. Among the most well known terrorist acts that took place in this former British colony is the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad and there was also the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Then comes the Gaza strip that most recently made it to the headlines thanks to Israel’s retaliation for Hamas’ recurrent attacks and Sri Lanka where Tamil Tigers fight the government. Eighth Yemen has problems with al-Qaeda-linked groups and Sudan continues to fight rebels. What is more, the International Criminal Court wants to arrest the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. The tenth most dangerous country is Mugabe controlled Zimbabwe.

The safest countries on the other hand are mostly in Europe. It is noteworthy that all of the most dangerous places were originally European colonies in the past.



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