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Europe’s Safest Haven After Dark

According to Adventourely, Croatia has emerged as the Europe’s safest haven after dark where people can enjoy calm night walks. This conclusion is based on a study that utilized various publicly available data to gauge the subjective sense of security. The article explores people’s feelings of safety while walking at night across Europe and reveals the top five countries in terms of perceived safety: Croatia, Slovenia, Iceland, Georgia, and Switzerland.

Croatia claims the top spot with an impressive safety rate of 74.63, closely followed by Slovenia at 74.40. Iceland secures the third position with a safety rate of 72.26, while Georgia and Switzerland complete the top five with rates of 69.72 and 69.35, respectively. 

Europe's Safest Haven After Dark

In contrast, France finds itself at the bottom of the list with a safety rate of 35.59, followed by Belarus at 36.44. Belgium ranks second to last with a safety rate of 41.25, while the United Kingdom and Sweden round out the bottom five with rates of 43.00 and 43.69, respectively.

The lower perceived safety in countries like France, the United Kingdom, and Sweden is surprising, considering their stable social and political environments and economic status. This observation suggests a potential discrepancy between the actual level of safety and the public’s perception or could indicate broader societal issues influencing people’s sense of security. Although a geographic trend is noticeable, with the Balkan and Baltic regions exhibiting higher perceived safety compared to Western and Eastern Europe, the data reveal that GDP is not strongly correlated with the perception of security.

Croatia's position as Europe's safest haven after dark can be attributed to a multitude of factors working in harmony to instill a strong sense of safety

Low Crime Rate: Croatia has a relatively low crime rate compared to many other European countries. The country places a strong emphasis on public safety and has implemented effective measures to maintain law and order. This includes a well-trained police force and a robust legal system that actively addresses and prevents criminal activities.

Well-Maintained Infrastructure: Croatia boasts well-maintained infrastructure, particularly in popular tourist areas. Streets, lighting, and public spaces are generally well-lit and in good condition, which can contribute to a sense of security when navigating the country’s cities and towns at night.

Well lit streets
Well lit streets

Tourist-Friendly Environment: Croatia is a popular tourist destination known for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The local population is generally hospitable and helpful towards visitors, which can significantly enhance the feeling of safety. The country has developed a reputation for being a safe place to explore, attracting travelers from around the world.

Active Tourism Industry: Croatia’s tourism industry plays a crucial role in maintaining safety standards. Tourist areas often have a visible presence of security personnel and enhanced safety measures, such as surveillance cameras, to ensure the well-being of visitors. The government and local authorities prioritize the safety and security of tourists, which adds to the overall perception of safety.

Security personnel and enhanced safety measures
Security personnel and enhanced safety measures

Natural Beauty and Cultural Heritage: Croatia’s stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage are major attractions for tourists. Many of the popular tourist destinations, such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Plitvice Lakes National Park, are well-preserved and offer breathtaking experiences. The presence of natural beauty and historical sites can create a sense of tranquility and security, as these areas are often well-monitored and regulated.

It’s important to note that while Croatia has a favorable safety record and is considered safe overall, it is always prudent for travelers to exercise caution and follow common-sense safety practices, such as staying aware of their surroundings and taking necessary precautions to protect their belongings. 

If safety is something very important for you – Croatia just may be the place you will enjoy. Plan a trip now!

Your CTC Team

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