Mysterious and dangerous Iceland

11 reasons why Iceland is the safest country in the world

Our land of ice and fire, better known as Iceland, has been considered the safest nation in the world for 12 consecutive years. The Global Peace Index takes into account crime rates, political environment, natural disasters and health risks. The official categories are social safety and security, ongoing internal and international conflicts and level of militarization.

Despite all its volcanoes and glaciers, Iceland has consistently been at the top of the list, maintaining its place for years on end. There are many reasons for this. Without going into too much detail, we will explore some of them in this article!

Iceland is a unique place with a strong but reasonable character. The locals are somewhat similar to each other, a little rough, but very friendly. When you come to Iceland and drive along the Reykjanes Peninsula, you will clearly see this contrast of soft and rough: the hard, rocky lava fields are covered with soft moss – the most appropriate comparison to Icelanders. One big family, tough, rugged, and ready for the elements, but friendly and peaceful.

But let’s stop there, before I get too formulaic in my writing. Here’s the list you came to see: 11 reasons why Iceland is the safest country in the world!

11. no dangerous critters.

Luckily, Iceland has no mosquitoes, ticks, bears, snakes, poisonous spiders or any other dangerous animals. During berry season, you can wander the mountains, stuffing your mouthfuls full of delicious blue and red berries and not having to worry about encountering a bear. You can pitch a tent in the woods (if you can find one) or take a nap in a meadow and not worry about being bitten by insects. The only possibly “dangerous” animal will be the arctic fox. But those who don’t know people stay away, and those who do and can approach are most often just looking for food.

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10. Very low crime rate

The crime rate in Iceland is very low. Given the small population, chances are that if you steal a car, you will probably have something to do with its owner: maybe your mom went to school with his mom. you know what I mean. I’ve often wondered if this is the reason for the low crime rate. At the very least, I can say with certainty that close ties are a factor.

In addition to the cohesion of society goes the excellent Icelandic education system. Here, higher education costs less than a month’s rent. Thus, the correlation between a high level of education, a high level of employment and a reliable social security system leads to a basic absence of reasons to commit crimes such as theft.

The homicide rate in Iceland is between zero and 1.5 per year. With such a small number of violent crimes, every incident is widely covered in the news and will be discussed forever. Every life is equally important, which contributes to our classless social structure. More on this in the next paragraph.

9. Everyone is equal here!

People have always found a way to classify each other, and Iceland is no exception. The difference, however, is that in Iceland there are certain protections to reduce inequality. The law, for example, states that women cannot be paid less than men for the same job. Same-sex marriage is legal in Iceland, as is same-sex adoption. We have a very active organization, Transceland, which has a lot of support from the locals. Everyone is allowed to practice their religion, and just recently sites were identified in Reykjavik for the construction of a mosque and a Pagan religious center.

Icelandic law clearly states that it is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, ethnicity, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, sexual characteristics or sexual expression. And that makes perfect sense!

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8. Everyone speaks English.

This is the first advantage noted by those who go to Iceland. If you find yourself in a situation where you need help from the locals, fluent English certainly comes in handy. Icelandic children begin learning English in school at about age 12, but most of them are almost fluent by then. It’s all thanks to television and/or Youtube and video games. The Icelandic market is obviously small, so companies see no benefit in translating their content into Icelandic. As a result, Icelanders speak excellent English. As you can see, the small size of the country has its pluses. No wonder solo travelers continue to choose Iceland as a starting point!

7. Delightfully clean air.

Everyone who has been to Iceland talks about the incredibly fresh air when they return. Especially those who come from big cities. You can almost taste it. Our island is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and we are not affected by any sources of pollution other than ourselves. Along with clean electricity, our air is just perfect. Enjoy every breath, breathe in the cleanest air and rejuvenate yourself with this oxygen bomb! Pollution and associated health risks are not a concern in Iceland.

6. No one has security, not even the president.

This underscores how safe the country is: simply put, no one here has any reason to walk around accompanied by bodyguards. Icelanders feel safe in their country, even those in power. As history shows, this is not necessary.

The president himself refused to modify his car and equip it with bulletproof windows, simply because this considerable expense was unreasonable, for there is no risk to his safety!

5. Gay Pride parade in Reykjavik never caused protests

Icelanders are very proud that their Reykjavik-Pride festival (formerly just Gay Pride) is the only such event in the world that has never gathered protests.

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This may be due to the small size of the population. Then again, everyone is connected in one way or another, even closely sometimes, and prejudice usually comes from ignorance. So if we are personally acquainted with a gay person, it is already easier for us to understand them.

Take, for example, my aunt, who has been open about her non-traditional sexual orientation for decades and lives without any attacks from others. My best friend’s father happens to be gay, and two of my close friends are gay. So, like many Icelanders, I grew up knowing gay people from an early age. Love is love is love!

4. Babies sleeping outside in strollers

Babies sleeping outside is a pretty old tradition, and Icelanders are unequivocally loyal to it. We are proud of our strong immunity and endurance even in the most difficult conditions. However, babies are not taken outdoors in just anything. They are dressed in woolen clothing and then wrapped in a warm blanket or sleeping bag, depending on the season, and placed in a stroller. Nearby, as a rule, placed a baby monitor, and the child usually falls asleep in minutes. Afternoon nap sometimes lasts up to 3 hours. Icelanders believe this is due to the cool, fresh air.

No one worries about their stroller or baby being stolen – it never happened! And that’s another benefit of living on a remote island. Where would you take a stolen baby? You can’t get far from here!

3. that small-town feel

Most people don’t think of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, as a big city. It’s more of a small town, as its population is only about 220,000. Nevertheless, that’s two-thirds of the island’s total population, so to us Reykjavik is definitely a big city.

Every neighborhood in the capital has its own sports team, school, swimming pool and playground. This makes each suburb feel like a separate village. Icelanders take caring for each other very seriously, which is especially felt in these smaller neighborhoods. For example, Iceland’s search and rescue team includes people from all over the country. Each region with its own team looks out for its residents. However, if someone goes missing or has an accident, neighboring teams will come to the rescue in a jiffy. Listen to the song “We are family” by Sister Sledge.

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2. The maximum speed allowed for cars is 90 km/h.

Strict traffic regulations in Iceland are another aspect which contributes to the general safety of its citizens and visitors. There are no highways in Iceland and the highest speed you can drive is 90 km/h, and that only outside the city. Breaking the speed limit leads to very high fines – so watch your speedometer!

The only thing you need to worry about while driving in Iceland is the changing weather. Be sure to check the weather forecast and the website before you get behind the wheel. That way, you’ll know which roads are closed and how to avoid them.

1. There is no army in Iceland and police officers do not carry guns

One way for Icelanders to keep the peace is to be peaceful toward others. Nevertheless, Iceland was involved in a war – the Cod War, which we won! Great Britain tried to fish in our waters. The Icelanders then constructed underwater scissors and cut their nets, with the result that the British lost their entire catch. Now that’s a mean trick!

Another factor contributing to peace in Iceland is that the local police do not carry guns. They just don’t need to. Nevertheless, the Icelandic Special Forces have firearms and are very quick to react if necessary. Our regular police can deal with conflicts in most cases by de-escalation techniques. So people don’t see them as a threat, they can always be approached and asked for help. And the official Instagram page of the Icelandic police is even more helpful!

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