Austria 5th safest country in the world according to 2022 Global Peace Index – occasional violent demonstrations only negative

When it comes to being safe, there are not many countries that beat Austria.

In fact, according to the 2022 Global Peace Index, there are only four countries on the planet that are safer than Austria — Iceland, New Zealand, Ireland and Denmark — and, even then, not by much.

In the latest Global Peace Index, just like every other year, scores were calculated for 163 countries due to their ranking for level of safety based on 23 indicators.

Those indicators include things you might expect, but some you may not.

Indicators like incarceration rate, deaths from external conflict, terrorism, homicide rate, police rate, violent demonstrations, access to small arms, violent crime, political instability, deaths from internal conflict, refugees and IDPs, and relations with neighboring countries.

In most of these indicators, except for violent demonstrations due to these periodically occurring around Austria in 2022 because of Covid-19 lockdowns, mandatory vaccines, and now an energy crisis, Austria scored very high.

That placed the Alpine country at #5 on the world’s safest countries list.

It was also two places higher than last year.

The current safety/peace scores for Austria versus the other four countries in the Top 5 look like this:

  1. Iceland — 1.107
  2. New Zealand — 1.269
  3. Ireland — 1.288
  4. Denmark — 1.296
  5. Austria — 1.300

Compare that to the United States, which ranked 129 out of 163 countries, and you will quickly see why so many people — Austrians and non-Austrians — love living here.

For someone who lives in Austria, however, its fifth place ranking is not much of a surprise.


Even in Vienna, streets tend to be quiet, peaceful and very safe

Crime is low, with violent crime being exceedingly low, and the only crime people seem to be concerned about being pickpocketing.

As that mainly occurs in busy tourist areas of Vienna and the rest of the country, it is also easy to avoid. As are demonstrations, if you think they may turn violent.

Meanwhile, Europe, which is currently home to seven out of the top 10 most peaceful countries including Austria, is still the world’s most peaceful and safest region of the world, and has been for the last 16 years.

You can download the 2022 Global Peace Index report here, and look at Austria’s rankings even more closely.

About Michelle Topham

I'm a journalist, and the founder of Oh My Vienna. I have been living in Vienna since 2016 as an immigrant, because 'expat' is just a fancy word that means exactly that.