Malta - The Safest Country in Europe, 2nd in the World

June 28, 2019 | 2 minute read

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For the second time, Malta has been voted as the safest in Europe

Published by the New World Health in its 2019 Global Wealth Migration Review, Australia ranked first, followed by Malta in a close second. 

The study was focused on the movements of the most affluent men and women. The criteria which were considered included wealth growth, economic growth, press freedom and women’s safety, which influenced the ranking.

According to the list, the top 5 safest countries in the world for women are:

  1. Australia
  2. Malta 
  3. Iceland
  4. New Zealand 
  5. Canada 


According to the study, main European Cities such as Paris and London, in contrast, have experienced a decline in the trend over the past few years. 

The report went on to state that: “Woman safety is one of the best ways to gauge a country’s long-term growth potential, with a correlation of over 90% between historic wealth growth and woman safety levels. This means that wealth growth is boosted by strong levels of woman safety in a country.” 

In 2018, Malta was also named as the second safest country in the world, in the World Risk Report. Published by the United Nations University's Institute for Environment and Human Security, the island nation was rated second overall in terms of its exposure to and ability to deal with natural disasters. Malta classified just below Qatar.

On the other end of the spectrum, countries such as the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Guyana, Tonga and Vanuatu came in last among 173 nations, reflecting the risk of disaster and how they cope with it.

Qatar topped the list with a minor 0.36% chance of enduring a natural disaster, while Malta with a marginally higher 0.57%. In comparison to the lowest ranking fellow islands, Tonga experiences 29.42% chance of natural disasters and Vanuatu a substantial risk factor of 50.28%.

With respect to Malta and Qatar, the two leading countries can attribute their low rates to the fact that both experience very low exposure to earthquakes, floods and rising sea levels. Should such events occur, their infrastructures and societies are well-equipped to manage.

Four categories can define the basis on which the risk is determined. These include:

  1. Susceptibility to natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts and rising sea levels. 
  2. Infrastructure vulnerability in terms of food, housing and economy.
  3. Coping ability in terms of governance, meaning lack of early warning systems, medical care and security.
  4. The countries adaptive measures to future natural events and climate change.


The 2018 report paid particular attention to the dilemma of children in such events. It has been observed that children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during natural disasters.

It is interesting to note that “of the 15 countries with the highest risk, nine are island nations,” according to Katrin Radtke, scientific director of the Global Risk Report. 

The preparation for extreme natural disasters is crucial to managing it better, should the country be faced with such an event.

Malta offers attractive residence and citizenship programmes which open the possibility to enjoy Malta’s lifestyle as well as its security.

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