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Copenhagen named world's safest city for 2021

September 18, 2021
 Copenhagen has been named the world's safest city for the first time. — File courtesy photo
Copenhagen has been named the world's safest city for the first time. — File courtesy photo



GENEVA — Copenhagen has been named the world's safest city for the first time, scoring 82.4 points out of 100 in the annual report of Economist Intelligence Unit.

Denmark's capital jumped from joint eighth place in 2019 to the top of the list, largely thanks to the introduction of an environmental security section, which the city scored particularly well in, along with personal security.

Safety has long been a paramount concern for travelers when it comes to deciding which destination to visit.

"One key factor that makes Copenhagen such a safe city is its low crime rate, currently at its lowest level in more than a decade," Lars Weiss, lord mayor of Copenhagen, says in the report.

"Copenhagen is also characterized by great social cohesion and a relatively narrow wealth gap. It is a mixed city where both the cleaning assistant and the CEO meet each other at the local supermarket and have their kids in the same school.”

"This is one of the very cornerstones of Danish culture, and it contributes greatly to the high levels of trust and safety that we benefit from."

Canada's Toronto just missed out on the top spot, taking second place with 82.2 points, while Singapore was third with 80.7 points.

Although Sydney came fourth, with 80.1 points, the Australian city topped the digital security category, while 2019 winner Tokyo was awarded 80.0 points, putting the Japanese city in fifth place.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index (SCI,) which ranks 60 international destinations on digital security, health security, infrastructure, personal security, as well as environmental security. — CNN

September 18, 2021
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