In a list of the world’s 50 most visited countries ranked for their safety, 12 of the 25 deadliest destinations were Asian countries.
Despite the dominance of various guides and lists of must-visit travel destinations, Asian countries did not fare well in a recent safety index published by insurance comparison website The Swiftest.
The ranking was determined based on seven factors: homicide rate, traffic death rate, poisoning death rate, unsanitary death rate, years of life lost due to communicable diseases, years of life lost due to injury and risk of natural disaster.
From most to least deadly, India, Cambodia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and the Emirates United Arab Emirates are all among the top 25 deadliest countries, while South Korea, Japan, Israel and Singapore were among the bottom 25. South Africa was ranked the deadliest country for tourists.
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The list ranks India as the second deadliest country and Singapore the safest.
Among the 50 most visited countries, India had the highest percentage of deaths due to poor sanitation (18.6 per 100,000 people). The country’s extreme wealth gap has also been listed as a contributing factor, with an estimated 1.3 billion people living in poverty and poor living conditions.
Singapore has been ranked as the safest country, with low rates of road homicides and deaths and a low risk of natural disaster. The Swiftest attributes Singapore’s safety to steep penalties for crimes in the country and extensive police surveillance.
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Among those with the highest homicide death rates, the Philippines and India were in the top 10.
Asian countries topped the list of countries with the most road deaths, with Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Iran, Cambodia and China occupying seven of the 10 spots.
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China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia have been listed as having the highest poisoning death rates, although poisoning incidents in China are believed to be underreported.
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Six Asian countries have been listed as having the highest percentage of deaths from poor sanitation, including India, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea.
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