In a list of the 50 most visited countries in the world ranked by safety, 12 of the 25 deadliest destinations were Asian countries.
Despite dominating several guidebooks 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 based on seven factors: homicide rate, road traffic fatality rate, poisoning death rate, unsanitary death rate, years of life lost due to communicable diseases, years of life lost due to injuries, and risk of natural disasters.
From most to least deadly: India, Cambodia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates were all in the top 25 deadliest countries, while southern Korea, Japan, Israel and Singapore were in the bottom 25. South Africa was the deadliest country for tourists.
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The list ranked India as the second deadliest country and Singapore as the safest.
Of the 50 most visited countries, India had the highest rate of deaths due to poor hygiene conditions (18.6 per 100,000 people). The country’s extreme wealth gap was also cited as a contributing factor, with more than 1.3 billion people estimated to live in poverty and poor living conditions.
Singapore was ranked as the safest country, with low homicide and road death rates and a low risk of natural disasters. The Swiftest attributes Singapore’s safety to high penalties for crime in the country and extensive police surveillance.
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Of those with the highest homicide death rates, the Philippines and India ranked in the top 10.
Asian countries dominated the list of countries with the most road fatalities, with Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Iran, Cambodia and China taking seven out of ten places.
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China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia were listed with the highest poisoning death rates, although poisoning incidents in China are suspected to be underreported.
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Six Asian countries were listed with the highest percentage of deaths due to poor hygiene conditions, including India, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea.
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