Half way through a month where violent crimes have dominated the NZ headlines, a new report has revealed that New Zealand is not one of the world’s safest countries, its not even close.
New Zealand is ranked 41st in the world for safety, in an index that is based on seven data categories – population, CO2 emissions, life expectancy; and per capita rates of police personnel, traffic deaths, thefts and assaults.
When just assaults alone are assessed, New Zealand ranks the 102nd worst country out of the 107 who reported their data.
The 2015 Safest Countries in the World report has been compiled by some ‘people in the know’ Value Pengin, a company that “focuses on providing high quality resources to help consumers understand the topics they’re interested in.” (rather like E2NZ.org).
Value Penguin says it focuses on Value. That’s a word you don’t normally associate with New Zealand, which may explain why the report’s authors are unsullied by the NZ spin machine apparatus. Read more about the company here.
The 5 safest countries according to Value Penguin are
- Switzerland with a safety score of 37 (reader SafefromNewZealand will not be surprised to hear that. Ed). The country averaged just 7 violent crimes per 100,000 people and compares favourably with the neighbouring countries of Italy (6th) and France (7th). “Officially known as the Swiss Confederation, its simply a safe place to be. And “the word is out as two million of its population of 8,157,896 are foreigners, the justice ministry’s migration secretariat reported in July“).
- Singapore comes in with a score of 42 and a population of 5,517,102 not much higher than New Zealand’s. It is the most environmentally-friendly country in the top 5. (Take note NZ).
- Spain is beaten by Singapore by a whisker. It scores 43 for safety and has a population of just over 47 million.
- Japan is the most populated country in the top 5 and has an extremely high life expectancy. In common with the Swiss, Japanese people live to an average age of 83. The country is also a “cornerstone” for security for the region and fundamental to its stability and prosperity. Japan has a population of just under 126 million and a safety score of 51.
- Cyprus falls into 5th place because of its low theft rates and has a safety score of 63, not bad for a population comparable to the size of Auckland’s – 1,153,058 .
New Zealand doesn’t even make it to the list of the top ten small countries (see below). If smaller means better for you, pick somewhere from the list on the right. Maybe you should give Ireland or Malta a second look?
Australia makes it to 5th place to the top ten big countries, and is ranked12th overall – something that many Kiwis will find hard to accept because of the constant negative press that country receives in New Zealand.
New Zealand languishes in 41st place overall for safety, with an assault rate of 839 per 100,000 people and a safety score of 112, far and away higher than Australia’s assault rate of 306 and safety score of 78.
Countries with similar assault rates to New Zealand include
New Zealand (839)
There aren’t many countries with scores higher than those, actually there’s just three…
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1017)
Which means that New Zealand has the 102nd highest assault rate out of a total of 107 countries.
Now there’s something to mull over. Next time you see propaganda telling you how safe NZ is, you’ll know to take it with a large dose of salt.