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Global Peace Index
17 June 2021
Portugal is the fourth safest country in the world
Multinews Sapo

Portugal is the fourth safest country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index 2021, just behind Iceland, New Zealand, and Denmark. In other words, it is second among the countries of the European Union.

In a statement sent to the newsrooms, the ministry headed by Eduardo Cabrita highlights that in the Institute for Economics & Peace report, released this Thursday, "Portugal is one of the 5 safest countries in the world and the second among the countries of the European Union".

For the Minister of Internal Affairs, "Portugal being considered one of the safest countries in the world is an asset for the quality of life of the Portuguese" and constitutes a competitive advantage over other countries.

"The issue of security is far from being a strict law enforcement issue. Today, security is a decisive factor in attracting investment, in attracting tourists that we hope to have again, in order to strengthen the country's global image. easily from countries that have great potential like ours, in which insecurity limits economic development, investment or tourism”, stresses Eduardo Cabrita.

"Portugal registered, in 2020, the lowest crime indicators since the current registration model existed, more than 30 years ago. And it is important to remember that this was achieved in a year as difficult as this the pandemic that, in many countries, contributed to the increase in conflicts and to the increase of some forms of crime.” It should be noted that, in 2014, Portugal occupied 18th place, having been climbing the table in recent years.

The 15th edition of the ranking, which classifies 163 independent states and territories and covers 99.7% of the world's population, concludes that "the global level of peace has continued to deteriorate in a world in which conflicts and crises have emerged in the past decade began to ebb and be replaced by a new wave of tension and uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – along with rising tensions between the major powers.”

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