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1 Feb at 7:24 am
Iceland is the world's safest country while the Philippines is the most dangerous, according to a new study.
Global Finance Magazine considers war and peace, crime rates and the risk of natural disasters in working out its Safety Index Score for each nation.
Iceland came top due to its tiny crime rate, with under 400,000 residents - and although the island contains active volcanoes - there is a low risk to life.
The US was one of the exception's to the rule for economically developed countries - placing 65th - in large part due to its homicide rate. 
Global Finance magazine included 128 of the 193 states recognised by the UN on its list, with notable absences including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is not clear why such states - which regularly rank among the most dangerous in the world - did not feature in their calculations. 
According to the FBI there were 5.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2017, this is more than double most of its European economic counterparts.
On the other hand, Iceland is said to be filled with guns but had just a single murder in 2009, according to the BBC.
Many believe the low per capita murder rate in Iceland is down to lack of a class system, which prevents jealousy and also low drug usage. 
As well as America's high homicide rate the continental mass of North America puts US citizens at more risk of natural disaster than their European cousins across the Atlantic.
Japan was also an anomaly among the top economies for that reason, placing 43rd, due to their high risk of natural disaster with earthquakes in the region. 

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