The 2008 Quality of Living Survey of Mercer Human Resource Consulting also provides a Ranking by Personal Safety, with the top 50 cities in the world. According to this survey, Luxembourg ranks first, followed by Helsinki (Finland) and three cities of Switzerland (Bern, Geneva and Zurich), all last four tied for the second place.
The survey identified those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based on relationships with other countries, internal stability, crime and effectiveness of law enforcement.
The crime rate in Luxembourg is one of the lowest, when compared to other European countries. The predominant form of crime in Luxembourg is the non-violent theft of valuables through snatching of purses or bags, or more sophisticated breaking and entering of unoccupied homes.
Bern has a high quality of life and a very low crime rate. All Switzerland is in fact a small, but very peaceful country with a very low crime rate.
While the State Department rates Geneva’s crime threat as low, the city of Geneva have reported an increase in the number of reported incidents that involve pickpockets, thefts through shrewdness, residential break-ins, carjackings, and vehicle thefts.
Although Helsinki is generally a safe city some areas should be slightly avoided. As in any other capital city, crime rates are relatively high when compared to areas surrounding central Helsinki.
Switzerland has very low crime rates compared with other Western countries, but Zurich’s rates are higher than they are in the rest of Switzerland because of drug-related crime. The city of Zurich not only attracts tourists, but dealers and users as well.
Here are the top 50 cities in the world ranked by Mercer Consulting in 2008, by personal safety criteria:
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