10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict

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Where would you be the safest if World War 3 broke out tomorrow? Perhaps it’s a grim subject, but safety and distance from world conflict can be a motivating factor in your choice to expatriate. At the very least, conflict around the world can weigh heavy on the soul, and it’s nice to know there are some places still left in the world where you might be left in peace. Thus, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best places to live if you want to escape world conflict.

10. Switzerland

switzerland

Switzerland’s long history of neutrality and its tucked away location among the valleys of the Alps still make it a safe bet, even despite having a high number of bordering nations. It helps that neighboring Austria is also considered a neutral nation.

9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a stable democracy, a disbanded military and a national policy of neutrality. It also ranks highly on the Global Peace Index, Happy Planet Index, and Life Satisfaction Index. Although it sits in the middle of a tumultuous region, there are far worse places to sit in peace as the world goes down in flames all around.

8. Papua New Guinea

papua

There are regions of Papua New Guinea that are still being discovered for the first time. The canopy covered, mountainous nation contains some of the most isolated places in the world. Tuck yourself away in a nook here and it may be one of the few places left where you can completely insulate yourself from the outside world.

7. Canada

Canada

Canada is the second largest nation in the world, yet it only shares a land border with one other country– the U.S.A.– and it is a peaceful border. That means there is a great expanse to escape to, if need be. Furthermore, Canada has few world enemies, ranks consistently high on the Global Peace Index, and is relatively homogeneous.

6. Seychelles

Seychelles

Aside from being safely isolated from the rest of the world in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this beautiful island nation is a great place to forget about your worries. Isolation is the key here. And conflict is as transparent as the water.

5. Finland

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Finland has a long history of desiring to stay out of international conflicts, is recognized as neutral and always ranks in the top 10 of the Global Peace Index. It’s northerly location also typically means the remote areas of this country are a perfect place to disappear.

4. Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Isolated in the middle of Micronesia, Tuvalu is among the safest and most remote places in the world. It is the third least populated country on Earth, and the forth smallest. There are only a few places more distant from the world’s strife than Tuvalu.

3. Iceland

iceland

Iceland, of course, has no borders, has remote locations, is stable as a country and has virtually no world enemies. Its people are happy and the nation always ranks highly on the Global Peace Index. If world conflict erupts, Iceland is one of the few stable nations in the world unlikely to get caught up in the middle.

2. Bhutan

Bhutan

Landlocked among the Himalaya mountains, Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world. It also showcases one of the most stable balances in the world between moderization and retention of ancient culture. Its religious population believes in peaceful resolution to all conflict, and although it sits in a troubled region, it remains protected by its geography.

1. New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand might be the most isolated and expansive fully developed nation in the world. It shares no borders, sits relatively distant from any other nation, has no real national enemies, has a safe democracy and a diverse landscape with many remote places to hide away within. Furthermore, it ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index in 2009.

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936 Responses to “10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict”

  1. John
    August 19, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    you forgot Tasmania

  2. Allie
    August 19, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    What about Australia? Far removed from the worlds trouble hot spots, small population on large land mass, beautiful temperate climate, stable democracy, blessed with abundant resources, highly developed first world country. Born and raised here, I absolutely love the place!

  3. PRIVATE
    August 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    AFTER READING ALL YOUR COMMENTS AND EXPERIENCE ANY PERSON CAN WRITE stupid AND ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT EXPERIENCE OF LIFE.

    FOR ME IT ‘S VERY STUPID NOW BUY A PROPERTIES ARE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAT BEFORE.
    PAY TAXES AND STUPID UNNECESSARY … EAT YOU ALIVE, is THE SYSTEM IN WHICH WE LIVE is, DOES NOT WORK (SEE NEWS).

    BETTER LIVING IN RENTING NOT IN SOUTH AMERICA OR IN THE UNITED STATES (2 Hells IN THE WORLD) is useful to arrive LIVING IN A QUIET PLACE WITHOUT PROBLEMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS.

    I HAVE 43 YEARS AND I HAVE TRAVELED A LOT.

    TIP: THINK BEFORE AFTER WRITE OR SPEAK.

    NOW THE WORLD ‘IN TOTAL CHAOS.

  4. isaias
    August 27, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    i just wanted to ask does anyone know where that picture was taken in Switzerland?

  5. Shel Nyberg
    August 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I live in Finland and it is amazing. Everything and everyone is calm, relaxed and quiet.We all take our time here so much that even the flies are slow ^^ Finland is FAR from flat, we have cliffs everywhere here unless you live in one of the farming areas or in the lower part of Helsinki. I absolutely love living here and would recommend anyone coming here to visit at least once.

  6. Jen
    August 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Paul you egg. New Zealand rocks, and compared to a lot of other countries, were pretti peaceful.

  7. AustralianJoe
    August 31, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Australia? Please, if anyone wants peace and a place to walk down the streets safely at night, stay away! Not in the top 10 at all!

  8. AustralianJoe
    August 31, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Oh, and I’ll add Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Cyrpus, Iceland, Japan and Hong Kong ahead. Thanks for coming!

  9. Chris
    September 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Just came across this, Papua New Guinea is definitely not a place for escaping conflict unless your idea of escaping conflict is to park yourself next to it?

    PNG is controlled by an illegal military government, Western workers live in armed guarded compounds and if you want to go from the airport in Lay to your hotel you’ll travel in a bus akin to The Gauntlet and it’s definitely NOT a safe place to walk around if you’re not local – so you’ll be escaping nothing.

  10. Adam
    September 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    If the terrorist Iran didn’t exist, i would say UAE :)

  11. rtaylortitle
    September 22, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Well, America has descended into fascism and is facing economic ruin thanx to our central bank, the UN, the militarization of our major city police forces and socialized, public screwls.
    If I were to win the lottery, I guess it would be a tossup between Newfoundland, Austria/Switzerland and (if our politicians and military weren’t so hell-bent on wars and being puppets of Israel)..possibly Iran.
    “So it is written…so it shall be done.”

  12. Dan Bonser
    October 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Great list! When I saw the title, I was wondering where Costa Rica would end up on the list. Definitely a great list to remember, because I would love to get the heck out of this conflict zone.

  13. adrian
    October 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    The best place to live is neither new zealand nor canada… it’s where your darling lives… to be next to him/her.

  14. Manji
    October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    The photo they used for Costa Rica is actually Pigeon Point beach in Tobago where I live, lol.

  15. Thorstein K. Berg
    October 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I would say that if you subtract the event of 22nd. July in 2011 in Norway, the country was ranked number 9 of peaceful places in the world, the same place is hold by Finland this year. And if you ask me, Norway is a rather more peaceful country to be in then Finland, as Finland is next door neighbour to Russia and the Baltic states. Norway’s neighbours is Sweden, Finland, and in the high north Russia. Also, Norway is not as dence populated as Finland.

  16. ProudCanadian
    November 5, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    @Zam.
    We are glad you left as well. Please don’t ever come back. It is hatred like yours that can make anywhere in the world, the most horrible place to be.

  17. Andrea Santarlasci
    November 13, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    Forget WWIII, where do I go to survive the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE??

  18. aqsu
    November 17, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    That picture wasn’t from Finland..I live in helsinki and i love this city :)

  19. M Manoharan
    January 7, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    I m 64 yrs. Today @ my hometown, MADURAI,India, I got fed up with the system, and thought to run away from this chaotic country. And I clicked this site. So far nice to see 10 places….But then realisation hit me whether it is possible to pack up just like that….At last it dawned on me…We can aspire to be…but dare not to be.

  20. Jubirev
    February 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    norway was ranked number 9 of peaceful places in the world, the same place is hold by Finland this year. And if you ask me, Norway is a rather more peaceful country to be in then Finland, as Finland is next door neighbour to Russia and the Baltic states. Norway’s neighbours is Sweden, Finland, and in the high north Russia. Also, Norway is not as dence populated as Finland.

  21. guy
    March 8, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    i am living in new zealand for almost 4 years now, and trust me, there are some annoying people here. first 2 weeks we were here our car got stolen, just taken for a joyride. there are some really shallow minded people here who will take advantage of you as well.

  22. Sam @ Travellingking.com
    May 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I couldnt agree more! New Zealand is a beautiful place!

  23. Alexa
    May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Ok those might be a safe place but a lot of. You guys may not know but pintada New Mexico is pertty you guys just don’t know it but its more of a country place so all you little sisi people don’t like country’s do NOT come but If you like country’s it’s a good pertty place come by and see it…

  24. kelsy
    June 2, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    i like seychellesthe best because the water is super clear.

  25. kelsy
    June 2, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    i forgot to put a space be tween seychelleys and the.

  26. NeedSomewhereSafer
    June 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Iceland is part of NATO and a key target for anyone who wants to control the north Atlantic. Costa Ricas lack of military makes it an easy target for any hostile neighbours. Finland borders Russia, Canada is a member of NATO and often follows the US or Europe into war. If Europe was a battleground (again) I’d hate to be stuck bang in the middle in Switzerland. Papua New Guinea saw action in both world wars, was a major theatre in WW2 and, due to its massive diversity, has since had trouble with secessionist movements. Bhutan might be safe, although it lies between India and China, potential enemies in any conflict, and has a disputed border with China

  27. Kees Dekker
    June 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    The author is clearly unaware of Namibia. That is why it would also not come on anyone’s radar screen looking for conflict, let alone global conflict. Not surprisingly given its spare population density of 2.1 million inhabitants spread over a surface area that is 25% larger than Texas. The country has great weather with 300 days of sunshine per annum, wide open spaces, good infrastructure, pleasant people, incredible landscapes.

  28. madcat2
    July 4, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    You Forgot Nepal! The world most beautiful place.. :)

  29. Elaine
    October 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I love traveling! I hope that one day I can visit this lake in Canada,….how beautiful!

  30. john
    January 4, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    I prefer New Zealand

  31. john
    January 4, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Iceland is one of my next destinations.

  32. Ioannis
    January 4, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Canada is also perfect.

  33. daren america
    February 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    There are no safe places to go when the end comes pray that we are written in the book of life

  34. Watchingtheweasels
    February 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Namibia? Don’t know anything about it. African news that reaches our borders is limited to:

    1. AIDS
    2. Jihad
    3. Ethnic Cleansing
    4. Famine
    5. Extinction
    6. Ebola

  35. Alex
    March 31, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    The Ring of Fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean

  36. Alex
    March 31, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    Papua New Guinea: lol you will probably get killed, raped or eaten before any apocalyptic event.

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