Viet Nam is a peaceful country. For those of us who live here, I’m stating the obvious. According to the latest Global Peace Index report, Viet Nam ranks 60th out of 163 countries surveyed. That ranking is in descending order from the “most peaceful” (Iceland) to the “most dangerous” (Syria). The “state of peace” categories include: very high, high, medium, low, and very low. This means that Viet Nam falls into the “high” category, as do Germany (#17), the UK (#57) and France (#61). Australia, Canada, and Japan are classified as “very high” and rank 13th, 6th, and 9th respectively.
The Global Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), measures global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.
In the realm of personal safety, there are certain precautions one needs to take in Viet Nam, e.g., don’t walk around Hanoi and HCMC waving an expensive smartphone and always hold your bag away from the street, but violent crimes against people are rare.
To learn more about the methodology and/or results of this survey, download this PDF report, all 100 pages of it.