Top 10 most Dangerous Countries in the World
The countries with the highest homicide rates may surprise you. It is already known that in the modern world many places are safe. But it’s shocking to see how unsafe the world is. In our list, we’ll look around the world using international homicide statistics. Based on the number of homicides per 100,000 people per year, this statistic tells you which country has the highest homicide rate. Want to know which country covers the most murders? Then we introduce you to the 10 countries with the highest homicide rates.
10. South Africa, 31
Despite its nickname “The Rainbow Nation”, South Africa, with a population of approximately 54 million, is very prone to murder, assault, rape and other violent crimes. Statistics published by the local police show that around 50 people are killed every day in South Africa, which is an alarming number. Fortunately, the homicide rate is slowly declining.
9. Saint Kitts and Nevis, 33.6
Located in the West Indies, St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign country in the Americas, both in terms of region and population. But even among the 50,000 people living in this small country, there are quite a few who don’t mind killing others. St. Kitts and Nevis ranked ninth with an average of 33.6 homicides per 100,000 people.
8. Swaziland, 33.8
Swaziland, mostly surrounded by South Africa, is one of Africa’s smallest countries, with a population of just over 1 million. However, the numbers associated with the murders are not far from Swaziland. The life expectancy of local residents who have been victims of extreme poverty and diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as massive crimes, is only 50 years.
7. Lesotho, 38
Lesotho is another small African country located in South Africa. Besides location and size, it shares one more thing with Swaziland. It’s an uncontrollable homicide rate. Nearly half of the population lives below the poverty line, which is partly linked to the outrageous crime and annual homicide rates.
6. Jamaica, 39.3
Covering an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another major city in the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been known for having one of the highest homicide rates in the world, as confirmed by the latest statistics from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Murder and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities like the capital, Kingston.
5. Guatemala, 39.9
With a population of approximately 16 million, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. With an average of about 100 homicides every month, Guatemala ranks as the 5th country with the highest homicide rate in the world. For example, in the 1990s, the city of Escuintla had a rate of 165 murders per 100,000 people per year.
4. El Salvador, 41.2
El Salvador is a Central American country that was heavily affected by the long and devastating Civil War (1979 – 1992) and has a population of approximately 6.3 million. The country’s extremely high homicide rate is characterized by serious crime-related crimes and juvenile delinquency. For example, around 60% of the murders in Salvador in 2004 were carried out by local gangs competing for power and territory.
3. Belize Belize, 4 4.7
Belize is the least densely populated country in Central America with an area of 22,800 square kilometers (8,800 square miles) and a population of approximately 340,000. However, despite its amazing natural beauty and wildlife, the country is not a good place to live. The highest homicide rate, with 45 homicides per 100,000 people, makes it one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Murders are particularly frequent in the Belize City area in 2007. For example, there were half of homicides that year.
2. Venezuela, 53.7
Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela has prospered as one of the world’s major oil exporters and is known for its particularly high mortality rate and fatal murder rate. Last year, when I was walking alone at night, only 19% of locals felt safe and for good reason. More than 50 deaths per 100,000 people in Venezuela each year, and the number has been steadily increasing over the past few decades.
1. Honduras, 90.4
According to the United Nations Office, with around 8.25 million people, Honduras has the highest homicide rate of any country in the world. That rate is an unparalleled average of 90.4 cases per 100,000 people, resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths in the country. As Honduras is a popular holiday destination, tourists are often targeted as victims of various violent crimes.