Two New Countries Top Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s Safest Places to Travel in 2023 List

The Netherlands, Denmark and Iceland ranked top three safest countries

STEVENS POINT, Wis.--()--Travel insurance provider Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP) has announced the findings of its eighth annual State of Travel Insurance Safest Destinations report, the longest-running and most trusted research project tracking U.S. travelers’ attitudes toward travel safety and travel insurance.

Vacationers looking to plan their 2023 trips should keep destinations like the Netherlands, Denmark, and Iceland in mind as they topped the list of safest countries. The report also ranks the safest cities in the world, with Reykjavik, Copenhagen and Montreal taking the top three spots.

To determine these rankings, BHTP analyzes a combination of State of Travel Insurance survey responses compiled in September from travelers who have been to the destinations along with several third-party data sources. These additional sources evaluate safety concerns such as terrorism, weather emergencies, health measures and the safety of underrepresented groups.

This year’s list saw a few changes from past years, with both the Netherlands and Denmark breaking into the Top 15 and securing the two top spots, while Ireland and the United Kingdom fell below the Top 10. Scandinavian countries are still perceived as safer destinations, rounding out 4 out of the top 10 spots with Norway and Sweden also ranked high on the list.

Top 15 Safest Countries

  1. Netherlands
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Australia
  5. Norway
  6. Canada
  7. Germany
  8. Sweden
  9. Switzerland
  10. New Zealand
  11. Spain
  12. Ireland
  13. United Arab Emirates
  14. United Kingdom
  15. Belgium

Top 15 Safest Cities

  1. Reykjavik
  2. Copenhagen
  3. Montreal
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Seoul
  6. Singapore
  7. Tokyo
  8. Berlin
  9. London
  10. Sydney
  11. Barcelona
  12. Honolulu
  13. Rome
  14. Dubai
  15. Paris

While the list of the world’s safest countries is dominated by northern European countries and English-speaking countries in Oceania, the list of the world’s safest cities features three Asian metropolises, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.

BHTP’s State of Travel Insurance research has been conducted each fall since 2016 by Polymath Research + Marketing, using independent national panels surveying thousands of consumers on future expectations in travel insurance and travel habits. The lists of the world’s safest countries and cities were created using an index that synthesizes results from multiple sources, including the U.S. State Department, the British financial magazine The Economist, safety-app creator GeoSure Global, Vision of Humanity, Numbeo, and Global Finance magazine. Past rankings also are factored in.

Click here to read more on the safest cities ranking and here to read more on safest countries. To request a full report, members of the media can email the contact below.

About the State of Travel Insurance

State of Travel Insurance (SOTI), a joint project of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP) and Polymath Research + Marketing (PRM), is the longest-running and most trusted research project tracking U.S. travelers’ attitudes toward travel safety and travel insurance. SOTI has been conducted since 2016, and continues to provide category-leading research on key travel issues. This year’s survey involved a total of 1,886 travelers who were surveyed by PRM from Aug. 24 through Sept. 13, 2022.

About Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP) is a registered trademark and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, a leader in specialized casualty and liability insurance. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company provides underwriting and claims administration services for some of the largest distributors of travel insurance in the United States. Created under the Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection trade name is the ExactCare® line of travel insurance, AirCare® flight, WaveCare®, AdrenalineCare®, LuxuryCare® and other travel-related protections. The AirCare® and ExactCare® products are provided by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company. Visit for more information.

About Polymath Research + Marketing

Polymath Research + Marketing is a full-service market-research and marketing agency that specializes in crafting custom research and content to help organizations reach their business and marketing goals. PRM currently services firms in the insurance, travel, sports, and manufacturing industries, and provides research and content support to several top agencies. To learn more visit


Carol Mueller, Vice President
Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection


Carol Mueller, Vice President
Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection