Nigeria has been ranked as one of the most dangerous countries in the world by The World Economic Forum. In its biennial tourism report with one section focusing on safety and security.
The list doesn’t take into account petty crime and instead focuses on security risks related to serious harm (violence and terrorism) and Nigeria was the 5th most dangerous based on violence and terroristic attacks by Boko Haram.
The list, released earlier this year, named Finland as the safest country in the world for holidaymakers, while Colombia has been named the least safe.
Surprisingly, the list excludes countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Top 10 most dangerous countries in the world
Scoring 2.6, Colombia is number one on the list of the most dangerous countries.
Though it is not as dangerous as it used to- but the drugs trade continues to afflict the country with kidnappings and explosions.
Armed gangs are responsible for kidnappings, drug trafficking and robberies all over Colombia, and there are still acts of terrorism. An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Andino Shopping Centre in the capital Bogota on June 17.
Yemen is next on the list scoring 2.8. The country is in dire circumstances and its people face horrors every day. Bombings and a lack of basics like food, water or medicine make it one of the most dangerous places in the world.
3. El Salvador
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO most visits to El Salvador are trouble free. However, El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America so you should take extra care.
It adds: “Take particular care in downtown San Salvador and on roads outside major towns and cities at night.”
Scoring 3.1, Pakistan ranks 4. With a volatile neighbour in Afghanistan, terrorism and violence are a real threat in Pakistan.
There are limitations on free speech with minority religious groups often the targets of attacks.
With 3.1 Africa’s most populous country (almost three times that of the UK) is 5th having very dangerous terrorist groups operating inside it.
Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa are well known for targets crowded public places. Schools, restaurants, and hotels have all been targeted.
Violence is all too common in the land of Simon Bolivar. Armed robbery, murder, and carjacking are commonplace. This is on top of shortages of basics like food and medicine, with a score of 3.3, Venezuela is world’s 6th most dangerous country.
Egypt is the 7th most dangerous country in the world with a score of 3.3.
There is no FCO advice against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist areas along the Nile River (including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.
This is lucky as tourism is huge for the county with the 9 million visitors spending over $6,000 on average per trip.
However, Islamic State and other group are posing an increasing threat and have been known to target transport.
Kenya is known for its stunning wildlife and culture, threats from terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab are a real risk. The border with Somalia is to be avoided at all costs. The country is safer inside the national parks.
Honduras is 9th on the list scoring 3.5. The country is beautiful but records one of the highest murder rates in the world.
There are also high rates of violence and drug trafficking.
The issues in eastern Ukraine over the last few years is no news to anyone abreast with happenings around the world.
Having already lost the Crimean peninsula to Russian neighbours there is ongoing fighting in the east with separatists and this has made Ukraine one of the most dangerous countries in the world.