Top 5 Most Personally Safe Countries

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No. 5 Syria

Crime in Syria is low, according to the U.S. State Department, "due to strong cultural mores against property crime and to the pervasive police and security presence throughout the country." Syria has been ruled under emergency law since 1963, which is when the ruling Ba'athists took power. While the State of Emergency is justified as a necessary response to external threats, it has been used by the Syrian state in order to enforce internal security as well. Global Top 5s is a monthly feature by powered by Gallup's worldwide research. Learn more at

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